Vending machine from the Golden Globes after-party distributes shoes in a can
Each year at the Golden Globes there comes a time when the heels must come off.
Sunday night after the show, salvation came in the form of two self-serve vending machines parked just inside the foyer of the InStyle/Warner Bros. party, where glamorous guests lined up for the best and most welcome sight of the evening: Free flats.
Men and women with weary soles and party souls flocked to the annual bash, one of the first stops of the night for winners, execs, even a Kardashian or two. They were greeted by machines hosted by the footwear company Rollasole, partnering with L’Oreal, doling out pairs of rolled-up flats in three sizes and two colors -- black or gold -- at the push of a button. Each pair came with a free lipstick for touch-ups for those who hadn’t already filled their purses with the free L’Oreal lip paints and eyeliners lining the ladies’ room inside the Golden Globes ballroom.
By the end of the night the machines were almost out of stock, guests still eagerly stepping up to grab a pair on their way out to other parties. Approaching midnight the scene inside the packed lobby of the Beverly Hilton was tragic: Ladies in evening gowns and bare feet, clutching their stilettos, no free flats in hand. The smart ones had already swapped their heels for flip-flops, lounging around the Hilton bar.
One bare-footed woman in a glitzy dress had to hoof it all the way down a rainy Santa Monica Boulevard just to catch her Uber ride home. The struggle. It’s real.
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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.
Now, naysayers could grouse and note that “La La Land” was off by its lonesome in the comedy/musical categories, separated from the other two awards season front-runners, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.” But “La La Land” prevailed in two key categories in which the three movies were directly competing, director and screenplay, proving two things: 1) The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves musicals — always has and probably always will, and 2) this particular musical possesses a power and charm that has a way of burrowing into people’s hearts. (I’m humming “City of Stars” even as I write this.)
Golden Globe moments: Fallon was speechless, Hamm was hairy, Pitt was back in the spotlight
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.
Viola Davis competed for best performance by a presenter. The “Fences” actress summoned all the drama of a monologue by Shakespeare in her four-minute-plus introduction of Meryl Streep. She called her colleague “an observer and a thief” and mixed in recipes for apple pie and collard greens.
Matt Damon said what everyone was thinking. He explained that he was handing out the Globe for performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, because he’d won in the male version of the same musical-or-comedy category last year, for “The Martian.” “That fact alone,” he said, “is funnier, literally, than anything in ‘The Martian.’”
Ryan Gosling almost talked about his personal life. The notoriously private dreamboat took time to thank Eva Mendes for holding down the fort at home while he went and had a great time doing “La La Land.” He even mentioned their daughters’ names.
Michael Keaton said what nobody was thinking, Following in the footsteps of red-carpet interviewer Jenna Bush Hager, who talked to Pharrell Williams about his work on “Hidden Fences,” Keaton also referred to the story of three African American women who worked for NASA as “Hidden Fences.” Social media had a field day with the gaffes, eventually conflating the titles of black movies under the #hiddenfences hashtag. The film in question was “Hidden Figures.” “Fences,” starring Davis and Denzel Washington, is another movie entirely.
Brad Pitt showed his face. The “Moonlight” executive producer, who’s been off the radar since his contentious split from Angelina Jolie made headlines in September, got an extra-strength round of applause from his peers in the audience when he introduced clips for his film. “Moonlight” ultimately won the Globe for best motion picture, drama.
And Pitt? He looked good.
‘La La Land’s’ Golden Globe wins make it hard not to feel that Hollywood fell in love with itself -- again
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.”
Hits and misses on the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet
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.
Golden Globes rewind: Surprise DJs, Meryl Streep and more
Take a look at some of the unforgettable Golden Globes moments from the 74th edition of the awards show.
A better-behaved Golden Globes proves nice-guy host Jimmy Fallon can still make some noise
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.
That changed this year, a little. There was the briefest film-clip tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and her late mother, Debbie Reynolds. And the evening began with a star-studded filmed production number that took off on “La La Land” and ended with Fallon and BFF Justin Timberlake waltzing into the stars; it was built to the host’s strengths — singing, dancing and kindergarten enthusiasm.
