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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

By Staff Reports

 

BEVERLY HILLS—"Green Book," the story of the bond that grows between a Black musician and a white New York nightclub bouncer during a 1960s tour through the Deep South, took home a trio of Golden Globes Sunday evening, while the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" was named best drama film.

"Green Book" earned Globes for best comedy/musical film, best screenplay and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.

Director Peter Farrelly called the film honor "beyond anything we ever imagined when we started shooting this thing."

He said the film's story—about how people of different races can bond simply by spending time together and talking—"gave me hope."

"If Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga can find common ground, we all can," he said. "All we have to do is talk and not judge people by the differences, but look for what we have in common, and we have a lot in common."

Mahershala Ali's supporting-actor prize for portraying musician Don Shirley was the first Globe win of his career.

"Dr. Shirley was a brilliant man," Ali said. "I just want to thank him for his passion, his virtuosity, the dignity with which he carried himself every day."

He also hailed his co-star, Viggo Mortensen, calling him "an extraordinary screen partner."

"You pushed me every day, man. No days off. Even the days off weren't days off," Ali said.

Regina King won her first career Golden Globe for her supporting work in "If Beale Street Could Talk." She hailed writer-director Barry Jenkins, saying, "I love you with all my heart. Thank you for your empathy. Thank you for telling stories so rich."

King also made the biggest political statement of the night, pledging that on all of her entertainment industry projects in the next two years, she will employ "50 percent women."

"I challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry but in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same," King said.

The Mexican film "Roma" won for best foreign-language film, while Alfonso Cuarón was named best director for helming the project. He gave thanks to Netflix for bringing the "very unlikely film" to the public eye, and said the movie was shaped "by this place, this very complex lab that shaped and created me, so muchas gracias Mexico."

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was named best animated film.

Sandra Oh—who co-hosted Sunday night's ceremony with Andy Samberg—won her second career Globe, winning for best actress in a drama series for BBC America's crime-thriller "Killing Eve." She won a Globe in 2006 for best supporting TV actress for her work on "Grey's Anatomy."

She hailed "Killing Eve's" cast and crew, but said, "Mostly there are two people here tonight that I'm so grateful that they're here for me. I'd like to thank my mother and my father."

 

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Netflix's "The Kominsky Method" was named best comedy series, while the show's star, Michael Douglas, won the prize for best actor in a comedy.

The series' co-creator, Chuck Lorre, was visibly shaken by the win.

"This doesn't happen to me," he said. "No one's crying for me, but this, this is spectacular. This is an extraordinary acknowledgement. ... I've been doing this a long time and I'm up here trembling like a leaf."

He thanked Douglas and co-star Alan Arkin, saying that without them, "the script for this would be landfill, it would be mulch."

Douglas, who portrays an aging acting coach on the show, thanked his fellow cast members while accepting the honor, and also hailed his family, including his 102-year-old father, Kirk Douglas.

"Truth be told, I owe all of this to one man out there, Mr. Chuck Lorre," Douglas told the crowd. "Chuck thinks getting old is funny. Thank you for your exquisite work."

The win was Douglas' fourth career Golden Globe, including a best- actor honor for his work in the film "Wall Street." He also received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2004.