‘Green Book’ And, Uh, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Win Top Awards At 76th Golden Globe Awards

Huh. Hi, guys. I’m writing this Golden Globes recap ten minutes after it ended, and I’m still confused by those two top awards. I’ll cut Green Book some slack, because while I was lukewarm on the film I understood why other people liked it, and I predicted it would win. But…I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bohemian Rhapsody has shocked the world and won Best Film – Drama.

That’s right: the critically mixed Bohemian Rhapsody has now elbowed its way into the Oscar race like its nobody’s business, knocking off perceived frontrunners A Star Is Born (went home with only one award, for Best Original Song) and Black Panther (zero wins). Everyone in the room was shocked by this victory, including the cast and crew of the film, who seemed confused when giving their speeches. Rhapsody also won a slightly-less shocking award for Rami Malek, whose enthusiastic speech should give him enough energy to head towards an eventual Oscar victory. As for Green Book, it also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali (deserved) and Best Screenplay (mmm…okay). With his incredible speech here, as well as the weakness of the surrounding field, Ali has likely secured himself a second win at the Oscars. And as for Rhapsody and Green Book, they have likely catapulted themselves to the front of the Oscar race, much to the chagrin of both films’ critics (these are two of the most disliked winners in the Globes’ history). And as I mentioned Malek and Ali’s great speeches launching them to Oscar glory, you should also look to the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress side of things. Regina King is in a heated battle for Best Supporting Actress at the Globes, but she should be safe after showing up as the Best Dressed to the party, winning the award, and delivering one of the night’s best speeches (side note: it’s so great watching Barry Jenkins cry every single time one of his actors wins an award). Similarly, Glenn Close pulled off the upset in Best Actress – Drama over Lady Gaga, and with one fell swoop began toppling the dominos that lead to her first Oscar win (this is her first movie Globe as well). Yes, Olivia Colman also won, and she delivered a great speech, but make no mistake: Close is going to pull off the Julianne Moore and win her first Oscar for arguably her worst film.

Of course, if anyone last night was a true winner, it would have to be Alfonso Cuarón, who won two awards for his work on Roma. His speeches for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director were humble, gracious, funny, poignant, and all-around great, and as films continue to battle it out to claim the frontrunner mantle in the coming weeks, look to Roma to slowly but surely build support (it wasn’t eligible for Best Film due to an insane rule that foreign language films can’t compete in the top category). As for the rest of the show, things played out mostly as expected – The Assassination of Gianni Versace won Best Limited Series and Best Actor for Darren Criss (who snuck a Very Potter Musical reference into his acceptance speech), Rachel Brosnahan won Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy Series, and Patricia Arquette won for Best Actress in a Limited Series. However, there was still plenty of room for surprises: host Sandra Oh won Best Actress for her phenomenal work on Killing Eve; The Kominsky Method won Best Comedy and Best Actor for Michael Douglas; and Richard Madden won Best Actor in a Drama Series for Bodyguard. And in the biggest, happiest twist of the night, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Film, and the producers went on to give one of the night’s best speeches. Outside of those top awards, it was a pretty well-deserved night all around.

And what of the show itself? Well, honestly, it was one of the more fun shows in recent memory. Hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg proved themselves to be two of the most capable MCs in the business, nailing a series of jokes and non-sequiters with an ease only matched by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in recent years (Poehler showed up with Maya Rudolph for one of the funniest bits of the night). I really want to commend Samberg, for while he was clearly responsible for the writing of the material (the writing had Lonely Island fingerprints all over), he accepted a role as straight man, allowing Oh to deliver most of the great jokes – one of my favorites was that Black Panther was representative of the under-served community of Movie Fans Who Want More Movies Where People Ride Rhinos Like Horses. And in one of the night’s most iconic moments, Oh joked that Crazy Rich Asians was the most popular all-Asian film since Aloha, to which whitewashed lead Emma Stone vocally – and unscriptedly – apologized for the blunder. In fact, the duo was only outdone by the far more iconic duo of Sandra Oh’s Parents, whom she brought to the show and were frequently cut to by the showrunners, allowing her mother’ Hard Stare to roast the audience – but when they leaped to their feet to cheer on their daughter, it was a moment of pure triumph and bliss. Oh, and if you expected anyone to deliver a better speech than Cecil B. DeMille and Carol Burnett Award winners Jeff Bridges and Carol Burnett, then you were clearly unaware of who these actors are. The two were funny, charming, honest, adorable, and perfect in every sense of the word.

