Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and fact-based comedy Green Book pulled off upsets to triumph at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which took place in Los Angeles last night.
The former was widely expected to lose to Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born in the Best Film Drama race, but it has reignited its bid for Oscar glory by nabbing the award. Lead-star Rami Malek took home the Best Actor Drama trophy for his role as the Queen frontman, beating John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), and Cooper himself.
It capped a disappointing night for the actor-director, who lost out to Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) for Best Director, with his debut feature only winning one award (Best Original Song) from five nominations. Lady Gaga was a red-hot favourite to take home the Best Actress Drama award for her role as Ally, but she was beaten by Glenn Close (The Wife), who is seeking to win her first Academy Award after six previous losses.
She faces stiff competition from British actress Olivia Colman, who triumphed in the Best Actress Comedy/Musical category for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, giving a brilliant acceptance speech in the process. That was the only award Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy-drama won, with both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz losing out to Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) for Best Supporting Actress, as well as defeats to Green Book in both Best Comedy/Musical and Best Screenplay.
Peter Farrelly’s comedy-drama has received some criticism for its treatment of race relations, but the good-natured tone resonated with voters at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with the film gaining a third award for Mahershala Ali’s performance. His win for Best Supporting Actor makes him a near shoo-in for the equivalent award at the Academy Awards, with the actor set to replicate his win from 2017 for Moonlight.
Despite being the ceremony-leader with six nominations, Vice”s only award was for Best Actor Comedy/Musical, with Christian Bale’s performance as former Vice-President Dick Cheney earning him his second Globe award. Other big losers were Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which both went home empty-handed despite garnering four nominations apiece. Marvel’s Black Panther also lost in all three of its categories, damaging its chances of success throughout the rest of awards season.
Loose and appealing, as usual, but leaner on memorable moments than past years. Glenn Close’s surprise win and earnest speech the clear highlight; The double whammy of GREEN BOOK and BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY may be the worst pair of Best Pictures the #GoldenGlobes have ever crowned.
— Mr. Wyman-McCarthy (@MrWymanMcCarthy) January 7, 2019
Let Bohemian Rhapsody’s surprise win be a reminder that 2018 was an overall miserable year for movies. #GoldenGlobes
— Andrew Hampp (@ahampp) January 7, 2019