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Bohemian Rhapsody wins big amid night of surprises at Golden Globes

Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in Irish-produced The Favourite, took home a best actress award.

The 76th Golden Globe Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen and Rami Malek pose in the press room during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Source: JC Olivera/SIPA USA/PA Images

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON big at the Golden Globes last night, taking home the final two top prizes to put itself into the Oscars conversation, while Irish-produced The Favourite scooped up an award. 

Bohemian Rhapsody – which charts the rise of British rock group Queen – picked up best actor for Rami Malek, who plays legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. It also bagged the biggest movie award of the night – best drama.

“I am beyond moved. My heart is pounding out of my chest right now,” said Malek, whose list of people to thank included the Queen singer, who died in 1991.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” 

The two trophies were the final prizes in a ceremony that had been expected to be a consecration for A Star is Born – starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – which went into the night with five nods.

Star had to content itself with a statuette for best song, which went to Gaga and writing partner Mark Ronson, while Christian Bale – who plays Cheney – picked up the solo gong for Vice. 

The 76th Golden Globe Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles Lady Gaga after A Star is Born won best original song with Shallow Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Irish win

Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in The Favourite, produced by Irish production company Element Pictures, won best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy. 

The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos – a longtime collaborator with Element – had been nominated for Golden Globes across five categories.

This follows Golden Globe nominations for previous Element productions including The Guard, Room and The Lobster.

The film was shot by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan and was partly post-produced in Dublin. It’s written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures.  

Irish actress Catriona Balfe was also nominated for a Golden Globe, for her role in the TV series Outlander. 

Meanwhile, civil rights dramedy Green Book was the numerical winner – if not the prestige player – picking up awards for best comedy movie, best supporting actor Mahershala Ali and best screenplay.

The awards Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, a cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, with best director and foreign film honours, while seven movies bagged one statuette each.

“Cinema at its best builds bridges to other cultures,” Cuaron told the audience. “We need to understand how much we have in common.”

The 76th Golden Globe Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles Olivia Colman poses in the press room during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Here are the major Golden Globe winners last night:


  • Best film, drama: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best film, musical or comedy: Green Book
  • Best actor, drama: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Best actress, drama: Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Best actor, musical or comedy: Christian Bale, Vice
  • Best actress, musical or comedy: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Best supporting actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
  • Best foreign language film: Roma (Mexico)
  • Best screenplay: Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
  • Best original song: Shallow (from A Star Is Born) – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt
  • Best animated feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


  • Best drama series: The Americans (FX)
  • Best drama actor: Richard Madden, Bodyguard
  • Best drama actress: Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Best musical or comedy series: The Kominsky Method (Netflix) 
  • Best musical or comedy actor: Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Best musical or comedy actress: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Best supporting actor (all categories): Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Best limited series or TV movie: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) 
  • Best limited series or TV movie actor: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Best limited series or TV movie actress: Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

With reporting by Hayley Halpin and Aoife Barry

© AFP 2019  

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