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Nocturnal Animals star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
“What a tremendous honor,” he said in his acceptance speech Sunday night, thanking director Tom Ford, costars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, and wife Sam Taylor-Johnson. “Creating this role and collaborating on this journey was an immense joy … I enjoyed every second of it.”
This victory was both Taylor-Johnson’s first Golden Globe win and nomination.
Playing bad guy and gang leader Ray Marcus in Nocturnal Animals served as a departure for the actor, who is used to being the hero, whether battling supervillains in Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron or monsters in Godzilla.
“This really was an opportunity to explore something very different,” he told EW last month. “I was grateful for the challenge, even if it was a bit relentless and a pretty dark atmosphere. This isn’t a nice guy that I’m portraying.”
Taylor-Johnson held off strong competition from expected winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), as well as Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Dev Patel (Lion).
See the full list of winners here.