Ruth Negga, Eoin Macken and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveal how Meryl Streep made their Golden Globes
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!”
Streep’s speech struck a nerve with several actors, even after eyes got misty inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom. “The Night Shift’s” Eoin Macken applauded Streep’s comments to her fellow performers describing an actor’s only job: "[To] enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like.”
“Game of Thrones’” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said he admired Streep for using the opportunity of accepting her lifetime-achievement honor to speak from the heart, in a fiery speech that went after President-elect Donald Trump. “She did not waste her moment,” he said
Jimmy Fallon doesn’t think he was too hard on anyone at the Golden Globes -- including Trump
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.
So we asked the man of the hour.
At the NBC after-party, Fallon was greeted by a huge round of applause. He raised his hands in the air and started cheering with the crowd.
His first stop was Bob Greenblatt (chairman of NBC Entertainment), who he embraced while flashbulbs went off to capture the moment. They were joined shortly after by “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels and the vice chairman of NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer.
As they were surrounded by bodyguards trying to shield the group from selfie-seekers, we approached the host and asked about his Trump-related jokes.
“Eh, one or two jokes,” he said, shrugging off cracks such as comparing Trump to a “Game of Thrones” villain.
Would it be awkward to have Trump back the “Tonight Show” again? “No, we went evenly on everyone,” Fallon said.
The ‘Atlanta’ crew hits the dance floor at the Golden Globes after-parties
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.
Viola Davis praises the late August Wilson for telling ‘stories of the smaller people’
Viola Davis is no stranger to the Golden Globes.
Nominated four previous times, she took home the supporting actress award for her role in “Fences” opposite Denzel Washington, who also directed.
For Davis, who won a Tony for the same role in the Broadway version of “Fences,” it was the ideal way to finally win, she said backstage Sunday.
And all thanks goes to August Wilson, who wrote both the original play and the screenplay before his death in 2005.
“Very seldom does the average person get their due, especially with people of color,” she said, noting that many black stories that make it to the big screen are biopics about well-known figures. “I also like the stories of the smaller people. I think it encapsulates [us all] and is universal and inclusive.That’s what August did.”
She echoed similar sentiment in an interview with The Times shortly after her Golden Globe nomination last month, praising Wilson’s ability to capture, with precision and authenticity, what he saw and heard while living in the boarding houses of Pittsburgh’s historically black Hill District.
Davis, who won a Tony for the same role in 2010, said Wilson was so exacting in his writing, evoking the natural rhythm of how black people speak, that “when he was in a rehearsal, he would sit, put his head down and you would think he would be asleep.”
“Then, as soon as you missed one word — you’ve got to be word-perfect — his head would jump up, he’d look around, grab and look at the script and look at the actor,” she said. “He’d start tapping on the [director’s shoulder], and then you’d have to go back and do it again.”
As for how she’s celebrating her Golden Globe, Davis is not quite sure. It won’t be in her jacuzzi, though, as it’ll be too late in the evening when she gets home. But she knows what she’s doing with the actual award: She’s giving it to her husband Julius, as she always does.
“I’ve got to get back to work,” she said.
‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins on ‘speaking truth to power’ in his Golden Globe-winning film
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.
“It was about getting it right,.. and speaking truth to power,” he said.
When asked to address the anti-gay remarks made by singer Kim Burrell, who appears on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack, “Moonlight” cast member Janelle Monáe didn’t shy away:
“I’m pro love. I’ve been very supportive of love, and at the end of the day I think that no matter where you come from and who you love, you deserve a chance at the American dream and to have your story told,” she said, noting that “Moonlight” is a demonstration of that.
“Anybody who is representing hate is part of the problem. I hope that we can all remember that at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color.”
Scenes from the Golden Globes lobby
At the Golden Globes, everyone sees the red carpet, the nominees in the audience and the winners and presenters when they go on stage. Few, though, see them in the in-between spots when television cameras are dark.
