So What Happened At The Golden Globes Last Night?

Well the 74th Annual Golden Globes were certainly something. This was clear from the opening, when Jimmy Fallon blew everyone away with a star-studded tribute to La La Land, with O.J., Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Hail, Caesar! (which wasn’t nominated) thrown in for good measure, only to yank this sense of joy away with a terrible monologue plagued by a monitor “snafu” (allegations are already rampant that this was just a ploy), a misstep from which he never recovered. This sense of misdirection continued all night, even if it never became as egregiously bad as Fallon’s job as host, the sense of confusion and not knowing where things were going persisted throughout the entire show.

First off, I’m willing to announce that for the second time in our little contest, I’ve lost the Beat the Guru contest to the common man, 15 to 13 (out of a total 24). I applaud Lena on her victory, and hope to prove my skills to the readers next year. The shocking upsets began early on in the night, when frontrunners Mahershala Ali and Jeff Bridges lost Best Supporting Actor to Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This was an especially shocking decision because Taylor-Johnson was considered something of an upset, nominated only because of Tom Ford played the game to get Nocturnal Animals into the show. The shocks didn’t stop there, as Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress over Natalie Portman, who many expected to win at the Oscars (myself included, as an upcoming article indicates). This was a shocking blow to the Academy, who didn’t even shortlist Elle for Best Foreign Language Film (a category which it won at the Globes last night). However, nothing was as surprising as the love for La La Land. The film was quite popular, as could be seen by its seven Globe nominations. It was expected to do well last night. However, then it won. And won again. And again, and again, and again, until it eventually swept all seven categories, a first in Globe history, setting the record along the way. It was shocking to see, especially because it required the defeat of frontrunners Barry Jenkins and Manchester by the Sea to do so. Luckily, neither film went home empty handed, as Manchester won Best Actor in a Drama and Moonlight eventually took Best Drama. And, of course, the two greatest speeches of the show came from Emma Stone for La La Land and especially Viola Davis for Fences, which was long overdue and absolutely inspiring.

In terms of television, they certainly decided to go in a different direction. As expected, Atlanta took home Best Comedy Series, but it also won a surprise Globe for Donald Glover, who seemed just as surprised as the audience did (his speech for Best Comedy Series was also a highlight, with his shout-out to Migos being highly entertaining). Meanwhile, Tracee Ellis Ross played the field carefully to sneak out a win in a highly competitive Best Actress in a Comedy field, and was highly deserving. The People v. O.J. Simpson won Best Miniseries, as well as Best Actress for Sarah Paulson, but was shockingly defeated twice, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, to The Night Manager, which also won Best Supporting Actress. It was a weird happenstance regardless. And finally we have the Drama categories, which were won by The Crown, its leading lady Claire Foy, and Billy Bob Thornton (a Golden Globe favorite).

What does all this have to do with the Oscar race? Maybe everything, maybe nothing. However, two scenarios are now created. First, La La Land is about to sweep everything in a way no film has done since Slumdog Millionaire, maybe Titanic. Second, La La Land backlash sets in, with people thinking it’s “not that great,” or that it didn’t deserve those Golden Globes, and the inspiring speech given by the Moonlight team propels them to Oscar stardom. Either way, our final three is looking a bit more like a final two. I’ll be back later this week with more Oscar analysis as we wind down the last two weeks before nominations are announced. You can see the full list of winners below.


Best Film-Drama

  • Moonlight
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea

Best Film-Musical or Comedy

  • La La Land
  • 20th Century Women
  • Deadpool
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Sing Street

 Best Leading Actor in a Drama

  • Casey Affleck-Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton-Loving
  • Andrew Garfield-Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortensen-Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington-Fences

Best Leading Actress in a Drama

  • Isabelle Huppert-Elle
  • Amy Adams-Arrival
  • Jessica Chastain-Miss Sloane
  • Ruth Negga-Loving
  • Natalie Portman-Jackie 

Best Leading Actor in a Musical or Comedy

  • Ryan Gosling-La La Land
  • Colin Farrell-The Lobster
  • Hugh Grant-Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill-War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds-Deadpool

Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy

  • Emma Stone-La La Land
  • Annette Bening-20th Century Women
  • Lily Collins-Rules Don’t Apply
  • Hailee Steinfeld-The Edge of Seventeen
  • Meryl Streep-Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actor

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson-Nocturnal Animals
  • Mahershala Ali-Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges-Hell or High Water
  • Simon Helberg-Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Dev Patel-Lion 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis-Fences
  • Naomie Harris-Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman-Lion
  • Octavia Spencer-Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams-Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle-La La Land
  • Tom Ford-Nocturnal Animals
  • Mel Gibson-Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins-Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan-Manchester by the Sea

 Best Screenplay

  • La La Land
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Score

  • La La Land
  • Arrival
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Best Original Song

  • City of Stars-La La Land
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling-Trolls
  • Faith-Sing
  • Gold-Gold
  • How Far I’ll Go-Moana

Best Animated Feature

  • Zootopia
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Sing

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Elle
  • Divines
  • Neruda
  • The Salesman
  • Toni Erdmann


Best Drama Series

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld

Best Musical or Comedy Series

  • Atlanta
  • black-ish
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Transparent
  • Veep

Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series

  • Billy Bob Thornton-Goliath
  • Rami Malek- Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk-Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys-The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber-Ray Donovan

Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Foy-The Crown
  • Caitriona Balfe-Outlander
  • Keri Russell-The Americans
  • Winona Ryder-Stranger Things
  • Evan Rachel Wood-Westworld

Best Leading Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series

  • Donald Glover-Atlanta
  • Anthony Anderson-black-ish
  • Gael García Bernal-Mozart in the Jungle
  • Nick Nolte-Graves
  • Jeffrey Tambor-Transparent

Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series

  • Tracee Ellis Ross-black-ish
  • Rachel Bloom-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep
  • Sarah Jessica Parker-Divorce
  • Issa Rae-Insecure
  • Gina Rodriguez-Jane the Virgin 

Best Leading Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Tom Hiddleston-The Night Manager
  • Riz Ahmed-The Night Of
  • Bryan Cranston-All the Way
  • John Turturro-The Night Of
  • Courtney B. Vance-The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Sarah Paulson-The People vs. O.J. Simpson
  • Felicity Huffman-American Crime
  • Riley Keough-The Girlfriend Experience
  • Charlotte Rampling-London Spy
  • Kerry Washington-Confirmation

Best Supporting Actor

  • Hugh Laurie-The Night Manager
  • Sterling K. Brown-The People vs. O.J. Simpson
  • John Lithgow-The Crown
  • Christian Slater- Robot
  • John Travolta-The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actress

  • Olivia Colman-The Night Manager
  • Lena Headey-Game of Thrones
  • Chrissy Metz-This Is Us
  • Mandy Moore-This Is Us
  • Thandie Newton-Westworld

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

  • The People vs. O.J. Simpson
  • American Crime
  • The Dresser
  • The Night Manager
  • The Night Of

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