'Bohemian Rhapsody' takes upset win at Netflix-dominated Golden Globes

By Reuters   January 7, 2019 | 02:29 pm GMT+7
'Bohemian Rhapsody' takes upset win at Netflix-dominated Golden Globes
Jim Beach (center R) accepts the award for Bohemian Rhapsody, winner of Best Motion Picture, Drama. Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters

Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” and U.S. segregation-era comedy “Green Book” took home the top Golden Globes on Sunday.

The awards night saw presumed favorite "A Star is Born" largely shut out and big wins for Netflix.

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 fulfillment 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 television, including best foreign language film "Roma." The Mexican movie, which also took the prize for best director, is seen as an Oscar frontrunner in February.

Rami Malek, who won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 20th Century Fox film "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.

It was a good night for Oh, who as well as co-hosting her first Golden Globe ceremony was named best television drama actress for BBC America thriller "Killing Eve."

In contrast to the political barbs, often directed at U.S. President Donald Trump, that have marked recent awards shows, Sunday’s Golden Globes had a more positive vibe.

Lady Gaga, whose role in Warner Bros "A Star is Born" was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for "Shallow."

British actress Olivia Coleman was a winner for bawdy historical romp "The Favourite."

In television, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller "The Americans," limited series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," and new Netflix comedy "The Kominsky Method."

Carol Burnett and Jeff Bridges were both awarded lifetime achievement Golden Globes.

 
 
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