Golden Globe Awards 2017

La La Land sweeps seven awards

The musical breaks record with most Golden Globes wins, including for best musical or comedy and director

Actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (both above) were winners for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for La La Land.
Actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (both above) were winners for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for La La Land.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BEVERLY HILLS (California) • The jazz-infused, popsicle-coloured musical La La Land danced off with a record seven Golden Globes, including Best Musical or Comedy, on Sunday on a night of upsets and a clear denunciation of President-elect Donald Trump by actress Meryl Streep.

No film has won more than four Globes since 1979, when the prison drama Midnight Express received six.

"I'm in a daze now officially," Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, said as he accepted the directing award.

Despite six nominations, Moonlight, about a young black man growing up gay, received a lone trophy - albeit an important one: Best Picture - Drama.


I can say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes. I mean, it has the words ‘Hollywood’, ‘Foreign’ and ‘Press’ in it. I also think to some Republicans, even the word ‘Association’ is sketchy.

BRITISH ACTOR HUGH LAURIE, taking a jab at President-elect Donald Trump when he accepted Best Supporting Actor for The Night Manager

But the evening's most dramatic moments came when Streep, an eight-time Globes winner, accepted her Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award and gave an impassioned speech that, while never mentioning Mr Trump by name, called him out.

"Take your broken heart, make it into art," she said, quoting "my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia", Carrie Fisher.

There were several other surprises. Isabelle Huppert took Best Actress in a Drama for the French film Elle, beating Natalie Portman, who was favoured to win for Jackie. Elle, a thriller about a businesswoman who tracks her rapist, also won Best Foreign Picture.

The foreign journalists who bestow the Globes are known for spreading their awards far and wide, but several films received nothing, including Florence Foster Jenkins, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell Or High Water.

  • Winners


    Best Picture, Drama: Moonlight

    Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: La La Land

    Actress, Drama: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

    Actor, Drama: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

    Actress, Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone, La La Land

    Actor, Musical or Comedy: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

    Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

    Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

    Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

    Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

    Animated Picture: Zootopia

    Foreign Language Picture: Elle (France)

    Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

    Original Song: City Of Stars, La La Land



Manchester By The Sea, despite five nominations, was honoured only in the Best Actor in a Drama category for Casey Affleck.

The first award of the night, for Best Supporting Actor, dropped jaws: Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for his performance in Tom Ford's little-seen Nocturnal Animals, beating favourites such as Mahershala Ali of Moonlight.

"I made it - thank you," Taylor-Johnson said, looking a bit startled.

To the surprise of almost no one, Viola Davis took Best Supporting Actress for playing a 1950s housewife in Fences.

The night got off to a jerky start. After the host, Jimmy Fallon, opened the show with a taped La La Land-themed number, he became befuddled after a teleprompter malfunction. Still, he kept it breezy.

"Let's make tonight a celebration," he said in his monologue. Despite promises in pre-show interviews to zing Mr Trump ahead of his inauguration, Fallon even kept his political jokes to a minimum.

"One of the few places left where America still honours the popular vote," he said, almost in a mumble, making reference to the fact that Mrs Hillary Clinton won the popular vote during the election but lost the presidency as President-elect Trump won the electoral college.

For casual movie fans, the annual Oscar race starts with the Globes. (Oscar nomination ballots are due on Friday.) But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Globes, has worked in recent years to make its television honours more relevant by leaning towards rookie shows.

The slow-burning FX series Atlanta, about an aspiring rapper and his manager cousin, was honoured as Best Comedy. Netflix's The Crown, about the present Queen Elizabeth, won for Best Drama, and The People V. O.J. Simpson was named Best Limited Series.

While winners steered away from directly criticising Mr Trump, several used their moment onstage to take clear jabs. British actor Hugh Laurie, collecting Best Supporting Actor for The Night Manager, said: "I can say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes. I mean, it has the words 'Hollywood', 'Foreign' and 'Press' in it."

He added: "I also think to some Republicans, even the word 'Association' is sketchy."

Some Trump supporters, either anticipating the barbs or irritated that many Hollywood stars have been outspoken in their horror at his election, made #BoycottGoldenGlobes a hashtag trend on Twitter early on Sunday.


Best dressed

Ruth Negga (above) in Louis Vuitton - The Loving star picked a winner with this metallic column dress by Nicolas Ghesquiere. The fully sequinned number looks like liquid armour on Negga.

Olivia Culpo (above) in Zuhair Murad - Bold prints, a full skirt and dramatic styling make Culpo a head-turner.

Natalie Portman (above) in Prada - Portman’s maternity style is on point.The 1960s shape and styling channelled former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whom she portrays in Jackie.

Evan Rachel Wood (above) in Altuzarra - Outspoken feminist Wood wore a perfectly tailored pantsuit to the Golden Globes to remind women that gowns are “not a requirement” on the carpet.

Worst dressed

Sophie Turner (above) in Louis Vuitton - We hate to diss a cast member of the thrilling Game Of Thrones series, but the sheer panels and fabric mix make this gown look confused and cheap.

Nicole Kidman (above) in Alexander McQueen - Kidman’s gown is a perfect example of less is more. Sequins, sheer fabric, voluminous cold-shoulder sleeves and ruffles are an overkill.

Felicity Jones (above) in Gucci - The bodice and skirt of this sheer pink number seem disjointed and the embellished bow belt makes Jones look juvenile.

Sarah Jessica Parker (above) in Vera Wang - Parker looks like she escaped from a mediaeval fair, with her Princess Leia-like hair and over-the-top sleeves of the dramatic gown. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY, REUTERS

Ankita Varma

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2017, with the headline 'La La Land sweeps seven awards'. Subscribe