Emma D’Arcy says their Golden Globe nomination “means there’s more space for transgender and gender nonconforming people.”
D’Arcy, who is nominated for Best TV Actress at the 80th Annual Ceremony, said attending the 80th Annual Ceremony was “surreal” but felt very “privileged”.
Hollywood stars from big and small screens flocked to the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for the occasion.
Last year’s show was turned into a “private event” at the last minute by organizers of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after it drew heavy criticism for its lack of black members.
The organization then committed to reviewing its bylaws and making changes regarding ethics and inclusion.
D’Arcy earned her first Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Actress – Drama Series for her portrayal of Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit HBO series House of the Dragon.
“I mean, it’s a bit surreal, isn’t it?” they said, addressing E! on the red carpet of the event.
“Because when I first started, I really felt like I had to pretend to be a woman to be successful in this industry… it wasn’t sustainable and I stopped pretending.
“Weirdly enough, that’s when I was nominated for this dress at the Golden Globes, which is such a beautiful irony.”
They continued: “I think the most important thing for me is that it means there is more room for transgender and gender nonconforming people.
“So I feel very privileged.”
The host of the 80th annual ceremony is American comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
The blockbuster movies Avatar: The Way Of Water and Top Gun: Maverick lead in the Best Picture: Drama category, alongside Elvis, The Fabelmans and Tar.
The nominees for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy include The Banshees of Inisherin, Everything Everywhere All At Once, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Triangle Of Sadness.
Banshees star Brendan Gleeson’s son, Domhnall Gleeson, said his family’s dinner table is a “cool place” as he exchanges insights about his work with his mother and father.
Conversation with E! on the event’s red carpet about whether the family “critiques” each other’s work, he said: “Criticism can be a bit harsh.
“No, it’s a very supportive family and very artistic and my mum has nothing to do with the industry but she has amazing insight into everything.
“So yes, the dinner table is a fun place and yes, we’re all open with each other about our work.”
Brendan Gleeson is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in the film by British-Irish director Martin McDonagh.
Elsewhere, several big British names, including Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Bill Nighy and Daniel Craig, picked up nominations for major awards in the nominations announced last month.
Plenty of celebrities will be presenting awards throughout the evening, including Letitia Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Salma Hayek, Hilary Swank and Ana De Armas.
Last year, following criticism from the HFPA, the awards were announced via periodic updates from the Golden Globes website and official social media accounts after US network NBC refused to air the show.