Courtesy of Creative Commons

By Natalie Benoit 1/06/2019

It was the year’s first star-studded awards ceremony that left some nominees wondering why they didn’t go home with the prize.

One big Golden Globe shocker was for Best Motion Picture Drama.  It went to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The win stunned Hollywood because of the film’s alleged inaccuracies in depicting Queen’s actual timeline. The biopic, directed by Bryan Singer, beat out “BlacKkKlansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Black Panther,” and “A Star is Born.”


Rami Malek added another successful moment for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Malek was awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, leaving the other nominees empty-handed.   


Another surprising twist was when “Green Book” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The box office success of “Crazy Rich Asian,” and beloved musical tale of “Mary Poppins Return” were some fan favorites predicted to win.
“Vice” was also this year’s most nominated film of the evening. Although the historical drama received five nominations, “Vice” was awarded only one Golden Globe. Christian Bale snagged Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role as Dick Cheney.

And in the competitive and talented category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, Glenn Close arrived on stage shocked to take home the honor. As Close navigated through the crowd of celebrities to accept the award, fellow nominee Lady Gaga congratulated her for the win. Gaga was someone audiences had expected would walk away with the coveted award for her emotional performance in “A Star is Born.”

Earlier in the night, Regina King challenged filmmakers to follow her initiative to include more women in Hollywood projects. King promised she would hire at least half of all women in anything she produces within the next two years. She made the vow when she accepted the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Sandra Oh not only made history as the first person of Asian descent to co-host the Golden Globe Awards, but she is the first woman of Asian descent in almost 40 years to snag Best Actress in a Television Drama for her performance in “Killing Eve.”


Steve Carell made an unexpected appearance on stage when presented the very first Carol Burnett Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in television. The honor was awarded to the comedy queen herself, Carol Burnett, more than 50 years after she became the first woman to host a variety sketch show.  Burnett first fell in love with movies but she said her love with television came with the arrival of her first TV set.


In the world of TV, “The Kominsky Method” surprisingly beat out “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and other nominees for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy. Joining in the night of surprises, Richard Madden walked away with Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama for “Bodyguard.” The win shocked viewers who imagined Billy Porter from “Pose” or Matthew Rhys from “The Americans” would win.


The full list of winners for the 76th Golden Globe Awards can be found here.