Golden Globes 2019: Rhapsody Rocks the Drama Awards, Vice Wins Comedy “Election”


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Green Book won Best Picture- Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes on Jan 6. Lead Mahershala Ali also won Best Supporting Actor- Musical or Comedy.

The 76th Golden Globes took place Sunday, Jan. 6 2019 on NBC. Many of the year’s most popular movies and TV shows were nominated for an award, but only a few people and movies won the most coveted prizes.

Seeming to surprise guests and viewers alike, the award for Best Picture – Drama went to the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Released Nov. 2, 2018 with mixed reviews from critics and rave reviews from audiences (much like the title song in 1975), this film surpassed blockbusters It (2017), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Deadpool 2 (2018) at the box office with a worldwide gross of $743 million, the highest grossing biopic of all time.

Nominated for two Golden Globes, Bohemian Rhapsody won both of the awards when actor Rami Malek took home the award for Best Actor – Drama for his performance as Freddie Mercury. The star of the hit TV show Mr. Robot has been awkward in interviews and speeches before this role, but the charisma of the singer must have rubbed of on him when, during his acceptance speech, he blew a kiss to the deceased frontman, saying, “Thank you, you beautiful man. This is for you, gorgeous.”

The winner of Best Actress – Drama was Glenn Close for her performance as Joan Castleman in The Wife. Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer, the film centers around the wife of a Nobel Prize winning author who is unrecognized next to her husband. Released Aug. 16, 2018 with good reviews from audiences and critics, The Wife has made a total of $16 million worldwide.

The award for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy was given to Green Book, a film based on the true story of Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) driving musician Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) across the south in the 60s for a tour. Released on Nov. 16, 2018 and nominated for five Golden Globes, Green Book made $36 million at the box office with great reviews from both audiences and critics, winning three of its five awards.

While Ali won Best Supporting Actor – Musical or Comedy, Mortensen lost Best Lead Actor – Musical or Comedy to Christian Bale in his role of Dick Cheney in Vice, thanking Satan during his speech for “giving [him] inspiration to play this role.” Nominated for six Golden Globes, Vice tells the story of Dick Cheney’s rise to power as vice-president under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell). Released Dec. 25 2018, the film has made $30 million at the box office.

Winning Best Actress – Musical or Comedy was Olivia Colman in The Favourite. Coleman plays Queen Anne in 18th century England, who lets her friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) govern the country after she has fallen ill. Nominated for five Golden Globes, The Favourite has made $28 million with great reviews from critics and audiences alike.

The Golden Globes kicked off the award season for movies, TV shows, and music, with the 61st Grammy Awards airing on Feb. 10, and the 91st Oscars scheduled for Feb. 24.