BEVERLY HILLS—It is here America, awards season is in full swing. Why? The party of the year, the Golden Globes kicked off things with some surprising results people. Coming into the night it was “Vice” leading all contenders with six nominations, but in the end it was “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” who were big winners. “Bohemain Rhapsody” walked away with the night’s biggest prize, while “Green Book” took home three awards. “Vice” and “A Star is Born” only walked away with one award apiece.
The ceremony was hosted by an odd pairing with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg and “Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh. Samberg is a comedian and is known for hilarious skits, but the last time I checked I don’t recall Oh being that funny so I was eager to watch the opening between the two. They started by talking about their duties as host and how we’ve become a bit too sensitive. I didn’t think the jokes were as funny as they thought, where they gave more praise to the celebrities in the room, than actual roast like former hosts Ricky Gervais.
It climaxed with Oh giving a powerful message of inclusion, as she took the risk of hosting a show where not many faces of color are seen. The Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical went to Michael Douglas for “The Kominsky Method.” The cast of “Black Panther” presented the prize for Best Animated Feature Film to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” That is a surprise, I expected “The Incredibles 2” to win the prize. Richard Madden won the prize for Best Actor in a Drama TV Series for “Bodyguard.”
Wow, the Globes are not messing around with handing out the awards this year, as “The Americans” picked up the prize for Best TV Series Drama. I’m getting the feeling that the 2019 Golden Globes will be one full of surprises, which is always fun come awards season which at times can become predictable. Ben Whishaw picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Limited Series or TV Movie for “A Very English Scandal.” That bit between Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Stiller was hilarious people as they presented the award for Best Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie went to Patricia Arquette for “Escape at Dannemora.”
Lady Gaga picked up a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Shallow.” The singer/actress was near tears as she took to the stage to accept the prize. Now we’re getting to the good stuff. The Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture was a victory for Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” I knew it was a battle between Amy Adams for “Vice” and King, so this will be an interesting race moving forward. King gave a powerful speech that is certain to be part of the cooler conversation at work on Monday morning.
Sandra Oh was speechless as she took to the stage to accept her award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for “Killing Eve.” The skit between Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler was hilarious as they presented the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture to Mahershala Ali for “Green Book.” Could Mahershala be on his way to his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor? It looks quite probable. Rudolph delivered an amazing laugh by asking Poehler to marry her; wow, these two ladies are hands down my favs to host next year.
Best Screenplay was a tough category to say the least with “Green Book” claiming the prize. Screenplay is going to be an interesting race to watch come Oscar night. Patricia Clarkson picked up the Golden Globe for Supporting Actress in a TV Series for her amazing work in “Sharp Objects.” It was no surprise to see Christian Bale pick up the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his transformative work in “Vice.”
I didn’t know Bale was such a comedian; the guy delivered more laughs than I imagined while on stage. “Roma” won the prize for Best Foreign Language Film. In no surprise, Darren Criss picked up the prize for his riveting work in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” I honestly don’t think anyone else had an opportunity of taking the prize from Criss.
Jeff Bridges was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille award by his “Hell or High Water” co-star Chris Pine. Man, Jeff Bridges has been in a lot of damn movies; what an impressive film career people. Harrison Ford presented the Globe for Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron “Roma.” He looks like the favorite in that Best Director race people!
Rachel Brosnahan was victorious in the Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The Golden Globe for Best TV Series Comedy or Musical went to “The Kominsky Method.” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” beat out “Sharp Objects” for Best Limited Series or TV Movie. I honestly thought “Sharp Objects” should have won, but that is an argument for another day. Olivia Colman stood out for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her performance in “The Favourite.”
In a surprise, “Green Book” picked up the Golden Globe in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy race over “Vice.” I will acknowledge that “Green Book” is not really a comedy, but you might want to pencil the film in as a major contender in the Best Picture race. This was a major shocker, because so many expected Lady Gaga to win Best Actress for “A Star is Born,” however, it was revered actress Glenn Close who won the award for her work in “The Wife.”
This is what I’m talking about, it looks like Close and Gaga could be competing come Oscar night. Close was in tears as she accepted her award, and at moments speechless. She received a standing ovation from the crowd as she noted the importance of women fighting to accomplish their dreams. Ramik Malek won for Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” beating out “A Star is Born.” The night finally closed after 3 hours and 20 minutes with “Bohemian Rhapsody” delivering an upset by winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for going against the norm, so would I argue “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a front-runner for Best Picture? Not quite, but it’s definitely in the race people.
The Critic’s Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday, January 13, but we really won’t know where things stand until the Oscar nominees are announced on Tuesday, January 22. I expect surprises people, some big ones to say the least. The Golden Globes have come and gone, and I must say the ceremony was meh this year. Some fun moments, but nothing that left me speechless or stunned to say the least.