Golden Globes 2019: ‘Green Book’ Wins Best Comedy, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Takes Best Drama [VIDEO]
Both films are based on true stories. Green Book is the tale of the friendship between Italian-American New York nightclub bouncer/chauffer Tony Vallelonga and black classical pianist Don Shirley during the early 1960s, while Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of the legendary British rock band Queen.
Leading up to the Globes, A Star Is Born appeared to be the favorite to win Best Drama, while Dick Cheney biopic Vice and another dark comedy, the unconventional period piece The Favourite, seemed to be the top contenders to take the Best Comedy prize.
Bohemian Rhapsody took over a decade to make, something producer Graham King noted when accepting the top award. It was supposed to be directed by Bryan Singer, who was fired from the project after missing multiple days on set.
Rami Malek, the star of the USA series Mr. Robot, also won the coveted Best Actor award for his role as Freddie Mercury in the film and profusely thanked and lauded the Queen frontman in his acceptance speech.
“I love you, you beautiful man,” Malek said. “This is for and because of you gorgeous.”
“Thank you for showing us the power in embracing your true self,” Graham said of Mercury in his speech.
Malek also thanked Queen “for ensuring that authenticity and [inclusiveness] exists in the music [world] and in the world and in all of us.”
Green Book director Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) spoke about the film’s message of how even the unlikeliest friendships can sometimes come about while accepting the Best Picture (Comedy) award. Farrelly spoke to the political division and racism that pervade the country in urging everyone to come together despite differences in cultures and upbringings like the two main characters in Green Book.
In addition to the top prize, Green Book also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and the Best Screenplay Golden Globe.