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The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much more including Amy Schumer's "Bachelor" picks and Meryl Streep's rousing speech stating, "disrespect invites disrespect."

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Why Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s supporting actor win is an upset (sort of)

 (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)
(Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson surprised the Golden Globes room and plenty of the pundits watching at home by scoring supporting actor, motion picture at the top of the show for his work as a menacing criminal in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals.”

The race was thought slightly more open than others, with “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali the front-runner and Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”) the Cinderella (and “Lion’s" Dev Patel the real dark horse). Few gave much of a shot to Taylor-Johnson, whose previous major awards include such honorifics as Empire Award for Best Newcomer and Glamour Award for Man of the Year, both for his turn in “Nowhere Boy” years ago. (He’s received no other major nominations thus far for “Nocturnal.”)

The supporting actor-motion picture category hasn’t seen a ton of upsets in recent years — the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has tended to go either for favorites (Jared Leto and Christian Bale for “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Fighter,” respectively) or well-liked veterans (Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Plummer, for “Creed” and “Beginners,” respectively).

But the group is generally known for upsets — and often in major categories. Last year it handed best motion picture --drama to “The Revenant” at a time when everyone was talking about favorite (and eventual Oscar winner) “Spotlight.” And the year before the Globes went with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” over favorite (and eventual Oscar winner) "Birdman."

The conspiracy flames will be fanned by a controversy involving Ford’s cologne being sent to HFPA members in the run-up to the awards. (Jokes quickly followed on Twitter: Something doesn’t smell right? The awards should be scent back?) Either way, Taylor-Johnson has his first major prize — and the Globes their first head-scratcher of 2017.

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