Golden Globes 2019: the red carpet, the winners, the speeches – live!

 

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The Green Book blowback is the new Kominsky Method blowback

WINNER: Green Book – best motion picture – comedy

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Another win here for a film that’s starting to receive quite a backlash: the crowd-pleasing road trip comedy Green Book.

It’s a crowd-pleaser for sure and its broad moments surely appealed to voters more than the misanthropic humour of The Favourite. It’ll definitely score a host of Oscar nominations but can the growing collection of voices against it eventually derail its chances of winning?

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Remember about five hours ago when I said that the Fiji water girl would be getting a parody Twitter account? Well, yeah:

WINNER: Olivia Colman (The Favourite) – best actress in a motion picture – musical or comedy

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Finally The Favourite wins something, and happily for Olivia Colman’s tragic and bizarro lead turn, beating out Emily Blunt and Constance Wu. Firstly, Colman thanked someone for the sandwiches, who we assume must have been Melissa McCarthy, who smuggled in some ham sandwiches for anyone who was hungry.

She’s infectiously happy to be up there and thanks her “bitches” before swearing, which is bleeped out but makes total sense given how bawdy The Favourite is. Whoever wins the best actress in a drama category is about to be her greatest competition next month.

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Yeah about that Kominsky Method win…

While sitting in the audience watching Emily Blunt on stage, Barry Jenkins has reminded us all of a very important fact.

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WINNER: The Assassination of Gianni Versace – best limited series or television movie

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A rather divisive choice, since it’s a show that left some cold – unlike, say, Sharp Objects or A Very English Scandal, which lost out – but again Ryan Murphy leaves an awards ceremony as the undisputed king of TV.

There’s a rather great speech about the importance of LGBT representation and fighting back against hatred against the community: “Our show is a period piece but those forces are not historical.”

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Backstage, the Globe winner Mahershala Ali has addressed the controversy swirling around the truth behind Green Book. According to Deadline:

“I will say this,” Ali said, “my job is always the same: I have to look at what I am doing and be responsible for it.” He says he and everyone working on the film put a lot energy into the project and he does not want to “throw away” what everyone has done.

“I respect the family … and Doc Shirley,” he said. “I spoke to the studio and the family and at the end of the day you wish everyone was happy and you don’t want to offend anyone in any capacity.”

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Over on Instagram, Natalie Portman has gone Black Swan again

 

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This time last year.

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WINNER: The Kominsky Method – best television series – comedy

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Oof, quite a shock here for a show that really didn’t make much of an impact when Netflix launched it last year. It’s the second award of the night, after Michael Douglas won best actor in a comedy series, and it revealed the HFPA yet again to be rather out of sync with critics and audiences.

With Roma and this though, it’s quite the night for Netflix.

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WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel) – best actress in a television series – comedy

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Yet again, proof that awards voters love Amazon’s period comedy more than critics seem to, with Rachel Brosnahan winning her second Globe for her role as a stand-up comic.

She beat out a rather weak category, adding yet another trophy to Maisel’s shelf after it won big at last year’s Emmys. In her speech, she praises the female-heavy crew of the show and speaks with the same speed as her character as she’s told to wrap it up. More awards coming literally straight after …

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In one of the more surprising stories of the night, Melissa McCarthy is apparently handing out ham and cheese sandwiches to guests.

“I’ve been handing them out to everyone,” McCarthy told Variety. “Next year, I’m bringing hot dogs.”

In what reads like a parody story, there’s also a reaction from Jessica Chastain.

“How did she get them in here?” she wondered, “But it’s a good idea because by the time you get into the ballroom dinner has already been served, and you’re always so hungry.”

Will keep an eye out for further celeb reactions/pictures of sandwiches being eaten.

WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) – best director

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Phew. This was a category with some serious potholes (no thanks, Adam McKay!) but Cuarón is the entirely deserving winner for his splendid work on the Netflix drama.

He comments that he feels he cheated as he was just watching great women exist on screen and that the film was really directed by his family. Tonight couldn’t have been better for Roma and sets it on track to win big at the Oscars next month.

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Also she’s become the icon she deserved to become:

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Now it’s time for Jeff Bridges to pick up this year’s Cecil B DeMille award for achievement in film. The last two years have seen this moment turn into a major talking point with Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey using their time on stage to deliver hair-raising, water cooler speeches.

