The 74th Golden Globes Awards kicked off with host Jimmy Fallon and several of the night’s nominees partaking in a La La Land-inspired opening number. Fallon recruited Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Reynolds, the Stranger Things kids and other film and TV stars to sing and dance.
La La Land made Globes history by winning all of its seven nominations. It won Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Director and Screenplay for Damien Chazelle, and Lead Actress and Actor for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Justin Hurwitz nabbed two awards for his score and the song “City of Stars”.
After La La Land had swept up its seven awards, Best Motion Picture (Drama) was a wide-open race, since none of the five nominated films had won a single award. Moonlight was the film that shined in the end, beating out Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester by the Sea, Lion, and Hell or High Water. There was also an unexpected win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s supporting role in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. While I have been raving about the British actor’s turn as a Texas kidnapping psychopath, his name had gone unmentioned throughout the build up of the award season – Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali was the favourite to win after collecting all of the critic’s group awards. So is Taylor-Johnson now a strong contender for the Academy Awards thanks to some momentum from the Globes?
After a big year with Suicide Squad and her Emmy nomination in How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis killed it in the Best Supporting Actress race for her role opposite Denzel Washington in Fences, also directed by Washington. Davis reprised the role that earned her a Tony in the 2010 Broadway revival, and she’s now an Oscar away from the Triple Crown of Acting (Emmy, Oscar, and Tony).
Casey Affleck’s stream of awards for Manchester by the Sea continued, winning Best Actor in a Drama. Known for his dry and button-down character, Affleck’s acceptance speech showed signs that he has warmed to the idea of being in the same spotlight that his more-profitable brother Ben has coasted for years.
After starring in 100 film and television productions, France’s Isabelle Huppert won her first Best Actress in a Drama Golden Globe for Elle, which also won Best Foreign-Language Film. In addition to getting her thirtieth Globe nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins, eight-time winner Meryl Streep was honoured with the Cecil B. Demille Award for outstanding contribution to film.
Disney’s smash-hit Zootopia also came out a winner after picking up the globe for Best Animated Feature.