The biggest stars of film and television came together for last night’s Golden Globe awards ceremony which provided plenty of entertainment and political talk.
On the big-screen side of things, history was made by the romantic musical La La Land as it swept its way to a stunning seven wins out of seven including the coveted Best Film (Comedy/Musical) award.
The overwhelming Oscar favourite also secured victories for actors Ryan Gosling (Best Actor in a Comedy / Musical) and Emma Stone (Best Actress in a Comedy / Musical) while filmmaker Damien Chazelle celebrated a double success in Best Director and Best Screenplay. It also landed Best Original Score for composer Justin Hurwitz and Best Original Song.
The win tally was the most given to a film and beats a record previously held by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978).
La La Land’s dominance meant that other contenders struggled to get much notice albeit the coming-of-age drama Moonlight did clinch the crucial Best Film (Drama) accolade. The win came at the expense of Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion and Manchester by the Sea.
Elsewhere the French thriller Elle secured two major wins including Best Foreign Language Film. Leading lady Isabelle Huppert pulled off a surprise victory in Best Actress (Drama) ahead of stern favourites Amy Adams (Arrival) and Natalie Portman (Jackie).
Casey Affleck continued his dominant run of wins by landing Best Actor (Drama) for his lead role in the indie-drama Manchester by the Sea. Another performer who looks a surefire favourite for Oscar success is Viola Davis as she was named Best Supporting Actress for the family drama Fences.
There was a big upset in Best Supporting Actor as rank outsider Aaron Taylor-Johnson picked up the award for Nocturnal Animals ahead of the much-fancied Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) on what turned out to be the only British (film) success on the night. The Disney hit Zootopia deservedly won Best Animated Film ahead of the likes of Kubo and the Two Strings and Moana.
However the biggest talking point of the night came from the legendary Meryl Streep as she became the latest recipient of the Cecile B. DeMille award. The nine-time Golden Globe-winning actress delivered an emotional speech which saw her take aim at president-elect Donald Trump who later ridiculed her on Twitter.
The full list of film winners are below:
BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
LA LA LAND
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Isabelle Huppert, ELLE
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Emma Stone, LA LA LAND
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, FENCES
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Justin Hurwitz, LA LA LAND
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
LA LA LAND, “City of Stars”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In the television categories, it turned out to be a most excellent evening for the Brits.
Netflix’s historical drama series The Crown triumphed in Best Television Series (Drama) against the likes of Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld. There was also recognition for leading lady Claire Foy as she clinched Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II.
Another British programme to perform well at the Globes was the BBC thriller The Night Manager as it took home three acting awards for stars Tom Hiddleston (Best Actor in a Mini-Series), Hugh Laurie (Best Supporting Actor in a Series / Mini-Series) and Olivia Colman (Best Supporting Actress in a Series / Mini-Series).
There was a surprise win for Billy Bob Thornton as he was named Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his role in the Amazon show Goliath. He overcame strong competition from the likes of Rami Malek (Mr Robot), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
In the comedy categories, FX’s Atlanta scored two wins for Best Television Series (Comedy) and main star Donald Glover who secured the victory in Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy). Tracee Ellis Ross celebrated a win in Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy) for her performance in Black-ish ahead of the more deserving Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep).
Finally, despite a couple of its actors losing out elsewhere, the real-life crime series The People vs O.J. Simpson picked up two gongs for Best Mini-Series and Best Actress in a Mini-Series for overwhelming favourite Sarah Paulson for her acclaimed role as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The full list of television winners are below:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Billy Bob Thornton, GOLIATH
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Donald Glover, ATLANTA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Tracee Ellis Ross, BLACK-ISH
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Tom Hiddleston, THE NIGHT MANAGER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Sarah Paulson, THE PEOPLE V O.J. SIMPSON
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