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Mamma Mia! ‘Rhapsody’ upsets‘ Star Is Born’ at Globes

The Freddie Mercury biopic took best picture, drama, over Bradley Cooper’s heavily favored story about the music industry, and Glenn Close bested Lady Gaga for best actress

By Jack Coyle  /  AP, NEW YORK

Arguably the biggest boost went to Green Book, Peter Farrelly’s interracial road trip through the early 60s Deep South, which has struggled to catch on at the box office while coming under harsh criticism for relying on racial tropes. It won best film, comedy or musical, and best screenplay. “If Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga can find common ground, we all can,” said Farrelly, the director best known for broader comedies like There’s Something About Mary.

The year’s biggest domestic box-office hit, Black Panther, went unrewarded, though presenters Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira took a moment, in unison, for a shout of “Wakanda Forever!”

As expected, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won best song for the signature tune from A Star Is Born. At the time, it seemed like just the first of a handful of awards for A Star Is Born.

“Can I just say that as a woman in music, it’s really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as songwriter and these three incredible men, they lifted me up,” Gaga said.

Though the Globes are put on by foreign journalists, they don’t including foreign language films in their two best picture categories (for drama and musical/comedy).

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That left Netflix’s Oscar hopeful, Alfonso Cuaron’s memory-drenched masterwork Roma out of the top category. Cuaron still won best director and the Mexican-born filmmaker’s movie won best foreign language film.

“This film would not have been possible without the specific colors that made me who I am,” said Cuaron. Gracias, familia. Gracias, Mexico.”

Netflix also won numerous awards for the series The Kominsky Method, which won both best actor in a comedy series for Michael Douglas (he dedicated the honor to this 102-year-old father, Kirk Douglas) and for best comedy series over favored nominees like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (whose star, Rachel Brosnahan still won) and Barry.

“Netflix, Netflix, Netflix,” said series creator Chuck Lorre.

Olivia Colman, expected to be Lady Gaga’s stiffest competition when the two presumably go head-to-head at the Oscars — though Close may now make it a three-way race — won best actress in a comedy/musical for her Queen Anne in the royal romp The Favorite. “I ate constantly throughout the film,” said Colman. “It was brilliant.”

Best supporting actress in a motion picture went to the Oscar front-runner Regina King for her matriarch of Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk. In her acceptance speech, King spoke about the Time’s Up movement and vowed that the movie crews of everything she produces in the next two years will be half women. She challenged others to do likewise.

“Stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” said King, who was also nominated for the TV series Seven Seconds.

A year after the Globes were awash in a sea of black and #MeToo discussion replaced fashion chatter, the red carpet largely returned to more typical colors and conversation. Some attendees wore ribbons that read TIMESUPx2, to highlight the second year of the gender equality campaign that last year organized the Globes black-clad demonstration. Alyssa Milano, the actress who was integral in making #MeToo go viral, said on the red carpet that in the past year a “really wonderful sisterhood has formed.”

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