Music biopic on Freddie Mercury's band wins big at Golden Globes 2019

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Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen starring Rami Malek (C) in lead. It follows singer Freddie Mercury's life (R)

Los Angeles: The Golden Globes gave Queen musical "Bohemian Rhapsody" its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance "A Star is Born," and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip "Green Book" the best comedy or musical film.

In a night of upsets, Rami Malek won best drama actor for his role as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," and Glenn Close won for "The Wife" over presumed favorite Lady Gaga in "A Star is Born."

A still from the movie 'Green Book'

Lady Gaga, whose role in the movie was her first lead part after a successful music career, won best original song for "Shallow."

British actors Olivia Coleman ("The Favourite") and Christian Bale ("Vice") took home the lead comedy movie acting awards.

Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Globe for best director and, as expected, his lovingly shot semi-autobiographical movie "Roma" was named best foreign language movie.

Christian Bale (L) and Sibi Blazic attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan 6. Photo: AFP

The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are the first major showbusiness awards in the countdown to the Oscars in February.

A screengrab of Christian Bale during his speech after receiving the award. Photo: Twitter

"Vice," a scathing political comedy about the rise to power of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, went into Sunday's ceremony with a leading six nominations. But the film has proved divisive among audiences and critics and went home with just one for actor Bale.

In television, the big winners were Cold War spy thriller "The Americans," new comedy "The Kominsky Method," and limited series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace."

The Golden lifetime

A still from 'The Kominskey Method'

Jeff Bridges, the rascally dude of cult classic "The Big Lebowski" and star of "Crazy Heart," was awarded the annual Golden Globe for lifetime achievement on Sunday after a 60-year career on film and television. Bridges, 69, got his start as a child star appearing alongside his parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges, and his older brother Beau in the 1950s before carving his own path in mostly offbeat roles.

While accepting his award, Bridges thanked his siblings and parents, noting that he was wearing his late father's cufflinks.

Never typecast, Bridges has played a bank robber, a struggling writer, a blank-faced alien, a U.S. president and a video game programmer in both independent and blockbuster movies. But it is his 1988 role as a man mistaken for a millionaire in "The Big Lebowski" that has proved most memorable, earning Bridges the enduring nickname "The Dude" after his laid-back stoner character in the crime caper. "If I'm lucky I'll be associated with The Dude for the rest of my life," Bridges said onstage. "I feel so honored to be a part of that film." Bridges is known for his naturalistic style and for often playing rambling and unpredictable characters.

After multiple nominations for movies including "The Last Picture Show," "The Contender," and "True Grit," Bridges took home both a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2010 for his performance as a drunken country singer who finds redemption in "Crazy Heart." In his acceptance speech, Bridges thanked a long list of people who he has worked with over six decades, including the man who has served as his stand-in for close to 70 films, Loyd Catlett. "He's the thread to the whole deal," Bridges said. Officially known as the Cecil B. DeMille award, the Golden Globe recognizes lifetime achievement in both showbusiness and humanitarian work. In 1983, Bridges founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He is also a spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign. Previous Golden Globe lifetime achievement honorees have included Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Barbra Streisand.

Eponymous Golden Globe award

Beloved American comedian Carol Burnett was presented on Sunday with the first-ever Golden Globe recognizing a lifetime career in television, an award that was named after her. The Carol Burnett award, to be presented every year, was established this year to celebrate the new golden age of television marked by high profile shows attracting Oscar-winning actors and directors.

Burnett, 85, the Emmy-winning star of the 1960s and 1970s TV sketch series "The Carol Burnett Show," is regarded as a pioneer for women in comedy and one of the most decorated women in television. Her parody of Scarlett O'Hara, wearing the "curtain-rod" dress, is widely considered one of the most memorable moments in U.S. comic television history. "Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about being young again and doing it all over," Burnett said while accepting her award. "And then I bring myself up short when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time." Burnett dedicated her award "to all those who made my dreams come true and to all those out there who share the love I have for television."

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