LGBT+ Stories Take Centre Stage At Golden Globes

Last night's Golden Globes ceremony saw victories for 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Killing Eve' and many more.

Ben Whishaw and Lady Gaga with their Golden Globes

Films and television shows that emphasised queer narratives won big at last night’s Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles. The awards show saw victories for Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, American Crime Story, Killing Eve and A Very English Scandal.

As openly gay actor Ben Whishaw accepted the Golden Globe for his performance in A Very English Scandal, he dedicated his award to Norman Scott, the character he portrayed in the series:

“There’s one person I really, really want to dedicate this award to, and it’s the man I had the privilege to portray in this show, Norman Scott, who took on the establishment with courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring.

“He is a true queer hero and icon.”

Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace won the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series. In accepting the award, executive producer spoke about how the homophobia presented in the show remains a reality today:

“Our show is a period piece, but those forces are not historical. They’re here. They’re with us, and we must resist.”

Olivia Colman nabbed a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite. The period drama examines Queen Anne’s relationship with two other women, portrayed by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Colman acknowledged her co-stars in her acceptance speech, saying “Every second of working with you girls was such a joy.”

Lady Gaga’s track ‘Shallow’ won A Star is Born the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, though Bohemian Rhapsody beat the musical drama for the honour of Best Motion Picture – Drama. Producer Graham King paid homage to Freddie Mercury for showing the “power of embracing your true self.”

Additionally, Rami Malek thanked the late star, as he received the award for Best Actor:

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime, I love you, you beautiful man! This is for, and because of you, Gorgeous.”

The ceremony’s host, Sandra Oh, made history as the only actress of Asian descent to win two Golden Globes. Oh’s performance as the queer titular character in Killing Eve earned her the award for Best Actress in a Television Series. Oh previously won a Golden Globe for her role as Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy.

In her acceptance speech, Oh promised a much-needed change is on the way in the film industry:

“I said yes to the fear of being on stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different. It probably will be, but right now this moment is real.

“Trust me, this is real because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now so will everyone else.”

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