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‘Green Book’ snags top awards at Golden Globes

Free Press wire reports | 1/11/2019, 6 a.m.
“Green Book,” the film about the segregation-era concert tour of a black jazz pianist and his white chauffeur to the ...
Mahershala Ali pays homage to the late pianist Don Shirley, the man he portrayed in “Green Book,” during his remarks accepting the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in the film. Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/handout via Reuters

Regina King beams with joy at winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” during Sunday night’s ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Regina King beams with joy at winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” during Sunday night’s ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Golden Globe Award presenters, from left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyoung’o and Michael B. Jordan give the “Wakanda salute” from their box office hit “Black Panther” during the Sunday ceremony. The film and several of the actors were nominated for awards, but went home empty-handed.

Golden Globe Award presenters, from left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyoung’o and Michael B. Jordan give the “Wakanda salute” from their box office hit “Black Panther” during the Sunday ceremony. The film and several of the actors were nominated for awards, but went home empty-handed.

“Green Book,” the film about the segregation-era concert tour of a black jazz pianist and his white chauffeur to the South, took top honors Sunday night at the annual Golden Globe Awards show.

At a raucous, three-hour-plus dinner gala marked by words being bleeped from several awardees’ acceptance speeches because of the NBC television audience, the film directed by Peter Farrelly claimed three honors awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, despite the controversy it has ignited from the family of Don Shirley, the late musician it portrayed.

“Green Book” won Golden Globes for best motion picture — comedy or musical, for best screenplay, and actor Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for his role as Mr. Shirley.

Critics have said the movie does a disservice to Mr. Shirley and his family with its inclusion of several fallacies about Mr. Shirley’s life and connection to his blackness. Mr. Ali also reportedly contacted the Shirley family to apologize.

During his acceptance speech Sunday night, Mr. Ali called Mr. Shirley “a brilliant man,” adding that the “dignity with which he carried himself inspired me every day.”

But it was only during his meeting with the media afterward that he addressed the backlash.

“I will say this,” Mr. Ali told reporters, “my job is always the same. I have to look at what I am doing and be responsible for it.

“I respect the family … and Don 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.”

This year’s slate of Golden Globe nominees was one of the more diverse in its 76-year history in an industry that traditionally has been difficult to break into by people of color.

Several performers of color won in some of the most prestigious categories. Among them was Regina King, who won best supporting actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

During her acceptance speech, she pledged that she would insist that at least 50 percent of the cast and crew on future projects she produces be women.

Ms. King has directed and produced several projects in recent years.

Egyptian-American Rami Malek won best actor in a drama for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which also won the Golden Globe for best drama.

Darren Criss gave a shout-out to his Filipino mom when he won best actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television for his role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny, tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this,” he gushed.

Mexico’s cinematic titan Alfonso Cuarón won best director for the motion picture “Roma,” which also won an award for best foreign film.