Fashion returned to the Golden Globes on Sunday in shades of green, red, yellow and sparkly gold after last year’s show of #MeToo solidarity that turned the carpet black.
And then there was Lady Gaga, always fearless fashion-wise, she went for volume in blue couture Valentino with a drop-dead gorgeous Tiffany diamond necklace, while other celebrities decided on Old Hollywood silhouettes.
The evening’s co-host and a winner herself, Sandra Oh, led things off in an Old Hollywood bob, styled to one side, and red lips. Her gown had an asymmetrical neckline as she posed with her evening’s hosting partner, Andy Samberg, and a couple of her Killing Eve co-stars.
The Golden Globes is the first major ceremony of the Hollywood awards season, and can often help a movie or a movie star in the race for the Oscars.
Colman was honoured for the film The Favourite, and Bale won for playing ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney in Vice. Madden and Whishaw won TV awards for their roles in BBC dramas Bodyguard and A Very English Scandal respectively. Bohemian Rhapsody, about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, won two big awards, including one for its star Rami Malek.
Colman was named best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite and she gave an endearingly excited acceptance speech that ended with her holding up her trophy and sending a message to her family: “Ed and the kids – look! Yay!”
Christian Bale provided one of the night’s most political moments when he thanked “Satan” for inspiration for his role in Vice.
Bale played Dick Cheney, who was vice-president from 2001 to 2009 and is blamed by the film for many of the world’s ills.
The Golden Globes rewards TV as well as film.
Picking up his prize for best TV drama actor, Madden said: “I didn’t see this coming at all.”
The Scottish star played Sergeant David Budd in BBC One’s Bodyguard. The final episode was watched by more than 17 million people in the UK – making it the UK’s most watched episode of a TV drama since current records began in 2002. The series is on Netflix outside the UK.
He used his speech to pay tribute to co-star Keeley Hawes, “the best actress I could ever work with”, series creator Jed Mercurio, and his mother and father, who had flown from Scotland for the ceremony.
Key Golden Globes winners are:
Best film drama – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best film comedy or musical – Green Book
Best actor in a film drama – Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Best actress in a film drama – Glenn Close (The Wife)
Best actor in a film comedy/musical – Christian Bale (Vice)
Best actress in a film comedy/musical – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best TV drama – The Americans
Best TV comedy – The Kominsky Method
Best actor in a TV drama – Richard Madden (Bodyguard)
Best actress in a TV drama – Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Best actor in a TV comedy – Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Best actress in a TV comedy – Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel)
Best limited TV series – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best actor in a limited TV series – Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Best actress in a limited TV series – Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)