Sarah Paulson accepts the award for performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Sarah Paulson picked up the award for best female actor in a television movie or limited series for The People vs OJ Simpson and gave a plea for people to donate to the ACLU to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country. Backstage she added: Silence is not golden at this time.
Bryan Cranston, winning for his role as Lyndon B Johnson in the television movie All the Way, also spoke about Trumps presidency. Im often asked how would LBJ think about Donald Trump, he said. I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success and also whisper in his ear something … Just dont piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat.
John Lithgows role as Winston Churchill in breakout Netflix drama The Crown won him the award for best actor in a drama series and after thanking those involved in the show, he also thanked Meryl Streep. He said her Golden Globes speech, where she criticized Trumps bullying tactics, represented his exact thoughts.
The awards act as a strong indicator of success at the Academy awards, taking place on 26 February. Earlier this week, La La Land scored 14 nominations while Arrival and Moonlight followed with eight each.