The 2019 Golden Globes kicked off the year (and film awards season) in suitable fashion Jan. 6 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, with hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg celebrating Hollywood’s best. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of less than 100 media journalists, the 76th annual ceremony recognized new and familiar faces of both the small and big screens.
Oh, the first Asian person to host the ceremony, opened the show by admitting, “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change.... Right now, this moment is real. Trust me, it is real. Because I see you and I see you—all of these faces of change—and now so will everyone else.” Later, she joyously thanked her parents when she became the first Asian woman to win a second Golden Globe, in the TV drama actress category for BBC America’s “Killing Eve.”
In the film races, Universal Pictures’ “Green Book” won three of its five nominations: best picture in the musical or comedy category, supporting actor Mahershala Ali, and screenwriters Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly. Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” from 20th Century Fox, earned best drama picture, with star Rami Malek improving his chances in the upcoming Oscar race by winning the leading drama actor Globe. Christian Bale of Annapurna Pictures’ “Vice,” which led the film nominations tally, triumphed in the comedy actor race for his portrayal of Vice President Dick Cheney. In his acceptance speech, Bale thanked Satan for inspiring him.
Glenn Close of Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Wife” and Olivia Colman of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Favourite” took home the leading actress drama and comedy trophies, respectively. “I felt destined to be an actress,” said an emotional Close in her speech. “It will have been 45 years in September that I am a working actress and I cannot imagine a more wonderful life.”
Regina King of Annapurna Pictures’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” widely considered this year’s frontrunner for supporting actress, solidified that status with her first-ever Globe win. In her speech she referenced the #TimesUp movement, which was launched by the women of Hollywood at last year’s Globes: “We understand that our microphones are big...I’m going to use my platform right now to say, in the next two years everything that I produce—I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 percent women. And I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power—not just in our industry, in all industries—I challenge you to challenge yourself, and stand with us in solidarity, and do the same.”
FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” continued its 2018 Emmys success with two wins, for limited series and star Darren Criss. Netflix’s Chuck Lorre comedy “The Kominsky Method” also earned two—for comedy series, continuing the Globes’ trend of recognizing new shows, and for leading man Michael Douglas. Best drama went to the final season of FX’s “The Americans,” which before this year had never been nominated by the HFPA. Rachel Brosnahan pulled off a rare second consecutive Globe win as leading actress of Amazon Prime Video’s Amy Sherman-Palladino comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Richard Madden of Netflix’s “The Bodyguard,” Patricia Arquette of Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” Ben Whishaw of Amazon’s “A Very English Scandal,” and Patricia Clarkson of HBO’s “Sharp Objects” also won Globe statues.
Screen legend Jeff Bridges accepted this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, while comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett was given the first annual, and aptly named, Carol Burnett Award. For a complete list of Golden Globe winners, click here. And for more coverage of the 2019 awards races, stay tuned at Backstage!
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