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Golden Globes 2019: Full list of all the winners

The Golden Globes have just wrapped up for another year in Los Angeles and like always, the awards ceremony did not disappoint!

The best in film and television descended on the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 76th annual awards on Sunday, which was hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.

Unfortunately our Aussie nominees – Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan and Yvonne Strahovski – didn’t take out their categories, but we are still SO proud!

You can check out all of the Golden Globe award winners below:

Best Motion Picture – Drama: Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Green Book

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale (“Vice”)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Justin Hurwitz (“First Man”)

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture: “Shallow” (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture: Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book”)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language: “Roma”

Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Best TV series – Drama: “The Americans”

Best performance by Actress in a TV series – Drama: Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)

Best performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama: Richard Madden (“Bodyguard”)

Best TV series – Musical or Comedy: “The Kominsky Method”

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – Musical or Comedy: Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)

Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”)

Summer flu numbers at five-year high across Queensland

Despite scorching temperatures and blue skies, thousands of Queenslanders are suffering from chills and wanting to curl up under the doona.

Queensland Health has revealed, the Sunshine State is in the grip of a very active ‘Summer flu’ season, prompting a reminder to ‘remain vigilant and practice good hygiene’.

Despite a mild winter flu season, summer flu numbers are at the highest they have been since 2013.

“During 2018 we had a mild flu season – not only did we avoid a repeat of 2017, which was one of the worst years for flu on record, but we are set to report the lowest number of cases since 2013,” Dr Jonathan Malo from Queensland Health said.

“However, we have seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases usually reported for this time of year,” Dr Malo added.

There were 1,361 confirmed cases in November 2018, compared to an average of 645 confirmed cases for the same period in the previous five years.

While December saw 2028 confirmed cases, compared to an average of 534 confirmed cases for the same period in the previous five years.

“We must remain vigilant during 2019 because, as we’ve seen in the past, flu can occur at any time of the year and every flu season can be different.

“It’s also important for pregnant women to get vaccinated against flu at any time of the year to protect themselves and their newborns.

Queensland Health continues to offer free flu vaccine for children aged six months to less than five years old, one of the groups most susceptible to flu.

“Thank you very much for your service”: PM’s secret pre-Christmas visit to Aussie troops in Iraq

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid a surprise pre-Christmas visit to Australian troops in Iraq to personally thank them for their service.

Mr Morrison flew into the Taji Military Complex north of Baghdad accompanied by Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell.

It’s his first visit to the Middle East since becoming Prime Minister in August.

Around 800 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently serving in Iraq where they’ve been training local forces in their fight against Islamic State.

Mr Morrison spent time chatting with soldiers, taking selfies and handing out Christmas presents.

He acknowledged the sacrifice they are making as they prepare to spend Christmas away from family and friends.

Mr Morrison told the troops that all Australians are grateful for what they do, especially at this time of year.

“They know you’re here doing your job, and this is where you do your job and you know that,” Mr Morrison said.

“But that does mean for many of you, it means the first time that you haven’t been there with your kids at Christmas, the first time you haven’t been there with your wife or your girlfriend or your parents.

“I understand it’s a sacrifice, I understand it’s a big thing to be away from our family at this time of year and that’s why I’ve decided to come just to
say thank you from one Australian to another.

“On behalf of my family, to you and your families, I want to say thank you very much for your service,” Mr Morrison said.

“But I also want to thank you as a prime minister, as the leader of the government, as a member of the Australian Parliament, on behalf of our entire nation.”

Mr Morrison also met with Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

Mr Abdul-Mahidi stressed to Mr Morrison the importance of stability in the region and on improving Iraq’s economic performance.

The Prime Minister’s visit came as US President Donald Trump declared that Islamic State had been defeated in Syria, ordering the withdrawal of US troops.

Around 2,000 US soldiers are serving in the region with their withdrawal expected to be completed within 100 days.

Three more artists announced for Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast

SBS Australia has just announced another three artists who will be competing in the new national selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February.

Hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst, the show will feature ten artists vying for the chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.

The first four acts were confirmed earlier this month, with award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, much-loved Brisbane indie pop band Sheppard, pop-opera star Mark Vincent and modern electric-soul duo Electric Fields among the contestants to feature in the first ever national competition.

On Wednesday, it was revealed drag queen and reality television veteran Courtney Act will also be competing.

Act appeared on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003 and has just released a new single titled ‘Fight for Love’.

“A sweet 16 years after Australian Idol I have the chance to show Australia how I have grown as an artist and a performer and I am so excited,” Act said.

“To compete to represent Australia in Eurovision is second only to being on that stage in Tel Aviv and singing my lungs out for my country. I’ve sat at home every year since Guy Sebastian competed in 2015 and have been so keen to be a part of it. Now, this might be my chance!”

Act will be joined by charismatic pop star Aydan Calafiore from The Voice and 16-year-old singer-songwriter Leea Nanos, who has been selected as a wild card entry.


Eurovision – Australia Decides will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February.

It will be broadcast live and exclusively on SBS.

Another three acts are expected to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

Nurse Ben Bidgood

Ben Bidgood wins 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award for October 2018

A critical care nurse at the Gold Coast University Hospital has won 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award for October.

Ben Bidgood has been a nurse for 18 years, and has spent the last two and half years working with high dependancy patients in emergency and ICU.

Mr Bidgood told myGC he absolutely loves his job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

“To be able to give back to the community is so satisfying,” he said.

“Of course it has its moments, but overall it is such a rewarding career with so many options and opportunities.”

Mr Bidgood said he was absolutely thrilled to take home the award.

“It’s so fantastic that Hot Tomato runs these awards and represents nurses in this way. It’s really nice to receive the recognition and support.”

Along with a certificate, Ben wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Awards where he could be awarded the annual winner’s cash prize of $5,000.