The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just finished announcing the winners of the 74th Annual Golden Globes, which resulted in Damien Chazelle’s magnificent musical La La Land sweeping all seven of its categories: Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Director (Chazelle), Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) (Emma Stone), Best Screenplay (Chazelle), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), and Best Original Song (“City of Stars”). With these seven wins, the film has set a new record for most Golden Globes won by a movie.
Coming in second place, somewhat surprisingly, is Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, which won two awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress (Drama) for Isabelle Huppert (who has also won several awards from other groups for her excellent performance). As far as surprises go, the only major one was the very first award of the evening, where Aaron Taylor-Johnson unexpectedly won Best Supporting Actor, defeating presumed frontrunner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).
La La Land winning Best Screenplay was a little surprising as well (it was thought that Manchester by the Sea would win), but it was well within the realm of possibility given that it’s won the award in a few other places. On top of that, the HFPA clearly LOVED the film as much as everyone else, so giving it the Best Screenplay award seems only natural.
Aside from these, all of the other film awards played out pretty much as expected. Has anything changed on the long road to the Oscars? For the most part, I’d have to say no. Isabelle Huppert and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were passed over for SAG nominations, so their chances of winning are extremely slim (if they even get nominated). La La Land may have gotten a small bump in the screenplay category, but odds are still on Manchester by the Sea to take Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. That could all change with the Writers Guild of America Awards next month though, so this will certainly make it an interesting showdown.
All-in-all, it was a fantastic night with a number of amusing moments, but best of all was getting to see a wonderful film like La La Land get so much recognition. Hopefully, when it comes to the Oscars, we’ll get to see something very similar happen again.
Please see below for a complete list of this evening’s winners:
Best Picture (Drama): Moonlight
Best Picture (Comedy/Musical): La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Actor (Drama): Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress (Drama): Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Original Song: “City of Stars,” La La Land
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best Foreign Language Film: Elle
Best Television Series (Drama): The Crown
Best Television Series (Comedy/Musical): Atlanta
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Actor (Drama): Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath
Best Actress (Drama): Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Best Actor (Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television): Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Best Actress (Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television): Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Supporting Actor (Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television): Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Best Supporting Actress (Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television): Olivia Colman, The Night Manager