LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes gave Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance A Star is Born, and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip Green Book the best comedy or musical film.
In a night of upsets, Rami Malek won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Glenn Close won for The Wife over presumed favorite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born.
Lady Gaga, whose role in the movie was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for “Shallow.”
British actors Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) and Christian Bale (Vice) took home the lead comedy movie acting awards.
Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Globe for best director and, as expected, his lovingly shot semi-autobiographical movie Roma was named best foreign language movie.
The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are the first major showbusiness awards in the countdown to the Oscars in February.
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 the film has proved divisive among audiences and critics and went home with just one for actor Mr. Bale.
In television, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller The Americans, new comedy The Kominsky Method, and limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Special awards were also given honoring beloved American comedian Carol Burnett and actor Jeff Bridges.
Ms. Burnett was presented on Sunday with the first-ever Golden Globe recognizing a lifetime career in television, an award that was named after her.
The Carol Burnett award, to be presented every year, was established this year to celebrate the new golden age of television marked by high profile shows attracting Oscar-winning actors and directors.
Ms. Burnett, 85, the Emmy-winning star of the 1960s and 1970s TV sketch series The Carol Burnett Show, is regarded as a pioneer for women in comedy and one of the most decorated women in TV.
Ms. Burnett dedicated her award “to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television.”
The Carol Burnett Show won 23 Emmy Awards and Ms. Burnett went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and become a Kennedy Center honoree.
Mr. Bridges, the rascally dude of cult classic The Big Lebowski and star of Crazy Heart, was awarded the annual Golden Globe for lifetime achievement after a 60-year career on film and TV.
Mr. Bridges, 69, got his start as a child star appearing alongside his parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and his older brother Beau in the 1950s before carving his own path in mostly offbeat roles.
Never typecast, Mr. Bridges has played a bank robber, a struggling writer, a blank-faced alien, a US president and a video game programmer in both independent and blockbuster movies. — Reuters
And the winner is…
LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes for movies and television, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were handed out at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Sunday, hosted by actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
Following is the list of winners:
• BEST DRAMA — Bohemian Rhapsody
• BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL — Green Book
• BEST ACTOR, DRAMA — Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
• BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA — Glenn Close, The Wife
• BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL — Christian Bale, Vice
• BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL — Olivia Colman, The Favourite
• BEST DIRECTOR — Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Mahershala Ali, Green Book
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
• BEST ANIMATED FILM — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
• BEST FOREIGN FILM — Roma, Mexico
• Best original score — Justin Hurwitz, First Man
• BEST ORIGINAL SONG — “Shallow,” A Star is Born
• BEST TV DRAMA SERIES — The Americans, FX
• BEST TV COMEDY/MUSICAL SERIES — The Kominsky Method, Netflix
• BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX
• BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA — Richard Madden, Bodyguard
• BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA — Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
• BEST ACTOR, TV COMEDY/MUSICAL — Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
• BEST ACTRESS, TV COMEDY/MUSICAL — Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
• BEST ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES — Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
• BEST ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES — Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
• BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects — Reuters