Times photographer Allen J. Schaben was able to catch a few moments of celebrities and the hoopla surrounding them as they entered the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel when they were off-camera.
FX and Lionsgate win big at the Golden Globes
The Golden Globe Awards looked past the big Hollywood studios Sunday to lavish most of its attention on Lionsgate, the mini-major whose crowd-pleasing retro-musical “La La Land” took home seven statuettes, the most of any motion picture for the year. The independent distributor A24 also scored with a surprise win for “Moonlight,” a critical darling that won for best dramatic film.
In the television categories, FX was the big winner for the evening, with two awards each for its miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and freshman comedy series “Atlanta.”
Netflix also scored big with “The Crown,” which won for best dramatic series and lead actress Claire Foy, while AMC’s series “The Night Manager” won three acting awards.
‘black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris still in disbelief over Tracee Ellis Ross win
As “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris left the HBO after-party, he was still in disbelief that Tracee Ellis Ross took home a Golden Globe.
“It’s so undeserved,” he told The Times. “I don’t know who she paid.” Barris, of course, was joking.
In talking about the significance of her win -- Ross is the first black woman to win for lead actress in a comedy since 1983 --Barris put his hand to his heart.
“It’s just incredible,” Barris said. “It’s long overdue. When will we get to a point where it’s common? And Tracee, herself, she so deserves this. Everyone is doing eight, 10 episodes right now. She kills it doing 20-plus.”
Carrie and Aidan reunite for a mini ‘Sex and the City’ reunion at HBO after-party
While people still ponder if we really need a “Sex and the City 3,” Carrie and Aidan reunited on Sunday night.
Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett spotted each other at the HBO party and got to talking. Parker even asked a fan to hold off on her request for a photo because she wanted to enjoy her catch-up with Corbett.
“Can you wait one second? I see this guy every few years,” Parker said.
Anglophilia reigns at the Golden Globes
On a night of groundbreaking diversity at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. also chose to recognize the proud people of a little island off the coast of Europe.
“La La Land” may have dominated the film categories, but in TV land, two British shows -- “The Crown” and “The Night Manager” -- fared particularly well.
“The Crown,” which follows the life of the young Queen Elizabeth II, won for drama series -- the third year in a row a new show was given the top prize by the HFPA.
The lavish drama was created by Peter Morgan, screenwriter of “The Queen,” and partially directed by Stephen Daldry.
Lead actress Claire Foy also won for her portrayal of the monarch, whom she praised in a heartfelt acceptance speech.
“She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it,” Foy said.
More surprisingly, the HFPA also honored Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston for their performances in “The Night Manager,” a stylish adaptation of the spy novel by John le Carré, filmed in picturesque locations across Europe.
Neither was favored to win, and Hiddleston in particular faced stiff competition from Riz Ahmed and John Turturro for “The Night Of,” Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and Bryan Cranston in “All the Way.”
Olivia Colman, who played a heavily pregnant intelligence operative in “The Night Manager,” also bested a field that included Mandy Moore for NBC’s crowd-pleaser, “This is Us.”
The HFPA celebrated three distinctly American shows on Sunday -- “Atlanta,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “black-ish.” But it also proved -- yet again -- that it just loves a British accent.
Security was tight on HFPA’s big night
Though the bar was open, things were locked down at tonight’s Golden Globes, with attendees advised to leave an extra hour to get through security. Even the stately black SUVs and limousines ferrying celebs to the red carpet had to stop and pop the trunks and submit to an under-carriage mirror check.
Parking passes had an embedded RFID chip, and bomb-sniffing police dogs were walking the perimeter. An armored black SWAT vehicle marked the entrance.
Inside the show, things were a bit more relaxed, though veteran colleagues reported it was more difficult to move from the ballroom into the A-list area than it had been in years past.
All exits, including the ones leading back into other parts of the hotel, had guards posted.
But booze was flowing throughout the night from the bar, so at least the Globes haven’t had to surrender that part of the legacy.
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and how award-winning ‘La La Land’ holds up against modern life
“La La Land” is a musical that tells the story of boy meets girl on a freeway and the love that develops and, eventually, becomes the past.