After a shoddily assembled montage that ended with his most iconic role, voicing a penguin in Surf’s Up, Bridges arrives to deliver a far more formulaic, if still charmingly rambling stoner speech. There’s a great supercut of confused celebrity reactions that needs to be made and I will spend a considerable amount of time searching for it later.

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And the Poehler/Rudolph Oscars hosts campaign starts here:

WINNER: Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) – best actor – limited series or television movie

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Damn, a category full of big names that was taken down by Darren Criss. Beating out Hugh Grant, Antonio Banderas and Benedict Cumberbatch is the ex-Glee star who received plaudits for his role as a killer in the second season of American Crime Story.

It wouldn’t be a TV awards night without at least one Ryan Murphy actor picking something up and while Gianni Versace hasn’t been quite the trophy magnet that OJ Simpson was, Murphy continues to showcase his ability to lead actors up on stage.

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WINNER: Roma – best foreign language film

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Another foregone conclusion of the night and an entirely fitting win for Alfonso Cuarón’s black and white Netflix masterpiece. Given the Globes’ rather strange rules, foreign language films aren’t eligible for the main best picture categories, which took Roma out of the big races.

Cuarón praises the importance of cinema for breaking down walls and building bridges in the middle of a very personal speech. Could he be back on stage to pick up best director later tonight?

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WINNER: Christian Bale (Vice) – best actor in a motion picture – comedy

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Gosh, a weak category here and no real surprise that Christian Bale won out as a result. Vice is the most-nominated film of the evening and even though it’s losing critical steam, even its harshest detractors have praised the performances of Bale and his co-star Amy Adams.

Bale is on enthusiastic form, not always the case, and he’s quipping like there’s no tomorrow, thanking his wife for stopping him from saying too much “dumb crap” while also thanking Satan for inspiring him to play Dick Cheney. He also jokes that he’s playing Mitch McConnell next. A suitably funny speech for a comedic winner.

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WINNER: Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) – best supporting actress – series, limited series or television movie

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A tough category here, but making up for that Amy Adams snub earlier is a deserving win for Patricia Clarkson, who gave great gothic in HBO’s sweaty thriller Sharp Objects.

“You demanded everything from me except sex, which is exactly how it should be in our industry,” she says to her director.

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Given that he didn’t win for Moonlight, this does seem like a solid explanation:

WINNER: Green Book – best screenplay

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Poehler and Rudolph remained on stage for another wonderful skit involving a fake proposal that Bradley Cooper didn’t seem to appreciate.

Wow, a surprise here given that, ya know, The Favourite was nominated. Two awards in a row for Green Book, a film that does seem like catnip for the HFPA given its crowd-pleasing emotional notes. Could it continue on and win best picture as well?

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WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Green Book) – best supporting actor in a motion picture

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It’s been a strange skit-free night for the presenters, but here to put an end to that are Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, who delivered some genuine laughs on the importance of supporting actors (footage to follow).

A deserving win here for Mahershala Ali, in a film that’s been getting some flak lately for those questioning how true its story is. It’s a big year for Ali, with his True Detective season about to start, and this pushes him to the top of a category that’s a tad under-powered this year.

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Brie update. She’s confused:

WINNER: Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) – best actress in a television series – drama

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In an ultra-competitive category, the host Sandra Oh has won out for her role in a series that has received passionate acclaim ever since it aired last year. Oh seemed surprised and delivered a genuinely emotional speech, ultimately devoting it to her parents, who were in attendance.

It’s been a rather special night for Oh even without this victory, showcasing her often under-seen comic chops on stage. This will undoubtedly lead to a boost in her onscreen presence in the future.

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WINNER: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – best supporting actress in a motion picture

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Another one of tonight’s awards that was a tad easier to predict: Regina King has received universal acclaim for her role in Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin follow-up. It’s a heartfelt, tender performance and she’s now going into the Oscars as the favourite in this category (even in one with two actors from The Favourite).

Rather awkward music playing her off as she starts to talk about Time’s Up; the music was then rather sensibly turned off. When she was then given a chance she revealed that with everything she is producing in the future, she will insist on 50% of the crew being female, similar to a promise made by Michael B Jordan recently.

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Fiji Water Girl is getting a parody Twitter account in T-minus five minutes:

In case you haven’t seen it then here’s tonight’s monologue in full:

Metz update. She is denying:

WINNER: Shallow (A Star is Born) – best original song

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One of the most foregone conclusions tonight was that Gaga would win for her show-stopping song from A Star is Born. Firstly, it’s worth rewatching the moment that Taylor Swift goes in for a second kiss with Gaga and misreads the situation.

