• “Bohemian Rhapsody” won best drama, and its star, Rami Malek, won best actor at the Golden Globes on Sunday night; “Green Book” took home three awards, including best movie, musical or comedy; and Glenn Close won best actress in a drama, an award many expected to go to Lady Gaga. Here’s the complete list of winners.
• At last year’s Globes, many women wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. This year, celebrities wore black-and-white bracelets and ribbons that read #TimesUpx2.
• Not only was Sandra Oh one of the hosts, but she also won her second Golden Globe — this time for best actress in a television drama as the star of the BBC America series “Killing Eve.”
• The Globes, which often teeter on the edge of tipsy chaos, seemed to be coasting on a mellow, it’s-all-good buzz, our TV critic James Poniewozik wrote, adding, “It was pleasant enough, though numbing the longer it went on.”
LOS ANGELES — In a night of major upsets, “Green Book,” a divisive road movie about race relations, emerged as the big winner at the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, taking home three trophies, including best comedy. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was named best drama, leaving “A Star Is Born,” the expected front-runner, with a lone Globe for best song.
Among the other surprises, the veteran Glenn Close beat Lady Gaga for best actress. Gaga was expected to win for “A Star Is Born,” her first leading role in a movie. A shocked Close, who won for “The Wife,” spoke of her mother — a woman “who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life.
“We have to find personal fulfillment,” Close said forcefully after gaining her composure, as actresses in the ballroom jumped to their feet. “We have to follow our dreams.”
The ceremony — a rollicking, rowdy affair during which multiple winners were bleeped on the NBC telecast because of their remarks at the microphone — was notable for its attention to diversity. Female winners like Close and Regina King, who won best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” used their moments in the spotlight to speak out for women’s rights. Sandra Oh, as a co-host and a winner for her acting in the TV drama “Killing Eve,” applauded Hollywood for making headway with inclusion efforts.
Other winners included the African-American actor Mahershala Ali, for his acting in “Green Book,” and the openly gay Ben Whishaw, who received a Globe for his acting in the Amazon mini-series “A Very British Scandal.”
Alfonso Cuarón won best director for “Roma,” his subtitled black-and-white homage to life in Mexico City in the 1970s. “Roma” also won the foreign film prize. “Gracias familia, gracias Mexico,” he said from the stage.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic, also won two Globes, with Rami Malek beating Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) for best actor. (Malek notably did not thank the director of the film, Bryan Singer, who was fired before production was completed.)
“Thank you for your courage in embracing your true self,” Graham King, a “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer, said of Mercury in collecting the best drama Globe.
No other film won more than one. A number of movies — “Mary Poppins Returns,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Boy Erased,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” — went home empty-handed despite multiple nominations apiece.
Glenn Close wins best actress for ‘The Wife’
The trophies are almost beside the point at this particular awards stop, which is seen mostly as a moneymaking moment — for NBC; for studios that gain a marketing hook for winter films; and for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the awards. Besides, the association, with a long history of voting idiosyncrasies, has only 88 people who cast ballots. The Oscars, awarded next month, are voted on by about 8,200 movie industry professionals.
In fact, over the last 10 years, the Globes and the Oscars have agreed on best picture winners 50 percent of the time. Last year, the foreign press association crowned “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Neither won at the Academy Awards, which recognized “The Shape of Water.”
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For a change, the big winner on Sunday was expected to be a movie that most people had actually seen: “A Star Is Born,” with roughly $390 million in global ticket sales. Instead, best drama went to “Bohemian Rhapody.”
After her upset win was announced, Close, crying and grasping for words, noted that her movie, “The Wife,” took 14 years to get made. Close then said her mother was on her mind — a woman “who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life.”
Gaga, Mark Ronson and the other songwriters of “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born,” collected the Globe for best song. “To the captain of the S.S. Shallow,” Ronson said, speaking first and looking toward Gaga, who was standing next to him with tears in her eyes. “The genius comes from you.”
She leaned into the microphone and said, “As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter.”
With that, the producers of the show started to play the group offstage, seemingly determined to keep the ceremony moving at a breakneck clip.
The foreign press association, rather strangely (or not, given its focus on celebrity), considers foreign films ineligible for its best picture awards, limiting the impact that “Roma” could have on the night. (In another quirk, American studios can dictate where their films compete, hence the classification of “A Star Is Born” as a drama and not a musical.)
‘Green Book’ picks up some needed momentum
Its win for best comedy or musical may give “Green Book” a much-needed boost.
