Actor Tom Hiddleston has apologized for his Golden Globes speech, admitting that it was "inelegantly expressed". The British star received best actor in a miniseries or TV movie honours for his leading role in The Night Manager – but his acceptance speech was poorly received, with some accusing Tom of telling a "self-congratulatory" story about his recent time in South Sudan.
Writing on Facebook on Monday, Tom told fans: "I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous and my words just came out wrong."
He continued: "Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me."
Accepting his award on Sunday, Tom referred to an encounter he had had with doctors and nurses in South Sudan, who had "binge-watched" The Night Manager.
He said: "I recently went to South Sudan, which is the youngest country in the world, in East Africa with the United Nations Children's Fund.
"I do a little bit of work with them to spread the word as fast as I can. It'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.
"One night we were having a bite to eat at the canteen, where we were staying, and a group of young men and women tottered over to the table, and we were all having what they call a 'dirty beer' in humanitarian language.
"They were a group of Médecins Sans Frontières doctors and nurses. And they wanted to say hello because during the shelling the previous month, they had binge-watched The Night Manager."
He concluded: "And the idea that I could provide ― or that we could provide ― some relief and entertainment for the people who worked for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Program, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken, made me immensely proud."