Golden Globes 2019 best moments — from Jeff Bridges' lifetime achievement award to Olivia Colman's acceptance speech

Golden Globes 2019: In a night full of upsets and surprises, we take a look at the top moments from the glitzy awards gala.

FP Staff January 07, 2019 12:05:48 IST
Golden Globes 2019 best moments — from Jeff Bridges' lifetime achievement award to Olivia Colman's acceptance speech

The Golden Globes gave Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody its top prize on Sunday night in an unexpected victory over romance A Star is Born, and named 1960s segregation-era road movie Green Book the best comedy or musical film.

In a night of upsets, Rami Malek won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Glenn Close won for The Wife over presumed favorite Lady Gaga in A Star is Born. Gaga, whose role in the movie was her first lead part after a successful music career, won Best Original Song for 'Shallow.'

British actors Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) and Christian Bale (Vice) took home the lead comedy movie acting awards. Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Globe for Best Director and, as expected, his lovingly shot semi-autobiographical movie Roma was named Best Foreign Language movie.

The Golden Globes, organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are the first major showbusiness awards in the countdown to the Oscars in February. In a night full of upsets and surprises, we take a look at the top moments from the glitzy gala.

The opening monologue

Hosting the gala were comedian Andy Samberg and actress Sandra Oh, who made history as the first Asian woman to have hosted a major awards show while also taking home her second Globe for Killing Eve. But the presenters set the tone for a less edgy night than in previous years with a relatively tame opening that gave more time to complimenting the nominees than assailing them with "roast"-style jokes.

Samberg paid tribute to the diversity among the slate of films up for awards, singling out Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, If Beale Street Could Talk and several others praised for their inclusivity. "And they are not just here tonight because they resonated with audiences Hollywood often ignores," he said. "They are here because they told stories that resonated with everyone. And that is truly a beautiful thing."

The hosts took a shot at the still hostless Academy Awards. Samberg said in the opening of the show on Sunday night that they are "going to have some fun, give out some awards, and one lucky audience member is going to get to host the Oscars!"

Oh said the unlikely pairing of her and Samberg came because they are "the only two people left in Hollywood who haven't gotten in trouble for saying something offensive." The hosts also tamely roasted attendees, praising their talents instead of telling off-color jokes.

The Americans gets going-away present

The Golden Globes gave the FX series The Americans a going-away present by naming it the best television drama following the conclusion of its six-season run, leading the cast and creators to hold a group hug onstage. The taut drama about two Russian spies leading an undercover life as an American couple was relatively unappreciated in awards season, and Sunday's award was its first Globe. Its well-reviewed series finale last May gave it a strong exit.

The series and its stars, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, had never won a Globe before. Rhys won an Emmy last fall as best drama actor but lost Sunday night to Richard Madden of Bodyguard. Russell lost to Globes co-host Sandra Oh, who captured best dramatic actress as the star of BBC America's Killing Eve, playing investigator Eve Polastri as she hunted a psychotic assassin.

Jeff 'The Dude' Bridges gets lifetime award

Jeff Bridges, the dude of cult classic The Big Lebowski and star of Crazy Heart, was awarded the annual Golden Globe for lifetime achievement on Sunday after a 60-year career on film and television. While accepting his award, Bridges thanked his siblings and parents, noting that he was wearing his late father’s cufflinks.

Never typecast, Bridges has played a bank robber, a struggling writer, a blank-faced alien, a US president and a video game programmer in both independent and blockbuster movies. But it is his 1988 role as a man mistaken for a millionaire in The Big Lebowski that has proved most memorable, earning Bridges the enduring nickname “The Dude” after his laid-back stoner character in the crime caper. “If I’m lucky I’ll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life,” Bridges said onstage. “I feel so honored to be a part of that film.”

In his acceptance speech, Bridges thanked a long list of people who he has worked with over six decades, including the man who has served as his stand-in for close to 70 films, Loyd Catlett. “He’s the thread to the whole deal,” Bridges said.

Carol Burnett honoured with eponymous award

Beloved American comedian Carol Burnett was presented with the first-ever Golden Globe recognising a lifetime career in television, an award that was named after her. The Carol Burnett award, to be presented every year, was established this year to celebrate the new golden age of television marked by high profile shows attracting Oscar-winning actors and directors.

“Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about being young again and doing it all over,” Burnett said while accepting her award. “And then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time.”

Burnett dedicated her award “to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television.”

Olivia Colman's acceptance speech

British actress Olivia Colman bagged her second Golden Globe Sunday as she took home best actress in a comedy for her acclaimed performance as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos's period piece The Favourite.

The 44-year-old, who got her start on British television series including Ricky Gervais's The Office, beat Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Charlize Theron (Tully) and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) to the accolade.

Colman said early in her speech, "I'm not going to cry because my entire table will sit and laugh at me. I've been crying all evening." She described how much the film meant to her but she was too excited to remember. "I had a f**king blast," she said. "I went on a private jet and I ate constantly throughout the film. It was brilliant."

She thanked her co-stars (referring to them as “my bitches”), Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, who she said made the film so much fun, she was sad when production ended. “I would like to tell you how much this film meant to me, but I can’t thinking of it cause I’m too excited,” she joked. “I promise I will keep on enjoying this because this is amazing.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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