When the producers and cast were asked backstage how the technologically advanced era has changed the love fantasy, they didn’t quite know how to respond — partly because the wording of the question was a bit long-winded.
“I’ve had too much champagne to answer that question,” the film’s Golden Globe-winning star Ryan Gosling joked before suggesting his co-star — and fellow award winner — Emma Stone give it a try.
“I don’t know if I could speak entirely on the modern era,” Stone hesitated. “By next week, I might have a solid answer for you ...with footnotes and references.”
Director Damien Chazelle also chimed in. “I don’t know if this answers the question, but it was important for us to make a love story for the modern era” by paying homage to past musical love stories.
“Nostalgia for nostalgia sake is not a place to live in,” Chazelle added. “You should honor the past by trying to find a way to push it forward.”
Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert: ‘Truth never scares me, never’
Isabelle Huppert could barely be heard when she first took the stage in the press room, right on the heels of the “La La Land” principals.
“Good evening, hello…,” she said softly.
In the background, the “La La Land” group that included Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling hooted and hollered, filing out of the press room.
When things quieted, the first question for Huppert came in French.
“What am I scared of?” Huppert asked, repeating the question. “In movies, not anything scares me. The most scary things are, ultimately, the most rewarding — it all depends on with whom you do it. And doing it with [Paul] Verhoeven didn’t scare me. Truth never scares me, never.”
Huppert was then joined by Verhoeven, the film’s director.
“What she did was so audacious and so authentic, ultimately it saved the movie,” Verhoeven said.
“Movie making is all about confidence and trust,” Huppert added. “There is nothing else, and if you trust someone, if you feel like you’re being watched and loved and understood, it’s easy. And that’s what happened in this film.”
When asked what moved her the most about the character she played, Huppert said “So many things, she’s such a [multidimensional] character. I really liked that she’s a central character around which the whole thing evolves.
“It makes it so pleasurable and so easy to build up a character and be so complete.”
Read an interview with Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert here.
A celebration of Hollywood as ‘La La Land’ sweeps and the industry licks its post-election wounds
Coming into Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, there were two big questions. Would the awards do anything to dramatically shake up an Oscars race that has been largely dominated thus far by three front-runners: “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea”?
And would liberal-leaning Hollywood use one of its biggest nights as an opportunity to stake out a position as the loyal opposition to President-elect Donald Trump?
The answers were: No, not really. And yes, very much so.
Perhaps fittingly for an industry that has been trying to console itself in the wake of a presidential election result few saw coming, the 74th Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton, proved a big night for the fizzy romantic musical “La La Land,” a love letter to Hollywood itself that is widely considered the film to beat in this year’s best picture race.
Golden Globes crowd stands for ‘Moonlight’s’ best picture win
After an evening of “La La Land” domination at the Golden Globes, the packed ballroom inside the Beverly Hilton leaped to its feet when Barry Jenkins’ lyrical “Moonlight” won for drama.
It was a visceral capper to a night that began with a shocking upset for the “Moonlight” crowd, as front-runner Mahershala Ali lost the supporting actor nomination to “Nocturnal Animals’” Aaron Taylor-Johnson. By the time the final categories were on deck, several empty seats marked the early exits of the night’s empty-handed nominees, and members of the “Moonlight” crew were gamely sipping vodka cocktails at their table by the stage.
Director Barry Jenkins, sitting with his “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski, was planning a quick after-party strategy. As “La La Land” won its final Globe for best picture for a musical or comedy, Jenkins was the first on his feet applauding the Damien Chazelle musical and Oscar front-runner.
“Moonlight” finally won, closing out a Golden Globes marked by not one, but two unfortunate “Hidden Fences” slips -- the first on the red carpet by Jenna Bush Hager to “Hidden Figures” composer Pharrell, and the second by presenter Michael Keaton during the telecast, both drawing fire from Twitter.
When the win was announced, the entire room erupted in celebration, giving an appreciative Jenkins a standing ovation, and perhaps a little more hope that “La La Land” won’t steamroll “Moonlight’s” shine come Oscars night.
