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Golden Globes 2019: Christian Bale and Olivia Colman among winners


Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH talent featured predominantly among the winners at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, with trophies for Christian Bale, Olivia Colman, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw.

Bale won best actor in a motion picture (comedy or musical) for his portrayal of former US Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, while Colman was named best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Madden, meanwhile, triumphed in the TV category for best drama actor for his portrayal of Sergeant David Budd in hit BBC One Sunday night thriller Bodyguard.

Whishaw also triumphed in the TV categories, as best actor in a TV limited series for his portrayal of Norman Scott in the BBC’s A Very English Scandal. Scott was targeted in a failed murder plot hatched by Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe, played in the drama by Hugh Grant.

In an awards ceremony that seemed to celebrate diversity, the winners were spread fairly evenly across many films and TV programmes.

Leading the way at the 76th annual ceremony was Universal’s Green Book, which claimed three wins, in the best comedy, best supporting actor (for Mahershala Ali) and best screenplay categories.

Netflix’s Roma, meanwhile, took home two wins, for Alfonso Cuaron in the best director category and as best foreign-language film.

While Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody also claimed two of the night’s biggest prizes, for best film (drama) and best actor for leading man Rami Malek’s portrayal of the band’s late lead singer Freddie Mercury.

There were also prizes for Glenn Close, who was crowned best dramatic actress for The Wife, Regina King, who was named best dramatic actress for If Beale Street Could Talk and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in the animated category.

Going into the ceremony, Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born was widely expected to win big. But the film only took one prize on the night – in the best original song category for Shallow, for Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson.

There were also upsets among the TV categories, where Michael Douglas’ Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method won best TV comedy ahead of Amazon’s The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and HBO’s Barry.

Douglas himself also won best actor (comedy or musical) ahead of pre-awards favourite Donald Glover (for Atlantic), Bill Hader (for Barry) and Jim Carrey (for Kidding).

As many did predict, however, The Americans took home best TV drama for its final series of the spy drama, even though Matthew Rhys lost out in the best actor category to Bodyguard‘s Madden, and Keri Russell also missed out in the best actress category to Sandra Oh, who triumphed for her performance in Killing Eve.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story picked up two prizes: best television limited series or motion picture made for television and best actor in that category for leading man Darren Criss.

While Patricia Arquette caused something of an upset in the female equivalent of that category by wining for her performance in Ben Stiller’s Escape at Dannemora ahead of the widely fancied Amy Adams for Sharp Objects.

Adams’ co-star in that limited series, Patricia Clarkson, won in the best supporting actress category.

What the Brits said

Leading the British charge at the Globes was Olivia Colman, whose portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, has now placed her as a front-runner for Oscar success.

She gave an endearingly excited acceptance speech that ended with her holding up her trophy and sending a message to her family: “Ed and the kids – look! Yay!”

Bale, on the other hand, went for a more comically satirical and borderline controversial comment in his acceptance speech [in line with the film’s tone], by thanking Satan for inspiration for his role as Cheney, a man who is blamed for many of the world’s ills today.

Of the TV winners, Madden emerged as the most surprised, readily admitting “I didn’t see this coming at all”.

He also used his speech to pay tribute to co-star Keeley Hawes, “the best actress I could ever work with”, series creator Jed Mercurio, and his mother and father, who had flown from Scotland for the ceremony.

And Whishaw paid tribute to Norman Scott, the man he portrayed in A Very English Scandal, saying “he took on the establishment with a courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring”, before adding: “He’s a true queer hero, an icon, and Norman this is for you.”

View the winners list in full