The 74th Golden Globes officially kicked off awards season last night in Los Angeles as the Tinseltown glitterati took to the red carpet. The Globes are often seen as a harbinger of what will succeed at the Oscars in February, so who were the victors? Let's find out.
La La Land waltzes to victory
The evening was undoubtedly stolen by Damien Chazelle's gloriously upbeat and emotional musical La La Land, which nabbed a mighty seven Globes includes Best Motion Picture – Comedy, Best Director, and Best Actor awards apiece for shining stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
The film, a swooning and beautiful homage to the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical set in present day Los Angeles, also scooped Best Original Song for romantic Gosling/Stone duet 'City of Stars', a piece that embodies the romantic union between their characters Sebastian and Mia. Composer Justin Hurwitz also landed the separate Best Original Score award for his bittersweet and fluttering underscore.
Plus, the cherry on the cake was Gosling's heartfelt acceptance speech in which he praised his partner Eva Mendes. Fuse this star power with a radiant colour palate, a pitch-perfect mixture of pathos and humour and a loving celebration of Hollywood's history (always good for awards recognition) and it's little wonder this has cleaned up with voters. Frankly, it's the optimistic treat we all deserve right now, and its path to the Oscars looks pretty secure.
Moonlight shines bright
It may only have landed one award but director Barry Jenkins' superb drama got itself a biggie: Best Motion Picture - Drama. A sprawling coming-of-age story charting three generations in the life of a young black man in Florida, the movie's success in this key category is hopefully a sign that Hollywood's much talked-about diversity issue has stepped up a gear. Fingers crossed it'll triumph at the Oscars: with exceptional performances from the likes of Naomie Harris and a discreet, understated sense of humanity, it deserves to.
On that same note, it was terrific to see Viola Davis scoop Best Actress - Drama for her powerful role in Denzel Washington's latest directorial effort, Fences. This racially charged adaptation of August Wilson's acclaimed stage play has won over the critics and there's every chance Davis now has an Academy Award in her sights.
Casey Affleck wins big
The critically adored Manchester by the Sea was largely snubbed but it did get the important one: Best Actor for Casey Affleck. The star is the centrepiece of Kenneth Lonergan's harrowing and humane drama, playing a troubled man whose past comes back to haunt him when he's forced to become his nephew's guardian. We're putting our bets on Casey getting the same award at the Oscars.
The surprise victor
We're really chuffed about Blighty's Aaron Taylor-Johnson nabbing Best Supporting Actor – Drama for his insanely creepy role in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. Ford's disturbing and stylish psychological thriller was stuffed with great performances from the likes of Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, but Aaron's role as a murderous redneck hick charged the entire movie with a real sense of tension and menace.
The other success stories
Elsewhere it was great to see recognition for one of the world's greatest actresses, France's Isabelle Huppert, as she walked away with Best Actress – Drama for Paul Verhoeven's controversial, blackly comic revenge thriller Elle.
And we were beyond happy to see Disney's triumphant Zootropolis beat off competition from the likes of Moana, Sing and Kubo and the Two Strings to win Best Animated Motion Picture. You go, Judy Hopps!
No Mel Gibson as director for Hacksaw Ridge? No Ryan Reynolds for his surprise Deadpool recognition? Nothing whatsoever for new sci-fi classic Arrival? Oh well, you can't have everything.
Really though, the greatest moment in the whole evening came from Lifetime Achievement winner Meryl Streep who refused to mince words about America's current political system. The applause in that room was real.
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