Last night’s Golden Globes ceremony was notable in areas, including style and Streep, that were completely separate from the actual films and shows that won. But we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the reason the ceremony exists: to honor the achievement of artists in a world that needs them more and more.
With that in mind, let us take a look at the winners of the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. In film, La La Land was the evening’s clearest victor, nabbing seven wins and making history by taking home more awards than any film ever made, a distinction previously held by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Midnight Cowboy, which each won six. Even those who predicted wins for Damien Chazelle’s homage to Hollywood’s golden-age musicals, which has been tagged as one of the front-runners since the start of awards season, were surprised by the extent to which it came out on top. This win will only aggrandize the film’s already enormous popularity; in the hours following the show, soundtrack streams for La La Land spiked 400 percent.
The second curveball came at the end of the show when Moonlight took home the Best Picture prize in Motion Picture – Drama after going the entire ceremony without picking up a single win. Response to this second twist has been highly positive, given that Moonlight has been a critical favorite since even before awards season began; we at Paste were especially happy to see our favorite film of 2016 gaining much-deserved recognition.
There were at least two other plot twists that evening. The first—and, for many, the most perplexing—was the granting of the Supporting Actor prize to Aaron Taylor Johnson of Nocturnal Animals rather than Mahershala Ali of Moonlight, who had been a favorite in this category. The second, much more well-received surprise was Isabelle Huppert’s win for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, which contrasted with predictions favoring Natalie Portman’s performance as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. Though Portman has received ample praise for her portrait of the iconic First Lady, Huppert has been a favorite among critics, ours included. The edginess of Elle’s subject matter seemed to put Huppert at a disadvantage, which made her win that much more satisfying for fans.
For an overview of the joys and upsets of the Golden Globes’ TV division, check out our
recap of the evening’s television-related wins and losses here. The full list of winners is below.
Best Picture, Drama:
Best Picture, Comedy or Musical:
La La Land
Actress, Drama: Isabelle Huppert for Elle
Actor, Drama: Casey Affleck for Manchester By the Sea
Actress, Comedy or Musical: Emma Stone for La La Land
Actor, Comedy or Musical: Ryan Gosling for La La Land
Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Director: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Animated Film: Zootopia
Foreign Language Film: Elle
Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land
Best Series, Drama:
The Crown, Netflix
Best Series, Comedy or Musical: Atlanta, FX
Best Television Movie or Mini-series: The People v. O.J. Simpson, FX
Actress, Mini-series or Television Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Actor, Mini-series or Television Movie: Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager
Actress, Drama: Claire Foy for The Crown
Actor, Drama: Billy Bob Thornton for Goliath
Actress, Comedy or Musical: Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish
Actor, Comedy or Musical: Donald Glover for Atlanta
Supporting Actress: Olivia Colman for The Night Manager
Supporting Actor: Hugh Laurie for The Night Manager