Riz Ahmed defends Tom Hiddleston after ’embarrassing’ Golden Globes speech

Hiddleston's speech drew criticism on Twitter, with some viewers calling it "cringe-worthy", "embarrassing" and "tone deaf".

Actor-rapper Riz Ahmed has defended Tom Hiddleston following his poorly-received acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards.

After taking to the stage to collect his Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie prize for his performance in BBC One’s The Night Manager, Hiddleston spoke about a recent charity trip to South Sudan. He revealed that a group of Médecins Sans Frontières doctors had told him they had “binge-watched” the series while working in the east African country.

Hiddleston continued: “And the idea that I could provide ― or that we could provide ― some relief and entertainment for the people who worked for UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken, made me immensely proud.” Watch his full speech below.

His speech drew criticism on Twitter, with some viewers calling it “cringe-worthy”, “embarrassing” and “tone deaf”.

Writing on Twitter, Rogue One actor Ahmed praised Hiddleston for his humanitarian work and added: “His choice of words @goldenglobes while nervous are irrelevant, actions speak loudest.”

Hiddleston has already apologised for his speech, admitting that “nerves got the better” of him on the night.

Other acceptance speeches at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards proved more popular. Ryan Gosling used his speech to pay tribute to his partner Eva Mendes.

While collecting her prestigious Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, Meryl Streep took the opportunity to slam Donald Trump in a blistering speech. She also paid tribute to late actress and friend Carrie Fisher.

Hugh Laurie took a sly dig at the President-Elect too as he collected his acting award for The Night Manager. Meanwhile, Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover thanked hip-hop crew Migos as he collected one of the two Golden Globe awards he won on Sunday night.