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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

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won for best animated film. Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won for both best limited series and Darren Criss’ lead performance.

For its sixth and final season, FX’s The Americans took best drama series over shows like Amazon’s conspiracy thriller Homecoming and Oh’s own Killing Eve. Richard Madden, the breakout star of the terrorism suspense series Bodyguard, won best actor in a drama series. Ben Wishaw took best supporting actor in a limited series for A Very English Scandal.

Last year’s show, like a lot of recent awards shows, saw ratings decline. Some 19 million tuned in to the Seth Meyers-hosted broadcast, an 11-percent decline in viewership. This year, Globes broadcaster NBC has one thing in its favor: an NFL lead in. NBC aired the late afternoon nail-biter between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, likely delivering the network a huge audience.

Jeff Bridges received the Globes’ honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award. In remarks about everything from Michael Cimino to Buckminster Fuller and, of course, to his Big Lebowski character the Dude, Bridges compared his life to a great game of tag. “We’ve all been tagged,” said Bridges. “We’re alive.” He ended by “tagging” everyone watching.

“We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man,” said Bridges.

A similar television achievement award was also launched this year, dubbed the Carol Burnett Award. Its first honoree was Burnett, herself.

“I’m kind of really gob-smacked by this,” said Burnett. “Does this mean that I get to accept it every year?”

— Additional reporting by Kristin Hall Lindsey Bahr

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