As far as anyone can tell, it began with a Jenna Bush Hager flub on the red carpet.
The NBC red carpet correspondent was interviewing Pharrell Williams when she wrongly stated that the musician was Golden Globe-nominated for his work on "Hidden Fences," an erroneous statement if ever there were one.
I was rooting for “Toni Erdmann” myself, but it was thrilling to see Paul Verhoeven's delectably thorny “Elle” win the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film. Not just because it was a well-deserved accolade on its own but also because it served as something of a corrective to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which notably omitted Verhoeven's daring rape-revenge thriller from its foreign-language film shortlist last month.
By dint of its confrontational subject matter and slippery gender politics, “Elle” has been something of a hot potato since its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. But the expected controversy, to the degree that it even materialized, has been largely drowned out by critical acclaim for the film — and, most of all, for its star, Isabelle Huppert. Long singled out as one of the world's greatest living actresses, Huppert has managed a clean sweep of the best actress awards given out by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the National Society of Film Critics. (Full disclosure: I’m a member of the latter two organizations.)
As it happens, "Elle" was originally meant to be set in the U.S., but as Verhoeven has said in interviews, every American actress he courted turned up her nose at the part. Accepting his trophy onstage, the director unwittingly pinpointed the reason why "Elle" would have been a very different (and almost certainly inferior) piece of work in an American setting: “The movie does not really invite you to sympathize with the character.” He didn't go on to add, "And more movies would do well to follow its example," but it was certainly on a lot of our minds.
Meryl Streep’s elegance, heart and wit have become veritable staples at Hollywood award shows. Over her 40-plus years in film, Streep has racked up a record 30 Golden Globe nominations – eight of which she won. Not to mention Oscars, Emmys and other honors.
Streep will receive one of her most prestigious accolades to date, the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has bestowed the Cecil B. DeMille Award on the industry’s most esteemed entertainers since 1952. At the last Golden Globes, Denzel Washington received it; the year prior, George Clooney. Judy Garland was the first woman to receive a DeMille, in 1962, followed by Joan Crawford in 1970. Only 13 women in all, before Streep, have been honored with the award.
How does the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. love Meryl Streep? Let us count the ways.
For as celebrated as Streep's career has been, no one awards body has embraced her quite as fully as the HFPA. With the nomination for actress in a musical or comedy for work in "Florence Foster Jenkins," Streep nabbed her 30th nod from the Golden Globes.
Streep's first nomination came in 1979 for "The Deer Hunter" and in the 37 years since then, she has only been excised from the Golden Globes ballot 12 times.
“Hello, hi, hello,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson said, taking the stage in the press room after what many called a surprise Golden Globe win for actor in a supporting role for his work in "Nocturnal Animals." Then he addressed two questions sent to the HFPA via social media:
As to what it was like working on the film: “You know, every day was pretty intense and grueling," he said. He credited working with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. “My role was to provoke him and give him as much material to work from. I wanted to be as giving as possible.”
Preparing for the role, he said, “was intense and grueling, and I spent months watching documentaries about serial killers and psychopaths. I had a lot of sleepless nights watching this material. Psychologically, it was hard.”
"Game of Thrones" has racked up more than its fair share of accolades and awards in its six seasons, but one place the series tends to get overlooked is at the Golden Globe Awards.
The show has won 38 Emmy Awards in its run, making "Game of Thrones" the winningest scripted show in Emmys history. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hasn’t been quite as impressed with dragons, the denizens of Westeros or any struggles against Winter.
"Game of Thrones" has notched six overall nominations with just one win — Peter Dinklage for supporting actor in 2012. The show didn't earn even a Golden Globe nomination in 2013 and 2014.
Viola Davis has been on a nice awards run this season, winning the Critics Choice prize and being favored for numerous others for her role as conflicted homemaker Rose Maxson in new 1950s-era drama "Fences."
Denzel Washington directed the film from August Wilson's script (adapted from his own play), also starring as lead character Troy Maxson. The movie has been in the works since 1987, when Paramount optioned it for Eddie Murphy. Davis, who also won a Tony Award for playing the role on Broadway in 2010, noted its improbable path to the multiplex.
"It's not every day Hollywood thinks of translating a play to the screen," she said as she accepted her first Globe after four previous nominations. "It doesn't scream moneymaker, but it does scream art, it does scream heart."