It was a night defined by surprise winners and losers, with predictions for next month’s Oscars ceremony beginning to take shape.
After a somewhat tepid critical response, Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody reigned victorious above more revered contenders BlacKkKlansman and Black Panther, picking up awards for best drama and best actor.
Meanwhile, Glenn Close bagged herself the best drama actress award, ahead of A Star Is Born favourite Lady Gaga, and proceeded to deliver a powerful speech urging women to ‘find personal fulfilment’.
Whether you agree with the chosen victors or not, it was an evening which sparkled with Hollywood glamour and wit; where talented Brits such as Olivia Colman and Richard Madden shone brighter than many of their American counterparts.
Hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg (‘the only two people left in Hollywood who haven’t gotten in trouble for saying something offensive’) delivered numerous wisecracks, albeit remaining not quite as naughty as previous hosts.
And, as has been the case in recent years, there’s been as much drama and debate unfolding on social media as in the Beverly Hilton hotel itself.
Streaming giant Netflix joined in with the fun on Twitter, sassily poking fun at the commercial breaks their regular bingers were forced to sit through while watching the prestigious awards ceremony:
Shoutout to everyone who is watching commercials for the first time in several months.
shoutout to everyone who is watching commercials for the first time in several months
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 7, 2019
Many people have called Netflix out on their salty remark, and have thrown some serious shade of their own.
Showing absolutely none of the famed Netflix chill, one person snorted:
Y’all still spent 100 million on friends but couldn’t keep Scarface or The Godfather franchise. [sic]
While another snarked:
How about picking up The last man on earth… [sic]
Who knew Netflix could be so savage pic.twitter.com/gfEx4hhtUL
— marielle ravinhart (@mariravinhart) January 7, 2019
All joking aside, Netflix has enjoyed success at the Golden Globe Awards, demonstrating how the quality of their original programming has truly elevated them.
Netflix comedy The Kominsky Method won Best Comedy Series, with leading man Michael Douglas also taking home the award for best lead actor in a comedy series.
As reported by Deadline, Douglas used his acceptance speech to speak about how streaming is changing the industry:
Streaming has made television much more acceptable to film people. That’s why you’re seeing so many film actors go in…
That’s why now you’re seeing situations like The Kominsky Method, a half-hour comedy which can be 25 minutes long or 40 minutes long.
You can say anything you want. There are no commercials. It’s as close as you can get to a short film. For me, at this point in my career and at my age, this is fantastic. I love it.
Darren Criss is the first Filipino-American to win an Emmy AND Golden Globe. He did THAT and he deserves it so so so so much I can’t even put it into words. I am immensely proud of him always. #GoldenGIobes pic.twitter.com/u9jM5oyDHQ
— Jess 🚀💍🖖 (@miarried) January 7, 2019
— Erika Norton (@ErikaNorton10) January 7, 2019
— Y’all Won (@SylviaObell) January 7, 2019
The 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was aired Sunday, January 6, 2018.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.