ARTS: Bohemian Rhapsody rocks Golden Globes with surprise coda

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on January 8, 2019.
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Bohemian Rhapsody pulled a major upset at the close of the Golden Globes on Sunday, taking home the final two top prizes to put itself into the Oscars conversation along with Green Book and Roma.

On a night of wins for movies representing minorities, two awards favourites about white people — Dick Cheney biopic Vice and musical romance A Star is Born — all but struck out, with each picking up just one trophy in the run-up to the all-important Oscars on Feb 24.

Bohemian Rhapsody — which charts the rise of British rock group Queen — picked up Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. It also bagged the biggest movie award of the night — Best Drama.

“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.”

The two trophies were the final prizes in a ceremony that had been expected to be a consecration for A Star is Born — starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the age-old Hollywood fable of an ailing performer and his muse — which went into the night with five nods.

Star had to content itself with a statuette for Best Song, which went to Lady Gaga and writing partner Mark Ronson, while Christian Bale — who plays Cheney — picked up the solo gong for Vice.

Civil rights dramedy Green Book was the numerical winner — if not the prestige player — picking up awards for Best Comedy Movie, Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali and Best Screenplay.

The boozy gala at the Beverly Hilton also recognised Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, a cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, with Best Director and Foreign Film honours, while seven movies bagged one statuette each.

“Cinema at its best builds bridges to other cultures,” Cuaron told the audience. “We need to understand how much we have in common.” — AFP