LOS ANGELES – The 76th Golden Globes took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA where the Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out its coveted awards for film and television and surprised many on January 6. A string of upsets culminated with the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody winning Best Picture, Drama, over another movie about musicians: Bradley Cooper’s much more heavily favored A Star Is Born.
Greek-American Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, whose paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from Samos, was a big winner, in the film and television categories. Netflix’s Oscar hopeful, Roma by Alfonso Cuaron won Best Foreign Language Film and Cuaron won Best Director for the film.
“This film would not have been possible without the specific colors that made me who I am,” said Cuaron. “Gracias, familia. Gracias, Mexico.”
Netflix also won awards in the television category for the series The Kominsky Method, which won both Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Michael Douglas (he dedicated the honor to this 102-year-old father, Kirk Douglas) and for Best Comedy Series. In his acceptance speech, series creator Chuck Lorre said, “Netflix, Netflix, Netflix.”
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite was up for five of the coveted awards this year, including Best Picture (Comedy), two Best Supporting Actress nods for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and Best Screenplay for writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, but only managed to snag one, Best Actress in a Comedy for Olivia Colman. The British actress is thought to be Lady Gaga’s main opposition this awards season which culminates in the Academy Awards on February 24.
Lady Gaga was heavily favored to win in the Best Actress, Drama category for A Star Is Born, but Glenn Close won for her performance in The Wife, as the spouse of a Nobel Prize-winning author. Met with a standing ovation, Close said she was thinking of her mother, “who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life,” adding inspirational words for all women, “We have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.”
Bohemian Rhapsody was the big winner of the night, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama, and Best Actor for Rami Malek as singer Freddie Mercury, while Peter Farrelly’s Green Book beat out Lanthimos’ film for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
Regina King took home Best Supporting Actress for her part in If Beale Street Could Talk.
Screenwriters Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly won Best Screenplay for Green Book.
Greek-French composer Alexandre Desplat was also nominated this year for Best Original Score for Isle of Dogs but lost out to Justin Hurwitz for First Man.
Though shut out of all its other nominations, A Star Is Born did pick up the Best Song Golden Globe for Shallow by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. “Can I just say that as a woman in music, it’s really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as songwriter and these three incredible men, they lifted me up,” Gaga said in her acceptance speech.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.