There is no doubt Golden Globe Awards is a renowned award show full of poise and credibility. However, it has an uncanny tendency to award the underdog nominee more often than the one predicted to actually win. Beginning in 1943, this ceremony gives accolades for incredible performances, writing, directing, acting and other categories relating to a specific motion picture or television series. This year, obvious awards were given such as for Best Original Song to Lady Gaga, Best Director to Alfonso Cúaron, Best Television Series – Drama to “The Americans”, and so forth. Yet, it is obvious the Globes chose some questionable films to award this year, upsetting many viewers and critics. From “The Green Book” to “Bohemian Rhapsody” many surprises occured at the 76th Golden Globes, and it’s time to discuss them.
Let us address the elephant in the room — “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018). Gaining a sizable cult following and dominating the box office but falling flat with critics, this Queen biopic won the two biggest awards of the night: Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Leading Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Bryan Singer, who is currently undergoing accusations of sexual assault by multiple victims, directed most of the movie but was dropped due to “conflicts” in the “creative process.” Rami Malek, the star of the film, gave an objectively great performance, and it was not a huge surprise to see him take home the Globe for best actor. The best picture category, however, is easily the biggest upset of the night. The film was up against some credible nominees, from Bradley Cooper’s acclaimed “A Star Is Born” to Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.” It would be safe to say almost no film critic nor film connoisseur envisioned “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which got a measly 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, to receive this year’s most prestigious award. The Golden Globes, despite some significant backlash, has embraced its choice. In fact, the show’s website is calling the ceremony a “Golden Rhapsody.”
Other major upsets ensued with Glenn Close taking Lady Gaga’s almost guaranteed award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and the tragically boring “Green Book” taking home the most Globes of the season and beating out Jenkins’ for Best Screenplay. The Globes may have caused some controversy in its decisions, but many other movies and series were awarded rightfully with grace and applause.
Award season is meant to honor the magic of film and television and how it affects us and how we view the world. It is complicated and can lead to differences of opinions, yet it unites us in its art as we put on magnificent shows to award magnificent beauty. As of Curaron reminded us as he accepted the foreign language Globe, “Cinema at its best tears down walls and builds bridges to other cultures. As we cross these bridges, these experiences and these new shapes and these new faces, we begin to realize that while they may seem strange, they are not unfamiliar.”