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Bohemian Rhapsody scores upset win at Golden Globes

January 08, 2019


Beverly Hills (California, US): Rami Malek (top left), Glenn Close (top right), Sandra Oh (bottom left) and Mahershala Ali accept their awards.—Reuters
Beverly Hills (California, US): Rami Malek (top left), Glenn Close (top right), Sandra Oh (bottom left) and Mahershala Ali accept their awards.—Reuters

LOS ANGELES: Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody and US segregation-era comedy Green Book took home the top Golden Globes on Sunday on a night of upsets that saw presumed favourite A Star is Born largely shut out, and big wins for Netflix.

Tears and astonishment marked the winners podium as Glenn Close for The Wife beat front-runner Lady Gaga as best drama actress, and Green Book triumphed over more high profile comedies Vice and The Favourite.

Streaming service Netflix, which has upended Hollywood by spending billions on original programming, won five Golden Globes across movies and television, including best foreign language film Roma. The Mexican movie, which also took the prize for best director, is seen as an Oscar frontrunner in February.

Rami Malek, who won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 20th-Century Fox film Bohemian Rhapsody, dedicated his award to the British singer, who died of AIDS in 1991.

Vice, a scathing political comedy about the rise to power of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading six nominations but emerged with just one win, for Christian Bale for his performance as Cheney.

Instead, small Focus Features movie Green Book went home with the biggest haul, three , including Best comedy, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay. “This is beyond anything we ever imagined when we began shooting,” said director and writer Peter Farrelly. He said the story of the black pianist who strikes up a friendship with his Italian-American driver gave him hope. “I wanted to share that hope with you because we are still living in divided times,” Farrelly said.

Co-host Sandra Oh, who was born in Canada of Asian descent, paid tribute to the slew of Golden Globe-nominated films and TV shows featuring black and Asian actors and directors, including Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, and BlacKkKlansman. “I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” Oh said. “Right now this moment is real. Because I see you ... all these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.”

It was a good night for Oh, who as well as co-hosting her first Golden Globe ceremony was named best television drama actress for BBC America thriller Killing Eve. In contrast to the political barbs, often directed at US President Donald Trump, that have marked recent awards shows, Sunday’s Golden Globes had a more positive vibe.

Lady Gaga, whose role in Warner Bros A Star is Born was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for ‘Shallow’. In television, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller The Americans, limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method.

Winners list

Film best drama: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best comedy or musical: Green Book

Best actor, drama: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best actress, drama: Glenn Close, The Wife

Best actor, comedy or musical: Christian Bale, Vice

Best actress, comedy or musical: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Best supporting actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best animated film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best foreign film: Roma, Mexico

Best original song: ‘Shallow’, A Star is Born

Best TV drama series: The Americans , FX

Best TV comedy/musical series: The Kominsky Method, Netflix

Best actor, TV drama: Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Best actress, TV drama: Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Best actor, TV comedy/musical: Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Best actress, TV comedy/musical: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Best TV movie or limited series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX

Published in Dawn, January 8th, 2019