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Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book upset wins at Golden Globes

Favourites miss out as dark horses take top prizes

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and civil rights dramedy Green Book took home the top Golden Globes for best drama film and best musical or comedy film respectively on Sunday on a night of upsets.

Presumed favourite A Star Is Born was largely shut out and there were big wins for Netflix.

The annual prizes for movies and television, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were handed out at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hilton.

Tears and astonishment marked the winners podium as Glenn Close for The Wife beat front runner Lady Gaga as best drama actress, and Green Book triumphed over more high-profile comedies Vice and The Favourite.

"Oh my God. I just don't believe it," a tearful Close said of her win, before issuing a rallying cry to women to seek fulfilment in their careers.

"We have to say, I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that," the 71-year-old said, to huge applause from the gathering of A-list stars.

Streaming service Netflix, which has upended Hollywood by spending billions on original programming, won five Golden Globes across movies and TV, including best foreign language film Roma.

The Mexican movie, which also took the prize for best director, is seen as an Oscar front runner next month.

Malek, who won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, dedicated his award to the British singer, who died of Aids in 1991.

"I love you, you beautiful man. This is for you, and because of you, gorgeous," Malek said.

Vice, a scathing political comedy about the rise to power of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, went into Sunday's ceremony with a leading six nominations but emerged with just one win, for Christian Bale for his performance as Cheney.

Instead, small movie Green Book went home with the biggest haul - three - including best comedy, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay.

"This is beyond anything we ever imagined when we began shooting," said director-writer Peter Farrelly.

He said the story of the black pianist who strikes up a friendship with his Italian-American driver gave him hope.

"I wanted to share that hope with you because we are still living in divided times," Farrelly said.

Co-host Sandra Oh, who was born in Canada and is of Korean descent, paid tribute to the slew of Golden Globe-nominated films and TV shows featuring black and Asian actors and directors, including Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman.

"I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change," Oh said. "Right now, this moment is real. Because I see you... all these faces of change. And now so will everyone else."

It was a good night for Oh, who as well as co-hosting her first Golden Globes ceremony alongside Andy Samberg, was named best TV drama actress for BBC America thriller Killing Eve.

Lady Gaga, whose role in A Star Is Born was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for Shallow, while British actress Olivia Colman was a winner for bawdy historical romp The Favourite.

In TV, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller The Americans, limited series The Assassination Of Gianni Versace and new Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method.- REUTERS

List of key winners at the 2019 Golden Globes

FILM

  • Best film, drama: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best film, musical or comedy: Green Book
  • Best actor, drama: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • Best actress, drama: Glenn Close (The Wife)
  • Best actor, musical or comedy: Christian Bale (Vice)
  • Best actress, musical or comedy: Olivia Colman ( The Favourite)
  • Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
  • Best supporting actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Best director: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
  • Best foreign language film: Roma
  • Best screenplay: Green Book
  • Best original song: Shallow (A Star Is Born, written by Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga, right)
  • Best animated feature: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

TELEVISION

  • Best drama series: The Americans
  • Best drama actor: Richard Madden (Bodyguard)
  • Best drama actress: Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
  • Best musical or comedy series: The Kominsky Method
  • Best musical or comedy actor: Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
  • Best musical or comedy actress: Rachel Brosnahan ( The Marvelous Mrs Maisel)
  • Best supporting actor (all categories): Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Best limited series or TV movie: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Best limited series or TV movie actor: Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  • Best limited series or TV movie actress: Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
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