Golden Globes: Bohemian Rhapsody wins top honor

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Winning streak for Bohemian Rhapsody

The Freddie Mercury biopic won both awards it was nominated for; the Golden Globe for best motion picture and one for Rami Malek as best actor in a drama. Directed by Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody moved fans around the globe as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is in charge of awarding the Golden Globes — often regarded as a litmus test for the Oscars.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Rami Malek's role 'of a lifetime'

In his acceptance speech, actor Rami Malek thanked Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for "giving him the joy of a lifetime." Mercury died of complications related to AIDS in 1991. Queen's guitarist Brian May sat with Malek throughout the awards ceremony, representing the legendary rock band that was nominated for several Grammy Awards and won four Brit Awards between 1977 and 1992.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Comedy or drama?

The award for best musical or comedy went to Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. As opposed to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes make a distinction between "Best Drama" and "Best Musical/Comedy" — though sometimes the best comedies also have plenty of drama in them too, as was the case this year.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

The top winner: Green Book

Out of five nominations, Green Book picked up awards in three categories, making it the 2018 winner with the most awards. Actor Mahershala Ali obtained the nod for his supporting role. Based on true events, the movie set in the context of racial segregation in the 1960s tells the story of African-American jazz pianist Don Shirley and his friendship with his white chauffeur Tony Lip.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Best original song: Lady Gaga

With her impressive film debut in A Star is Born, she was widely predicted to win the best actress award; while that didn't happen, the American singer didn't leave empty-handed, scoring the award for best original song for the track "Shallow." Two years earlier, she had also picked up a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV series "American Horror Story: Hotel."

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Out of the shadows: Glenn Close

Glenn Close was also among those who scored a major win at the 76th Golden Globe. The 71-year-old actress bagged the Globe for best actress in a drama for her performance in The Wife — a film about a woman in the shadow of a narcissistic husband. The Swedish-American co-production also features Jonathon Pryce and Christian Slater.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Uncanny transformation: Christian Bale as US vice president

Christian Bale won a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for his portrayal of US Vice President Dick Cheney, under the George W. Bush administration, in the movie Vice. With six nominations, Vice was a favorite in the running at this year's Golden Globes; it however only succeeded in this one category.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Olivia Colman a 'Favorite' of the night

The Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy also went to a Brit; actress Olivia Colman scored the award for her performance as Queen Anne (1655 - 1714) in The Favorite. Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, the movie was nominated in a total of five categories.

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Mexico scores double-win

Alfonso Cuarón's film Roma picked up not only the Golden Globe for best foreign film but he was also recognized as best director. The Mexican production was up against competition from Lebanon (Capernaum), Belgium (Girl), Japan (Shoplifters) and Germany (Never Look Away), which was directed by Oscar winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others, 2006).

A celebration of music in film: the 76th Golden Globe Awards

Honorary award for Jeff Bridges

American Actor Jeff Bridges went home with the Cecil B. DeMille Award — an honorary Golden Globe bestowed for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Born in 1949, Bridges shot to fame during the 1970s and 80s with movies like Starman and Against All Odds. His most famous performance is nevertheless that of "The Dude" in the 1998 Coen brothers' crime comedy, The Big Lebowski.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about British rock band Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury, has won the Golden Globe for best film drama. The motion picture beat out favorite A Star is Born.

Bohemian Rhapsody pulled off a major upset at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, taking home two top prizes — best drama film and best actor for Rami Malek.

The film won over early favorite A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga, superhero smash hit Black Panther, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and If Beale Street Could Talk. Sunday's winners are seen as a predictor to which films will win the all-important Academy Awards (Oscars) on February 24.

The awards were hosted by actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, who opened the ceremony with a comedy skit. During her routine, Oh made fun of white actors performing Asian roles.

"Crazy Rich Asians is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha," Oh joked. An unscripted "I'm sorry" from fellow actress Emma Stone, who was the lead in Aloha, had the audience laughing and Oh looking relieved.

Sandra Oh won an award herself, snatching best actress in a TV drama for "Killing Eve," and in a moving speech, thanked her parents in Korean. The win was the third Golden Globe in her career.

Malik: 'I tried to find the humanity in him'

The best actor win was the first Golden Globe for Rami Malek, who had been twice nominated for his role on the television drama "Mr. Robot."

Malik thanked Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as Freddy Mercury for providing the role of a lifetime. "I tried to find the humanity in him," Malik said.

"I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity. I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film," the 37-year-old said.

Glenn Close encourages women to dream

Veteran actress Glenn Close won the Golden Globe for her role in The Wife, beating the favorite Lady Gaga for her role in A Star is Born. 

Close was pleasantly shocked hearing her name called out and expressed her gratitude on stage with an emotional speech about female empowerment. She said the film role and the moment made her think of her mother.

Glenn Close encouraged women to follow their dreams

"I'm thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life," Close said. "And in her 80s, she said to me: 'I feel like I haven't accomplished anything,' and it was so not right," she added during the tearful speech.

Close drew on perceptions of women as nurturers, engrossed in family life, but said there had to be more to women's lives. "We have to find personal fulfillment," the 71-year-old actress said. "We have to say I can do that and I should be allowed to do that."

Bale: Cheney inspiration hailed from 'Satan'

Christian Bale picked up the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for his portrayal of former US Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice. 

After more traditional thanks to his cast mates and director Adam McKay, Bale added "thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for this role." 

Green Book: a movie for 'divided times'

Green Book was the winner in the best comedy or musical category. In the civil-rights era film, African-American actor Mahershala Ali starts as a concert pianist who strikes a friendship with his white chauffeur, played by Viggo Mortensen.

Ali also won best supporting actor for the movie. Green Book also won best screenplay for a motion picture.

Mahershala Ali (left) played famed pianist Don Shirley in Green Book

Director Peter Farrelly said the win was beyond anything he and his team imagined when they embarked on the film. "This story, when I heard it, gave me hope, and I wanted to share that hope with you. We're still living in divided times, perhaps more than ever," Farrelly added.

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Roma wins best director and foreign language film

Spanish-language Roma, a semi-autobiographical film by legendary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, snatched the foreign language category and best directing. The black-and-white film, which was released by Netflix, details the story of a family in 1970s Mexico City and their relationship with their nanny.

The film caused waves in Latin America, as the protagonist was played by a Mexican actress of indigenous descent, who was the first to be featured on the cover of Vogue Mexico.


Alfonso Cuaron has won three Golden Globes in his career; his first came in 2014 for directing Gravity.

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