Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Bohemian Rhapsody pulls off big upset at Golden Globes

Bohemian Rhapsody pulls off big upset at Golden Globes

The emotion of the moment was not lost on Oh.

"I said "yes" to the fear of being on the stage tonight because I wanted to be here, and look out into this audience and witness this moment of change", Oh said.

Hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the 76th annual Golden Globes had its fair share of standout moments (although some might argue that previous year was more interesting).

"It's not something I really wish to talk about tonight", producer Graham King said in the backstage press room Sunday night. "Thank you to Satan for giving me the inspiration on how to play this role", he joked. "And now, so will everyone else".

Green Book also won Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) - a controversial choice, but no more so than Bohemian Rhapsody winning in the drama section, given its lackluster reviews and the criticism it got for the partial erasure of Mercury's queer identity.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the late British rock god and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, won the top Globe of the night - best film drama - ahead of Gaga's A Star is Born. Alfonso Cuaron deservedly won Best Director; bafflingly, his film Roma wasn't nominated for Best Picture, even with so many slots on offer.

Best actor, musical or comedy: Christian Bale, "Vice".

Few nominees were considered more of a sure thing than Lady Gaga as best actress in a drama. Colman was hilariously flustered in her acceptance speech, telling the crowd, "thank you for the sandwiches". Ben Wishaw took best supporting actor in a limited series for "A Very English Scandal". King spoke about the Time's Up movement and vowed that the crews of everything she produces in the next two years will be half women.

Bohemian Rhapsody was a surprise victor of the Motion Picture - Drama prize, given its lacklustre reception from critics upon its cinematic release.

The star broke down in tears when she was announced as a victor and used her acceptance speech to reflect on inclusion in the industry. The actress managed to push through the closing music that normally cuts speeches short to make her pledge.

But "Eve's" Sandra Oh - who also co-hosted the Globes with Andy Samberg - won for best actress in a TV drama.

This is Malek's first Golden Globe win.

Hollywood veteran Glenn Close won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her performance in the independent "The Wife", beating out other A-list nominees including Lady Gaga ("A Star Is Born"), Nicole Kidman ("Destroyer"), Melissa McCarthy ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?") and Rosamund Pike ("A Private War").

Best Television Series, Drama - The Americans.

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