The Golden Globes were handed out last night, and while there were definitely a few upset wins, it just shows how varied and competitive some of these races are! Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, and Rami Malek all got big boosts for the Oscar® race (and delivered some of the best acceptance speeches of the night) while front runner A Star Is Born, widely expected to dominate the night, only took home the Globe for Best Song (“Shallow”).
Christian Bale took home the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for Vice, thanking Satan for inspiration in playing former Vice President Dick Cheney, while Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for her luminescent work on If Beale Street Could Talk. You can catch both performances currently at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Green Book won Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, as well as Best Screenplay, beating out its fiercest competitor The Favourite for the latter two categories.
Glenn Close, seeming genuinely surprised, won Best Actress – Drama for her top of career work in The Wife, beating out Lady Gaga, and in her impassioned acceptance speech, she talked of her mother sublimating herself to her father all her life, and how women cannot continue that pattern. The Favourite’s Olivia Colman’s delightful acceptance speech for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy cements herself firmly in the Oscar® race, thanking her bitches (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) along the way. If you haven’t seen The Favouriteyet, or you have and you want a refresher before the Oscars®, it’s playing at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
The big upset winner of the night was controversial Bohemian Rhapsody, taking awards for Best Actor (Rami Malek) and Best Picture – Drama, beating out assumed front runner A Star Is Born. Widely expected was Roma’s win for Best Foreign Film and Best Director, who will be a major player at the Oscars®.
Though Kore-eda’s Shoplifters lost to Roma last night and Pawlikowski’s Cold War did not make the cut as a Best Foreign Film nominee, both films have excellent chances of competing at the Oscars®. Shoplifters is playing now at SIFF Uptown and Cold War opens January 18 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
Shut out of awards, but name-checked through the entire show, were Crazy Rich Asians,Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman. These films, with many others, have crossed the border of both commercial and critical success, and brought faces and voices of change to millions of people, a fact reflected on by host Sandra Oh, in her amazing speech to launch the show. We see them, and we support them.
On to the Oscars®!
– Beth Barrett | SIFF Artistic Director