Anya Taylor-Joy has won her first major acting award for her work in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit and as fans of the show will tell you, it’s very likely that it won’t be her last.
Her stunning performance as the prodigious introvert Beth Harmon sealed her the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Limited Series. Also nominated for the award were Cate Blanchett for Mrs. America, Daisy Edgar-Jones for Normal People, Shira Haas for Unorthodox, and Nicole Kidman for The Undoing.
Taylor-Joy was also nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her work Emma a British period drama directed by Autumn de Wilde. This categories award went to Rosamund Pike for her performance in I Care a Lot.
The success is Taylor-Joy’s first major award since winning the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor at the 2016 ceremony for her work in the Robert Eggers’ picture The Witch.
The Queens Gambit has been a surprise mainstream hit, garnering both critical acclaim, adoration from fans, and vast audiences. Last year Netflix had announced that that the show had been watched by over 62 million households over its first 28 days of release, making it the streamer’s biggest launch ever for a limited series. As well as the finale being the highest rated episode in the streaming platforms history.
In the past Taylor-Joy has spoken of kinship between her and her character Beth Harmon. The actress told IndieWire, “At our core, we are very similar. And I think from the second I met [Beth], it was a weird pain. It was a pain of, ‘Oh God, this hurts so good. And it hurts so good because I know it’s true. And what you need to learn, I need to learn.’”
For those who haven’t seen the show you can check out a trailer below.