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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

Rapturous applause for actors plays real people

Updated: May 5, 2023

Last year I wrote a blog asking whether the Academy Awards had fallen out of love with Bio-Pics, as nominations and wins were down on previous years. Read it here.

And you can read more about 21st century Bio-Pics in my book Bio-Pics: A life in pictures (Wallflower Press)

Based on last night's Golden Globes in looks as though Bio-Pics are once again the Golden ticket to awards success. The Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday 22 January.,

Films and performances based on real people and incidents awarded at the Golden Globes 2019.

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) - Green Book

Also nominated: Vice and The Favourite

Best Motion Picture (Drama) - Bohemian Rhapsody

Also nominated: BlackKklansman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Rami Malek won for his performance of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

And there were three other based on a true story nominees...

Willem Dafoe - At Eternity's Gate

Lucas Hedges - Boy Erased

John David Washington - BlackKklansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)

Glenn Close won, but 2 of the 5 nominees were for those playing real people:

Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike - A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Christian Bale won for his political turn as Dick Cheney in Vice.

Also nominated were:

Vigo Mortensen - Green Book

John C. Reilly - Stan and Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Olivia Colman won for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite.

All 5 Best Supporting Actor nominees were for playing real people, with Mahershala Ali scoping the award for his role in Green Book.

Also nominated:

Timothee Chalamet - Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver - BlackKklansman

Richard E. Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell - Vice

Despite 4 of the 5 nominations for Best Supporting Actress were for playing people, the award went to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, the only fiction film.

The other nomiations were:

Amy Adams - Vice

Claire Foy - First Man

Emma Stone - The Favourite

Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

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