The Globes love "Green Book," even though critics were pretty mixed
"Green Book" was one of the most controversial entries in the 2018 awards season. The movie, starring Viggo Mortensen as an Italian-American bouncer and Mahershala Ali as the gifted pianist he drives on tour, received mixed reviews. It was dismissed by some critics as a tone-deaf and simplistic take on race relations. A.O. Scott of The New York Times, for example, called it "crude, obvious and borderline offensive." (He didn't like it, folks.)
The Hollywood Foreign Press, the group of 90-odd journalists that puts on the Globes, seemed to love "Green Book," lavishing it with multiple nods. As the show unfolded Sunday night, the film was making out pretty well. Ali, who earned an Oscar two years ago for "Moonlight," won in the best supporting actor category, and "Green Book" also took home the best screenplay prize. (It's up for best movie drama, too — but "A Star Is Born" is favored to win there.)
What gives? Well, the Hollywood Foreign Press sometimes likes to zig where the national consensus zags. And they certainly zagged with "Green Book."
Bohemian Rhapsody wins Best Drama to the shock and surprise of everyone
It happened: "Bohemian Rhapsody" took home best motion picture - drama, which shocked every person on Earth.
Contending against "Black Panther," "Black Klansman," "If Beale Street Could Talk," and "A Star Is Born," "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been defined by controversy and lackluster reviews (despite earning $600 million at the box office), and its category contenders... well, haven't. Arguably, this win is the real-life equivalent of showing up to a wedding and finding out you will be served cold-cut sandwiches. And Bradley Cooper's expression pretty much says it all.
President Trump a surprising no-show (in speeches) at Globes
By not being name-checked during Sunday's Golden Globes telecast, President Trump may have come out a winner.
Unlike other high-profile award shows, including the Oscars and Emmys, there were limited forays into politics during the Globes, even with the potential for comments on Trump's border wall push with the Mexican film, "Roma," winning for best foreign film.
The Globes were also the platform where Meryl Streep ripped Trump for mocking a reporter with a physical impairment during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award two years ago.
In fact, the closest thing to a political diatribe on this night was Christian Bale's acceptance speech after winning best actor in a motion picture - musical over comedy for his turn in "Vice." But his barbs were left for former Vice President Dick Cheney and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
Biggest upset of the night by far: Glenn Close for 'The Wife'
Lady Gaga was widely expected to win for her turn as a rising pop siren in "A Star Is Born."
But then... she didn't.
The award for best actress in a film drama instead went to Hollywood veteran Glenn Close for her acclaimed (but far more low-key) performance in the independent drama "The Wife."
It was by far the most surprising moment of the night, and yet another example of the sheer unpredictability of the 90-odd foreign journalists who vote on the Globes.
Chrissy Metz slams 'unfortunate' reports she called Alison Brie expletive at Globes
Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate on NBC’s “This Is Us,” found herself square in the middle of controversy after reports surfaced she called Alison Brie a “b----“ on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
Metz reacted swiftly on Twitter by saying there is no animosity between her and the "GLOW" star, who was up for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy.
Read the full story on Today.com here.
Some sidenote Globes commentary
The Globes can be summed up — at least so far — by the NBC News live blog crew, as:
Jason Abbruzzese: Lack of politics.
Anne T. Donahue: It's... pleasant?
Anne T. Donahue: Like it's fine?
Jason Abbruzzese: Yeah, it's aggressively fine.
Daniel Arkin: Pretty studiously non-topical, non-political, generally inoffensive, trying hard to be "fun."
Spike Lee loses out at Golden Globes, continuing streak without major directing award
Fans of Spike Lee certainly think the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not do the right thing.
Alfonso Cuarón took home the Golden Globe for best director of a motion picture for "Roma," and in the process extended Lee's four-decade streak without one of the three major directing honors.
Many prognosticators predicted Lee would win the statuette for "BlacKkKlansman," the first time he was even nominated for a Golden Globe in that category since 1990, which was for "Do the Right Thing."
But 61-year-old Lee has never even received a single nomination for either an Academy Award for directing or a Directors Guild Award — despite a resume that includes "Malcom X" (1992) and "Inside Man" (2006).
He did, however, get nominated for Oscars for screenwriting for "Do the Right Thing" and for best documentary for 1997's "4 Little Girls." And he did get an honorary Academy Award as a consolation prize in 2016, one which was handed out during the Governors Awards three months before the main Oscar telecast.
Rachel Brosnahan wins best actress for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'
Is anybody truly shocked that Rachel Brosnahan picked up the best actress award for her role as Midge Maisel in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'? Not if you loved the second season as much as the first! (Which I did — #controversial) But if you were gunning for a Kristen Bell win for 'The Good Place,' I'm sorry. It's not your fault, and you tried your best. Your forking best.
See the full list of winners here.
Where is Harrison Ford's earring?
While Harrison Ford was presenting the award for best director (to Alfonso Cuaron for "Roma"), we were faced with a shocking discovery: his earring appears to be gone.
The earring has been a staple of Harrison Ford's aesthetic since the late 1990s, and the subject of much controversy — specifically among me and my mom, who have differing opinions on it. So where is the earring? Who took it? Who knows the truth?
Christian Bale on his win for 'Vice': Big thanks to Satan
It's a good thing for Christian Bale that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was voting, and not Republicans.
The Welsh-born thespian won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in "Vice" and accepting the award, he made clear where he stands on the real-life subject.
"Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," said Bale, 44.
Read our full story here and go here for the full list of winners.
Darren Criss wins best actor for scarring us all for life
After terrifying us all to our cores (and giving an incredible onscreen performance of Laura Branigan's "Gloria"), Darren Criss took home the award for best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for television for his turn as killer Andrew Cunanan in "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace."
He described winning as "totally awesome" and gave a lovely shout-out to his Filipina mom after remarking on how big the year has been for representation. All hail Darren Criss! An actor so talented that despite watching him win and knowing that he is not Andrew Cunanan, he will never not scare me. I love him.
'Roma' earns best foreign-language film prize on road to (presumed) Oscar glory
"Roma," Alfonso Cuarón's lush and dreamlike portrait of Mexico City in the 1970s, scooped up the best foreign-language film award — an expected outcome for the critically adored film and a pit stop on the way to a presumptive best picture nod at the Academy Awards.
A long list of Oscars prognosticators and pundits have "Roma" pegged to win best picture, as a matter of fact.