“La La Land” swept the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards and made history. The musical drama, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, won all seven of the awards for which it received nominations.
The film brought home awards including Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle, Best Score, Best Original Song for “City of Stars” and acting awards for Gosling and Stone.
The film tells the story of a musician, Sebastian, and an aspiring actress, Mia, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, but their pursuit of their careers threaten to ruin their romance.
The film also stars John Legend, Tom Everett Scott, J.K Simmons, Meagan Fat, and Rosemarie Dewitt.
The annual awards ceremony took place over the weekend at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Host Jimmy Fallon kicked off the show with a taped sketched that ripped off “La La Land” singing along Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams.
His monolog also included some political humor, noting that the Golden Globe is one of the few award-giving bodies left that still honors the popular vote.
Other winners for the night for movies were “Moonlight,” which won Best Motion Picture, and Disney’s “Zootopia,” which won Best Animated Feature Film.
Casey Affleck won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Drama, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson got the Best Supporting Actor award.
“Elle” was the only film other than “La La Land” to receive more than one win, with the French movie winning Best Foreign Language Film and Isabelle Huppert winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture.
Presenters for the awards included Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Gal Gadot, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon among others. Brad Pitt also made a surprise appearance when he introduced “Moonlight.”
Pitt made a solo entrance to the event and made his first television appearance since her split with former wife, Angelina Jolie.
In the television department, “The Night Manager” brought home the most awards with three. “Atlanta, The Crown,” and “The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story” tied for second place with two wins each.
Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Culman, and Hugh Laurie all won acting awards for their performances in “The Night Manager.”
“‘American Crime Story” was awarded Best Miniseries or Television Film and Sarah Paulson won Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film for her portrayal of Marcia Clark.
“The Crown” won Best Drama Series while “Atlanta” brought home the Best Musical or Comedy Series award. Donald Glover and Billy Bob Thornton also received acting awards for their performances in “Atlanta” and “Goliath,” respectively.
“Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross also made Golden Globe history after winning Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV series.
She became the first black woman to win that category since Debbie Allen won for “Fame” back in 1983. She dedicated her award to all the people of color.
And while the usual highlight of award ceremonies are the winners, this year’s Golden Globe’s highlight was different but nonetheless exciting courtesy of Meryl Streep.
The 67-year-old actress was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. In her acceptance speech, “The Devil Wears Prada” actress criticized president-elect Donald Trump’s imitation of the disabled New York Times journalist, Serge F. Kovalevski.
Meryl said “Disrespect incites disrespect; violence incites violence,” adding that people need principled stress to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.