(CNN)“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Queen singer Freddie Mercury, and “Green Book,” the inspirational true story about an unlikely friendship between an African-American pianist and a white bouncer in the early 1960s, took top honors at the 76th annual Golden Globes on Sunday.
In the TV categories, best comedy series went to Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” starring Michael Douglas as an aging thespian who runs a prestigious acting class. Douglas also won the award for best actor in a TV comedy.
The hosts, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, mostly avoided politics in their opening comments. There was no mention of President Trump or the government shutdown, although the pair made jokes about identity politics and cultural appropriation. They also alluded to the (as of now) host-less Academy Awards, joking about holding a contest in which “one lucky audience member will host the Oscars.”
As the first awards show of the year, the Globes have an outsized influence on Academy Award predictions — voting on Oscar nominees begins Monday — while offering the season’s first glimpse at stars’ red-carpet looks.
The Golden Globes are where Oprah Winfrey gave a rousing speech last year that sparked speculation she was running for president. And where Meryl Streep, the year before that, criticized then-President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter. (Jeff Bridges, this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, will likely be less outspoken.)
The Globes always split the best-picture nominees into two categories: drama and musical/comedy. That made for some head-scratching this year when two movies about music, “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” were nominated as dramas.
Rounding out that category were three very different films about the black experience: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Bradley Cooper’s “Star Is Born” remake — a critical and commercial smash — had been seen as the favorite.
“The Americans” beat out “Homecoming,” the new Julia Roberts show about a counselor at a mysterious treatment center for returning veterans, and “Killing Eve,” about the treacherous rivalry between two dangerous women, a British intelligence officer and an assassin.
But “Eve’s” Sandra Oh won for best actress in a TV drama — and still held her award in her hand moments later upon returning to her hosting duties. “I have no idea what is happening,” she said, looking stunned (or maybe just mock-stunned).