“We’re still living in divided times,” said Peter Farrelly, who directed the film. “This story, when I heard it, gave me hope.”
“Green Book” also won best screenplay and best supporting actor, which went to Ali, who plays an erudite pianist in the film.
Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy or musical for her work in “The Favourite,” a pitch-black comedy about royal schemers. Best actor in a comedy or musical went to Christian Bale, who portrayed the former vice president Dick Cheney in “Vice.”
“Thank you, Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Bale said in accepting the award.
In accepting her trophy for best supporting actress, King thanked her publicists and then, refusing to leave the stage as the orchestra started up, spoke about the need for equal employment opportunities for women, in Hollywood and elsewhere. “Time’s Up times two,” she said.
‘The Americans’ and ‘The Kominsky Method’ are winners
For all of the attention given to the movie winners, best actress in a TV drama was one of the most intriguing matchups of the night, pitting a co-host versus a Hollywood legend.
Oh won for her performance in BBC America’s buzzy “Killing Eve.” She beat out, among others, the Oscar-winning Julia Roberts, nominated for playing a mysterious counselor on Amazon’s “Homecoming,” her first regular television role. Oh was not recognized by Emmys voters in September.
Both “Killing Eve” and “Homecoming” were passed over for best television drama, however. That award went to the FX spy drama “The Americans” — an honor the series never achieved at the Emmys before ending its six-season run last year.
In a surprise, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) beat “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) for best television comedy. A creator of “The Kominsky Method,” Chuck Lorre, thanked Michael Douglas and the show’s other star, Alan Arkin. “Without them the script for this would be landfill,” Lorre said. He concluded by saying what many in the room were thinking throughout the night: “Netflix. Netflix. Netflix. Netflix. Netflix. Netflix.”
Douglas won best actor for his work on the show.
“For 45 years, you’ve always surprised me and treated me so well,” Douglas said, addressing the members of the press association. He dedicated the award to his father, Kirk Douglas, 102.
Amazon did get one win when the star of “Mrs. Maisel,” Rachel Brosnahan, retained her crown for best actress in a TV comedy. It was not a good night for HBO, which only converted one of its nine nominations into a win: Patricia Clarkson received the Globe for her supporting role in “Sharp Objects.”
A feel-good ceremony
The Globes dispensed with the seriousness that characterized last year’s ceremony, when actresses draped themselves in black to protest sexual harassment, and got underway at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night with red gowns, an award for comedic TV acting and a co-host yelling, “We’re going to have some fun!”
With that, Andy Samberg and the night’s other host, an ebullient Oh, breezed through a “nicing” of the room instead of the usual roasting. They did not make one joke at President Trump’s expense. Jim Carrey, a nominee for Showtime’s “Kidding,” participated in a goofy gag from a table in the ballroom.
The sharpest bits came from Oh, who pretended to be a Neanderthal studio executive searching for a director — “First, man. If man not available, pair of man.” — and ended with a teary acknowledgment of the “moment of change” in Hollywood over the past year regarding diversity onscreen. “Right now,” she said, “this moment is real.”
In praise of Jeff Bridges and Carol Burnett
Jeff Bridges collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film, and Carol Burnett accepted a new award, named after her, for career achievement in television.
Steve Carell presented Burnett with the award, calling her “one of the most revered, respected and most well-liked people in show business” before making an off-color quip about nice-guy Tom Hanks that NBC censors bleeped. Julia Roberts offered a rambunctious hoot from the audience, which jumped to its feet.
“I’m really gobsmacked by this,” Burnett, 85, said. “Does this mean I get to accept it every year?” She used most of her speech to reminisce about the TV industry of the 1960s and ’70s, ending with her signature line, “I’m so glad we got this time together.”
Bridges, 69, offered no deep thought on any topic other than the joy of being alive, using most of his time to rattle off thank yous. “I’ve got to thank my sweetheart,” he said, gesturing to his wife, Susan Geston. “Forty-five years of support and love.”
What did our critics say?
The culture critics Aisha Harris, Wesley Morris and Kyle Buchanan were sharing their thoughts on the ceremony, winners and snubs over on Twitter. Morris approved of Oh and Samberg’s approach to hosting.
I’ve watched (some of) LUTHER but I’m still always thrown off when Idris Elba opens his mouth and doesn’t sound like Stringer Bell.
OK, I know I said I wasn’t going to get worked up about the Globes because it’s the Globes, but it will never not be a crime that Nicholas Brittel didn’t win for BEALE STREET.