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In its first year, Mr. Robot seemed to hack its way into viewers hearts … and apparently the hearts of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

USA’s thriller took home the Golden Globe for Best Drama after its stellar first season, which told the story of Elliott, a young cybersecurity engineer who joins a hacker activist group and finds himself in the middle of a whole lot of corrupt business.

Creator Sam Esmail accepted the award, thanking the cast, crew, and fiancée Emmy Rossum for introducing him to the show’s star, Rami Malek. (He added that he also had to thank her “for being my best friend, and I love you.”) To his family in the U.S. and to his family in Egypt, said Esmail, “shukrun.” (“Thank you” in Arabic.)

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The freshman drama beat out fellow nominees Narcos, Outlander, Game of Thornes, and Empire. Christian Slater won the Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the mysterious hacktivist known as Mr. Robot (and accidentally forgot to thank Malek in his speech), and Malek lost out to Jon Hamm (Mad Men) in the Best Actor category.

Once backstage, Esmail revealed that the show has far exceeded his expectations. “Because this show is subversive and strange and weird, my biggest expectation was that it would be a cult hit. That was my dream,” he said. So winning the Golden Globe? That’s an experience Esmail described as “totally surreal and unexpected and crazy and I can’t even begin to process it.”

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