RAMI MALEK, GLENN CLOSE and CHRIS­TIAN BALE win big at the Globes, whilst LADY GAGA, LUCY BOYN­TON and CHAR­L­IZE THERON steal the sar­to­rial spot­light

THE EGYP­TIAN STAR GETS THE GOLD FOR BO­HEMIAN RHAP­SODY

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It is the high­est gross­ing mu­si­cal biopic of all time, hav­ing earned over US$700 mil­lion and a le­gion of ad­mir­ers, so it was with rap­tur­ous ap­plause that Bo­hemian Rhap­sody’s Egyp­tian-Amer­i­can lead, Rami Malek, who chan­nelled Queen leg­end Fred­die Mer­cury so per­fectly, picked up the prize for Best Ac­tor at the 76th an­nual Golden Globe awards.

The star took to the stage at The Bev­erly Hilton Ho­tel in Cal­i­for­nia and said a heart­felt: “Thank you to Fred­die Mer­cury for giv­ing me the joy of a life­time.”

The ac­tor, whose par­ents came to the US as im­mi­grants in 1978 added: “I tried to find the hu­man­ity in him. I re­lated it to him be­ing an im­mi­grant strug­gling to dis­cover his iden­tity.

“I tried to take every­thing he was strug­gling with, his com­pli­ca­tion, his chaos, his tur­moil and this beauty in­side of him. He lifted me up to be every­thing I could be in this film.”

The 37-year-old also paid trib­ute to Queen band mem­bers Brian May and Roger Tay­lor, who took a chance on him when anoint­ing him for the role.

Af­ter pick­ing up his statue, he was spot­ted with his clearly de­lighted on-and-off-screen love, Lucy Boyn­ton, who was a true golden girl in cus­tom Ce­line.

PRIZE DRAW

Mex­i­can film­maker Al­fonso Cuarón won both the Best For­eign Lan­guage Film and the Di­rec­tor’s gong – his first Globe win was for 2013 space odyssey Grav­ity -- for his semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal drama, Roma.

De­spite last year’s show be­ing a fash­ion blackout in sup­port of the Time’s Up move­ment with the podium pro­vid­ing a plat­form for many a hard-hit­ting po­lit­i­cal point, this year’s mes­sages were more sub­tle and per­sonal.

The ac­claimed moviemaker said: “This film would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the spe­cific colours that made me who I am. Gra­cias fa­milia, gra­cias Mex­ico.”

Sadly, he stole the crown from the Mid­dle East’s big hope – Na­dine Labaki – the only fe­male di­rec­tor in the cat­e­gory, whose Caper­naum, about a 12-year-old’s dif­fi­cult time in Le­banon, was in line for best for­eign lan­guage flick too. The movie is how­ever still in the run­ning for the Os­cars, hav­ing made it to the nine-strong short­list from which the fi­nal five are to be cho­sen.

“I do have this sort of pride be­ing a wo­man di­rec­tor among all these amaz­ing film­mak­ers,” the Elie Saab-clad Beirut-based di­rec­tor told Va­ri­ety.

“But of course there’s this other sur­prise when you feel like you’re the only one, when I know that there are so many women mak­ing films that are so in­ter­est­ing and so very im­por­tant out there.”

VET­ERAN’S DAY

It was as­ton­ish­ing that Glenn Close, whose per­for­mance in The Wife was uni­ver­sally ap­plauded and is a 15-time nom­i­nee, was so ob­vi­ously sur­prised when her name was

Rami Malek (far right and above, with on­screen and real life love Lucy Boyn­ton) and Lady Gaga both picked up awards for their parts in mu­si­cal mega-hits Bo­hemian Rhap­sody and A Star is Born re­spec­tively

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