Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and fact-based comedy Green Book won major film awards at the 76th annual Golden Globes in a night that also saw a strong showing for British talent.
Although his Spanish-language epic was not eligible for inclusion in either main category, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma was named Best Foreign Language Film, while director-writer-cinematographer Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee to take home the best director of the prize.
It was a victorious evening for British entertainers, too, with the stars of The Favorite, Vice, The Bodyguard, and A Very English Scandal being recognized for their achievements in film and television. With wins for Roma, The Bodyguard, and the Michael Douglas-helmed comedy The Kominsky Method, Netflix will also be pleased with its haul.
But as the dead sprint to the Oscars heats up, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's decision to honor the Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody with the two pre-eminent awards is sure to earn derision, both of the movies being audiences and critics alike being handling subjects like race and sexuality in a reductive and regressive manner Before he was fired during production, the latter film was partially directed by Bryan Singer, who has been accused of sexual assault.
Held at the Beverly Hilton and hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the 2019 Globes proved a somewhat less rousing affair than last year's ceremony, when Oprah Winfrey memorably affecting speech that gave the presidential and celebrities for a potential 2020 run of rumors off wore all black and time's up pins
But in the absence of Oprah and, for the most part, overt references to the President or contemporary hot-button issues, Oh and Samberg have a special tongue-in-cheek wit with their co-hosting duties, different celebrities for calling their alleged indiscretions but for their good looks or awards season spoils: "You're hot," they told Bradley Cooper; "Jacked AF," they said of Black Panther's Michael B Jordan, while Oh told the two-nominated (and twice-losing) Amy Adams to "save some for the rest of us."
Oh, however, will get her due, taking home the uber-competitive award for best actress in a drama series for her stellar work in the cat-and-mouse thriller Killing Eve. The host triumphed over a murderer's row of gifted contenders, including Julia Roberts, nominated for Homecoming, Elisabeth Moss, for The Handmaid's Tale, and Keri Russell, for The Americans
While Samberg and Oh emcee'd the ceremony with a refreshing dose of levity, The Killing Eve star did take a moment to acknowledge the considerable diversity among the show's nominees. "I want to be in the audience and watch this moment of change," she said, noting that the box office returns for minority-led films like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians "I'm not fooling myself. Next will be different and possibly will be But this moment is real, because I see you. "
The Americans earned a surprising and indisputably well-deserved win in the best drama series, a category for which the Soviet spy drama, which just completed its six-season run, television critics in love with deep and consistent reserves despite being nominated before. Along with Russell, the show's lead Matthew Rhys was nominated for best actor in a drama series but lost out to Richard Madden of The Bodyguard, the smash hit six-part BBC series that noted that the network is a decade in its highest viewing figures.
In the drama acting categories, Glenn Close beat out Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, and Rosamund Pike for her powerful turn in The Wife, an adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel of the same name. Close of speech, a galvanizing and heartfelt ode to women following their dreams, drew the night's biggest applause, with the Nobel Prize-winning husband of recognition and fulfillment for the 13-time Globe nominee drawing parallels for her character's struggle.
"It was called The Wife … that's why it took 14 years to get made," said Close, who's now well-positioned to win her first Oscar at next month's Academy Awards. "We are women and nurturers, we have our children, and our husband's if we are lucky enough, our partners, whoever But we have to find personal fulfillment We have to follow our dreams. "
Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek upset Bradley Cooper to win best actor in a drama, making sure to star and director of A Star is Born, which was nominated for five awards on the evening and won (best original song), went home empty -handed
Christian Bale, undoubtedly buoyed by the headline-making physical transformation, he underwent for his role as Dick Cheney in Vice, won the best actor in a comedy / musical, cheekily thanking Satan for providing him the role of the US Vice President. Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy / musical for her tragicomic turn in Yorgos Lanthimos' period piece The Favor, whose supporting players Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz nominated for best supporting actress
Stone and Weisz, though, were beat out by Regina King, who won the best supporting actress for her role in Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk King defied the ceremony's orchestral exit music to make an appeal for gender equality in Hollywood
"I am making a vow to make sure that everything that we produce, it's 50 percent women," said King, who was also nominated for Best Actress in a limited series. "And I just challenge someone out there who is in a position of power to stand with us in solidarity and do the same."
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a breakout hit for Amazon and the Darling of last year's Globes, was upset by The Kominsky Method in the category of Best Comedy Series, although Maisel's star, Rachel Brosnahan, comedy series in the lead lead actress for her second consecutive win out Alison Brie and Debra Messing "Thank you to our incredible village," said Brosnahan, also an Emmy Award winner in 2018. "And our village is a matriarchy." Other television victors include Patricia's: Arquette, for her lead actress Work in the limited series Escape at Dannemora, and Clarkson, for her support work in Sharp Objects.
Michael Douglas, who plays the titular Sandy Kominsky in the Chuck Lorre-made Netflix series, has a comedy series in the best actor, his well-decorated mantle in the Golden Globe, which includes the Cecile B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. him in 2004. This year, that honor was bestowed upon Jeff Bridges, who took the stage in full "The Dude" mode, channeling Lebowski with a series of free-associative wise-cracks about his prolific film career, punctuating his sentences with the character's famous addendum: "man."
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the award for best animated feature film, beating out other stalwarts like Ralph Breaks the Internet and Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Elsewhere, the Neil Armstrong space odyssey First Man was awarded for its Justin Hurwitz-composed score; The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for best limited series; and Mahershala Ali for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the pianist Don Shirley in Green Book, the true story of an unlikely friendship between a black and a white man in the 1960s American South, which also won best screenplay.
This year's awards also marked the debut of a non-competitive honor for career achievement in television, named for Carol Burnett, also the award of inaugural recipient. Burnett, whose visionary variety shows The Carol Burnett Show won eight Golden Globe and 25 Emmy Awards over its 11-season run, introduced by by Steve Carrell, who called her "One of the most revered, respected, and well-liked people in show business. "
Burnett was greeted with rapturous applause by the Globes audience. "I'm really gobsmacked by this," said the comic pioneer, who went on to dedicate the award "to all those people who love the music," capping her speech with her iconic ear-tug gesture, a nod to Burnett's grandmother who raised her