The Golden Globes Awards, accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizing excellence in film and television was fairly gay this year.
Out of the 27 categories at the 94th Golden Globe awards, 7 of the category winners were for leading LGBT roles, producers, or films featuring major gay subplots.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Darren Criss won Best Performance for his role as gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny-tiny part of that,” he said in his acceptance speech.
The former “Glee” star (where he also played a gay character) has already been hailed by the Emmy awards for his performance as the man who killed famed designer Versace.
Criss thanked plenty of people, including his mom, “a firecracker of a Filipino,” as he gave a nod to the importance of representation in Hollywood.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Ben Whishaw, who came out in 2014, won for his performance as Norman Scott in “A Very English Scandal,” which tells the true story of Scott and the British politician Jeremy Thorpe, who were secret lovers in a scandal ending in blackmail.
“He’s a true queer hero and icon, and Norman this is for you,” Whishaw said.
Whishaw added that Scott “took on the establishment.”
Backstage, Whishaw was asked by the press corps if he shared the same acting philosophy as Darren Criss when it comes to playing LGBT characters.
“I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” Criss said at the Clorox event What Comes Next in New York.
“I really believe that actors can embody and portray anything, and we shouldn’t be defined only by what we are.” Whishaw also called for “greater equality” and exclaimed, “I would like to see more gay actors play straight roles. That’s where we should be aiming,” according to Deadline.
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)
“Shallow,” a ballad from the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack, won for best original song.
“As a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter,” Gaga, who is bisexual, said in her acceptance speech.
Co-writers of the song Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson accepted the award.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“A Star Is Born” was the odds-on favorite, but the story of the rise of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury ended up winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
“Thank you for showing us the power in embracing your true self,” Producer Graham King said in homage to Mercury. King worked a decade to bring the story to the big screen.
Director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the biopic reportedly after an on-set fight with star Rami Malek (though the director insists that he was caring for an ill parent), retained his director credit, and also apparently decided to make himself a part of the Globes celebration through Instagram.
“What an honor. Thank you,” Singer captioned on a photo of himself in the director’s chair on the film set.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
Rami Malek was awarded for his performance as Freddie Mercury, who was bisexual, in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“I am beyond moved. My heart is pounding out of chest right now,” he said, as he accepted the best actor award.
Malek thanked his mother, family and Queen “for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us.”
His final “thank you” was for Freddie Mercury, whom he played in the film.
“I love you, you beautiful man,” Malek said. “This is for and because of you gorgeous.”
Malek beat out Lucas Hedges, of the queer film “Boy Erased.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Olivia Colman won for her performance as Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” a film featuring the Queen’s same-sex affair with her confidante, played by Rachel Weisz.
She thanked her “bitches” – Weisz and Emma Stone, who acted alongside her in the film.
“Every second of working with you girls was such a joy,” she said.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Christian Bale won best actor for his performance as former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice.”
The Cheney biopic tells the story of how the vice president to George W. Bush “became the most powerful man in the world” and reshaped “the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today,” according to a description from the studio.
Outside of politics, in the film Cheney comes to terms with his younger daughter Mary coming out as gay. Though Cheney develops ambitions to run for president, he decides to retire from public life to spare Mary from media scrutiny.
Bale thanked Adam McKay, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Big Short,” for hiring him for the part.
“He said, ‘I’ve got to find someone who can be absolutely charisma-free and rivaled by everybody … thank you for all the competition. I will be cornering the market on charisma-free (sic),” Bale said.
Bale went on to thank “satan…for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”
A complete list of the 2019 Golden Globe winners & nominees, as reported by CNN.
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