Released in spring of last year, "Zootopia" generated a lot of commentary for the way it confronted prejudice and racism through its story featuring animals and interspecies tension.
The animated film took five years to make, and all the while human behavior was reinforcing why the movie was needed, the film's directors said backstage after their Golden Globes win.
"The world around us started to explode," said Byron Howard. "Bias and fear mongering were coming into the news daily. Something we hadn't planned, but made us all the more dedicated to get the message out in the right way."
Howard said the mandate from Disney was to make an animated film about animals "like no one has ever seen."
"By looking at animals," he continued, "we learned a lot about human beings."
Said fellow director Rich Moore: "It's about discrimination and racism and the damage that does to our society The damage of learning by fear ... it gave the audience something to think about."
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.
The following is a transcript of Meryl Streep’s speech at the 74th Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
I love you all. You have to forgive me, I have lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this weekend and I have lost my mind sometime earlier this year so I have to read.
Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said, you and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments of American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.
More than 20 years later, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" illustrated that the nation's obsession with the so-called trial of the century hadn't gone away.
The FX series dramatized the trial of former football star O.J. Simpson, who faced charges that he killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Sterling K. Brown, who starred as prosecutor Christopher Darden, didn't find it surprising that the series managed to strike a chord after all these years.
"The show is more relevant than what it should be," Brown said backstage, accompanied by the producers and fellow cast members Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta and Sarah Paulson.
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.
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.