Secondly, Mark Ronson mostly grabs the mic for this one but Gaga will probably be able to give another speech later in the evening …

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WINNER: First Man – best original score

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It’s been a skit-free night for presenters tonight and that continues here with Idris Elba and Taylor Swift essentially appearing on stage to open an envelope and nothing else. Justin Hurwitz is the big winner here for his work on First Man, a film that’s struggled a bit during this season. It’s criminal that If Beale Street Could Talk wasn’t nominated but hey.

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Rather fittingly given the rise in respect for the small screen, the Globes has launched a new award aimed at recognising achievement in television. The Carol Burnett award will sit alongside the Cecil B DeMille award from now on and in its first year it’s being handed to … Carol Burnett.

Steve Carell is on hand to present to the 85-year-old comedian and host of The Carol Burnett Show, calling it the “greatest honour” of his life. After a standing ovation, Burnett delivers a touching, articulate speech about the importance of television. Jeff Bridges will be appearing later to pick up the big screen equivalent.

Rather awkwardly, the This is Us star Chrissy Metz was caught on her mic before the show referring to Glow star Allison Brie as “such a bitch” in a story that’s currently making the rounds. Here ya go:

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WINNER: Patricia Arquette (Escape From Dannemora) best actress in a limited series or television movie

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Quite a competitive category here and quite a shock result. Amy Adams was seen as the frontrunner for her career-best work in the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects but flying under the radar is the Ben Stiller-directed fact-based drama Escape From Dannemora.

Patricia Arquette is an expert speech-giver and she delivers yet more sterling work here helping to sell a show that needed the boost and will likely lead to a lot of people now Googling just where they can watch it. She went on a bit too long for the producers, who had to cut her speech short with music. A fair few surprises so far, which is nice on a night like this.

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WINNER: Ben Whishaw (A Very British Scandal) – best supporting actor in a limited series or television movie

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Many had expected Henry Winkler to win this one for Barry but wow, a lovely surprise given how wonderful Ben Whishaw was in the brilliant BBC drama. He devotes the award to the character he played for being a true queer hero and an icon. It’s looking like a good night for the Brits thus far.

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There’s a quick word now about donations from the HFPA of $1m to two non-profit non-partisan organisations aimed at helping journalists who are under threat. It’s a nice touch and carries weight given the current climate.

WINNER: The Americans – best television series – drama

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… or maybe not. The final season of the critically adored FX thriller has won the big dramatic TV award of the night (announced insanely uncharacteristically early) and it makes sense. It was predicted to win given that it was the show’s last season and could be seen as a way of rewarding the show as a whole. Can Keri Russell also win best actress in a drama series for her work in the final season? Given how manic and speedy tonight has been so far, I imagine we’ll find out in about three seconds.

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WINNER: Richard Madden (Bodyguard) – best actor in a television series – drama

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Quite a surprise here for a show that’s been endlessly talked about but was still something of an outsider against bigger American shows from Homecoming to The Americans. Madden also seems incredibly surprised but very grateful and it suggests the show could be grabbing some more later on.

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Plenty of great saucy jokes with the cast of The Favourite talking about tongues and hands and body parts and a great reminder that a film as rude and filthy as The Favourite is in the awards conversation this year.

Here’s that Emma Stone yelling sorry for Aloha clip that’s arguably the best bit so far tonight

WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – best animated film

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Ooh, this is a deserving winner. Sony’s thrilling, funny, heartfelt animated Spidey spin-off was a rather lovely surprise when it was released last month. It’s also pretty major that Sony Animation has won out over Disney and could well do the same at the Oscars.

But oof the music came in early to cut off the last of the winning group and it happened just as he was talking about the importance of diversity. Not a great look.

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WINNER: Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) – best actor in a television series – musical or comedy

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A very worthwhile reminder here that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is obsessed with big stars above all else. Michael Douglas winning for a show that has had roughly zero impact with critics and audiences says quite a bit, especially over Bill Hader in Barry (a show everyone loves) and Donald Glover in Atlanta (a show everyone adores).

Let’s see how many other big stars win in categories they don’t deserve to…

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Going for Gold(en)

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg
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It’s here! After a burgundy-coloured red carpet, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are on stage. Within a few minutes, they’ve already made two Kevin Hart-based jokes about how hard is it to find an Oscars host.

The pair is also ridiculing the fact that they’re not exactly known for saying mean things so they’re going around the room saying nice things about celebrities. They have chemistry but the joke is a tad overplayed, making one relive Poehler and Fey’s brilliant, acidic monologues of years past.

