Golden Globes: La La Land wins 7, Moonlight wins Drama, Affleck wins Actor

Published by: Richard Houlihan / GRIFFITH FILM SCHOOL, BRISBANE | 9-Jan-2017
The 74th Golden Globes Awards kicked off in full swing 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 sweeping all 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".

By the time 'La La Land' swept its seven, Best Motion Picture (Drama) was a wide-open race since neither one of the five nominated films had won a single award. 'Moonlight' was the film that shined in the end, beating out such dramas as 'Hacksaw Ridge', 'Manchester by the Sea', 'Lion' and 'Hell or High Water'.

The show began with 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 has gone unmentioned throughout a majority of award season. 'Moonight"s Mahershala Ali was the heavy-favourite to win after collecting all the critics group awards. So is Taylor-Johnson a strong contender now 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 as Denzel Washington"s wife in 'Fences', also directed by Washington. Davis reprised the role that earned her a Tony in the 2010 Broadway revival, and she"s an Oscar away from the Triple Crown of Acting (Emmy, Oscar and Tony).

Casey Affleck"s stream of awards for 'Manchester by the Sea' grew deeper with a Best Actor in a Drama win. 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 his more-profitable brother Ben have 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.

Also, Disney"s smash-hit 'Zootopia' won best animated feature.

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