Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef wins Golden Globe award

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Ramy Youssef kicked off this year’s Golden Globes by taking the best actor in a TV musical or comedy award for his role in the Hulu series Ramy.

The awards, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have shown a knack for rewarding movies that go on to do well at the Oscars in February.

The Golden Globes began at 8 pm EST and be broadcast live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Netflix comes into the Globes with a commanding 34 nods — 17 in film categories and 17 in television categories. Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” leads all movies with six nods, including best film, drama. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” with five nominations, is up for the same category. The box-office smash “Joker” may be their stiffest competition.

Last year’s telecast, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, held steady in TV ratings, averaging 18.6 million viewers. Along with the returning Gervais, scheduled presenters include Tiffany Haddish, Will Ferrell and last year’s best actress winner, Glenn Close.

(With Reuters and AFP)

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