On the eve of the first day of the new semester, the Golden Globes held its 74th annual award show. It was a night of memorable, touching, and laughable moments. For those who were swamped with last minute preparations or just didn’t tune in, we’ve got you covered with a few of the highlights.
To get the ball rolling, NBC decided to open the show with a musical number similar to those seen in the movie everyone’s gushing about: La La Land. The intro even included the main cast of Stranger Things; Millie Bobby Brown showed off her rapping skills and one of the characters “Barbara” was hinted to return for season two.
After a sultry solo performed by Jimmy Fallon featuring Ryan Reynolds to the tune of “City of Stars”, the montage concluded with Fallon and Justin Timberlake taking their friendship to the next level—literally. They floated off into night sky, poking fun at La La Land and each other.
Later on, when Donald Glover’s FX hit show Atlanta won Best Television Series for Musical/Comedy, he couldn’t end his acceptance speech before giving a quick shout out to rap group Migos and their infectious song, “Bad and Boujee”. It was an iconic moment and the search statistics for the song skyrocketed moments after–by the next week it was the number one song on Billboard.
As we all know, thanks to the Internet, nothing goes unseen—especially when it comes to an award show. And this moment was no exception. Ryan Gosling had taken the spot for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for a Musical/Comedy and while the camera focused on Gosling walking up to the stage, Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield are spotted in the upper left hand corner of the screen kissing. Everyone scrambled to social media to share and capture screenshots, and ultimately, shifted the moment.
Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell reminisced on the first animated movie they saw. Steve Carell described the experience of watching Fantasia when he was six, but the memory quickly turned sour when he mentioned that his parents decided to get divorced exiting the theater, never seeing his father again. Wiig then followed up with some dark humor as well when she talked about going to watch Bambi the same day her dogs had to be put down.
It wouldn’t be a Golden Globes recap without mention of Viola Davis’s eloquent introduction for Meryl Streep’s Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the impactful acceptance speech that followed. Davis paid tribute to Streep and her work, saying she is a “muse…an observer and a thief” for the commitment she has to her roles, her “artistry [that] reminds us the impact of what it means to be an artist”, and her mark in Hollywood that inspires Davis herself to continue in her work.
Meryl Streep was graceful in accepting her award, despite the fact that she had lost her voice the past weekend. Her speech focused on the growing diversity in Hollywood, the efforts that should be made to protect journalists and free press, and alluded to Donald Trump’s mocking of the disabled reporter. The speech predictably incited a Twitter TanTrump, but it also raised awareness about the need for those with larger platforms to use them responsibly. Streep wrapped up her speech with a quote from the late Carrie Fisher, “take your broken heart, and make it into art”.
All in all, the Golden Globes created a lot of conversation in the past week, especially with La La Land breaking a Golden Globes record with seven awards, and Moonlight–a film based in our very own city of Miami– winning Best Motion Picture for Drama. If you missed out, don’t fret; the Oscar nominations will be presented next Tuesday and we’ve still got a few award shows coming up to live-tweet and make memes about.
Here’s a quick list of a few of the Golden Globes Winners:
Best Motion Picture–Drama
Best Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy
La La Land
Best Motion Picture–Animated
Best Motion Picture–Foreign Language
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture–Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture–Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Best Director–Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Screenplay–Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Original Score–Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Alondra Guzman is an intern for the FIU Film Studies Program for the Spring 2017 semester. Alondra is currently seeking out the Film Studies Certificate as a Broadcast Media major.