Golden Globes 2017

The 74th Golden Globe Awards took place in Hollywood last night with Damien Chazelle's much celebrated La La Land picking up all seven of its record-breaking nominations in the film section, and Netflix's The Crown, BBC's The Night Manager and The People Vs OJ Simpson dominating the TV awards.

Despite records being shattered by the technicolour musical, the most talked about aspect of the entire ceremony was Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Award recipient Meryl Streep using her allotted five minutes to send a fearless, eloquent, deeply moving message to the President Elect. It's fair to say that we have rarely seen such a politically charged, emotional speech from such a celebrated figure in the entertainment industry, with the assorted audience hanging on the three-time Oscar winner's every word.

Kicking off the show was host Jimmy Fallon's amusing spoof on La La Land's infamous opening segment. Recruiting everyone from Nicole Kidman to Amy Adams to Sarah Paulson to Kit Harington and the kids from Stranger Things, it seemed like Fallon got off on the right hoof. Sadly things went downhill rapidly for the host when his quips regarding the current political climate came off nervy and stiff and his impressions dated and awkward. The inclusion of QuestLove as resident DJ was meant to be amusing but barely registered, the Globes are not about the tunes after all. 

The first big surprise of the night saw Nocturnal Animals' Aaron Taylor-Johnson pick up Best Supporting Actor. A real surprise as Taylor-Johnson has barely been nominated for other awards and certainly had not picked up any precursors coming in. It was a worrying indication, with favourite Mahershala Ali ignored that maybe the HFPA were not going ignore multiple nominee Moonlight.

The first of the TV awards saw Blackish's Tracee Ellis-Ross win Best Actress in a TV Comedy while Donald Glover took home Best Actor in a Comedy and his show, the critically adored Atlanta, Best Comedy.

Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston went on to pick up the awards for Supporting Actor, Actress and Lead Actor in a Television Series or Made for TV Movie for The Night Manager. Unexpected for sure as many thought the men from The People Vs OJ Simpson would continue their awards show sweep. Laurie was the first recipient of the night to mention the election and did so with a biting, satirical edge. A pity that Hiddleston failed to follow suit, with an uncomfortable, self congratulatory speech about the importance of his work in bringing light relief to aid workers in South Sudan, that was both misjudged and rather baffling. Sarah Paulson continued to win every plaudit going for her work as Marcia Clark in The People Vs OJ Simpson and gave a gracious, intelligent speech that has now become her trademark. 

Light on laughs at this stage, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, together to promote their forthcoming movie Snatched, offered a playful, funny skit before presenting Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy to Ryan Gosling for his work in La La Land. The film also picked up Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Claire Foy beat out Winona Ryder and Evan Rachel Wood to pick up Best Actress in a TV Drama for The Crown which also triumphed in the Best TV Drama category while Billy Bob Thornton won Best Actor for Amazon's Goliath

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture went to Viola Davis for her work opposite Denzel Washington in Fences, while Damien Chazelle picked up Best Screenplay for La La Land. An odd choice given he was up against Kenneth Longeran for Manchester by the Sea and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight. While La La Land is a wonderful film, this started to smack a little of lazy voting.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy was a no-brainer with favourite Emma Stone winning for her terrific turn in La La Land and it went on to win Best Comedy or Musical meaning it picked up every single award it was nominated for and became the most lauded film in the history of the Globes.

Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert (who has been cleaning up at critics awards) beat out Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Ruth Negga and Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Drama for her searing work in Paul Verhoeven's controversial Elle.  With Stone picking up Comedy Actress and Huppert not even nominated for the SAG this makes the Oscar race that bit more interesting. Manchester By The Sea's Casey Affleck continued his winning streak picking up Best Actor in a Drama while the mostly ignored Moonlight managed to snare the biggest prize of the evening when it won Best Film, Drama.

While the choices were solid there is no doubting that when Streep took to the stage and dedicated her acceptance speech to calling out the behaviour of the President Elect, it would be the only thing everyone was talking about the next day. With just the right amount of emotion and without ever uttering his name, Streep delivered a message about the arts, bullying, discrimination and compassion that resonated around the world. Ending her speech with a quote from her friend the late, great Carrie Fisher "As my dear friend the dear, departed Princess Leia said to me once,  "Take your broken heart, make it into art'"  it was both a fitting tribute and motif.