The 75th 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, so who were the victors? Let's find out.
The long-overdue winner
All hail Gary Oldman, long regarded as one of the finest actors in the business, who has finally received his first ever Golden Globe for Darkest Hour. The star's transformative turn as Winston Churchill has received worldwide acclaim, not just for its physicality but also for the way Oldman digs into the complex psyche of the iconic British leader.
Oldman has been routinely overlooked in awards circles in the past, only racking up one previous Oscar nomination for 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It's shocking when one considers his plethora of celebrated roles includes the likes of JFK, Bram Stoker's Dracula and True Romance.
Given his considerable standing within the industry, not to mention the significance of the Golden Globe win itself, Oldman's path towards a Best Actor Academy Award seems all but secured.
The mic dropper
James Franco deservedly won Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for his funny and poignant performance as infamously bad filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. But his big moment was hilariously overshadowed when the real Tommy attempted to steal his limelight on stage – Franco however wasn't having any of it. Check out the clip below.
Politics have dominated this year's Golden Globes with A-listers donning black in solidarity over the recent sexual harassment scandals that have rocked Hollywood. Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the honorary Cecil B. DeMille award, brought the crowds to their feet with a rousing speech that summed up the defiant mood of the evening.
The Best Picture winner
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri walked away with the evening's most coveted prize in the dramatic category. Writer-director Martin McDonagh, who scored a hit in 2008 with black comedy In Bruges, here delivers another coruscating story of revenge and redemption, nabbing Best Screenplay for his profane and compassionate script.
The story is spearheaded by a career-best Frances McDormand who grabbed Best Actress for her role as mother Mildred Hayes, on a crusade against her town's local police force that have failed to capture her daughter's killer. McDonagh and McDormand's confident mixture of anger, humour and humanity, buoyed by a strong critical reception, clearly played well with Globes voters, and it now stands a strong chance of winning Best Picture at the Oscars.
Given the Globes' reputation for predictability, this year's crop of winners pleasingly honoured those overlooked in the past. It was terrific to see character actor extraordinaire Sam Rockwell win Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards, in which he stuns as a racist cop antagonised by Frances McDormand's Mildred Hayes. Having delivered outstanding turns over the last 20 years in the likes of The Green Mile, Moon and The Way, Way Back this must go down as one of the most satisfying wins of the night.
Then there's Guillermo del Toro, another esteemed industry figure who has received the cold shoulder in the past as far as awards are concerned. The Pan's Labyrinth filmmaker picked up Best Director for his visually arresting The Shape of Water, a funny and scary mash-up of monster movie with sci-fi and tender romance that acts as a love letter to classic silent movies and musicals.
This is del Toro's first Globes win – amazingly, like Gary Oldman, he's only ever been Oscar nommed before for Best Screenplay for Pan's Labyrinth. If he were to receive his first Oscar nomination for Best Director, it would be massively overdue, and a moment to remember.
Meanwhile Saorise Ronan continues her track record of industry acclaim with a Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) win for Lady Bird, which also landed Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy category. Ronan's performance in Greta Gerwig's indie hit, in which she plays a rebellious teenager clashing with her overbearing mother, was regarded by many critics as one of 2017's finest. It caps off a run of excellent performances dating back to Joe Wright's Atonement in 2007, and now the battle is on between Ronan and Frances McDormand at the Academy Awards.
The remaining victors
French composer Alexandre Desplat received Best Score for his gorgeously dreamy music for The Shape of Water. Desplat adds to a previous Globe win (for 2006's The Painted Veil) and an Academy Award (for 2014's The Grand Budapest Hotel), so all eyes will be on the Oscars where he'll potentially go up against the likes of Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread.
Elsewhere the always terrific Allison Janney (known for The West Wing and American Beauty) waltzed away with Best Supporting Actress (Comedy or Musical) for I, Tonya. This irreverent account of disgraced former figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie) is anchored by Janney's ferocious turn as the title character's monstrous mother, LaVona Golden, and the win is another triumph for one of Hollywood's most celebrated veterans.
And finally, Pixar added to its awards haul with Best Animation for Coco. This vibrantly designed adventure makes a case for diversity in its Mexican settings and characters, sending out an important message for family audiences in addition to its arresting visuals and moving storyline. Expect it to repeat the trick at the Oscars, where Pixar have a track record of winning (Inside Out, Toy Story 3 and Up are just some of those to have triumphed).
Who most deserved to win? Who lost out? Tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld and using #GoldenGlobes2018. Keep your eyes peeled to the blog for breaking news of the Oscar nominations, announced on 23rd January.