Golden Globes 2017 recap


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Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and the director of "La La Land," Damien Chazelle, alongside the producers and cast of the film at the Golden Globes, where they won seven awards in total.

Ah, Jimmy Fallon. May I take this moment to personally thank you for that opening number. La La Land was undoubtedly my favorite film this season, and that lovely opening number homage to the movie-musical was nothing short of star-studded and spectacular. It may have been hard to fully appreciate the opening number if viewers haven’t seen La La Land, but the number of celebrity cameos (Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Kit Harrington, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Timberlake, to name a few) and Stranger Things references made it one to remember.

Fallon’s opening monologue was rife with jabs at the political system and the news regarding the Russia hacks, but chock full of jokes everyone could, and did, appreciate. Obviously not wasting precious airtime, the program quickly went into the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. The award ultimately went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals. The second award was Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama, which went to Billy Bob Thornton for Goliath.

Just as abruptly as the first Globes were awarded, there was a commercial break (presumably the first of many). I am now contemplating why exactly Simone Biles is here. Last I heard, she was an Olympic Gold medalist, not someone in the entertainment industry. Regardless, she’s amazing, so I’ll let it slide.

The awards are now being handed out like bug spray in Zika-infested Miami. So far, Tracee Ellis Ross has won Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Black-ish, and Atlanta won Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical. Later, Donald Glover won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for Atlanta. After another commercial break, Sarah Paulson won Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie for The People v. O.J. Simpson. Almost immediately afterwards, The People v. O.J. Simpson won Best Limited Series or TV Movie.

After another commercial break (the most annoying trend during awards season), Hugh Laurie won Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for The Night Manager. Then, La La Land began its clean sweep of awards. It won Best Original Song for “City of Stars,” and Best Original Score. Then, it won Best Screenplay. Ryan Gosling also won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for La La Land, and made a touching speech for Eva Mendes, with whom he has two children. Later in the broadcast, Damien Chazelle won Best Director and near the end of the night, Emma Stone won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, beating out Meryl Streep. Both awards were also for La La Land.

Another excellent acceptance speech was made by Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Fences. But one problem arose during the show; people kept combining the titles of Hidden Figures and Fences into “Hidden Fences.” The blunder was repeated multiple times.

When Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell (all I could think was OMG, Michael Scott) presented Best Animated Feature Film, which went to Zootopia, both the audience of A-Listers and viewers on their couches were practically rolling on the floors with laughter at the banter onstage. The comedians quite literally held nothing back.

So I’ve got a “Blank Space” here, and thought I should mention that Tom Hiddleston won Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for The Night Manager. Later, The Crown (which I may have binge-watched on Netflix the very weekend it was released) won two Golden Globes. Claire Foy won Best Actress, Drama and The Crown itself won Best Drama shortly thereafter. Elle won Best Foreign Language Film.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also awarded Meryl Streep the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, calling her “the most celebrated actress of our time.” She has been nominated for 30 Golden Globes and 18 Academy Awards, and has won eight and three, respectively. She spent the majority of her speech commenting on the current political climate, and closed her speech with a tearful reference to the recently departed Carrie Fisher. During the program, Fallon introduced a tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who passed away only a day apart. Both had an immense impact on popular culture, and judging by the reactions inside the Beverly Hilton, are dearly missed.

At the end of the night, La La Land completed its clean sweep by winning Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, and thus setting a new record for the most Golden Globes won by a singular film, winning seven awards in total. Then, Brie Larson presented the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, which went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea. After that, Leonardo DiCaprio (excuse me while I internally scream) presented Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, which went to Isabelle Huppert for Elle. The final award of the night was Best Motion Picture, Drama, which went to Moonlight.

The Golden Globes were quite the spectacle this year. To quote Justin Hurwitz’s Globe winning song, “City of stars / you never shined so brightly.”