Golden Globes falls short with underwhelming award results

Show takes step back from groundbreaking 2018 ceremony

This year's award ceremony was hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.

When Bohemian Rhapsody won the award for Best Motion Picture—Drama at this past Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, the palpable shock coming from the show’s star-studded crowd summed up how the entire evening had gone. 

Award after award, crowd-pleasing nominees like A Star Is Born, BLACKkKLANSMAN, and Black Panther were cast aside as more controversial choices like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody took their place.

While Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody may have been critically well-received, the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding both films made their wins even more contentious and puzzling. 

For example, the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer, was fired from the film after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in December 2017. Meanwhile, Green Book actor Viggo Mortensen used the N-word during a panel discussion about his film in November. 

For a ceremony that just last year served as the first major awards show to embrace the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, it felt as though its progress in 2018 was quickly forgotten to serve the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’ (HFPA) whimsical voting choices.

On the television side of the awards, final results were equally confusing. Shows nobody under 60 has heard of—like The Kominsky Method, A Very English Scandal and Escape at Dannemora—won a majority of awards over critically-acclaimed juggernauts like Sharp Objects, The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Succession.

The outcomes at this year’s Golden Globes were pretty standard, especially considering the reputation of nonsensical award choices the HFPA is expected to make.

Despite the show’s unexpected results, hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg offered a breath of fresh air to the event, using their opening monologue to compliment the stars in the room before remarking on the growing diversity within their industry.

If anyone questioned the legitimacy of both hosts, Oh winning the award for Best Actress in a Television Drama would’ve made even the most critical people appreciate her heartwarming speech dedicated to her immigrant parents, who were in the room with her to celebrate.

In another highlight of the night, Carol Burnett was awarded the inaugural Carol Burnett Award—which recognizes a lifetime of achievement in television—and gave a heartfelt speech honouring people who helped her throughout her long career in Hollywood.

Additionally, Olivia Coleman gave the most entertaining acceptance speech of the night, thanking her “two b—s,” co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, as she collected the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy award for her hilariously tragic role in The Favourite.

A notable snub of the night was A Star is Born, which failed to win on any of its four nominations. The lack of love for the film proved there could be 100 people in the room and it only takes one to believe in you—the one being Bradley Cooper—but if the other 99 people are the HFPA and they didn’t vote for you, you’ll walk away empty handed.

This year’s Golden Globes may have been an underwhelming event to kick off Oscars season, but they left audiences with plenty of moments to talk about.

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