The 2019 Golden Globe Awards

Karyna Hetman

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The Golden Globes is an event filled with glamorously dressed celebrities, cheering for our favorite actors, directors, and movies to win, and bold statements being made. The 76th Golden Globes award ceremony was hosted by Sandra Oh, the first Asian-American to host the event, and Andy Samberg on January 6, 2019. The show unfolded with lots of surprises and memorable moments, for the stars and their fans alike.

Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody were a big hit at this year’s Golden Globes. Bohemian Rhapsody won for Best Motion Picture-Drama, while Rami Malek won Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Similarly, Green Book won the award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, with Mahershala Ali receiving the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of Don Shirley in the film.

Some were surprised by how A Star is Born, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, did not win any major awards in the acting category. However, it did win for one of the movie’s iconic songs. “Shallow” composed by Alexander Stewart and performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, won for Best Original Song. Lady Gaga commented, “Can I just say that as a woman in music, it’s really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as songwriter and these three incredible men, they lifted me up. They supported me,” thanking her crew and making a bold statement about the struggles she and other women face in the music industry. 

Another win, Regina King won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in If Beale Street could talk. While receiving her award, King gave an inspirational speech about the struggles that face women in the movie industry. “I just want to say that I’m going to use my platform right now to say in the next two years everything that I produce, I am making a vow – and it’s going to be tough – to make sure that everything that I produce is 50 percent women,” said King in her acceptance speech, in support of the Time’s Up movement.

A new award was debuted this year, the Carol Burnett Award, which spotlights life time achievement in television. This award was taken home by none other than Carol Burnett herself, a successful comedian actress most well known for The Carol Burnett Show.

Other celebrities that received awards include Olivia Coleman, Glenn Close, Christian Bale, Sandra Oh, Jeff Bridges, Richard Madden, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Douglas, Rachel Brosnahan, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Winshaw, Patricia Arquette, and Darren Criss, just to name a few. Awards were also given out to various TV shows and movies, such as The Americans, First Man, Roma, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.   

Another Golden Globes has come and gone, leaving the talented winners and nominees proud of their achievements. This night will be remembered for its empowering acceptance speeches, the joy on the faces of our favorite actors and actresses, and its foreshadowing of the upcoming Oscars.