The only thing that’s predictable about the Golden Globe Awards is how unpredictable they can be, and today’s ceremony was no exception.
What was predictable was that Jimmy Fallon did a competent job as host, but his repertoire of gags mostly involved Donald Trump, leaving us longing for the acerbic wit of Ricky Gervais, or the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
And it was no surprise that La La Land dominated the Motion Picture awards winning all seven of its nominated categories – Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Director and Screenplay (Damien Chazelle), Original Song (City of Stars), Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Actress (Emma Stone) – while Casey Affleck predictably claimed the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Manchester by the Sea).
Viola Davis was also a dead cert for her performance in Fences, and walked away with the Globe for Actress in a Supporting Role, with her pertinent acceptance speech echoing the current sentiment concerning Hollywood’s current output: “… it doesn’t scream money-maker but it does scream art, it does scream heart.”
However, critics’ favourite Moonlight only won one of its six nominations, but it was the one that mattered: Best Motion Picture – Drama.
When it came to the television categories, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was once again prepared to honour new series and performers rather than reward the old favourites.
The biggest surprise was Nexflix’s mega-budget historical drama The Crown winning Best Television Series – Drama, beating HBO heavyweights Game of Thrones and Westworld, and the streaming service’s own Stranger Things. Star Claire Foy also picked up Best Actress in a TV Drama for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II.
Quirky new FX series Atlanta, in which a pair of cousins navigate the city’s rap scene, won Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, with star Donald Glover receiving the Globe for Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy.
The Night Manager, a mini-series adaptation of John Le Carré ‘s novel, received three awards in the performance categories for Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Tom Hiddleston (Best Actor), Olivia Colman (Supporting Actress) and Hugh Laurie (Supporting Actor) – while the highly acclaimed The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story expectedly picked up Best Television Limited Series and Best Actress in a Mini-Series (Sarah Paulson).
Other unexpected twists and turns included Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s win for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Nocturnal Animals), Isabelle Huppert receiving Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Elle), Billy Bob Thornton claiming Best Actor in TV Series – Drama (Goliath), and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross beating favourite Issa Rae (Insecure) to the Best Actress – TV Musical or Comedy Globe.
A touching video tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds was screened during the ceremony, and Meryl Streep deservedly received the Lifetime Achievement Award – perhaps as much for her accumulated nomination tally as for the mastery of her craft.
Now it’s on to the Oscar race…
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Original Score
La La Land
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
City of Stars, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign-Language Film
Damian Chazelle, La La Land
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
La La Land
Best Actor, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress, Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Picture, Drama
Best Actor, Television Drama
Billie Bob Thornton, Goliath
Best Actress, Television Series Comedy or Musical
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Best Television Series Comedy or Musical
Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sara Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Best Actress, Television Drama
Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Television Drama
The Crown, Netflix
Best Actor, Television Series Comedy or Musical
Donald Glover, Atlanta