‘La La Land,’ ‘Night Manager’ Dominate Golden Globes

By January 9, 2017

On what could be a bit of a precursor for this year’s Oscars, the musical La La Land dominated the Golden Globes awards Sunday, winning seven trophies, including for actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, as well as for writer and director Damien Chazelle.

In fact, Chazelle won two Golden Globes to cover both major jobs he held in bringing La La Land to life. They were Chazelle’s first two nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, although he was nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Whiplash.

This was Gosling’s fifth nomination and first win, dating back to Lars and the Real Girl in 2008.

Stone has had three Golden Globe nods in her career, getting her first win. She was first nominated in 2011 for Easy A.

La La Land also took the best picture in the comedy or musical category, as well as best original score for Justin Hurwitz, and best original song from Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The only other film to score more than one Golden Globes win was Elle from director Paul Verhoeven. The French language movie earned best foreign language film as well as for Isabelle Huppert for best actress in a drama on her first nomination.

Other winners including FencesManchester by the SeaMoonlightNocturnal Animals and Zootopia.

On the television side, awards were a bit more diverse although Hugh Laurie’s The Night Manager came away with three wins for Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Laurie himself.

This was Laurie’s third Golden Globes win, but the first one in a decade. He last won back-to-back awards for House in 2006 and 2007. He was nominated four other times after that, all for House.

The Crown on Netflix captured two awards, as did two series for FX – Atlanta and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. They included awards not just for the shows, but also for primary actors like Claire Foy for The Crown, Donald Glover for Atlanta and Sarah Paulson for People v. O.J. Simpson.

This was the first win for both Foy and Glover on their first nominations, while Paulson won for the first time on her third nomination. Her previous honors were for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in 2007 and Game Change in 2013.

Also getting wins were Amazon’s Goliath and ABC’s Black-ish.

The biggest news coming from the awards, however, weren’t who won … but what has been described as an emotional speech from lifetime achievement winner Meryl Streep who used her platform at the ceremony, according to USA Today, to speak out against incoming U.S. president Donald Trump.

There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good. There was nothing good about it, but it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.

“And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life cause it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”

Streep was referring to claims Trump mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis, a congenital joint curving in two or more places of the body. Trump had made remarks about Kovaleski after the reporter questioned the then presidential candidate’s claims he had witnessed large groups of people in New Jersey following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Trump has denied he mocked Kovaleski’s disability, and some of his supporters have defended the president-elect while blasting Streep. Sean Hannity, a Fox News personality who Trump considers a friend, tweeted after the awards that Streep’s speech was “exactly why (Hollywood) was dying.”

“What a bunch of hypocrites. Sex, violence and drivel rule rule (Hollywood). Turning the channel.”

Streep also had her own cadre of support, including from Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, who said “it’s this same level of bravery that she has offered us, freely, again and again.”

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.