The awards season for 2017 is already beginning with the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the show honors the best in film and television from 2016, with everything from Westworld and Atlanta to La La Land and Moonlight up for major awards. Which film stars will emerge as frontrunners for the Oscars and which new TV shows will get a huge boost for the Emmys?
Opening Number: Jimmy Fallon kicks off the night with a La La Land-inspired musical sequence with a ton of cameos, complete with a Stranger Things rap and an interstellar dance between Jimmy and Justin Timberlake. That’s followed by a weak monologue that includes a broken teleprompter, a Chris Rock impression and a bunch of easy Trump jokes.
Film Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
WTF? Everyone said Mahershala Ali was supposed to win this for Moonlight, so the Globes are off to a typically weird start. He’s not even nominated at the SAG Awards. Perhaps most interesting is that the 26-year-old thanks his four kids (two are stepchildren from his wife’s previous marriage).
TV Lead Actor in a Drama: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath
Only at the Golden Globes can a show no one has ever heard of win something. This is an Amazon legal drama. He makes a weird joke about having a feud with Bob Odenkirk dating back to the 1940s. He dedicates it to a P.A. who died on his show.
TV Lead Actress in a Comedy: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Hell yeah, the hilarious Black-ish finally gets a major award. She gives an inspirational speech about giving visibility to women of color. She concludes with “It’s nice at 44. I like it here.”
TV Comedy Series: Atlanta
Donald Glover’s freshman FX comedy hits it big. He thanks all of the black folks in the city of Atlanta.
TV Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
No surprise, she’s been winning everything for playing Marcia Clark. And she’ll probably win again at the SAG Awards.
TV Limited Series or TV Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I won’t be sad when this stops winning everything. It makes awards shows anticlimactic. It’s also a super boring, pre-written speech.
TV Supporting Actor: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
The Globes really love him since he won twice in a row for House. He’s delightfully self-deprecating and makes a fantastic joke about how this is the last Golden Globes because the organization has the words “Hollywood,” “Foreign” and “Press” in its name, three words Trump and Republicans don’t like (and they’re not wild about “Association” either).
Film Score: La La Land
The record for most awards won by a film is six at the Golden Globes. Keep an eye on this film to tie or break it.
Film Original Song: “City of Stars,” La La Land
That’s two in a row for Justin Hurwitz, who also composed the film.
Film Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Just like Jenna Bush on the red carpet, presenter Michael Keaton referred to Octavia Spencer’s film Hidden Figures as “Hidden Fences.” Viola’s speech is emotional and powerful as always.
TV Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Wow, they really liked this miniseries. And she’s not even there to accept it.
Film Lead Actor in a Comedy: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
The best part was presenter Goldie Hawn tripping over her words in the introduction, talking about the most tainted (talented) men from 20016. It was a joke, I hope. Ryan gives an emotional speech dedicated to his strong wife and his late brother-in-law.
Film Screenplay: La La Land
Holy crap, that’s four-for-four. It could sweep all seven categories it’s nominated in and set a new Golden Globes record.
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Somehow the animated film category gets serious because this movie was unexpectedly poignant about diversity and not letting fear tear people apart.
Best Foreign-Language Film: Elle (France)
This is the first time a French film has won in almost a decade and only the second win for France in the last 20 years.
TV Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Yowza, this miniseries won THREE acting awards. It’s the first TV program to do so since HBO’s miniseries John Adams eight years ago.
TV Lead Actress in a Drama: Claire Foy, The Crown
Netflix’s fancy British drama finally wins something. She’s excited and adorable and very British.
TV Drama Series: The Crown
As usual, the Best Drama Series also won an acting award, and since this was the only Drama nominee that won an acting award, it’s no surprise.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Meryl Streep
The person with the most Golden Globe wins and nominations (including one tonight) gets this year’s lifetime achievement award. And Viola Davis introduces her with a funny, brilliant, beautifully delivered speech about how much Meryl means to her. Then Meryl kicks some major ass with a stirring speech that begins by listing how many actors in the room are from all over the country and the world and represent a wide diversity that isn’t just limited to “Hollywood.” Then she goes in on Trump about his disrespectful mockery of a disabled journalist. She concludes by quoting the late Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Film Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
That’s his second award of the night and the fifth for his film. It’s becoming unstoppable for the Oscars.
TV Lead Actor in a Comedy: Donald Glover, Atlanta
This marks the fourth year in a row that the Lead Actor and Comedy Series categories were won by the same show (following Gael Garcia Bernal and Mozart in the Jungle, Jeffrey Tambor and Transparent, and Andy Samberg and Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Film Lead Actress in a Comedy: Emma Stone, La La Land
Yup, it’s a sweep and La La Land is now tied for most Golden Glove wins by a film, and it’s poised to beat it with the next one. She’s sweet and sings the praises of hope and creativity.
Best Comedy/Musical Film: La La Land
BOOM! That’s seven wins, a clean sweep and a new record for the Golden Globes. There’s no denying that this is the clear frontrunner for the Oscars.
Film Lead Actor in a Drama: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
He stammers a lot with a rambling speech. He’d better polish up his acceptance speech game before Oscar night.
Film Lead Actress in a Drama: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
So the award goes to the French lady in the foreign-language film. She’s overwhelmed and grateful.
Best Drama Film: Moonlight
Wow, it didn’t win in any of its first five categories, but still takes the top award. What a weird night. At least the three most-nominated films all won something.
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