'Bohemian Rhapsody' Bests 'A Star is Born' at the Golden Globes

Neither Bohemian Rhapsody nor A Star Is Born was exactly beloved by critics when they were released last year, but they both were loved by audiences. The consensus was, though, that A Star Is Born had a big advantage in the Golden Globes competition. That turned out not to be true. Read on for details.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

At the topsy-turvy 76th Golden Globe Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody, the saga about Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen, which could have easily been categorized as a comedy/musical, was named the year’s best motion picture drama, while Green Book, the account of a true-life road trip through the Jim Crow South, that could have arguably competed for best drama, was crowned best comedy or musical.

The NBC broadcast, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, started out by carefully attempting to sidestep any jokes that anyone could deem offensive as it instead celebrated persity. The ceremony then ended up pulling a few surprises out its hat as the always unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters lived up to their quirky reputation.

“That was unexpected,” producer Graham King himself admitted while accepting the award for Fox’s Bohemian Rapsody, which managed to defeat such highly touted contenders as A Star Is Born and Black Panther. Joined onstage by Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, he continued, “The power of movies is that it brings us all together — Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully by their music.” Just moments earlier, Rami Malek earned the first Golden Globe of his career for his performance as Mercury. “Thank you, Freddie Mercury, for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” he proclaimed.

If there was an elephant in the room — as Samberg and Oh had promised there would be in promos for the show produced by Dick Clark Productions — it was Bryan Singer, the credited director of the film, who was fired from the production because of his absences from the set. His name was conspicuously not mentioned among all those whom both King and Malik chose to thank.

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