Sunday night’s 76th annual Golden Globes offered the biggest and brightest stars in cinema and television. It was full of fashion, fun, fame, and a few big surprises. The biggest being, of course, the success of Bohemian Rhapsody. The Freddie Mercury biopic, which had a long and arduous road to the big screen that included casting changes and its director being fired, ended up winning Best Picture (Drama) and Best Actor (Drama) for star Rami Malek. Nominated in the same categories as A Star is Born and Bradley Cooper, Bohemian Rhapsody and its wins are a huge upset over what was considered by many to be the movie-to-beat this awards season.
The Motion Picture Results
With Star waning and Queen rising on the Drama front, the Musical/Comedy side of the awards was a little more predictable. Green Book, which has been on the quieter side of the awards race since bursting onto the scene relatively early (it won the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival), re-emerged as a viable Best Picture candidate by winning Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), a bit of an upset over Vice. The Dick Cheney biopic did manage to win Best Actor (Musical/Comedy) for Christian Bale’s performance. The Best Actor Oscar race seems to be between Bale and Malek at this point, with Cooper a very real possibility to win if A Star is Born can make up some of the momentum it’s now apparently lost.
Lady Gaga was also upset at the Globes, losing Best Actress (Drama) to veteran Glenn Close for her performance in The Wife. Close has been in the industry for decades, is widely respected as one of the best actresses of her generation, but has yet to win Oscar gold. That’s a narrative the Academy tends to like, and with many assuming Gaga had this award locked up, it opens up the race and could make things very interesting going forward.
On the Supporting side, things went about as expected. Mahershala Ali won Supporting Actor for his turn as the refined Doc Shirley in Green Book, a wonderful performance that may not be as good as his Oscar-winning work in Moonlight from a couple of years ago, but may just be good enough for him to win another Oscar. Sam Elliott has been routinely considered a favorite for this award, but here again A Star is Born could not close the deal. Regina King won Supporting Actress for her turn in If Beale Street Could Talk, picking up momentum for her to win on Oscar night.
Roma walked away with Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best Foreign Language Film, Green Book won Best Screenplay (there is no Original or Adapted at the Globes, just an overall Screenplay award), Justin Hurwitz won Best Score for his work on First Man, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Film, making it the prohibitive favorite to win the Oscar.
In addition, awards contender BlackKklansman went home empty-handed, while The Favourite only managed to win Best Actress (Musical/Comedy) for Olivia Colman, a mild upset given that Emily Blunt was supposed to have momentum with Mary Poppins Returns. While it’s hard to put too much stock into the Globes because of the way they divide their categories (along with their reputation for being little more than a showbiz glamfest rather than a substantive award), these results aren’t so ridiculous that they can be dismissed out-of-hand. The awards race just got a little more exciting, and it’ll be up to the guilds and BAFTA to sort out who’s viable and who’s only momentarily hot.
The Television Results
For the TV awards, The Americans walked away with Best Drama for its final season, while Netflix’s The Kominsky Method — an amusing if disposable comedy starring screen legends Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin — came away with Best Comedy. Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), the latter of whom also co-emceed the event, won the Drama Lead acting awards, while Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Ms. Maisel) won the same awards for Comedy.
Miniseries awards went to Darren Criss (Lead Actor for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Patricia Arquette (Lead Actress for Escape at Dannemora), Ben Whishaw (Supporting Actor for A Very English Scandal), and Patricia Clarkson (Supporting Actress for Sharp Objects). American Crime Story won Best Miniseries.
So how did your CPAs (Certified Pundit of Awards) Deepak and Ryley do? Ryley did the TV picks on his own, and out of 11 categories, got seven right, or 64%. Pretty, pretty good. Ryley’s movie picks went five of 14, or 36%. My movie picks six of 14, or 43%.