Highlights of the 76th Golden Globe Awards
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names took home the prized golden trophy at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Christian Bale expectedly won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for his shape-shifting turn as controversial politician Dick Cheney in Vice. “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role,” Bale said in his speech.
Glenn Close scored an upset, edging past the more fancied Lady Gaga to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for The Wife. The veteran actress delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the evening, urging women to find their “personal fulfilment” and “follow their dreams”.
Rami Malek, whose winning portrayal of rocker Freddie Mercury powered Bohemian Rhapsody to big box office, was awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama. Bohemian Rhapsody also took home the award for Best Picture.
Olivia Colman, on stage for scoring Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for The Favourite, won many more fans with her fun acceptance speech; she even referred to her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as “my bitches”.
On the small screen, Michael Douglas’s win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for The Kominsky Method drew the biggest applause of the evening, while Rachel Brosnahan continued her purple patch winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Director Alfonso Cuaron was the other big winner of the night, with his stirring family drama Roma earning nods for Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film.
“Well, far out man, your dudeness. He’s made eccentric characters truly iconic. And yes, I am talking about el dude,” was how Chris Pine introduced Jeff Bridges — referencing the actor’s most iconic movie role as the Dude in The Big Lebowski.
Honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, Bridges came up with a lengthy speech that emphasised the need for love and the importance of seizing the moment. “We are alive. We can really make a difference. We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man. Towards love. Creating a healthy planet for all of us,” he said.
The 76th Golden Globes saw the introduction of the Carol Burnett award — the TV equivalent of Cecil B. DeMille — with veteran comedian Carol Burnett being its first recipient. Burnett, whose trailblazing career has spanned six decades, brought the audience to its feet by dedicating 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 and who yearn to be part of this unique medium who has been so good to me”.
The most passionate speech of the evening was courtesy Regina King who took home the honour for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for If Beale Street Could Talk. Speaking about gender parity, King — who won in a category that included heavyweights like Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Claire Foy and Rachel Weisz — said she would continue using her voice to ensure that women got equal footage in the industry.
“I am going to use my platform to say right now that in the next two years, everything that I produce, and I am making a vow, and it’s going to be tough to make sure that everything that I produce, that it’s 50 per cent women,” said the actress, making the men in the audience clap out loud and leaving most women teary-eyed.
Small-screen stars Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh made their debut as hosts. The two had some good chemistry going and delivered some smart lines in their opening monologue, like taking a jibe at Lady Gaga’s oft-repeated “100 people in a room” anecdote about how she landed her role in A Star Is Born. They also referred to Crazy Rich Asians as “the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost In the Shell and Aloha”, with both films having white women playing supposedly Asian leads.
But the two failed to keep the momentum going and all but disappeared after their opening act. Sandra came back to receive her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama for Killing Eve. Her time on stage gave us one of the most heartwarming moments of the evening — her parents enthusiastically cheering her on.
With the hosts failing to deliver, it was upto Globes veteran Amy Poehler — who’s hosted the show with Tina Fey thrice — to fun it up on stage, with Maya Rudolph for company. Presenting for Best Screenplay, Rudolph brought on the laughs by fishing out a ring and “proposing” to Poehler. Their easy chemistry and straight-faced humour sent social media into a tizzy, with many demanding that the two host the Academy Awards — which still remains without a host after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down — next month.
Idris Elba was a proud father on stage as he introduced daughter Isan as the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador. The two made for a cute picture together, but the big question — does Elba look like a dad to a 17-year-old?!