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The Golden Globes 2019: Some LGBTQ Topics on the Agenda

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 12, 2019) The movie Bohemian Rhapsody received both awards for which it was nominated at the 76th Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. The list of winners and nominations for LGBTQ films, roles and artists is quite long but not of very high quality – due to the lack of commitment of the award-winning works. A brief overview.

Update of February 28, 2019: The winners of the Academy Awards (“Oscars”) of February 24, 2019 were added in red in this article.

Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes 2019: Quite a few LGBTQ topics included. ©goldenglobes.com

Award ceremony with LGBTQ orientation

As a reminder: The Golden Globes distinguish feature films, television films and television series regardless of genre. This award in January is generally regarded as a foretaste of the Oscar ceremony in February, albeit with less glamour and prestige.

The list was dominated by Bryan Singer's film Bohemian Rhapsody. This biopic about Freddy Mercury won the Golden Globe for Best Drama, and its main actor Rami Malek won the prize for his role as the bisexual singer who died of pneumonia in 1991, probably as a result of AIDS. Rami Malek also received the Oscar for best actor, and Bohemian Rhapsody won three technical Academy Awards (best film editing, best sound editing and best sound mixing).

This is Rami Malek's speech at the award ceremony:

Mahershala Ali received the award for best male supporting actor for his role as the queer black 60s musician Don Shirley in Green Book. The same film received a Golden Globe for the best screenplay as well as one for the best comedy or musical, so a total of three awards out of five nominations. Mahershala Ali won the Oscar as best supporting actor for the second time now. Green Book was awarded the Oscar as best film and also received the Oscar for the best original screenplay.

Two films with LGBTQ themes have thus received the two highest awards, namely in the Drama and Comedy/Music Film categories.

Olivia Colman was voted best comedy or musical actress for her performance as Queen Anne in Yórgos Lánthimos’ The Favourite, where she flirts with two women (played by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz). (One award out of five nominations.) Olivia Colman won the Academy Award as best actress as well.

Below is a video with Olivia Colman's acceptance speech. Olivia thanks her fim partners (“... my bitches”), with whom she had a lot of fun during the film shooting. Olivia Colman finished second on the applause meter, directly behind Glenn Close (see below).

Gay British actor Ben Whishaw received the award for the best male supporting role in a series, miniseries or a television film. He plays the lover of a politician (Hugh Grant) in A Very English Scandal.

At least two other films with LGBTQ themes won prizes:

    • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (best mini-series or television film), along with the award for best actor in this category for Darren Criss, whose film partners included Ricky Martin. A total of two prizes out of four nominations.
    • Killing Eve – For this gay story, Sandra Oh was awarded the prize for best actress in a TV drama series.

Homosexuality as an anecdote?

Unfortunately, Bohemian Rhapsody does not deal very deeply with homosexuality and AIDS, which were enormously important in Freddie Mercury’s life. Similarly, the biopic about Don Shirley (Green Book) treats the homosexuality of the piano player only very casually.

Melissa McCarthy won the Best Actress in Drama award for Can You Ever Forgive Me (where she plays a lesbian counterfeiter with a gay accomplice), although Glenn Close (The Wife) came in first on the applause meter. Neither Melissa McCarthy nor Glenn Close were awarde the Oscar 2019 as best actress. This award went to Olivia Colman (see above).

By the way, Lady Gaga was also nominated in the same category for her film A Star Is Born – but Rami Malek won the prize in the end. However, Lady Gaga received the award for the best original film song “Shallow”. … as well as the Oscar for the best original song.

Even if the Golden Globes are considered an indicator for the Academy Awards (Oscar awards), the outcome differs quite often – mainly because the number of Oscar voters is almost forty times higher than for the Golden Globes. Therefore, independent cinema films and themes outside the usual productions are likely to do better in the Oscars.

We will see on February 14, 2019 whether the Academy Awards (Oscars) 2019 will get a bigger LGBTQ stamp than in previous years.

Frank-S / MensGo

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