Some criticized Bohemian Rhapsody for its mediocrity, while others argued that it glossed over frontman Freddie Mercury's sexuality and swept the allegations against director Bryan Singer under the rug.
The film beat out fellow nominees Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born.
See some of the responses below.
I basically enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody but also I basically enjoy plain vanilla pudding sometimes too and I don't think that should win a Golden Globe either.— maura quint (@behindyourback) January 7, 2019
bohemian rhapsody won a golden globe but the favourite didn't..... pic.twitter.com/t67Xw0uPih— tia🕷 (@defdumbnblonde) January 7, 2019
I am still baffled by the fact that Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Drama. pic.twitter.com/rHHUcb1Ulm— Jarrod Thibodeau (@jarrodthibodeau) January 7, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody has a 49 on Metacritic pic.twitter.com/4fycdWoh89— Hunter (@huuntaaa) January 7, 2019
Good morning to Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, two movies that let Hollywood feel like it's voting for progressive ideas, but which are actually insidious repudiations of everything the last year's reckoning has attempted to address!!— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) January 7, 2019
This Bohemian Rhapsody (the movie) review. pic.twitter.com/cts209RP3Q— Having Fun (@badabambadaboo) January 7, 2019
i literally cannot believe that bohemian rhapsody, a truly trash film that i did pay money to see, was even awards-eligible.— Chelsea Harper (@highwaytochel) January 7, 2019
y'all better hype up rocketman (2019) the same/more than bohemian rhapsody since it isn't directed by a rapist and taron egerton deserves the publicity pic.twitter.com/7Y400j6bIT— abbie (@gyllenhIs) January 7, 2019
We have to understand that people sweeping Bryan Singer's pedophilia and sexual assaults under the rug and rationalizing the degree of his involvement on the film because they like Bohemian Rhapsody is the exact reason change is difficult to accomplish in Hollywood.— Keith LaFountaine (@LaFountaineK) January 7, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody winning just further sweeps Bryan Singer's actions under the rug and that's the worst part because diversity, inclusion, and change are and will always be marketing ploys. The old boys club protects its abusers while wearing times up pins.— uh oh (@kayleighxarnold) January 7, 2019
The online backlash didn't dampen Brian May's spirits, though.
Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the film, also took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture.
Singer, who was fired from the film but still received credit, was not nominated in the category of Best Director. Nevertheless, he took to Instagram to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.