The Run-Down on This Year’s Golden Globe Awards: Who Won Big
by Nia Atkins on Monday, January 30th, 2017
Most people are familiar with the Oscars, which give film awards, and the Emmys, which give television awards. But for one night a year, film and television are united in a less hyped award show called the Golden Globes. This year, the Golden Globes took place on Sunday, January 8th and were hosted by The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon.
The night started off on the wrong foot when the teleprompter malfunctioned, and host Jimmy Fallon was forced to improvise for a few minutes. However, the debacle was short lived. Fallon went on to deliver a rather quick monologue, which he filled with numerous Trump and election jokes as well as a relatively accurate Chris Rock impression and multiple digs at the night’s nominees. Many of Fallon’s jokes were met by awkward laughter from the audience. Overall his performance as host was enjoyable but definitely not spectacular.
Other funny moments occurred throughout the night. Dev Patel held his five year old co-star up to the microphone to introduce their movie Lion. Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell revealed the first animated movies they ever saw while introducing the nominees for best animated feature, leaving the audience dying from laughter. And Donald Glover thanked hip-hop artist Migos for creating the song “Bad and Boujee” in his acceptance speech for best comedy series.
The most moving moment of the night was Meryl Streep’s acceptance of the lifetime achievement award. During her speech, Streep highlighted the immense contributions of foreigners to the film industry, the consequences of when a person in power behaves poorly, and the necessity to protect journalists and the truth.
As well as winning best comedy series, Donald Glover won best actor in a comedy series for his show Atlanta, which debuted in 2016. It tells the story of an Atlanta native (Glover) trying to break into the music industry while struggling with everyday issues like raising his daughter and making a living.
Other winners in the television category included Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hiddleston who respectively won best supporting actor and actress and best actor. They were all awarded for their performances in The Night Manager, a British miniseries about a hotel night manager (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative (Colman).
The best actress in a miniseries was Sarah Paulson for her role in The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, a chronicle of O.J Simpson’s trial and won the award for best television movie or miniseries.
Tracee Ellis Ross won best actress in a comedy for her role as Bow, the mother of a suburban black family in the show Blackish, and dedicated her award to women of color, reassuring them that although their voices aren’t heard by everyone, they are heard by her.
The Crown, a drama centered around Queen Elizabeth II of England, won best drama series, and the show’s star, Claire Foy, won best actress in a drama series.
Last but not least, Billy Bob Thornton won best actor in a drama series for his role as a Los Angeles Lawyer in the Amazon series Goliath.
For film, the biggest winner of the night was La La Land, bringing home the awards for best comedy or musical, best director—Damien Chazelle—best screenplay, best original song—“City of Stars”—best original score—Justin Hurwitz—and best actor and actress—Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Other film winners included best animated film winner, Zootopia, a film surrounding a mystery within the animal kingdom, best drama winner, Moonlight, a story about the life of a poor, homosexual, black man in Miami, and best foreign language film winner, Elle, about the CEO of a video game company who tries to discover the identity of the man who raped her.
Isabelle Huppert, who plays the protagonist in Elle also won best actress in a drama. The award for best actor in a drama went to Casey Affleck for his role in the heart-wrenching film, Manchester by the Sea, about a Massachusetts family rocked by tragedy.
Finally the best supporting actress and actor were Viola Davis and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Davis won for her role as Rose in Fences, a story highlighting the relationships within a black family in the 1950s, and Taylor-Johnson, probably the biggest surprise of the night, won for his role in Nocturnal Animals, a psychological thriller based on a 1993 novel.
The Golden Globes were a star-studded night filled with laughs, tears, winners, and losers. Over the next month, there will be more, lesser-known film and television award shows such as the SAG Awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the People’s Choice Awards. The next big award show is the Grammy’s on February 12th followed by the Oscars on February 26th, so make sure to tune in for those.
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