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Golden Globes 2019: “Bohemian Rhapsody” And “Green Book” Win Big

Big Winner At The Golden Globes The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the fact-based comedy “Green Book” won major film awards at the 76th annual Golden Globes in...

Big Winner At The Golden Globes

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the 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.

Though his Spanish-language epic wasn’t eligible for inclusion in either main category, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was awarded best foreign language film, while the director-writer-cinematographer bested Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee to take home the prize for best director.

It was a victorious evening for British entertainers, with the stars of “The Favourite”, “Vice”, “The Bodyguard”, and “A Very English Scandal” 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 “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the evening’s two pre-eminent awards is sure to earn derision, both films having been accused by audiences and critics alike of handling subjects like race and sexuality in a reductive and regressive manner.

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 gave an affecting speech that set off rumors of a potential 2020 run for the presidency, and celebrities wore all black and Time’s Up pins to honor the victims of sexual abuse.

“The Americans” earned a surprising and indisputably well-deserved win in best drama series, a category for which the Soviet spy drama, which just completed its six-season run, had never before been nominated despite deep and consistent reserves of love among television critics. 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 notched the network its highest viewing figures in a decade.

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’s speech, a galvanizing and heartfelt ode to women following their dreams, drew the night’s biggest applause, with the 13-time Globe nominee drawing parallels to her character’s struggle for recognition and fulfillment vis-à-vis her Nobel Prize-winning husband.

Meanwhile, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Rami Malek upset Bradley Cooper to win best actor in a drama, making sure the star and director of “A Star is Born”, which was nominated for five awards on the evening and won one (best original song), went home with few spoils.

Christian Bale, undoubtedly buoyed by the headline-making physical metamorphosis he underwent for his role as Dick Cheney in “Vice”, won best actor in a comedy or musical, cheekily thanking Satan for providing him with inspiration for the role of the former US vice president. Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy or musical for her tragicomic turn in Yorgos Lanthimos’ period piece “The Favourite”, whose supporting players Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were nominated for best supporting actress. Another British success came for Ben Whishaw for his portrayal of Norman Scott in “A Very British Scandal”.

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