British stars and the story of one of Britain’s biggest ever bands stole the show at this year’s Golden Globes.
Olivia Colman, Christian Bale, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw were all winners, while Bohemian Rhapsody, the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury, picked up two of the biggest gongs of the night – for best actor and best film in the drama category.
Accepting his award, Rami Malek, who plays the iconic frontman, said: “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. This is for you, gorgeous.”
It was something of an unexpected victory for the Queen biopic, which beat favourite A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, to the top award. Glenn Close was also a surprise winner in the best drama actress category, with Lady Gaga having been tipped for success ahead of the ceremony.
Colman was named best actress in a comedy or musical award, for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, while Bale picked up the same acting prize in the men’s category for his role as former vice-president Dick Cheney in Vice.
Collecting her prize, Colman said: “Cor blimey, thank you so much. I’m not going to cry because my entire table will point and laugh at me…
“I would like to tell you how much working on this film meant to me but I can’t remember because I’m too excited.”
Bale thanked his director Adam McKay, joking that the filmmaker chose him because he thought “I have got to find someone who can be completely charisma-free and vile – it’s got to be Bale”.
Madden won the gong for best TV drama actor for Bodyguard, while Whishaw’s accolade was for best actor in a TV limited series, for A Very English Scandal.
The Golden Globes is the first major ceremony of the Hollywood awards season, and had been billed as the “party of the year”.
Last year’s ceremony saw the majority of stars dressed in black, highlighting the Time’s Up movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. While the mood was somewhat lighter this year, the initiative was still referenced by stars including Colman and Reese Witherspoon.
The ceremony was hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh – who also got to shine on the winner’s podium, collecting the award for best actress in a TV drama for the hit show.
Before that, Oh opened the event – the most diverse Golden Globes yet, with films including Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians among the nominees – with an emotional speech about changes in Hollywood in the past year.
“I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out to this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said.
“And I’m not fooling myself, next year could be different – it probably will be – but right now this moment is real.
“Trust me, it is real because I see you and I see you, all these faces of change – and now so will everyone else.”
While A Star Is Born and its two stars missed out on the top gongs, the film didn’t go home empty-handed, winning the best song award for Shallow.
Here is a full list of winners:
Best Actor, TV Musical or Comedy – Michael Douglas
Best Motion Picture, Animated – Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Best Actor, TV Series Drama – Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Best TV Series Drama – The Americans
Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series/TV movie/Series – Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Best Actress, Limited Series/TV movie – Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Original Song, Motion Picture – Shallow, A Star Is Born
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Actress, TV Series Drama – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Screenplay – Green Book
Best Supporting Actress, Series/Limited Series/TV Movie – Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy – Christian Bale, Vice
Best Motion Picture Foreign Language – Roma
Best Actor, Limited Series Or TV Movie – Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best Director, Motion Picture – Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Best Actress, TV Series Musical Or Comedy – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy – The Kominski Method
Best Limited Series/TV Movie – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best Actress, Motion Picture Drama – Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy – Green Book
Best Actress, Motion Picture Drama – Glenn Close, The Wife
Best Actor, Motion Picture Drama – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Motion Picture Drama – Bohemian Rhapsody