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‘Green Book’ snags top awards at Golden Globes

Free Press wire reports | 1/11/2019, 6 a.m.
“Green Book,” the film about the segregation-era concert tour of a black jazz pianist and his white chauffeur to the ...
Mahershala Ali pays homage to the late pianist Don Shirley, the man he portrayed in “Green Book,” during his remarks accepting the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in the film. Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/handout via Reuters

The award for best animated movie went to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” in which a version of the superhero is an Afro-Latino teenager. The directing team behind the movie included African-American filmmaker Peter Ramsey.

Sandra Oh, who made history as the event’s first Asian host, also won a Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama as the star of the BBC America series “Killing Eve.”

She talked about the diverse slate of nominees in her opening with co-host Andy Samberg: “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,” she said. “Next year could be different … but right now, this moment is real.”

Ben Whishaw, an openly gay actor, won a Golden Globe for his acting in the Amazon miniseries “A Very British Scandal.”

Among the night’s surprises: The film “A Star Is Born,” which was nominated in several categories, including best drama, and its star, Lady Gaga, was nominated for best actress in a drama, won a single Golden Globe for best original song, “Shallow.”

Veteran actress Glenn Close won best actress in a drama for her leading role in “The Wife.”

In tearfully accepting the award, she talked about the need of women to grow into their own. She spoke of her mother, “who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life,” she said.

“Women, we’re nurturers. We have our children, we have our husbands … but we have to find personal fulfillment,” Ms. Close said as women in the audience jumped to their feet with applause. “We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.’ ”

A number of movies — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Boy Erased,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” — went home empty-handed despite each receiving multiple nominations.

Other winners included: Christian Bale, best actor in a comedy or musical, for “Vice;” Olivia Colman, best actress in a comedy or musical, for “The Favourite;” FX series “The Americans,” for best television drama series; Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” best TV comedy or musical series; Richard Madden, best actor in a TV drama, for “Bodyguard;” Michael Douglas, best actor in a TV comedy or musical, for “The Kominsky Method;” and Rachel Brosnahan, best actress in a TV comedy or musical, for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”