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LGBTI movies and actors win big at the Golden Globes

LGBTI movies and actors win big at the Golden Globes

Rami Malek was awarded for his portrayal of bisexual rockstar Freddie Mercury (Photo: Twitter)

The Golden Globes award ceremony in California recognized an unprecedented number of LGBTI movies, TV series and actors on Sunday (6 January).

Biopic of bisexual rockstar Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody, took home best movie and best actor.

Meanwhile, Olivia Coleman, who plays Queen Anne as she courts two women in The Favourite, was named best actress.

Gay actor Ben Whishaw also took home an award.

What’s more, Golden Globe judges recognized LGBTI-themed productions Green Book, American Crime Story, Killing Eve and A Star is Born.

The Golden Globes, held in at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, celebrate outstanding achievements in film and television.

We are the champions

Bohemian Rhapsody won best motion picture-drama at the end of an evening full of surprises. LGBTI champion Lady Gaga’s A Star is Born was expected to take the accolade.

What’s more, Rami Malek was awarded best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

He thanked the Queen frontman: ‘I love you, you beautiful man,’ Malek said. ‘This is for and because of you gorgeous.’

Green Book won best motion picture (musical or comedy) and best screenplay (motion picture).

What’s more, star Mahershala Ali picked was recognized for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture.

Ali portrays a queer Black musician in the 1960s. The film depicts his friendship with his white bodyguard as he tours the Deep South.

The favorite

British Actress Olivia Coleman won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Also starring starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, the film is about the Queen’s same-sex relationships with two women.

Coleman thanked her two co-stars. ‘Every second of working with you girls was such a joy’ she said.

‘True queer hero’

What’s more, gay British actor Ben Whishaw took home an award for best supporting actor in as series for his role in A Very English Scandal.

The TV series depicts a Britsh Politician’s tussles with his ex-lover. Hugh Grant played politician Jeremy Thorpe while Whishaw played his lover, Norman Scott.

In his acceptance speech, Whishaw said Scott ‘took on the establishment with courage and defiance that I find completely inspiring’.

‘He is a true queer hero and icon.’

Backstage, Whishaw called for ‘greater equality’ in the industry. He said more gay actors should play straight roles.

‘Resist in the street, resist at the ballot box’

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association named The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story the best limited series or motion picture made for TV.

Producer Brad Simpson paid tribute to fashion designer Versace for being out as a gay man when many remained in the closet.

He said the late designer was an example at a time when the LGBTI community was under assault.

‘Gianni Versace was one of very few public figures who was out during a time of intense fear and hate’ he said.

‘As human beings we should resist in the street, resist at the ballot box and show love and empathy in our lives,’ Simpson said.

Representation in Hollywood

Darren Criss, who plays an openly gay serial killer in the show, won the best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for TV award.

It also features Ricky Martin.

The former Glee actor thanked his Mom— ‘a firecracker of a Filipino’—as he highlighted the importance of representation in Hollywood.

Sandra Oh won best actress in a TV drama for Killing Eve, which includes a same-sex storyline. The show was also up for best TV series.

LGBTI-hero Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson won the award for best original song with Shallow in A Star is Born.