Golden Globes: Fleabag’s winning streak continues

Amazon Prime’s critically-acclaimed dramedy Fleabag has now won 18 awards for its second season, including two Golden Globes.

Fleabag fans rejoice! The Hollywood Foreign Press agrees that Amazon Prime’s comedy-drama is indeed an excellent one.

The series’ second season won its 17th and 18th awards at the Golden Globes Sunday night. Fleabag was named Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy; and star, creator executive producer and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy.

Tragically, Andrew Scott did not take home the prize for hottest TV priest (because there isn’t one… yet), nor for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Fortunately, the Irish actor has a few more chances coming up at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He earned a Golden Derby for his performance last fall.

As for Waller-Bridge, she has now won 13 awards for season two for acting, producing and writing.

Sadly, one of the people who has been most grievously overlooked so far this awards season is Sian Clifford, who plays Fleabag’s older sister Claire. To call her utterly hilarious and deeply heartbreaking performance anything less than perfection would be an understatement, especially given the journey her character goes on. Granted, Clifford did receive her first-ever Emmy nomination, but she was snubbed by the Golden Globes and several other awards shows.

Fleabag would not exist without Waller-Bridge, of course, but it wouldn’t work without Clifford. The women first met in drama school and Clifford played “an incarnation of Claire” in a sketch Waller-Bridge wrote years before the series premiered in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times. A version of that sketch became Clifford’s iconic first scene in Fleabag‘s pilot.

And before the series even went into production, Clifford played Claire several more times “whenever Phoebe had a showcase for producers.” Still, Waller-Bridge had to fight for Clifford, who at the time was better known for her stage work than her screen work, to be cast.

“[Clifford was] the only person I could imagine playing this part. I never had to ‘explain’ Claire to Sian, she just knew her instinctively. She knew not to pigeonhole her as the uptight, rich, anal sister — a character we have seen so many times. She finds the humanity in every beat and brings it right to the surface. And then she’s funny to boot.”

While Fleabag and The Priest’s relationship is the series’ most famous, its core relationship is the bond between Fleabag and Claire. Clifford is an integral part of the series, and hopefully, she will soon get the recognition she deserves.

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At the upcoming Critics’ Choice Television Awards, she is nominated Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; and at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, she is co-nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

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