Aussies fall at Globes as Rhapsody stuns

The 76th annual Golden Globes blessed our screens on Sunday, officially kicking off awards season.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg started the proceedings with light-hearted banter and jokes - and very little of the cutting commentary that was common in past years. When she mentioned 2015's Aloha, in which Emma Stone played a Chinese character, Stone yelled from the crowd; "I'm sorry!".

Oh acknowledged it best when she said, "I see you, all these faces of change".

I can't speak for everyone, but these were the five moments of this year's 2019 Golden Globes that I considered the most memorable; and what I'm sure we'll be talking about for years to come. I know everything that everyone says about awards shows (especially #goldenglobes!) But that was a moment of unforced joy and excitement that made me feel good & made me a bit teary. She looked into the audience and said, "Because I see you, and I see you. And now, so will everyone else".

Last year, Oh and Samberg teamed up when they presented the Emmy Award for best director of a comedy, which went to Amy Sherman-Palladino of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

"Green Book", the inspirational true story about a budding friendship between an African-American pianist and a white bouncer on a tour of the Deep South in the early 1960s, won three Globes, including best picture in the musical/comedy category.

According to Twitter Canada, "Bohemian Rhapsody" winning Best Picture, Drama was the most-tweeted-about moment of the night. Alfonso Cuaron deservedly won Best Director; bafflingly, his film Roma wasn't nominated for Best Picture, even with so many slots on offer.

Politics were largely absent from the ceremony before Christian Bale took the stage for winning best actor in a musical or comedy for his lead performance in Adam McKay's "Vice". She'd previously took home the trophy in 2006 for Best Supporting Performance for her work in the long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

But Rhys lost the award for best actor in a TV drama to Richard Madden, who won for his role as a British security officer in the BBC/Netflix political thriller "Bodyguard". And she won over the room when she called for women everywhere to stand up.

"The power of movies is that it brings us all together", said producer Graham King, accepting the Best Motion Picture, Drama award.

Sandra also made history on the night as the first Asian woman to have hosted a major awards show.

  • Jacqueline Ellis