La la land was the big winner of the Golden Globe Awards 2017. With 7 awards, it was a record-breaking night. The best acting awards in Comedy or Musical went to Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The latter was over the moon when she received her prize. As well, Damien Chazelle won Best Director. Moonlight took home best drama picture despite being snubbed in the other categories.
British people were everywhere this evening! Claire Foy, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman, all took home awards. It was a real invasion. The Night Manager and The Crown totally drew all the attention and praise at the expense of the other TV shows. Furthermore, Hugh Laurie gave a pretty hilarious acceptance speech, referring to the ceremony as “the last ever Golden Globes ” as “it has the words hollywood, foreign and press in the title” and accepted his award “on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere”. It was not the only reference made to Donald Trump who seemed to be the favourite scapegoat of the evening.
The highlight of the event was undoubtedly Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech for her Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Although having lost her voice, the audience was hanging on every word. She argued that “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick them all out, you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts” and referred to the imitation made by Donald Trump of a disabled reporter, emphasising that “this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing”. She enjoined the press “to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage” under a row of applause.
Within this very political atmosphere, the host for the evening was Jimmy Fallon who described the event as “the biggest party of the year”. However, the party was quite flat. He tried to charm the audience with a musical opening video full of celebrities, but the charm only partially worked as we missed the sardonic humour of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler or even the evil comments of Ricky Gervais. Speaking of which, Tina Fey, also known as the former co-star of Jimmy Fallon in the show Saturday Night Live, did a funny but too short appearance during this small video clip. Justin Timberlake, of course, was here to support his best-friend and the two of them made fun of their notorious bromance. Without being a catastrophe, it was not the most brilliant host job either.
Jimmy Fallon was not the only one to blame though. After a couple of seconds on stage he unfortunately endured some technical difficulties as his prompter refused to work. However, the presenter did not fall apart and ended to properly deliver his opening speech. Throughout the event, small technical issues continued without really affecting the running of the ceremony. However, a rather funny incident happened during the acceptance speech of The Crown‘s crew, they had been abruptly interrupted by a music warning of an imminent commercial break. Not really delicate! Nevertheless, Jimmy Fallon managed to get a few laughs with some mischievous comments, such as this one : “A lot of people have wondered what it would have been like if King Joffrey (Game of Thrones) had lived. Well in 12 days we are going to find out!” 0 points for Donald Trump – 3 for the Golden Globes Awards!
Other funny and/or emotional moments also made the show. Isabelle Huppert’s reaction was between stupor and intense joy when she received the Best Acting Award in a Drama for the film Elle. Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig’s hosting speech was hilarious, as they succeeded to turn the Best Animated Motion Picture Award into a totally depressing (but fake) announcement. As well, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn delivered a nice and funny comedy sketch. Brad Pitt received a very warmed welcome from the audience, which was probably more related to his recent tumultuous divorce than his career. Tom Hiddleston dedicated his award to Médecin Sans Frontière, UNICEF and “those out there who are doing their best”. Finally, the recently departed Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds received a moving and beautiful tribute.
And for those who are thirsty for more details, here is the full list of winners :
- Best Motion Picture – Drama : Moonlight
- Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : La La Land
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama : Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama : Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : Emma Stone (La La Land)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy : Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture : Viola Davis (Fences)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture : Aaron Taylor Johnson (Noctural Animals)
- Best Director – Motion Picture : Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
- Best Screenplay – Motion Picture : Damien Chazelle (La la land)
- Best Motion Picture – Animated : Zootopia
- Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language : Elle (France)
- Best Original Score – Motion Picture : Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
- Best Original Song – Motion Picture : City Of Stars, Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
- Best Television Series – Drama : The Crown
- Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy : Atlanta
- Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television : The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television : Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
- Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama : Claire Foy (The Crown)
- Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama : Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy : Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy : Donald Glover (Atlanta)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television : Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television : Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager)
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