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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Egyptian-American Rami Malek awarded best actor in Golden Globes

Rami Malek wins big in Golden Globes: Egyptian-American Actor Rami Malek has won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody in this year’s Golden Globes. Malek made a special reference to Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor — who were present during the ceremony — and dedicated the award to the late Mercury himself (watch his acceptance speech here, runtime: 06:23). The biopic was also selected Best Drama Motion Picture. Malek was among six other actors “of color” to snatch Globes this year, said the New York Times, who called the event one with “a diverse slate of winners.”

Others who took home trophies: Glenn Close, meanwhile, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama, for her role in The Wife. Christian Bale and Olivia Colman were hailed as best performers in the Musical/Comedy Movie category. Other notable winners include Michael Douglas and Rachel Brosnahan.

Other global headlines worth noting include:

  • World Bank president Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned after three years at the helm. His last day is 1 February (FT).
  • US national security adviser John Bolton is suggesting that the Trump Administration may pull an about face on its Syria withdrawal (FT).
  • Another Brexit vote is expected next week Tuesday, after UK Prime Minister Theresa May signalled some concessions from the EU are coming (FT).

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