By Livia Peterson
The 74th Golden Globe Awards was hosted by the less than stellar Jimmy Fallon.
The opening sequence (the suddenly hilarious ode to “La La Land” – opening musical number “Another Day of Sun”) was amazing. The ridiculous running joke – “Hidden Fences” – mentioning “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” – obviously two different motion pictures. There is no movie titled “Hidden Fences” currently playing in the cinemas, folks.
Meryl Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award – nailing the acceptance speech from start to finish and not even directly uttering President-elect Donald Trump's name (you go, girlfriend)! “La La Land” received seven nominations and ultimately, won the seven awards – sweeping the Golden Globes. Damien Chazelle’s third feature film rejuvenates the love of the motion pictures.
Isabelle Huppert and “Elle” were victorious – one of my favorite performances and films during the 2016. Viola Davis (“Fences”) remains the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actress during the 89th Academy Awards. Adios to #OscarsSoWhite. Commence writing the acceptance speech, Ms. Davis. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) was the mighty surprise – Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) provides the easily superior performance in a superior film. “Nocturnal Animals” is mediocre at best.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards was predictable and yes, a bit tedious. The couple wins solidified the Academy Award frontrunners and the remaining wins receive as a grain of salt. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is all over the place and hence, causes additional confusion.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: “Moonlight”
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: “La La Land”
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Best Actress – Drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Best Actor – Drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”
Best Screenplay: “La La Land”
Best Animated Feature: “Zootopia”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Elle”, France
Best Original Score: “La La Land”
Best Original Song: “City of Stars”, “La La Land”