'Downton's Anna Bates Wins an Earned Golden Globe

It's only been a few minutes and already the 2015 Golden Globes are off to a great start. Following a hilarious opening monologue from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Whiplash star J.K. Simmons taking home the night's first award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Downton Abbey 's Joanne Froggatt won the Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series Golden Globe. She faced some stiff competition from Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, America Horror Story: Freak Show's Kathy Bates, Mom's Allison Janney, and True Detective's Michelle Monaghan.

While all of these women delivered excellent performances in their series (there were no TV movies nominated this year), Froggatt's portrayal of Anna Bates was especially deserving this year, as she faced one of the most difficult storylines in the series' history. Froggatt's character, Anna Bates, was at the center of what has to be Downton Abbey's most disturbing scene, when she was raped by Mr. Green. In her acceptance speech, Froggatt shared a story about being contacted by rape survivors, and it's clear that her performance is significant for much more than her skillful acting.

As Anna, Froggatt touched many women watching the show, and if her performance was able to comfort or touch them in any way, it's more than worthy of this recognition from the Golden Globes. Watch her acceptance speech below.