Beverly Hills — It was a night of firsts at the recently held 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
Darren Criss, 31, who bagged the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for portraying serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” became the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe in this category.
Everybody was moved when Darren thanked his mom:
As we’ve seen, 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 Filipina woman from Cebu who dreamed of coming to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. So, mom, I know you’re watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you.
Actor Sandra Oh, who co-hosted the awards show for the first time with comedian Andy Samberg, became the first Asian actress to host the Golden Globes.
After winning the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for “Killing Eve,” Sandra became only the second Asian to win in this category. Yoko Shimada was the first Asian to bag this award in 1981 for “Shogun.”
Asked backstage about being the first Asian female host at the Golden Globes, Sandra said, “I think I am the first person of color to host the Golden Globes. So I am very grateful that they asked me. I think I am aware of what it means, and I humbly take that on. All I tried to do was do my best.”
There could be 100 people in the room, and 99 of them don't believe in you but if Sandra Oh's mom does ... that's honestly all that matters pic.twitter.com/hG6cCDufaj— Netflix US (@netflix) January 7, 2019
As for her parents being at the Globes and her dedicating the award to them, Sandra exclaimed, “As for my parents, who are amazing people and Internet sensations, they are so happy. It is just the kind of thing that for Asian kids to actually make our parents happy is so fulfilling, and that happened. I am so grateful they were here and able to come.”
Christian Bale, who won for portraying former vice-president Dick Cheney in “Vice,” experienced his first win in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category.
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Christian cheekily said in his speech.
Although already a household name, it was Glenn Close’s first time to win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama category for her role in “The Wife.”
In her speech, Glenn said she thought of her mom, "who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life. And in her 80's she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.'
"And it was so not right. And I feel what I’ve learned through this whole experience is that women, we’re nurturers. That’s what’s expected of us. We have our children. We have our husbands, if we’re lucky enough, and our partners, whoever. But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.' So when I was little, I felt like Mohammad Ali, who was destined to be a boxer. I felt destined to be an actress.”
Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the “Bohemian Rhapsody,” won for the first time in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category.
Asked backstage how he related to Freddie Mercury, Rami revealed, “I relate to that human being, and there are aspects of Freddie Mercury I relate to. He steps out there with a cape and a crown, and he is a deity, a god. There’s a part of him that he could hold an audience in the palm of his hand at some moments. He just wanted to be held that way, as well.
"He was struggling to discover his identity and so powerfully taking everything that he was discovering, this complication, this chaos, this turmoil and this beauty inside of him and throw it out there and lift everybody else up to be everything they knew he could be. In looking at that, he lifted me up to be everything I could be on this film.”
It was also Regina King’s first time to win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
In her speech, she made a promise. “I am making a vow and it’s going to be tough - to make sure that everything that I produce, that it is 50 percent women. And I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”
Mahershala Ali was also all smiles last Sunday at the Globes because it was also his first time to win in the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture” for “Green Book.”
He said in his speech, “Dr. Shirley (whom he portrayed in the film) was a brilliant man, and I just want to thank him for his passion, his virtuosity, the dignity in which he carried himself with that inspired me each and every day.”
For the first time, an award was also given to Carol Burnett for her Achievement in Television and will be named after her.
Carol said in her acceptance speech, “I’ve been really gobsmacked by this. Does this mean I get to accept it every year? But, do you know, my first love growing up was in the movies. I’d see as many as six to eight films a week with my grandmother who raised me, and then later, when I was a teenager, we got our first television set, and then I had a new love.
"But regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the way the stars on the screen could make people laugh or cry or sometimes both, and I wished and I hoped that maybe, just maybe, someday I could have the chance to do the same thing. Well, those childhood dreams came true sometimes on the big screen but primarily on television, on a comedy variety show that half a century later still connects with people in a way that makes me very proud.” — LA, GMA News