There were several notable LGBTQ moments at the Golden Globes last night in Los Angeles.
Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Freddie Mercury, won Best Motion Picture – Drama. Producer Graham King accepted the award instead of director Bryan Singer, who left the film due to a health matter.
Rami Malek, who starred as Mercury, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Malek dedicated his award to Mercury, “for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which is about the death of gay designer Gianni Versace in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, won the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Executive producer Brad Simpson accepted the award, and he stressed the homophobia depicted in the series is still alive today.
“Our show is a period piece, but those forces [of hatred] are not historical,” he said. “They’re here. They’re with us. And we must resist.”
“Gianni Versace was murdered 20 years ago,” he continued. “He was one of the very few public figures who was out during a time of intense hate and fear.”
Darren Criss won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his portrayal of Cunanan, who was gay.
Ben Whishaw won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his portrayal of Norman Scott in the BBC’s A Very English Scandal.
Scott – né Josiffe – was working as a stable hand when he met Member of Parliament Jeremy Thorpe in the early 1960’s. They had a physical relationship, which became public over a decade later. Thorpe was forced to resign and was even prosecuted for the attempted murder of Scott (he was acquitted).
“He’s a true queer hero and icon and Norman this is for you,” Whishaw said at the Golden Globes.
Green Book took home two awards: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. The film is about pianist Don Shirley and it follows his tour of the South in the 1960’s with his white bodyguard and driver. The movie’s title comes from The Negro Motorist Green Book.
Although Shirley never came out, but an encounter with another man is portrayed in the film. Shirley’s family has said that the film is a “symphony of lies,” but others who knew him remembered some stories of his sexuality.
Mahershala Ali won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for his portrayal of Shirley.
Olivia Colman won the Golden Globe for Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her work on The Favourite, which is a historical film about Queen Anne and shows some of her relationships with women.
“Snogging is fine, snogging [costar] Rachel Weisz is like you’ve won the lottery!” Colman said last week.
Out musician Lady Gaga won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture for the song “Shallow,” which was on the soundtrack for A Star is Born.
Sandra Oh won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for the role of the queer character Eve in the BBC’s Killing Eve.