Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” and U.S. segregation-era comedy “Green Book” took home the top Golden Globes on Sunday on a night of upsets that saw presumed favorite “A Star is Born” largely shut out, and big wins for Netflix.
Tears and astonishment marked the winners podium as Glenn Close for “The Wife” beat front-runner Lady Gaga as best drama actress, and “Green Book” triumphed over more high profile comedies “Vice” and “The Favourite.”
Streaming service Netflix, which has upended Hollywood by spending billions on original programming, won five Golden Globes across movies and television, including best foreign language film “Roma.” The Mexican movie, which also took the prize for best director, is seen as an Oscar frontrunner in February.
Rami Malek, who won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 20th Century Fox film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” dedicated his award to the British singer, who died of AIDS in 1991.
“Vice,” a scathing political comedy about the rise to power of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading six nominations but emerged with just one win, for Christian Bale for his performance as Cheney.
Instead, small Focus Features CMSCA.O movie “Green Book” went home with the biggest haul – three – including best comedy, supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and screenplay.
Carol Burnett and Jeff Bridges were both awarded lifetime achievement Golden Globes.