It was rumored to be “A Star is Born’s” night at the 76th Golden Globe Awards held last Sunday in Beverly Hills. Instead, top honors went to another popular movie. The Bradley Cooper’s acclaimed remake of “A Star Is Born,” which was widely expected to win several top prizes, took only one award, for best song — its centerpiece hit, “Shallow”, which describes the unlikely rise of a powerhouse singer.
In an upset, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Freddie Mer- cury and British rock band Queen, won best drama. Rami Malek, who won raves for his full-throated portrayal of the late Mercury, won best actor in a drama and thanked Mercury onstage “for giving me the thrill of a lifetime.”
“Green Book,” the inspirational true story about a budding friendship between an African-American pianist and a white bouncer on a tour of the Deep South in the early 1960s, won three Globes, including best picture in the musical/comedy category.
It beat out “Vice,” the polarizing Dick Cheney biopic, which led all films with six nominations.
“Green Book’s” director, Peter Farrelly, made a plea for tolerance in his acceptance speech. “We are still living in divided times, maybe more so now than ever,” he said. “All we have to do is just talk and not judge people by their differences, and look for what we have in common.”
Mahershala Ali, whom the Foreign Press Association overlooked for his Oscar-winning performance in “Moonlight,” won best supporting actor for “Green Book.”
Few nominees were considered more of a sure thing than Lady Gaga as best actress in a drama. But Glenn Close pulled off the shocker in that category, too, for her performance in “The Wife,” as the spouse of a Nobel Prize-winning author.
Regina King accepted the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk”.
The Globes honor the year’s best in movies and TV and are voted on by the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose choices are often quirkier than those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But as the first awards show of the season, the Globes have an outsized influence on Academy Award predictions.
The show’s hosts, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, mostly avoided politics in their opening comments. There was no mention of President Trump or the government shutdown.