Is the Oscar best picture race over before the nominations have even been announced?
Damien Chazelle’s daring, magical musical “La La Land” swept its way through the Golden Globes on Sunday night, winning all seven of its nominated categories: best picture comedy/musical, lead actor honors for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and awards for director, screenplay, song and score.
In doing so, it broke the record shared by two 1970s movies: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Midnight Express,” both of which won six Globes, including one category — acting debut — that no longer exists.
Outside of Meryl Streep's heartfelt and socially conscious Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, the 74th Golden Globe Awards show was pretty low-key -- but there were still a handful of notable moments. Here are a few.
Jimmy Fallon had a Mariah Carey moment. When the host took the stage after an elaborate cold open, he came face to face with technical difficulties: The teleprompter wasn't working. He vamped, a new monitor was brought out and -- after the commercial break -- he said he'd just chatted with the diva, and she suspected Dick Clark Productions had sabotaged his monologue.
Jon Hamm said what everyone was thinking. "I'm really looking forward to the documentary they're going to make about this year's Golden Globes, entitled 'Beard Parade 2017: Thank You for Shaving." Hamm's brothers in facial hair included Casey Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Chris Pine and, well, a parade of other bearded men.
We were warned not to miss a moment of Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes opening number, which some had accurately predicted would be an extended tribute to “La La Land.” And why not? Damien Chazelle’s charming movie musical naturally lends itself to the kind of elaborately parodic sing-song re-creations that awards-show openers (to say nothing of Fallon’s late-night hosting career) thrive on.
Sure enough, the show’s big kickoff number found Fallon staging an elaborate riff on “La La Land’s” traffic-stopping opening sequence, for which he roped in a dizzyingly random range of performers from Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams to Kit Harington, Rami Malek and the “Stranger Things” kids (plus Barb). It was funny, clever, virtuosic. It also sent a worrying early signal that the decks were already being stacked in favor of the night’s biggest crowd-pleaser.
I get it — a “Hacksaw Ridge”-themed musical number just wouldn’t have killed in quite the same way. And few of those watching could have begrudged the expected lead acting awards for the film’s luminous stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, or the dual wins for composer Justin Hurwitz, who was feted for his infectiously hummable original score and the movie’s signature tune, “City of Stars.”
One of the standout looks of the night at the Golden Globes ceremony came courtesy of Lily Collins in a rosewood pink A-line dress showered with beads from Zuhair Murad's fall 2016 collection -- accessorized with Harry Winston jewels, including a pair of vintage cluster diamond drop earrings set in platinum.
Evan Rachel Wood wore a custom Altuzarra tuxedo that paid homage to Marlene Dietrich -- and made for one of the most memorable menswear looks of the night.
Another favorite menswear look of the night came by way of Donald Glover, who chose a tobacco-brown, two-button velvet Gucci suit.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards show on NBC Sunday night was its old self, and not quite its old self. Better behaved than it has been — professional nice guy and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon replaced professional bad boy Ricky Gervais as host — the show was still offbeat and noisy enough to keep its reputation as the more fun, more real alternative to the Academy Awards.
Awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the Globes are historically free from the institutional piety — or indeed the moral responsibilities — that can weigh down the Oscars or the Emmys. And despite the evening’s reputation as a bellwether of the Oscars, it remains its own weird thing, as if a bunch of kids got together to put on an awards show in somebody’s uncle’s barn, or hotel ballroom, as the case may be.
Stars sit at tables festooned with flowers and Champagne — the tables, not the stars. Traditionally there have been no production numbers, no pre-taped skits, no "in memoriam" segment.
After the Golden Globes ceremony, Ruth Negga hopped from the NBCUniversal party to the InStyle event, her custom-made metallic dress illuminating the way as she joined the throngs winding their way through the Beverly Hilton Hotel hallways down to the ground floor.
But first she waxed ecstatic over the Louis Vuitton stunner that was designed just for her. "I didn't choose the dress, they chose me," she said, marveling at the 120 hours of handiwork one seamstress took to craft it.
Negga, who earned her first Golden Globes nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols' "Loving," said wearing the metallic number was one highlight of her first Globes ceremony. The other? "Meryl Streep!"
Jimmy Fallon's jovial interview with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in September 2016 sparked an online reaction that ran the gamut from shock to outrage, and then to outrage over the outrage.
Normally Fallon shies away from political humor so it was interesting to see "The Tonight Show" host make jokes at the expense of the new president-elect in his opening monologue at the Golden Globes ceremony.
The cast of "Atlanta" had plenty to celebrate with its leading man Donald Glover and the show taking home honors. Co-star LaKeith Stanfield celebrated on his own and took to the dance floor at the InStyle and Warner Bros. party.
As Brian Henry of "Atlanta" left the Fox party, he gave advice to folks in line: "Be safe. Have fun."
"Atlanta's" reserved section at the Fox party was empty by 10:33 p.m. Perhaps they turned in early. Bright side: the chocolate-filled doughnuts.
Surprising everybody, “Moonlight” took home the night’s big award. But a Golden Globes win was never the goal of director Barry Jenkins.
"The whole point of this film for Tarrell [Alvin McCraney, the playwright of 'In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,' which inspired the film] and I was to tell a very truthful story about how we grow up,” he said, noting the city of Miami itself being an integral character to the film. The film’s honor is "proof positive that we did the right thing,” he said, by telling the story in Miami.
And though Hollywood loves saying that the universal story is one that is truly specific, Jenkins didn’t focus on universality.