Hollywood royalty has assembled at the Beverly Hilton, California for the 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on January 7, 2019

The awards celebrate the best works and performances in US film and television for the year and are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes have long been considered an important predictor of the Academy Awards, which are scheduled to take place on 25 February.

This year’s awards were hosted by Sandra Oh (also a winner on the night for her work in Killing Eve) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.

After last year’s award ceremony saw many stars don black in protest at Hollywood’s handling of sexual assault and harassment, the 2019 instalment had been billed as a more upbeat affair.

Lady Gaga
Above: Lady Gaga arrives at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. The double nominee wore a Valentino Couture custom dress.

Is this the real life? Bohemian Rhapsody claims an upset win

UPDATE: Bohemian Rhapsody emerged as the surprise winner at the awards, claiming the gong for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

The film could only scrape a critical rating of 49% per review collation site Metacritic, but it sensationally upset A Star is Born, which was the short-prized favourite for an award not noted for throwing up surprises.

The biopic was years in the making and endured a torturous path through Hollywood development hell before finally emerging as a box-office phenomenon. An earlier iteration of the film had Sacha Baron Cohen in the starring role before he quit due to creative differences.

Rami Malek.

Above: Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, dressed in a Givenchy tux, arrives at the awards

A Star is Born, the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, was widely expected to be the big winner on the night. Cooper had been nominated as both actor and director and co-star Lady Gaga was also the prohibitive favourite to win the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama award.

Neither star won any of those three awards in the end, with Remi Malek instead taking the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Queen singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Alfonso Cuarón also beat Cooper to the Best Director prize for his revered Roma.

Meanwhile, Glenn Close was a shock winner for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her work in The Wife, an award which many observers had already pencilled in for Lady Gaga.

The movie, the fourth remake of a 1937 film, did take the prize for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, however, with Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’.

Other winners included FX series The Americans, which has capped a year of immense critical acclaim by taking out the award for Best Television Series – Drama while Netflix’s The Kominsky Method was named the best television musical or comedy.

While this year’s awards have had less of a political feel than last year’s instalment, some stars did use the occasion to make a statement.

After winning Best Actress in a Drama Film for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk, Regina King vowed to employ more women on her future projects. “I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years, everything that I produce, I’m making a vow — it’s going to be tough — to make sure that everything that I produce that is 50% women.”

Netflix muscles into the Golden Globes with its critical darling Roma

The most critically acclaimed film of 2018, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has won Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. The film’s success underlines Netflix’s growing success as a film distributor; the streaming giant acquired the distribution rights and released it both as a film available on Netflix and a limited cinematic release.

There has been strong industry speculation that the film will earn Netflix its first Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. It is also considered a good chance of becoming the first foreign language film to claim the Best Picture award.

The Golden Globes had previously been quick to welcome Amazon into the fold, previously honouring Amazon Studios’ Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This year, the latter again collected the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for its star, Rachel Brosnahan.

Olivia Colman

Above: Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman on the red carpet

Other winners at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale (Vice)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)