Golden Globes 2019 Recap


The 76th annual Golden Globes took place on Sunday, January 6. The Golden Globes began in 1944, after the Hollywood Foreign Press was created by a group of writers. The Golden Globes gives awards for both film and television, and while the ceremony has changed over the years, the same general concept of the Golden Globes has remained the same.

This year’s show was hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, who are both actors. In being one of the hosts this year, Sandra Oh actually became the first person of Asian descent to ever host the ceremony. As usual, the hosts made many jokes, but also made comments dealing with current social issues that face Hollywood. Oh commented on the changes in the entertainment industry throughout 2018, such as the increased diversity in media, as well as the ceremony itself. She also brought attention to the issue of whitewashing (casting a white actor or actress to play a role intended for a performer of another race). Oh did this by praising Crazy Rich Asians for keeping a fully Asian cast, and comparing it to Aloha and Ghost in the Shell, both of which are movies that have been criticized for whitewashing their female leads.

The Golden Globes presented a new award this year. Hollywood Foreign Press created the Carol Burnett Award, which honors lifetime achievement in television. Obviously, Carol Burnett was the first recipient of this award, and she accepted it at the 2019 ceremony. She gave a heartfelt speech after accepting the award where she described the reasons that her show, The Carol Burnett Show,  “couldn’t be done today.” As for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in film, Jeff Bridges received the award this year.

Of course, the usual awards for film and television were also presented. The award for Best Television Series- Drama went to The Americans, and Best Television Series- Comedy went to The Kominsky Method. Sandra Oh took home the award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama for her performance in Killing Eve, and Best Actor in the same category went to Richard Madden for his role in Bodyguard. The award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture was awarded to “Shallow,” which was sung by Lady Gaga and is in A Star is Born. Christian Bale was given the award for

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in Vice, and Best Actress in the same category went to Olivia Coleman for her role in The Favourite. While many had predicted that A Star is Born would take home a lot awards, the movie’s only win was in the category of Best Song. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama was given to Rami Malek for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, which added to the shocking loses for A Star is Born. Best Actress in the same category went to Glenn Close for her role in The Wife. For the biggest awards of the night, Green Book won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Bohemian Rhapsody won for Best Motion Picture – Drama.