Portrayals of real-life musicians dominated at the 76th Golden Globes held in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 6 as Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book won top honors, while the films’ stars also picked up awards for their acclaimed performances.
Bohemian Rhapsody, about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, bested another movie set in the music industry, fan favorite A Star Is Born, to win best picture (drama) and best actor in a drama for Rami Malek.
“I am beyond moved. My heart is pounding out of my chest right now,” said Malek, whose list of people to thank included the Queen singer, who died in 1991.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
Green Book, which follows a tour between pianist Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga, won best picture (musical or comedy) and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.
Though music is at the center of both Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born, the films competed in the drama categories instead of musical/comedy, submitted that way by their studios.
A Star Is Born walked into the Globes as a favorite with five nominations, but only ended up winning one award: best original song for Shallow, co-written by lead star Lady Gaga.