After a tight Oscar race which has seen Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and La La Land emerge as frontrunners, the latter seemingly took the lead last night when it swept the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and is directed by Damian Chazelle (Whiplash). The musical-comedy took home seven awards last night in the following categories: Best Actor (Comedy or Musical), Best Actress (Comedy or Musical), Best Director, Best Score, Best Original Song, Best Screenplay and Best Film (Comedy or Musical).
This makes it the most-awarded movie in Golden Globes history, the only film to gain seven wins at the ceremony (the previous record holders being One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Midnight Express with six each). These developments put La La Land ahead of the competition as we move towards the Oscars in February, although it should be said that the Academy’s choices have differed from the Globes in the past. This race isn’t over just yet.
Still though, it’s difficult not to feel that some contenders will leave the Globes in a worse place than they went in. Moonlight, a favourite of critics, had six nominations in total and lost all but one. Granted, the one award it did manage to take home was arguably the most important (Best Picture – Drama), but still this was something of a disappointing showing for the movie.
Particularly surprising was the loss of Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali in the Best Supporting Actor category; Ali was a frontrunner, but the award ultimately went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for his work in Nocturnal Animals. However, winning the Best Picture – Drama award is a lofty achievement and one which should keep Moonlight a favourite for Oscar gold. Not to mention the intense fan reaction to Moonlight‘s losses which has seen the movie become a trending topic on Twitter, with people tweeting #JusticeForMoonlight in solidarity.
Manchester By The Sea may not be so lucky; the film lost all but one of its five nominations, only picking up the Best Actor (Drama) award for Casey Affleck, a win which is likely to be repeated at the Oscars in February. However, the lack of traction for this movie in any of the other categories has led some reporters to call it a drop-out in the race for that most coveted of Oscars: Best Picture. Still, Manchester By The Sea‘s nominations are themselves a notable achievement, being the first film distributed by Amazon Studios to gain any major awards recognition.
Other noteworthy wins and snubs: Isabelle Huppert took Best Actress (Drama) for her work on Elle, a performance given entirely in French. It’s rare for a foreign-language performance to take home such an award, especially with strong competition from Natalie Portman for her role in Jackie. Super-hero comedy Deadpool made headlines when it gained two nominations, blockbuster movies being a category often underrepresented (or outright ignored) by the major awards shows. Sadly for fans, the movie lost out on both counts, but its nominations were still a respectful nod to the surprise hit of last year. Viola Davis took Best Supporting Actress for Fences, or as Michael Keaton called it “Hidden Fences” in an unfortunate mix-up with rival contender Hidden Figures.
Over in the television categories, The Night Manager and The Crown were the night’s big winners. The former saw wins for Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman while the latter took home Best Actress for Claire Foy and the award for Best TV Series (Drama).
The television wins were praised for their diversity, with Atlanta winning both Best TV Series (Comedy) and Best Actor for Donald Glover. Meanwhile, Tracee Ellis Ross won Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy) for her work on the ABC sitcom Black-ish, the first black woman to win the award since Debbie Allen in 1983 (for Fame).
In the Miniseries or TV Movie categories, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson took two awards: Best Actress for Sarah Paulson and Best Miniseries. Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton took Best Actor for his performance in Amazon’s Goliath. Notably, smash-hit of the summer Westworld lost all three of its nominations.
The Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement went to Globes favourite Meryl Streep, who in her speech criticised the controversial President-Elect Donald Trump, and advocated the Committee to Protect Journalists.Uncharacteristically, Trump is yet to respond on Twitter.