There’s a bizarre garbled Black Panther joke that was followed by a very confused Ryan Coogler which seems like the stuff of gifs. Slightly more successful is a jab at Lady Gaga’s much-repeated A Star is Born interview quote about there being 100 people in the room.

They find a rhythm soon after going through nominated films and performances with lightning-fast jokes (a jab about Emma Stone playing an Asian character in Aloha led to her shouting “I’m sorry”). Lots of references to how diverse this year’s nominees are (not always the case with the Globes) but we’ll have to see how diverse the winners are (remember the Emmys last year).

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Timothee Chalamet has gone rogue, eschewing a suit for head-to-tow black with a sequin holster (holsters are big news for SS19 people FYI). We’re predicting a love-hate reaction to this one – we’re going with the former; we like this experimental streak from him.

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Saoirse Ronan
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If you thought her recent Harpers Bazaar cover was Saoirse Ronan at her most glam, think again. The Mary Queen of Scots star is wearing a custom Gucci gown with crystal detailing. Saoirse Queen of Frocks?

While the pairing of Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg might seem about as random as that of previous Oscars hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the two have experience on stage together, presenting as part of last year’s Emmys.

This bodes well:

All hail sharp tailoring – top points to Rami rocking white tie and Julia bossing it (as ever) in a trouser-cum-skirt ensemble.

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Place your legal living room-based bets with help from our chief film critic Peter Bradshaw’s predictions along with his picks for what should have been nominated. Spoiler: he’s rather miffed about Widows being snubbed.

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Melissa McCarthy has gone full purple this evening and we’re seeing yet more sequins, this time in scattered star-shapes. She’s nominated for best actress – drama for her role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and, according to her Instagram, was busy sheet-masking earlier this evening in preparation for the awards.

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Brit Emily Blunt, aka Mary Poppins, has been dressed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen on the red carpet tonight – she who also designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress (although yes, this is more racy than royal). Supercalifragilisticexpial … etc etc.

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A lesson in how to pull off a plunging neckline from Taraji P Henson, who’s wearing a custom Vera Wang dress in green velvet. Oh and diamonds, lots of ’em.

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Just. Look. At. That. Train. Brava Lady Gaga, who can always be trusted to bring her A-game to the red carpet. Beautifully fitted, the lavender puff sleeves and full skirt is serious Cinderella territory and she is rocking it. It’s said to be by Valentino, whom Gaga has worn several times while promoting A Star Is Born, the film that may see her win the Best Actress – Drama award tonight.

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There’ll be a ton of A-listers in attendance tonight and not just those waiting impatiently to find out if they’ve won. As usual, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has assembled a starry line-up of presenters who will hopefully create a few memorable skits, the likes of which have helped to make the Globes a more watchable ceremony in years past.

This year’s crop includes Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Saoirse Ronan, Idris Elba, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jessica Chastain, Sterling K Brown, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Emily Blunt, Taraji P Henson, Kristen Bell, Emma Stone, Mike Myers and Michael B Jordan.

For anyone who’s ever seen Amy Sherman-Palladino, this is big news.

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Hold the front page: Michelle Yeoh is wearing THAT green ring from Crazy Rich Asians. We officially couldn’t love her more. Fun fashion fact: the ring actually belonged to Yeoh personally long before she was cast in the smash hit of 2018 that’s hoping to win in two categories tonight. Favourite red-carpet detail so far.

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A Good Place has led to a great prank?

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Rosamund Pike is not messing about in this black dress paired with a sequin jacket. She’s nominated for best actress in a drama for her role in A Private War but Twitter is murmuring about her “warrior” vibes and, of course, #bigdickenergy.

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Sunshine yellow satin isn’t the easiest to pull off, but this is a good look for Claire Foy. We’re also a fan of thematic references – she’s nominated for best supporting actress for the space-travel drama First Man and those sequin appliquéd starbursts look suitably out of this world. The old Hollywood styling suits her vibe too.

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Pleased to see you Mr Bond, er, sorry, we mean Mr Bodyguard. Richard Madden has arrived looking slick in a tux. The actor (whose BBC hit is nominated in the best TV series – drama category) has clearly picked up some styling tips from his recent GQ cover shoot. Looking anything but shaken …

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Jameela Jamil obviously got the Pantone memo – she’s wearing a strapless dress in the colour of the year, “living coral”. Earlier, The Good Place actor tweeted a video of herself wearing jeans underneath the dress because, as she put it, it’s “forking cold”.

