12 Queer AF Moments From Last Night’s 2019 Golden Globes
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The 2019 Golden Globes have officially come and gone, handing out awards to some of the best film and television projects of the past year. Always a more anything-goes awards show than the often-too-stuffy Academy Awards, this year’s ceremony didn’t disappoint in the “queer AF moments” category.
From the night’s big wins (some of which were expected, while others were major upsets) to — naturally — the night’s big fashion statements, here are the queer AF moments you may have missed.
Here are the most queer moments from the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony:
1. Queer Actors on the Red Carpet
Several LGBTQ celebrities took the opportunity to make a statement on the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet. Some of our faves included Lena Waithe, Janelle Monáe, Cody Fern and Pose cast members Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez and Indya Moore.
2. Timothée Chalamet Opts for a Harness
It hasn’t been that long — almost a year now — since figure skater Adam Rippon wore a leather harness underneath his tux at least year’s Oscars. This year we got a second go-round of the fashion statement, courtesy of Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet, nominated this time for Best Supporting Actor for Beautiful Boy.
Some loved it. Others hated it. Such is life. A few are arguing he’s “appropriating gay culture,” to which we say, “Meh.”
3. “Shallow,” That Song You’ve Had Stuck in Your Head for Months Now, Won
4. Ben Whishaw Speaks Out
It’s been quite a year for Ben Whishaw, the openly gay actor who many Stateside aren’t all that familiar with. He appeared in Mary Poppins Returns and A Very English Scandal, for which last night he won for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries.
Backstage at the 2019 Golden Globes, Whishaw was asked about fellow actor Darren Criss’s statement that he’d no longer portray queer characters. (Criss is himself a straight man.) To which Whishaw replied:
I don’t think that should happen because I really believe that actors can embody and portray anything and we shouldn’t be defined only by what we are. I think there was a time when we didn’t know anything about actors, they were very mysterious. But now we know everything.
So no, I don’t think that. On the other hand, I think there needs to be greater equality. I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles. It needs to be an even playing field for everybody that would be my ideal. I don’t know how far we’re away from that.
Watch his full interview from backstage at the 2019 Golden Globes here.
5. Darren Criss Wins for Portraying Gay Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan
It was a TV series that featured knockout performances by Penelope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Cody Fern, Judith Light and Ricky Martin, but Darren Criss — in the role of gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan — made The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story the piece of TV magic it turned out to be. His award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie was well-deserved.
Criss was also the first Filipino-American to take home that award.
6. Assassination EP Brad Simpson Had Some Choice Words
Ryan Murphy‘s The Assassination of Gianni Versace took home the award for Best TV Limited Series, and executive producer Brad Simpson took the opportunity to speak to the show’s importance in terms of queer visibility.
“Gianni Versace was murdered 20 years ago. He was one of the very few public figures who was out during a time of intense hate and fear. This was the era of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It was the Defense of Marriage Act era. Those forces of hate and fear are still with us,” Simpson said. “They tell us that we should be scared of people who are different than us. They tell us that we should put walls around ourselves. As artists, we must fight back by representing those who are not represented, by providing a space for people who are new voices, to tell stories that have not been told. As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box and practice love and empathy in our everyday lives. Our show is a period piece, but those forces are not historical. They’re here, they’re with us and we must resist.”
7. Two Funny Ladies Got Engaged
A highlight of the night according to many, Saturday Night Live legends and hilarious women in the own rights Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph presented two awards last night, and between the two we watched Rudolph propose to Poehler in grand fashion.
“Are we stealing focus away from the next award?” Poehler asked, to which Rudolph responded, “Don’t worry, it’s just Best Screenplay.”
Following the funny TV moment, many have called for them to host this year’s Oscars.
8. Sandra Oh Scored for Her Queer Killing Eve Character
Oh, who also hosted the 2019 Golden Globes alongside Andy Samberg, is officially the first Asian woman to win two Golden Globes.
9. Three Wins for Green Book
The film, in which Viggo Mortensen portrays real-life bouncer Tony Lip and Mahershala Ali portrays (closeted gay) jazz pianist Don Shirley, scored three wins, for Ali, Best Screenplay and Best Picture (Musical or Comedy). One scene in the film depicts Ali’s Don Shirley come close to an arrest for a gay encounter inside a YMCA.
10. Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody Closed Out the Night
The last two awards of the night went to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody — about the band Queen and its legendary frontman — and the film itself for Best Picture (Drama).
Malek was himself a shoo-in for the Best Actor award, and critics largely lauded him for his portrayal of the bisexual, Zanzibar-born rocker. From the mic he thanked Mercury: “I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous!”
The film’s win was an upset for many who figured A Star Is Born would take home the night’s final award.
Notably absent from the final two acceptance speeches — and the entire night — was mention of Bryan Singer, who was the original director of Bohemian Rhapsody before he was fired from the production. (The film was reportedly completed by Dexter Fletcher, though Singer maintained the film’s director credit due to DGA rules.)
11. The Snubs
12. This Queer, Post-Ceremony Black Panther Elevator Moment
When the cat’s away… pic.twitter.com/jFu7IJ4ATW
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 7, 2019