Music Movies ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ‘Green Book’ and ‘Star Is Born’ Win Golden Globes

Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody win Globes - 20th
Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody win Globes - 20th

By DONNA BALANCIA

“Bohemian Rhapsody” took Best Motion Picture, Drama, and its star Rami Malek secured the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, at The Golden Globe Awards Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton.

Music movies took home honors as Malek won for his portrayal of the beloved and flamboyant Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and “Green Book” a character film about a pianist and bodyguard, took home three Globes. Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson won Best Original Song for  “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born.”

Malek thanked Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor for “ensuring authenticity and inclusivity in the music and the world,” Malek said. “Thank you Freddie Mercury, you beautiful man. This is because of, and for you, gorgeous.”

Bohemian Rhapsody - Courtesy 20th Century
Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody – Courtesy 20th Century

“Green Book” took Best Picture, Comedy, and Best Screenplay, and star Mahershala Ali won Best Actor.

“A Star Is Born” was nominated in five categories of Globes, including Best Director and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper. The film, which was believed by critics and fans alike to pick off a few Globes was upset on a range of fronts. Cooper, who was up for Best Director and Best Actor was edged by Alfonso Cuaron who won Best Director in a Motion Picture. Roma also won Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language.

Glenn Close secured the coveted Best Actress in a Motion Picture for “The Wife,” over favorite Gaga and Melissa McCarthy, Nicole Kidman and Rosamund Pike.

But Gaga said that attending the Globes, which is each year presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, represented a dream come true. She looked like a dream herself, wearing a blue Valentino dress and Giuseppi Zanotti platforms and wore a Tiffany necklace.

Best Original Song was won by “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. It is the first Golden Globe win and was the first nomination for the team of Gaga and Mark Ronson.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga at Globes - NBC
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga at Globes – NBC

Ronson thanked Cooper, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and all those who wrote music for the movie soundtrack.

“Finally to the captain of the SS Shallow, the genius comes from you,” Ronson said to Gaga who joined him on stage before the typically rowdy crowd. “You’re the one who led us into the deep waters.”

Gaga said: “As a woman in music it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songswriter,” before she thanked Ben Rice and the team of men and women she worked with on the film.

Gaga earlier E! earlier that she initially felt overwhelmed on the set of “A Star Is Born,” but Cooper was patient and kind.

“Do you need to cry,” he asked her, she said. “I said ‘I think so’ and I started crying, I kind of let it go and the scene happened as written but it happened in a much more organized way. He taught me how to be present on set and that was an invaluable lesson.”

Golden Globes Andy Samberg Sandra Oh - Courtesy NBC
Golden Globes Andy Samberg Sandra Oh – Courtesy NBC

Gaga said the Ally character was “nothing like me.” She said even at the outset of her career she was confident.

Idris Elba and Taylor Swift presented the music awards for the night.

Best Original Score was secured by Justin Herwitz for “First Man.” He had previously won a Golden Globe for the feature film La La Land. He thanked Universal the Los Angeles Musicians.

Prior to his win, Malek said he had good recollections of early days of production of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Malek said that he had to do a tryout for the role of Freddie Mercury in the 20th Century Fox film.

“I had to go to Abby Road Studios and sing and dance and do a mock press conference because it was the band who had the say in who got cast,” Malek said. “I feel so fortunate I got to play their beloved dear friend.”

Malek told E! online he thinks he knows why he got the role. “I think it was a bit of the mischief behind my eyes.”

Rami Malek - Courtesy NBC
Rami Malek – Courtesy NBC

Cooper and Gaga announced the first award of the evening , won by 74-year-old Michael Douglas for his role as Sandy Kominsky on “The Kominsky Method” on Netflix. He dedicated the win to his 102-year-old father actor Kirk Douglas.

The Golden Globes are presented each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Grants of $1 million will go to the organizations The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Inside Climate News, “Simply put it is incumbent to protect the freedom of creative expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This is our story to tell, our story to write, and this is our stand to take.”

Carol Burnett was the first recipient of a special new award to be given in her name. “The Carol Burnett Show” was a groundbreaking production, and Burnett was the first woman to host a variety sketch show. It ran for 11 years and earned 23 Emmy Awards. Steve Carrell, who presented the award to Burnett said the show still “remains the gold standard for television comedy.”

“Beyond that, Carol Burnett lives up to everything you’d expect, she’s who you would hope Carol Burnett to be. Carrell said it was the greatest honor of his life to present the award.

Carol Burnett crosses her fingers for luck - NBC
Carol Burnett crosses her fingers for luck at Golden Globes – NBC

“Does this mean I get to accept this every year? ” Burnett said in receiving the award.

“My first love was the movies, I would see six to eight films a week with my grandmother,” Burnett said. “Later when I was a teenager we got our first TV set. What facinated me was how the stars on the screen made people laugh or cry,” and she said she wished she could do the same one day. Burnett said she was happy that half a century later the show connects with people in a way that makes her “very proud.”

