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La La Land sweeps Golden Globes but Meryl Streep steals the show with anti-Trump speech

Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla | First published: 9 January 2017, 12:36 IST
La La Land sweeps Golden Globes but Meryl Streep steals the show with anti-Trump speech
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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..."

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.

Pharrell's reaction, though, was classy as ever.

Ryan Gosling

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!).

Mixed bag

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.

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


Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

2. Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

La La Land

20th Century Women

Sing Street

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