The Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday certainly held many surprises, but none more shocking than the defeat of A Star is Born.
Although it’s not exactly a precursor to the Academy Awards, the success of Oscar frontrunners at the Golden Globes is sometimes considered indicative of their road to victory. The event - which celebrates the best in film and television - had some surprises in store, with most voicing their shocked thoughts on the triumph of Bohemian Rhapsody. The Queen biopic was not a huge success with critics, but bagged the award for Best Motion Picture Drama, with Rami Malek (playing Freddie Mercury) earning the award for Best Actor - Drama.
Most audiences expected the night to spotlight the merits of one film in particular: A Star is Born. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut was a huge hit with the masses and appeared on many critics’ end of the year lists. Although a remake, Cooper breathed new life into this classic tale of fame and the fall, lending his own acting talents to provide the narrative with a compelling romance. Most noted Lady Gaga’s phenomenal central performance, considering it a potential Oscar-winning turn even in the wake of the film’s initial release. Oddly, the Golden Globes has done little to foreshadow a successful night at the Academy Awards.
So many of us predicted that A Star is Born would storm the Globes, and yet it only won one of the five awards it was nominated for. Of course, it could only be Best Original Song for “Shallow”. It was definitely a deserved win, but it’s victory sadly ended there. The film earned nominations in the following categories; Best Drama, Best Actor - Drama, Best Actress - Drama, Best Director, and the aforementioned Best Original Song. Lady Gaga lost out on the award to Glenn Close for her performance in The Wife, and many headed to social media to express their bewilderment. Although Best Director - which was awarded to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma - always seemed a stretch, most expected A Star is Born to head home with Best Drama, with very few audiences expecting Bohemian Rhapsody to claim it.
For fans of Cooper’s film, the evening was very underwhelming indeed. It’s certainly no reason to rule it off for Academy Awards success, but it does leave one feeling a little sceptical. There is still some time for the film’s Oscar buzz to pick up again, but similarly, time for it to fade.
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