(CNN) — It was supposed to be “A Star is Born’s” night. Instead, top honors went to another popular movie about the unlikely rise of a powerhouse singer.
In an upset, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Freddie Mercury and British rock band Queen, won best drama at the 76th annual Golden Globes on Sunday. Rami Malek, who won raves for his full-throated portrayal of the late Mercury, won best actor in a drama and thanked Mercury onstage “for giving me the thrill of a lifetime.”
“Green Book,” the inspirational true story about a budding friendship between an African-American pianist and a white bouncer on a tour of the Deep South in the early 1960s, won three Globes, including best picture in the musical/comedy category. It beat out “Vice,” the polarizing Dick Cheney biopic, which led all films with six nominations.
“Green Book’s” director, Peter Farrelly, made a plea for tolerance in his acceptance speech. “We are still living in divided times, maybe more so now than ever,” he said. “All we have to do is just talk and not judge people by their differences, and look for what we have in common.”
Bradley Cooper’s acclaimed remake of “A Star Is Born,” which was widely expected to win several top prizes, took only one award, for best song — its centerpiece hit, “Shallow.”
Bryan Singer’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been a worldwide box-office smash but has received mostly lukewarm reviews from critics. Its Golden Globe success may boost its chances for Oscar nominations, to be announced January 22.
The Globes honor the year’s best in movies and TV and are voted on by the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose choices are often quirkier than those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But as the first awards show of the season, the Globes have an outsized influence on Academy Award predictions — and voting on Oscar nominees begins Monday.
The Globes always split the best-picture nominees into two categories: drama and musical/comedy. That made for some head-scratching this year when two movies about music, “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” were nominated as dramas.
Sunday’s awards were spread far and wide, with few movies or TV series winning more than once. But the show had its share of surprises.
The TV awards
“The Americans,” the FX series about Russian spies posing as a married couple in suburban Washington, won best TV drama. The critically praised show, which just wrapped its sixth and final season, stars real-life couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.
But Rhys lost the award for best actor in a TV drama to Richard Madden, who won for his role as a British security officer in the BBC/Netflix political thriller “Bodyguard.”
“The Americans” beat out “Homecoming,” the new Julia Roberts show about a counselor at a mysterious treatment center for returning veterans, and “Killing Eve,” about the treacherous rivalry between two dangerous women, a British intelligence officer and an assassin. But “Eve’s” Sandra Oh — who also co-hosted the Globes with Andy Samberg — won for best actress in a TV drama.
“I have no idea what is happening,” she said, looking stunned (or maybe just mock-stunned) upon returning to her hosting duties, her Golden Globe still in her hand.
In a mild surprise, best comedy series went to Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” starring Michael Douglas as an aging thespian who runs a prestigious acting class. Douglas also won the award for best actor in a TV comedy.
For the second year in a row, Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Amazon series about a 1950s housewife in New York City who finds she has a gift for stand-up comedy.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won two awards: Best TV movie or limited series, and Darren Criss for best actor.
With the exception of “Mrs. Maisel,” none of last year’s TV nominees were nominated again this time around — partly because hits like “Game of Thrones” and “Master of None” didn’t air new episodes in 2018.
The other big movie awards
In another upset, Glenn Close won best actress in a drama for her role as a long-suffering spouse in “The Wife.” Lady Gaga, whose soulful performance anchored “A Star Is Born,” had been considered the favorite.
In an emotional speech, Close said that women in Hollywood should not be afraid to stand up for their careers. “We have to find personal fulfillment,” she said. “We have to say, “I can do that. And I should be allowed to do that.’ ”
Shape-shifting actor Christian Bale, who famously gained 40 pounds to play former Vice President Dick Cheney, won best actor in a comedy for “Vice.” “Thank you to Satan for giving me the inspiration on how to play this role,” he joked.
Olivia Colman won best actress in a comedy for her performance as daffy Queen Anne in “The Favourite.”
“Green Book,” arguably the night’s biggest winner, also took best screenplay and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.
Also receiving multiple awards was “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s affectionate look at his childhood in Mexico City, which won for best foreign film and best director. The film has received rapturous reviews but is already streaming on Netflix and is only playing in a few theaters, which could hurt its Oscar chances.
The show’s hosts, Oh and Samberg, mostly avoided politics in their opening comments. There was no mention of President Trump or the government shutdown, although the pair made jokes about identity politics and cultural appropriation. They also alluded to the (as of now) host-less Academy Awards, joking about holding a contest in which “one lucky audience member will host the Oscars.”
But some of their comic bits felt flat, including a gag about Jim Carrey being in the wrong seat and a bit in which fake doctors swarmed the room to administer “flu shots,” which left many stars looking confused.
Jeff Bridges, one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his lifetime of work in such films as “The Last Picture Show,” “Starman,” “The Big Lebowski” and “True Grit.”
During his acceptance speech he thanked his late father, Lloyd Bridges, and pulled up his sleeve to reveal his dad’s cuff links. “They were your dad’s, too!” he said, before launching into a rambling metaphor about steering ships.
One of the night’s more poignant moments came when Steve Carell presented an inaugural award — named for TV legend Carol Burnett — to Burnett herself. The 85-year-old comic actress then gave a heartfelt speech about how TV networks would never produce a variety show like hers today because they cost too much money.
“So here’s to reruns and YouTube,” she said. “I’m just happy our show happened when it did.” Burnett finished with her trademark tug on her ear and left the stage to a standing ovation.
The full list of film and television nominees follows with winners indicated in bold with an asterisk.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“Green Book” *WINNER
“Mary Poppins Returns”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”) *WINNER
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) *WINNER
John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) *WINNER
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) *WINNER
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlackKklansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”) *WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Vigo Mortensen (“Green Book”)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man and the Gun”)
John C. Reilly (“Stan and Ollie”)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice”)
Claire Foy (“First Man”)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) *WINNER
Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”)
Adam Driver (“BlackKklansman”)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice”)
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther”)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”) *WINNER
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“All the Stars” (“Black Panther”)
“Girl in the Movies” (“Dumplin'”)
“Requiem for a Private War” (“A Private War”)
“Revelation” (“Boy Erased”)
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”) *WINNER
Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”) *WINNER
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Never Look Away”
Best Animated Film
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” *WINNER
Best TV series – Drama
“The Americans” *WINNER
Best performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) *WINNER
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Stephan James (“Homecoming”)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”) *WINNER
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Best TV series – Musical or Comedy
“The Good Place”
“The Kominsky Method” *WINNER
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?”)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”) *WINNER
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”)
Alison Brie (“GLOW”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) *WINNER
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”)
Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” *WINNER
“Escape at Dannemora”
“A Very English Scandal”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) *WINNER
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects”)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”) *WINNER
Connie Britton (“Dirty John”)
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”) *WINNER
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”) *WINNER
Penélope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)