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
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.
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.”
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