Rami Malek thanks ‘beautiful man’ Freddie Mercury in Golden Globes speech

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January 11, 2019

The film has just won best film drama and best drama actor - Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury - at the Golden Globes. Last year, for example, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird" won the Globes' biggest accolades only to see "The Shape of Water" take home the Oscar. But Glenn Close pulled off the shocker in that category, too, for her performance in "The Wife", as the spouse of a Nobel Prize-winning author. "I am privileged to be counted among you". Some critics also felt Mercury's homosexuality and death from AIDS was underplayed.

Meanwhile, Green Book, which tells the real-life story of Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), an Italian New Yorker hired to drive Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a black pianist, through the south on a concert tour, was receiving a similarly rocky reception prior to the awards show. "And then I was taken backstage as if I were Freddie Mercury!". Singer, who was sacked late in production for alleged on-set behavior but remains the credited director on the film, has a history of accusations of sexual assault that spans more than two decades.

The band went on to play a rendition of the Game of Thrones theme tune in honour of actor Richard Madden who won a Golden Globe for his role in BBC drama Bodyguard. Cuaron said "Roma" may have gotten more exposure than if he had chosen a traditional distributor.

The Golden Globe Awards was hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg and Killing Eve's Sandra Oh. Indeed, Bohemian Rhapsody feels more like an obituary than a biography at some points, often dealing in half-truths rather than providing context to a man who was notoriously private.


Exactly a year after Time's Up was launched at the Golden Globes, a movie made by an accused sexual predator wins the top award.

Politics was a big topic as usual.

It was an extremely stacked line-up in the category for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama at the award night but Malek went home with the award and beat out some talented competitors. Some of the scenes of "Vice" take a satirical approach, making of Cheney a malevolent player on the USA political stage. However, the actor trended on Twitter for two things that night.

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