One of our favorite actresses from one of our favorite shows won big at the Golden Globes tonight — but it was her acceptance speech that left us with a newfound respect for her.
Joanne Froggatt won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for her portrayal of Anna on Downton Abbey — specifically for her depiction of Anna’s experience and survival after being raped by a visiting valet.
While the plot was deemed by some to be exploitative at the time, Froggatt played it with extraordinary emotion, rawness and sensitivity, and she was rewarded with her first Golden Globe win.
But it’s Froggatt’s acceptance speech that has moved us the most.
Watch Joanne Froggatt’s Golden Globes acceptance speech
“I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape,” Froggatt told the crowd. “One woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard.
“I’d like to say, I heard you, and I hope saying this so publicly in some way means you feel the world hears you.”
Twitter loves Froggatt, and they really loved her speech.
So, to recap, Tina & Amy made rape jokes … Joanne Froggatt made a touching statement about rape survivors. #GoldenGlobes
— Dave Fraser ™ (@d_phrase) January 12, 2015
Huge congrats to Froggatt, and here’s to many more!