Actor says his cumbersome awards speech was the result of nervousness
Holywood actor Tom Hiddleston has apologised to aid workers for his poorly worded speech at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday.
The Star of High-Rise and The Night Manager won an award for best actor but stumbled over an apparent tribute to Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan.
He told a story about being in Sudan and being greeted by aid workers fresh from “binge watching” The Night Manager who seemed honoured by his presence when in fact he was honoured by theirs.
The speech was widely mocked on social media with it being described as a prime example of “humblebrag” – an apparent tribute which in fact turns out to be a boast.
As a result, he posted an apology on Facebook on Monday, saying he was “very nervous” and his words “just came out wrong”.
“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 said.
“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.”
However the World Food Programme, defended Hiddleston’s speech and said it felt "honoured" to have been given a mention.