“Bohemian Rhapsody” won best drama, and its star, Rami Malek, won best actor at the Golden Globes on Sunday night; “Green Book” took home three awards, including best movie, musical or comedy; and Glenn Close won best actress in a drama, an award many expected to go to Lady Gaga.
TV stars Sandra Oh (from BBC America’s “Killing Eve”) and Andy Samberg (NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) delivered capably, albeit unspectacularly, as co-hosts. Overall, the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC lacked the boozy, loosey-goosey tension of its renowned past with a sense of artificially overcompensating a corrective course on diversity and equal rights.
It was a night of major upsets in Los Angeles, where “Green Book”, considered a divisive road movie about race relations, emerged as the biggest winner at the 76th Gold Globe Awards on Sunday, as it took home three trophies, including best comedy. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was named best drama, leaving “A Star Is Born”, the expected front-runner, with only the Globe for best song.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic, also won two Globes, with Rami Malek beating Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) for best actor. “Thank you for your courage in embracing your true self,” Graham King, a “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer, said of Mercury in collecting the best drama Globe.
“We’re still living in divided times,” said Peter Farrelly, who directed “Green Book”. “This story, when I heard it, gave me hope.” “Green Book” also won best screenplay and best supporting actor, which went to Ahershala Ali, who plays an erudite pianist in the film.
Among other upsets, veteran actress Glenn Close beat out favorite Lady Gaga for best actress. Gaga was expected to win for “A Star Is Born”, however, Close won the gong. A shocked Close, who won for “The Wife”, used the platform to tell women, “We have to find personal fulfillment.” Actresses in the ballroom subsequently jumped to their feet. “We have to follow our dreams.”
Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy or musical for her work in “The Favourite,” a pitch-black comedy about royal schemers. Best actor in a comedy or musical went to Christian Bale, who portrayed the former vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice”. “Thank you, Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Bale said in accepting the award.
The best actor in a TV drama award went to Richard Madden, star of Netflix’s action-packed counterterrorism thriller, “Bodyguard”. For TV comedies, Rachel Brosnahan won best actress for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, and Michael Douglas won best actor for Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method”.
In the television categories, Golden Globes went to FX’s “The Americans” (best drama); Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” (best comedy); and FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (best limited series).
Jeff Bridges collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film, and Carol Burnett accepted a new award, named after her, for career achievement in television.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the awards has with a long history of voting idiosyncrasies, perhaps due to the fact it has only 88 people who cast ballots for the awards. The full list of winners can be seen here.
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