La La Land sweeps Golden Globes but Meryl Streep steals the show with anti-Trump speech
The 21st century Singing in The Rain, La La Land won all seven awards it was nominated for at the Golden Globes, beating the previous shared record of six wins by Midnight Express and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
The host for the night may have been Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, but with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in her hand, 'newcomer' Meryl Streep stole the night by eviscerating President-Elect Donald Trump near the end of her speech without even directly naming him.
This, even after beginning her speech with an apologetic "I love you all but you'll have to forgive me. I've lost my voice in screaming and lamentation..."
Full video of Streep. Worth watching: pic.twitter.com/ItQkoJLnxG— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 9, 2017
Jimmy's opening glitch
Jimmy Fallon was almost robbed of his moment in the sun when technical glitches marred his opening monologue. It was a glitch of colossal proportions as Fallon was left to improvise thanks to a malfunctioning teleprompter.
"I can think of something," he nervously said. "Cut to Justin Timberlake please." As the issues continued, Fallon trudged on, "I'll make up this monologue... We're here. This is what happens at the Golden Globes. Already you have your Golden Globes moment". Eventually the issues were resolved and Fallon got to make his jokes about Donald Trump. "One of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote," Fallon said.
There ain't no Hidden Fences
"All movies with black people don't sound alike," tweeted Robin Thede. Considering the awards shows for many a year have been criticised for being white, this incorrect reference didn't go down well.
The Founder star Michael Keaton referred to Fox's Hidden Figures, featuring Octavia Spencer, as "Hidden Fences". He confused it with Fences, a drama starring eventual winner Viola Davis.
That wasn't the first mistake of the night. NBC's Jenna Bush Hager also made a hash of things when she meant to ask Pharrell Williams about his best original score nomination for Hidden Figures but incorrectly said Fences.
"you're nominated for Hidden Fences" pic.twitter.com/7My6dtEkbG— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 9, 2017
Pharrell's reaction, though, was classy as ever.
Ryan Gosling winning best actor in a comedy film wasn't so surprising. What was surprising was his acceptance speech. He started off on an all too familiar train of thought, "You don't get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people."
Then he went to one woman. Eva Mendes, his wife. "While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer," said Gosling. "If she hadn't taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you."
La La Land
With Fallon and several other actors stuck in various cars on the red carpet on their way to the Globes, the suspense was slowly killed what the show was about. Unpredictability. Using La La Land as the mainstay of the opening number, there was no way it would be losing Best Film and Best Director awards.
Take a look here:
It was Damien Chazelle's night as his movie swept the Globes with a record breaking seven trophies by the end of the night. The movie completely dominated the 'comedy or musical' section. Some were surprises, like La La Land winning best screenplay and Emma Stone (albeit very good) beating out Jackie's Natalie Portman (Even though we totally called it!).
The rest of the awards were split. There was no love for Game of Thrones (six seasons and counting) and even Toni Erdmann, the front-runner for Oscar foreign language, lost out. Freshman shows like The Crown and Atlanta won big.
The sexual harassment allegations against Casey Affleck didn't deny him a win at the Globes while Isabelle Huppert took home Best Performance by an Actress for Elle. The movie also won Best Foreign Language Film. Moonlight beat out Manchester By The Sea for Best Motion Picture, Drama.
There were many people angry about Moonlight repeatedly lost out to La La Land. #JusticeForMoonlight was trending throughou.t the night.
Sucks when a best picture win feels like a consolation prize. These results made no sense. #JusticeForMoonlight— Tamara Khandaker (@anima_tk) January 9, 2017
Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Nocturnal Animals beat out favourite Mahershala Ali from Moonlight. That Moonlight won just one award was also a complete surprise.
Of divorce and dead pets
On a largely unfunny night - an unfortunate thing for an awards show - the best moment came from Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell.
Not much else happened in the show unfortunately.
India's one-hour delay
For those of us watching in India, there was an inexcusable one-hour delay on the television. Those waking up at 7:30 AM had missed Fallon's opening monologue and Gosling's speech, but luckily hadn't missed Streep's. With the Oscar's coming around next month, the same better not happen then.
Full list of winners
For those who just want to know who won on the night, here's a complete list (winners in bold):
1. Best Motion Picture, Drama
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water
2. Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
La La Land
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
3. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Ruth Negga, Loving
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
4. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone, La La Land
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don't Apply
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
5.Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Denzel Washington, Fences
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
6. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Dev Patel, Lion
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
7. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
8. Best Director, Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
10. Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land