Best Television Series – Drama
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
JESSE ARMSTRONG: Thank you very much. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thanks to HBO for their tremendous support to Richard Plepler, to Casey Bloys, Francesca Orsi, Nora Skinner, who have given us such good support.
And for everyone else who works on the show, you know, it’s a team show, and I am here as the representative to accept it on behalf of all of us. So if you’ve ever appeared on the call sheet or in the titles of “Succession,” congratulations. We’ve won a Golden Globe.
QUESTION: Jesse. JESSE ARMSTRONG: Yes. QUESTION: Can you tell us anything about Season 3? Is Waystar going to get taken over by Disney? JESSE ARMSTRONG: I think you've got a better question than I have an answer. That's a good one. We are in the writers' room right now, and I shouldn't say too much about it. Boring. Can you back me up? NICHOLAS BRAUN: We are not interested at all, any of us. BRIAN COX: We are asked this question every fucking season. We are so bored with it. Would you agree? CAST MEMBER: Yes. CAST MEMBER: I wanted to. BRIAN COX: Yeah, the people don't know what's going to happen, and that's the way it should be, right? JESSE ARMSTRONG: Correct. NICHOLAS BRAUN: They might open a deli. CAST MEMBER: Franchise some delis. QUESTION: Congratulations. A common theme some people say about the show they are unclear of which characters to root for. Is likability an issue in your writer group, and how did you push past that? JESSE ARMSTRONG: No. We've never thought about that too much. We always thought if the characters were compelling, it didn't matter if they were nice people. And when you are working with a cast like this, there are layers there, and I think lots of people we know aren't wholly one thing or another; right? QUESTION: I already asked Brian if he would adopt me, and he said I was too late. I told him I'd be a good kid, but anyhow. What made you know that Brian could play this part? And are there sides of him you see in the character that we just don't know about? BRIAN COX: That question is for you. JESSE ARMSTRONG: I think I was confident. I think it was Adam McKay, who shot the first episode, who first suggested Brian, and I was immediately enthusiastic. I knew his work from -- actually, I don't think I've ever seen him on stage, but his reputation of stage acting was huge, and his performances, I was confident that we -- he could do the stuff we wanted to. And I guess all actors draw on themselves. He's not that ogre. He's a delightful human being, but we all have things inside us that we can bring out at times we need to. BRIAN COX: And we do need to somehow. QUESTION: Jesse, can you talk about do you monitor the Wall Street Journal and business headlines regularly for inspiration? How much of what you put on screen is rooted in some level in real life, in business, in the rarefied air of the moguls you write about? JESSE ARMSTRONG: Yeah. We read the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times a lot in the room to show it reflects reality. It isn't reality. It's not a romantic play about one family or one business, but there should be resonances from the world in every business storyline we do. And the material that you can get from those places is extraordinary. And you are wise to steal whenever you find good stories, and there are a lot of them in the financial and corporate world.