Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgård is coming under fire for his acceptance speech for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series for his harrowing role in HBO's Big Little Lies. The Swedish actor thanked the "extraordinarily talented" women he is surrounded by while making the series adapted from Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name — but, he failed to mention the Time's Up movement. Viewers were quick to call him out on Twitter especially because his character on the show is a domestic abuser.
"I am here tonight because I had the privilege of working with a group of extraordinarily talented women,” he said in his acceptance speech, shouting out his onscreen wife Nicole Kidman. “Nicole, I love you. Thank you for making this the greatest experience of my career.”
Alexander was predicted to beat out competition from David Harbour (Stranger Things), Alfred Molina (Feud: Bette and Joan), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), and David Thewlis (Fargo) to win the award. And considering he prepared to thank his eight-year-old brother, it's easy to assume that he was expecting this win. He wore the Time's Up pin, yet didn't acknowledge the movement any more than that.
Obviously, the Internet is not pleased with him because of this. Keep scrolling to see some fan reactions from his speech!
Alexander Skarsgard just won for playing a domestic abuser. Sam Rockwell won for playing a violent man. Neither of them felt compelled to make a statement against male violence in that moment. #GoldenGlobes #TimesUp
— Robyn Swirling (@RSwirling) January 8, 2018
That feels like a wasted opportunity for Alexander Skarsgard to make a powerful statement speech given the role he just won for
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) January 8, 2018
A white man (Alexander Skarsgard)wins award for portraying a perpetrator of violence against women and says nothing in his speech about the subject on a night with so much focus on violence against women. 🤔#TIMESUP #goldenglobes #WhyWeWearBlack
— SH (@YouthofSarde) January 8, 2018
Alexander Skarsgard, horrible speech, beautiful man
— Ethan Glor (@Ethan_Glor) January 8, 2018
His silence was not representative of the cast of Big Little Lies. Executive producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have been vocal throughout the entire movement. Nicole even posted a photo holding her award from the night writing, "About last night……shut the place down!!! I am so proud of my Big Little Lies family and to have stood with my sisters on such a special night. #TimesUp." Do better, Alexander!