Hollywood's elite turned out en masse for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, and it was a memorable evening for the likes of Olivia Colman and Rami Malek. Scroll down for the inside track on this year's victors.
Olivia Colman wins Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for The Favourite
The most endearing acceptance speech of the night? That had to belong to Olivia Colman, winner of Best Actress in the Musical or Comedy category for critically acclaimed black comedy The Favourite. After all, it's not many winners who offer a thank you for sandwiches at one of Hollywood's glitziest ceremonies – but such self-deprecation is key to Colman's appeal, and indeed her win.
The actress has received unanimous acclaim for her pitiable yet sympathetic portrayal of English monarch Queen Anne, hailed as the fulcrum of a movie that has already generated a record 10 wins at the British Independent Film Awards. Multiple Oscar nominations are surely in the offing – we'll find out for sure on 22nd January, and Colman is surely in line for her first Academy Award.
Somewhat surprisingly The Favourite was overlooked in every other category – given the sheer level of acclaim, we may have expected it to do better. Even so, the Globes aren't always a consistent indicator of Oscars on the horizon, so there's still a chance of success.
Rami Malek wins Best Actor – Drama for Bohemian Rhapsody
The critical reception may have been mixed, but how can you argue with the most successful music biopic of all time? For that's what Bohemian Rhapsody is – having totalled more than $700 million at the global box office, it's a foot-stomping testament to the enduring power of Queen.
The movie was the surprise winner of Best Motion Picture – Drama and its sheer popularity with a mass audience was surely what helped propel lead actor Rami Malek, who plays front-man Freddie Mercury, to Golden Globe-winning status. The Mr. Robot actor won Best Actor – Drama, vindication for his eerily accurate depiction of Mercury's explosive stage presence and troubled private life.
The wins for both the film and Malek came as something of a shock to many – in both categories they emerged victorious over the likes of supposed favourite A Star is Born, and its acclaimed lead Bradley Cooper (that movie won just one Golden Globe, Best Original Song for 'Shallow').
It remains to be seen whether Bohemian Rhapsody will emerge as an Oscars contender – A Star is Born and other overlooked Globes nominees, including If Beale Street Could Talk, Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman, could experience a second wind.
Green Book wins Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category was one of this year's most contested, populated with an array of critically acclaimed box office hits including Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Vice and Mary Poppins Returns.
In the end, however, something of an underdog stole the show, a movie that has yet to be released in the UK. We're talking about road-trip movie Green Book, which dramatises the early 1960s journey between Italian driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and black classical musician Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali).
The movie is an unashamed crowd pleaser, tackling issues of racism, segregation and identity in an audience-friendly manner. Another of the movie's wins was shared between Nick Vallelonga (real-life son of Mortensen's character), Brian Currie and director Peter Farrelly for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Upon reflection, it's perhaps not surprising it won several Golden Globes – the movie plays to the stalls with a blend of fact-based history, warmth and humour, and less surprising is Ali's win for Best Supporting Actor. Many reviews have cited his performance as the heart of the film, and he continues a purple patch of memorable roles including the Oscar-winning Moonlight and the third series of True Detective.
As with Bohemian Rhapsody, it remains to be seen whether Green Book is considered 'substantial' enough to stand out from the competition in the most significant awards ceremony of all – the Oscars.
Christian Bale wins Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for Vice
Further challenging Bradley Cooper's status as the Best Actor favourite is Christian Bale. The Batman star received the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for his typically transformative performance in Vice, the somewhat polarising biopic of US vice president Dick Cheney.
Adam McKay's movie has split critics over its depiction of the powerful Cheney, but Bale's turn has cut through the controversy, the actor lauded for his physical resemblance and also acute understanding of Cheney's quietly influential presence.
Once again this was a strong category – Bale also defeated Lin-Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book, Robert Redford for The Old Man and the Gun and John C. Reilly for Stan & Ollie.
He stands a good chance of winning the Oscar – the Academy Awards love an actor who physically transforms (see Robert De Niro in Raging Bull as a famous example). Bale has also won an Oscar before in the Supporting Actor category (for The Fighter), so his past form in the area surely positions him as the front runner.
The remaining Golden Globe wins
Roma director Alfonso Cuaron fought off strong competition from The Favourite's Yorgos Lanthimos to win for his beautiful, black and white Netflix drama.
Elsewhere, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse added a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature to its raft of critical plaudits, and Justin Hurwitz won Best Original Score for his atmospheric work in First Man. (Incidentally, that was a movie completely overlooked in the nominations – everyone is curious whether the Oscars will follow suit.)
Finally, Regina King picked up Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, director Barry Jenkins's sensitive adaptation of James Baldwin's novel. Her win was one of the evening's most significant as her competition included The Favourite duo of Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone – will she repeat the same trick at the Oscars on 24th February?
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