British stars enjoy Golden Globes glory

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Left-right: Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw and Richard Madden

British stars Olivia Colman, Christian Bale, Richard Madden and Ben Whishaw were among the winners at this year’s prestigious Golden Globe Awards.

Colman was honoured for the film The Favourite, and Bale won for playing ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney in Vice.

Madden and Whishaw won TV awards for their roles in BBC dramas Bodyguard and A Very English Scandal respectively.

Bohemian Rhapsody won two big awards, including a surprise victory over A Star Is Born to scoop best film drama.

Rami Malek also won best actor in a film drama for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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Sandra Oh won for her role in TV drama Killing Eve, and also co-hosted the ceremony

The Golden Globes is the first major ceremony of the Hollywood awards season, and can often help a movie or a movie star in the race for the Oscars.

Green Book, which delves into racial tensions in the Deep South in the early 1960s, was among the other big winners, picking up three prizes, including best comedy/musical film.

Colman was named best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite and she gave an endearingly excited acceptance speech that ended with her holding up her trophy and sending a message to her family: “Ed and the kids – look! Yay!

Glenn Close, the star of The Wife, beat Lady Gaga to the award for best actress in a drama film.

In an impassioned speech, she spoke about the importance of women following their dreams and not just looking after their home lives.

She said: “Women, we are nurturers, that is what is expected of us. We have our husband and our children and we have to find personal fulfilment and follow our dreams and we have to say, ‘I can do that’ and, ‘I should be allowed to do that’.”

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Lady Gaga won best song for Shallow – but lost out on an acting award

Lady Gaga was nominated for her role in A Star Is Born, but that film only ended up winning one award – best song for Shallow.

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes rewards TV as well as film.

Picking up his prize for best TV drama actor, Madden said: “I didn’t see this coming at all.”

The Scottish star played Sergeant David Budd in Bodyguard. The final episode was watched by more than 17 million people in the UK – making it the UK’s most watched episode of a TV drama since current records began in 2002. The series is on Netflix outside the UK.

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Christian Bale won best actor in a motion picture (comedy or musical) for Vice

He used his speech to pay tribute to co-star Keeley Hawes, “the best actress I could ever work with”, series creator Jed Mercurio, and his mother and father, who had flown from Scotland for the ceremony.

Whishaw, meanwhile, dedicated his best actor in a TV limited series trophy to Norman Scott, the man he portrayed in A Very English Scandal.

Scott was targeted in a failed murder plot hatched by Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe, played in the drama by Hugh Grant.

Whishaw said Scott “took on the establishment with a courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring”, adding: “He’s a true queer hero, an icon, and Norman this is for you.”

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Michael Douglas dedicated his award to wife Catherine Zeta Jones

The Americans was named best TV drama and The Kominsky Method picked up best TV comedy. The Netflix show’s star Michael Douglas won best actor in a TV series (musical or comedy) for playing an ageing acting coach.

He dedicated his award to his “extraordinary, wonderful wife Catherine” – that’s Catherine Zeta Jones – and his 102-year-old father Kirk.

The award came 49 years after he received his first Golden Globe nomination for best male newcomer.

Sandra Oh won best actress in a TV drama for Killing Eve, which started out on BBC America. She thanked her Korean parents, who were seated in the audience, in an emotional acceptance speech.

Oh also co-hosted Sunday’s ceremony in Beverly Hills alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Andy Samberg.

The night’s other winners:

  • Best actress in a supporting role in a motion picture – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Best actor in a supporting role in a motion picture – Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Best actress in a television series (musical or comedy) – Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
  • Best limited series or motion picture made for TV – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for TV – Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for TV – Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for TV: Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Best animated film – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Best motion picture director – Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
  • Best foreign language film – Roma
  • Best original song – Shallow, A Star is Born (Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson)
  • Best original score – First Man (Justin Hurwitz)
  • Best screenplay – Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly)

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