The Golden Globes kicked off awards season with a bang. From movies that you’ve never heard of, to speeches that will go down in history, this award show had it all. The winners took their awards with grace while some winners still got the glory without the award itself. The night was stuffed with stars and full of laughter.
Best Picture: La La Land
“La La Land” has gotten various reviews. Some hate the musical feel that throws viewers back to the early days of Hollywood. Others rejoice in the legendary feel. The movie took seven awards home setting a record. Singing, dancing, nostalgia and a love story simply can’t lose.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck officially steps out of his big brother Ben’s shadow with this win. He’s a frontrunner this awards season for his portrayal as a sad janitor whom takes in his nephew. His unkept look at the Golden Globes wasn’t a win in a lot of people’s eyes, but Affleck can walk away with the award laughing. Next up for Affleck is the “Lewis and Clark” TV mini-series and “A Ghost Story” with Rooney Mara.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner Without A Statue: Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington didn’t take home the statue for his portrayal of a sanitation worker in the 1950s raising his family and dealing with his past, but, when is Denzel not a winner? Washington steps into the character effortlessly and makes it so fluid viewers forget this isn’t a real family and we aren’t in the 50s. Anything Washington does turns to gold. Up next he will be in the movies, “The Equalizer 2” and “Inner City.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone
Everyone wants to love the sweet, awkward Emma Stone. She held a funny moment in the night when she went in for a hug to her director just as he went to kiss his wife. She laughed it off and we all smiled with her. Stone played a singing, dancing aspiring actress beautifully in the film. She brought the character to life making it look easy as she always does. Next up for Miss Stone is taking on the persona of Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes.”
Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Winner Without A Statue: Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep owns the room. She’s nominated for practically anything she does so when she doesn’t win people just assume someone else needed the spotlight more than her at that moment. Her emotional speech during her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance brought people to tears. The entire world was talking about her speech the next day whether they loved it or hated it. She took a stand either way. Instead of talking about her film accomplishments, she made her own movement. No doubt her performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins” could win a Golden Globe, but this was all about her moment and her speech instead of her character in the film.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner: Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert’s win for her role in “Elle” had some people wondering where this astonishing woman came from as many didn’t even known her name. The French actress has actually appeared in over 100 films in her long spanning career and even won Best Actress twice at the Cannes Film Festival. She told Vulture she isn’t going to be takng away all the American acting roles. In fact, right now she can also be seen in the French drama “Things to Come.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner Without A Statue: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was the favorite to win for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.” Portman is raw with emotion showing viewers a look inside Jackie that the public never understood. Her amazing acting skills bring Mrs. Kennedy to life. Portman can be seen next in “Annihilation” and “Song to Song.”
The memorable night saw winners kissing their statues and winners without statues holding their heads high. All those nominated are winners of entertainment and are brought together in one room for one night to celebrate performing. The awards season is now set in motion waiting for more winners to take the stage.