Ben Whishaw Dedicates Golden Globe Win to Norman Scott: 'He is a True Queer Hero and Icon'

January 7, 2019
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British actor Ben Whishaw won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a series for his portrayal of Norman Scott on the television show, A Very English Scandal. During his acceptance speech, Whishaw dedicated the award to Scott.

“There's one person I really, really want to dedicate this award to and it's the man I had the privilege to portray in this show, Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring," Ben said during the Jan. 6 ceremony. “He is a true queer hero and icon.”

Scott was a prominent figure in a massive British political scandal during the 1970s that involved both himself and Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe. Scott alleged that he and Thorpe were having an affair, and accused Thorpe of plotting to murder him when when an unknown gunman shot and killed Scott’s dog. Thorpe was later forced to resign from his leadership position, and lost his seat in Parliament as a direct result of the allegations. 

Backstage, Whishaw was also asked about his stance on straight actors playing roles, following fellow Golden Globe nominee Darren Criss's recent vow to stop playing gay characters. Whishaw disagreed, telling The Independent that he believes actors “can embody and portray anything,” and that they “shouldn't be defined only by what we are.”

He further elaborated on the answer, stating that there should be more queer representation in the film and television industry. “I don’t think that, on the other hand, I think there needs to be greater equality,” Whishaw explained. “I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles. It needs to be an even playing field for everybody that would be my ideal. I don’t know how far we’re away from that.”

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by Valence, the parent company of Billboard.

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