Donald Glover explains how a letter to his brother inspired his Golden Globes winning series ‘Atlanta’
Donald Glover is a dreamer. He’s always known this, but was slapped in the face with this idea almost two years ago.
At his mother’s home, he stumbled on a letter he had written to his brother while he was in college. The letter referenced a dream he had had about both of them writing a TV show together. That show would become “Atlanta,” the series that earned Glover the Golden Globe for lead actor in a comedy.
“It’s been in my head a long time,” he said, “so I do believe in magic and dreams.”
And all the recognition the show is receiving is unbelievable, Glover said. All he hoped for was that one key audience was happy.
“I only cared about what people in Atlanta thought,” he said. “My parents, my cousins -- if I could go to a Chick-Fil-A and [people liked it].”
Mission accomplished. And his initial instincts, “to pull back” when people started having high expectations for the series before its premiere, paid off.
“My instinct is to under-promise, over-deliver,” Glover said.
Backstage, he also commented on a standout moment from his onstage speech, a shout out to the Atlanta-based rap group Migos.
“I think they’re the Beatles of this generation, and they don’t get a lot of respect, outside of Atlanta,” he explained.
“And their ‘Bad and Boujee’ track is a must-listen. “There’s no better song to have sex to.”
Here is Viola Davis’ collard greens recipe from the Meryl Streep tribute
I make the best collard greens. I use smoked turkey, chicken broth and my special barbecue sauce.
Paul Verhoeven addresses audience discomfort with a film that includes comedy and rape
Paul Verhoeven, addressing the crowd backstage, seemed somewhat dazed at first that his rape revenge tale won the Golden Globe for foreign-language film:
“In all honesty, I was amazed because the movie is a bit controversial. I was astonished they [chose] it,” he said.
When asked if he had thoughts about President-elect Donald Trump, and what he might mean to the arts, Verhoeven said succinctly: “Yes, very bad thoughts.”
Asked to elaborate, he said: “I’ll elaborate in a way that’s scary. Because the people [he’s putting] in positions in all the different departments is … it means it could easily go in directions that ultimately would end up with war. I’m very scared for this presidency.”
“Elle’ might be hard for some people to watch, it was suggested. And to that, Verhoeven responded:
“The people who don’t like it are probably irritated or angry not so much that it’s about rape, a lot of movies are about rape, Jodie Foster did one -- but that movie makes the rape the center of the movie. Isabelle Huppert is the center of [“Elle”]. The difficulty for people has been the aspect of moral comedy taking place next to this horrible thing happening to her.”
Making the film, Verhoeven said, he was conscious of not falling into clichés or easy categories. “I bent genre,” he said. “Life is not genre – we live comedy and hardship every day and I wanted to make the movie representing [real] life rather than a genre.”
The performance that broke Meryl Streep’s heart. Read her full Golden Globes speech
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there’s nothing good about it. But it was effective, and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.
Here’s how you know your time’s up at the Golden Globes
How do you know your moment in the Golden Globes spotlight has come to an end?
- First, the teleprompter politely informs you to get off the stage: “Please, wrap up.”
- Then the font changes to red and starts aggressively flashing “WRAP IT UP.”
- Then, we assume, they release the hounds.
‘La La Land’ breaks record for most Golden Globes won by a movie
“La La Land” swept the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s musical movie led the field of nominees with seven nominations.
In addition to the acting awards for Gosling and Stone, “La La Land” was up for comedy picture, director, screenplay, score and song.
By winning the Golden Globe for comedy picture, “La La Land” notched its seventh win, surpassing the record of six awards held by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Midnight Express” (1978).
Damien Chazelle won for directing and screenplay, and Justin Hurwitz won for original score. The award for song went to Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “City of Stars.”
Meryl Streep: Without ‘vilified’ Hollywood, there’d be nothing but football and MMA
Meryl Streep got a laugh as she described her own basket of deplorables Sunday night as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
“All of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now,” she said. “Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”
Then Streep got real, talking about her own beginnings in New Jersey and name-checking the likes of Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Dev Patel, Ryan Gosling and more as Hollywood types who’d come from other places.
“Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick ‘em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts,” she said enthusiastically, “which are not the arts.”
Without naming names, the 67-year-old actress also described how she felt after seeing then-candidate Donald Trump publicly mocking a disabled reporter, to his audience’s amusement.
“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it,” she said, “I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
Streep then asked the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to join her in supporting a “community” to protect journalists.
“We’re going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth,” she said.
Her voice hoarse from mourning the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, whose funeral she’d attended Friday, Streep closed with a few words from the woman who wrote “Postcards From the Edge.”
“As my friend the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art,” she said, saying thank you as she was applauded off the stage.
In the audience, as the show went to commercial, Priyanka Chopra said to the people standing at her table, “Use your art to have a voice -- wow.”
“In a weird way,” said Rami Malek, who was sitting at the same table, “She’s our president.”
At the Golden Globes, even the cocktails sparkle
Behold the Golden Globes’ signature drink, the Moët Diamond Cocktail, complete with orange peel and rock candy on a stick.
During The Commercial Break: Amy Schumer picks the winner for the new ‘Bachelor’
Amy Schumer is posted up at her table with Kate Hudson and boyfriend Ben Hanisch. Schumer and her boyfriend have both been busy watching “The Bachelor.” Hanisch thinks contestant Corinne will win the heart of bachelor Nick Viall, while Schumer is questioning how far Liz will go.
In work news, Schumer is hoping her “Barbie” movie gets the official go-ahead soon. It’ll be a full live-action movie and “great for girls,” she says. As for the party circuit later tonight? “I’m just following Goldie around,” she said, pointing to her seatmate.
Meanwhile “Toni Erdmann” star Sandra Huller just ran past Michael Keaton and grabbed him by the hand. “Come on! Let’s grab a cigarette!” she urged. “I don’t smoke,” he responded, shaking his head apologetically.
‘Moonlight’ wins best drama film
The other nominees were:
“Hell or High Water”
“Manchester by the Sea”
Isabelle Huppert wins actress in a motion picture drama
Isabelle Huppert won for her role in the French film “Elle.” The film also won in the foreign language film category.
The other nominees were:
Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
The ‘La La Land’ soundtrack is already enjoying a sales bump
One added benefit of winning an award in the digital age? A real-time sales bump.
Less than an hour after “La La Land” won Golden Globes for original score and original song — not to mention, like, 47 other prizes — the movie’s soundtrack had ascended to the top spot on the iTunes album chart.
But even the losers in those categories were enjoying the exposure provided by a prime-time telecast: Behind “La La Land,” the “Sing” soundtrack — featuring Stevie Wonder’s Globe-nominated “Faith” — was sitting pretty late Sunday at No. 2.
“Moana” and “Trolls” were also inside the chart’s top 20.
Casey Affleck wins actor in a motion picture drama
Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for playing Lee Chandler in “Manchester by the Sea.”
The other nominees were:
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Tom Hiddleston on Carrie Fisher: “She was such a force of life.”
In the press room Tom Hiddleston talked about Carrie Fisher, with whom he spent some time at the White House correspondents dinner in April 2016.
“Carrie Fisher was such a fighter.... She had this indomitable spirit that was bigger than the occasion. She was such a force of life. A lesson we can all take from her is to live as fully as we can, to embrace our weaknesses -- and that very act makes them become strengths. She insisted when I was there ... she was looking after her dog, Gary. And I was to look after Gary’s rubber duck, Princess Leia.”
‘La La Land’ wins best film musical or comedy
The other nominees were:
“20th Century Women”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
Directors of ‘Zootopia’ explain how the Disney film with racial allegory grew more timely as it was being made
It was the Disney film with a racial allegory.
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.”
The little ‘Lion’ sleeps tonight at the Golden Globes
Sunny Pawar, 8, the star of “Lion,” is passed out at a table in the back of the room. It’s a long night.
Emma Stone wins actress in a motion picture musical or comedy
Emma Stone won for playing Mia in the musical “La La Land.” Her costar in the film, Ryan Gosling, won the award for actor in a motion picture musical or comedy.