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Regina King may be nominated twice tonight (for Seven Seconds and If Beale Street Could Talk) but she’s already a winner in floor-length pink mirrors and sequins. She clearly knows how to pull off a showstoper like this, keeping everything else #done-undone [insert audience applause here].

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Oh was joined on the red carpet by her Killing Eve co-star Jodie Comer, all in black, as well as the show’s script-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge in cheerier red sequins. All three have gone floor-length, and look decidedly regal in their chosen gowns.

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Every year, the Globes names an ambassador who also happens to be the daughter, or less often son, of an A-list star. The position used to be referred to as Miss or Mr Golden Globe and has previously been filled by the offspring of Jamie Foxx, Jack Nicholson, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon and Andie MacDowell.

This year it’s the turn of Isan Elba, the 16-year-old daughter of Idris Elba, who won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his role in Luther. Isan has been on the interview circuit this week, the funniest tidbit of which saw her respond to her dad being named People’s sexiest man alive last year.

“It was quite uncomfortable,” she said to People. “I was looking forward to seeing who it was this year, probably Michael B Jordan or something like that but no, it was my dad … I’m handling it very well but inside I’m grossed out.”

Summary

If the 2018 Golden Globes dress code was a blackout, 2019’s female attendees are so far opting to show their solidarity in white. Co-host Sandra Oh and Jamie Lee Curtis have arrived wearing an asymmetric ruffled gown and power-shouldered floor-length dress respectively. We’re into it. The #TimesUp movement is still sartorially present too – several guests have so far been spotted wearing #TimesUp bracelets and ribbons.

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For last year’s ceremony, attendees decided to arrive wearing black as a way of paying tribute to the women who came forward with #MeToo stories but one actor, The Dog of Christmas star Blanca Blanco, garnered a whole heap of negative attention for wearing a red dress.

She recently spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about what happened next.

“I wanted to stand strong and I felt so honored to be there, but what happened after I walked the red carpet was crazy,” she said. “Photos of me went viral, I became a trending topic on Twitter, and I got death threats and tons of hate mail.

I support #MeToo – it had nothing to do with not supporting the cause. It was incredible to see all the courageous women come forward over the past year. I take responsibility for wearing color while everyone else wore black.”

There was some Ocean’s 8/11/12/13-style scammery going on this weekend according to Variety as a rather canny imposter managed to fool his way into W magazine’s big Globes party on Friday.

Apparently he dressed in a black suit and waited by the elevator that would take attendees up to the penthouse at the Chateau Marmont hotel. Pretending to be security, he managed to get the tickets from a number of actors including Keegan Michael-Key. Chaos ensued.

Remember what happened the last time Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe? I mean, how could you ever forget…

Last year’s red carpet was dominated with talk of #MeToo and saw celebrities dressed in black with Time’s Up pins attached. This year it’s been revealed that stars will be wearing ribbons and/or bracelets to continue showing support for survivors of sexual assault.

Here’s a look from Arianne Phillips, the costume designer and stylist who created the pins worn last year and continues to work with the cause:

 

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A rather surrealist ad here teasing what to expect from hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, which will hopefully lead to an equally offbeat evening.

76th time lucky

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born Photograph: Gerber Pictures/Entertainment Pictures/REX/Shutterstock

And so it begins, once again.

The 76th Golden Globes ceremony is mere hours away from kicking off this year’s awards season and unlike the more sedate Oscars, it can be a sprightly, often raucous evening. Alcohol is served aplenty, leading to a looser atmosphere, and the host or hosts are usually allowed to insert some more daring jabs.

The evening has few foregone conclusions. It’s a strange race this year with a number of possible contenders but without a clear frontrunner. On the film side, Vice may lead with most nominations but it’s losing steam with underwhelming box office and, more importantly, a lack of interest from critics. Could The Favourite scoop up the comedy awards instead?

On the dramatic end, A Star is Born feels like the more Globe-friendly choice to win out and Lady Gaga may see herself taking home two awards, for actress and song.

Without Big Little Lies (which returns next year) and The Handmaid’s Tale (which was deservedly snubbed for its dull second season), the small screen trophies are likely to be spread between Sharp Objects, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

What other excitement might the evening provide? The hosts, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, have promised a “crazy-pants” atmosphere so that could mean a lot of things. We’ll be here with red carpet commentary and then full coverage of the ceremony and the aftermath, so loosen up that bowtie and stay tuned.

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