Burnett also said she was incredibly fortunate to do the show at the time when expensive productions were actually done. The show had a 28-piece live orchestra, 12 dancers and 65 costumes a week. She thanked her featured players Harvey Korman, Vicky, Lyle and Tim Conway and the weekly guest stars.

“The crew was one big happy family and nothing like our show could never see the light of day today,” she said. “The networks couldn’t spend the money … Here’s to reruns and Youtube,” she said. Burnett, who was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club last month, said that her Globe is dedicated to her fellow artists who have been “granted a canvas to paint with our talent to make people laugh or cry or do both.”

She said she was thankful she could “look back and say once more ‘I’m so glad we had this time together.'”

Presented with the iconic Cecil B. DeMille Award was Jeff Bridges, who has brilliantly portrayed everyone from Obadiah Stane in Iron Man (2008) and an alien in Starman (1985) to The Dude in The Big Lebowski (1998).

Bridges’ career started when he was a kid on his father, Lloyd Bridges’ TV show “Sea Hunt.” He thanked he Coen Brothers as well as late directors Michael Cimino and Peter Bogdanovich.

Jeff Bridges - Courtesy NBC
Jeff Bridges – Courtesy NBC

Winners

Actor, Drama: w-Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Lucas Hedges, “Boy Erased”; John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman.”

Drama: w-“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” ”If Beale Street Could Talk,” ”A Star Is Born.”

Actress, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: w-Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora,” Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”; Connie Britton, “Dirty John”; Laura Dern, “The Tale”; Regina King, “Seven Seconds.”

Animated Film: w-“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Incredibles 2,” ”Isle of Dogs,” ”Mirai,” and ”Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Actor, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: w-Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”; Sacha Baron Cohen, “Who Is America”; Jim Carrey, “Kidding”; Donald Glover, “Atlanta”; Bill Hader, “Barry.”

Actor, Comedy or Musical: w-Christian Bale, “Vice”; Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Mary Poppins Returns”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”; Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”; John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie.”

Original Score, Motion Picture: w-Justin Hurwitz, “First Man”; Marco Beltrami, “A Quiet Place”; Alexandre Desplat, “Isle of Dogs”; Ludwig Goransson, “Black Panther”; Marc Shaiman, “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Foreign Language: w-”Roma,” “Capernaum,” ”Girl,” ”Never Look Away,” ”Shoplifters.”

Original Song, Motion Picture: w-Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson “Shallow,” ”A Star Is Born”;
Kendrick Lamar, “All The Stars,” ”Black Panther”; Dolly Parton, “Girl in the Movies,” ”Dumplin”; Annie Lennox, “Requiem for a Private War” from “A Private War”; Troye Sivan and Jonsi, “Revelation,” ”Boy Erased.”

Actor, Comedy or Musical: w-Christian Bale, “Vice”; Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Mary Poppins Returns”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”; Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”; John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie.”

Actor, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: w-Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”; Daniel Bruhl, “The Alienist”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Patrick Melrose”; Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal.”

Director, Motion Picture: w-Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”; Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Adam McKay, “Vice.”

Actress, TV Series-Drama: w-Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”; Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Julia Roberts, “Homecoming”; Keri Russell, “The Americans.”

Screenplay, Motion Picture: w-Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, “Green Book,” Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”; Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Adam McKay, “Vice”; Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”;

Actress, TV Series, Musical or Comedy: w-Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”; Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown”;
Alison Brie, “GLOW”; Debra Messing, “Will & Grace.”

TV Series, Musical or Comedy: w-“The Kominsky Method,” “Barry,” “The Good Place,” ”Kidding,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

TV Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: w-“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “The Alienist,” ”Escape at Dannemora,” ”Sharp Objects,” ”A Very English Scandal.”

Actress, Comedy or Musical: w-Olivia Colman, “The Favorite”; Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”; Elsie Fisher, “Eighth Grade”; Charlize Theron, “Tully”; Constance Wu, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Comedy or Musical: w-“Green Book,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Vice.”

Actress, Drama: w- Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”; Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Rosamund Pike, “A Private War.”

Actress-Supporting Role, Motion Picture: w-Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Amy Adams, “Vice”; Claire Foy, “First Man”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite.”

Actor, TV Series-Drama: w-Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”; Jason Bateman, “Ozark”; Stephan James, “Homecoming”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Matthew Rhys, “The Americans.”

Actress, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: w-Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”; Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Thandie Newton, “Westworld”; Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Actor-Supporting Role, Motion Picture: w-Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice.”

Actor, Supporting Role, Series, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: w-Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”; Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”; Kieran Culkin, “Succession”; Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Henry Winkler, “Barry.”

Best Television Series Drama: w- “The Americans,” ”Bodyguard,” ”Homecoming,” ”Killing Eve,” ”Pose.”

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