So that wraps up my coverage of the night.Sadly, I must report to you all that I have once again lost to Lena Smith, who beat me by three measly runs (15 to 12), and I am once again forced to play catch-up in our yearly competition. Still, I won’t be deterred. There’s still the Oscars to predict, and a series of incredibly hot races that lack frontrunners. I’ll have more on the race and what this all means in coming weeks. Until then, you can see the full list of winners below.

Film

Best Drama

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best Musical or Comedy

  • Green Book
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Best Actor in a Drama

  • Rami Malek-Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Willem Dafoe-At Eternity’s Gate
  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Lucas Hedges-Boy Erased
  • John David Washington-BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale-Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda-Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen-Green Book
  • Robert Redford-The Old Man and the Gun
  • John C. Reilly-Stan and Ollie

Best Actress in a Drama

  • 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

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Olivia Colman-The Favourite
  • Emily Blunt-Mary Poppins Returns
  • Elsie Fisher-Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron-Tully
  • Constance Wu-Crazy Rich Asians

Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali-Green Book
  • Adam Driver-BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant-Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell-Vice
  • Timothée Chalamet-Beautiful Boy

Best Supporting Actress

  • Regina King-If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amy Adams-Vice
  • Claire Foy-First Man
  • Emma Stone-The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz-The Favourite

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón-Roma
  • Bradley Cooper-A Star Is Born
  • Peter Farrelly-Green Book
  • Spike Lee-BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay-Vice

Best Screenplay

  • Green Book
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best Original Score

  • First Man
  • Black Panther
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place

Best Original Song

  • “Shallow”-A Star Is Born
  • “All the Stars”-Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”-Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”-A Private War
  • “Revelation”-Boy Erased

Best Animated Film

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • The Grinch

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Roma
  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Shoplifters

TV 

Best Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • POSE

Best Comedy Series

  • The Kominsky Method
  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Richard Madden-Bodyguard
  • Jason Bateman-Ozark
  • Stephan James-Homecoming
  • Billy Porter-POSE
  • Matthew Rhys-The Americans

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Sandra Oh-Killing Eve
  • Caitriona Balfe-Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Keri Russell-The Americans
  • Julia Roberts-Homecoming

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Michael Douglas-The Kominsky Method
  • Sacha Baron Cohen-Who Is America?
  • Donald Glover-Atlanta
  • Bill Hader-Barry
  • Jim Carrey-Kidding

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Rachel Brosnahan-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kristen Bell-The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen-Murphy Brown
  • Alison Brie-GLOW
  • Debra Messing-Will and Grace

Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Darren Criss-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Antonio Banderas-Genius: Picasso
  • Daniel Brühl-The Alienist
  • Benedict Cumberbatch-Patrick Melrose
  • Hugh Grant-A Very English Scandal

Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Patricia Arquette-Escape to Dannemora
  • Amy Adams-Sharp Objects
  • Connie Britton-Dirty John
  • Laura Dern-The Tale
  • Regina King-Seven Seconds

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ben Whishaw-A Very English Scandal
  • Alan Arkin-The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin-Succession
  • Edgar Ramírez-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Henry Winkler-Barry

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Clarkson-Sharp Objects
  • Alex Borstein-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Penelope Cruz-The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Yvonne Strahovski-The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Thandie Newton-Westworld

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • The Alienist
  • Escape to Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

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