Tom Hiddleston: ” I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed.”
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Tom Hiddleston apologizes on social media for his controversial Golden Globes speech. The Night Manager actor explains that he was nervous.

Sunday night looked amazing for Tom Hiddleston, who won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture, for his role on The Night Manager. But the 35-year-old went on stage and accepted the award with a speech that caused some controversy.

“There’s a terrible situation for children there. The Night Manager is about arms dealing, and there are far too many arms coming into South Sudan”, the actor said, recalling his visit there with the United Nations Children’s Fund. He added he was “immensely proud” that the series he was starring in could “provide some relief and entertainment for people who work for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it was broken”.

Yesterday, Hiddleston took to Facebook to apologize for his speech, mentioning that his intention was never to offend and it was his nerves that got “the better of [him]”. The actor wrote that he agreed his acceptance speech at the ceremony was not elegant.  “In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong.” He added that his honest intention was to salute the work of UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme.

Hiddleston took the Golden Globe Award right from under Courtney B. Vance’s nose. Vance, who was a nominee for the same category, for his role on The People v. O.J. Simpson, was considered the frontrunner.

The Night Manager, a series also starring Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki, was the lead award winner, alongside The Crown and Atlanta, snatching three Golden Globes.