The other nominees were:
Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ seizes its moment in the spotlight
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.
Watch (and read) all of Meryl Streep’s provocative Golden Globes acceptance speech
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.
But who are we and, you know, what is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of people from other places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey, Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, R.I. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Sarah Jessica Parker was one of seven or eight kids from Ohio, Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates?
And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Lon -- no, in Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here nominated for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people, is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London and is here playing an Indian raised in Tasmania. So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.
They gave me three seconds to say this, so. An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like. And there were many, many, many powerful performances this year that did exactly that, breathtaking, compassionate work.
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there’s nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. OK, go on with that thing. OK, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.
That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood foreign press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, ’cause we’re going to need them going forward and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.
One more thing. Once when I was standing around the set one day, whining about something, we were going to work through supper or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me: “Isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor?” Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight,
As my, as my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Thank you, Foreign Press.
Donald Glover wins actor in a television series, musical or comedy
Donald Glover won the Golden Globe for his role as Earnest Marks in FX’s “Atlanta.”
The other nominees were:
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Nick Nolte, “Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Damien Chazelle of ‘La La Land’ wins director
Damien Chazelle wins for “La La Land.”
The other nominees were:
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Backstage at the Globes, what would O.J. think of ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’?
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.
“You’d think in 20 years time, things would progress, but look at what’s happening right now,” Brown added, referring to recent cases of police brutality.
When asked what Simpson might think of the drama, the cast and producers could only look at each other before executive producer Ryan Murphy blurted out:
“We don’t care!”
Meryl Streep: Career in pictures
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.
Streep, who’s often referred to as “the greatest living actress,” is known for playing strong female leads such as Joanna Kramer in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Sophie Zawitowski in “Sophie’s Choice” and Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” and the award comes at a time when issues of gender inequities, particularly in Hollywood, have very much been in the national conversation.
No one loves Meryl Streep more than HFPA
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.
Of those 30 nominations, Streep has taken home the trophy eight separate times, including winning for her roles in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Iron Lady.”
Even if Streep doesn’t manage to nab the Globe for actress tonight, she’ll still go home a winner. Streep will receive the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
An accolade to which we can only say, “Well, duh.”
Listen to the Golden Globe nominees for original song
“How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”)
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (“Trolls”)
“City of Stars” (“La La Land”)
(Film’s trailer, no video/audio of song nominee available.)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ on that surprise Golden Globes win
“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.”
What’s his dream project? “To be working with people I enjoy working with, I love to explore different characters, genres. It’s such a luxury to do what we do and you want to work with people who are passionate and enjoy it too.”
Expanding on the brief thanks he gave his parents when accepting his award, he said: “I found acting when I was 6 and they gave me that opportunity, and I found my passion and joy. The fact that they nurtured and encouraged that -- I wouldn’t be here without them.”
What did his parents have to say after actually seeing the film?
“They’re extremely proud,” he said. “They saw it in London at a film festival and, I dunno, it’s a really hard movie to watch and they were [pulled] in by the thriller [aspect] and they were moved.”
The story behind his facial hair in the movie, if anyone’s wondering: He [director Tom Ford] said ‘grow your hair out, grow your beard, grow your fingernails out, so I have enough to play with.’ And that’s what he did. He got the razors out . . . and we started to mold this character.”
The interview was cut short when Ryan Gosling won his award. “Oh, he did?” Taylor-Johnson said, smiling and stretching his neck to get a glimpse of the TVs on either side of the press room. Then, suddenly, someone turned the volume up on the TV and Taylor-Johnson was gone.
No love for ‘Game of Thrones’ at the Golden Globes
“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.
This year “Game of Thrones” was nominated in two categories: drama series and Lena Headey for supporting actress. With Olivia Coleman taking the supporting actress award, “Game of Thrones” has one more chance tonight to take a trophy.
But considering the HFPA’s tendency to favor new TV shows, “Game of Thrones’ ” Golden Globes drought may very well continue.
Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ wins TV drama series
The other nominees were:
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”