Golden Globes Winners Raise Controversy

Joshua Perry, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards were equal parts shock and joy last Sunday, with some upsets and surprises that raised just as many eyebrows as ovations.

There was plenty of gratitude at the event. Olivia Colman, winner of the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category for her role in “The Favourite,” sincerely thanked “her b*tches,” co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone for supporting her.

Somewhat less sincerely, Christian Bale, winner of the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category for his role as Dick Cheney in “Vice,” thanked Satan for inspiring his performance. But that wasn’t all that ruffled some feathers at the ceremony.

The film “Green Book” won in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category, a success that stunned many after the family of the film’s subject, the pianist Don Shirley, criticized it as being untruthful.

Another controversy arose when the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Best Motion Picture – Drama category, beating out “A Star Is Born,” which was considered by many a serious contender for the award.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, is the worst reviewed Best Picture winner at the Golden Globes in 33 years with a 62 percent rating. NBC’s Ani Bundel panned the Golden Globes’ choice, pointing out that the other nominees had more meaningful, progressive content and took more risks.

“ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and ‘BlacKkKlansman’ were less traditional choices, perhaps, but also much more interesting,” Bundel said. “On the other hand, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ an all-white and nearly all-male biopic which stretched the truth to unnecessarily moralize about the virtues of living a conventional lifestyle is exactly the kind of film the Globes is supposed to be able to see through.”

However, not everyone thought the film was so lacking. Sophomore Zach Noll said that it was definitely high quality.

“I thought the movie was fantastic and worth watching…” Noll said. “It was a pretty cool movie and I would definitely see it again.”

Senior Emma Tegert agreed. She was ecstatic that the film became so successful because the subject matter was special to her.

“I loved it!” she said. “There were some parts that were dramatized for movie purposes, but overall I thought it was fantastic. It was really nice to see my favorite band receive so much attention.”