The 74th annual Golden Globe ceremony takes place on January 11th.
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On January 11th, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held the 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony to honor the greatest achievements in film and television from the past year.
This event marks the beginning of the award season which will continue for the next few weeks.
Jimmy Fallon hosted this ceremony, and he lit up the night with his humorous interluding speeches featuring a plethora of jokes, political ones included. Other presenters included Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson, the winners of best actor and actress in a leading role respectively from the previous year’s academy awards.
The biggest surprise of the night came in the final category: Best Motion Picture Drama. Most expected Manchester by the Sea, the new film starring, Casey Affleck, to be the winner by a landslide. However, in a shocking turn of events, the HFPA instead dubbed the Trevante Rhodes film Moonlight as this year’s must-see drama.
The most tightly contested category was Best Television Drama Series, which featured a three-way tie for the lead between The Crown, Stranger Things and Westworld, all of which were new television programs this year. In the end, The Crown, a Netflix original on the early life of Queen Elizabeth II, won.
Something happened on this night that has only happened three other times in the history of this award ceremony. La La Land joined the ranks of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Doctor Zhivago and A Star is Born as one of the only four movies that have ever won every award for which they were nominated. The seven awards that this musical by Damien Chazelle and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Lead Actress – Comedy or Musical, Best Lead Actor – Comedy or Musical, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Original Song (which they received for “City of Stars”).
One of the stand out moments of the evening was the point at which Meryl Streep received her lifetime achievement award. Prior to her actually being awarded this prize, Viola Davis, who won a Golden Globe for her role in Fences, gave a heartwarming speech about how much Streep meant to her. Streep was then given the chance to give some words of thanks.
Streep spoke of how lucky she and her colleagues were to be actors. She then used her platform to express her distaste at certain events that transpired over 2016, specifically targeting President-Elect, Donald Trump, without ever mentioning his name. She ended by giving a tribute to the recently departed Carrie Fisher, with a quote that will echo in the ears of those who heard it for a long while.
“Take your broken heart, mend it into art,” said Streep.
One East sophomore said “[I think] it is important that Meryl Streep and other celebrities speak their mind, but demonizing Trump and his policies will not result in the progress they desire.”
By contrast a different East sophomore said “[I believe] by using her privilege as a renowned actress who many people admire to condemn things she does not approve of, people just have another reason to love her.”
The event was full of wonder and shock that kept the viewers engaged but did not drag out the Golden Globes like many other award ceremonies. This event was certainly a memorable way to kick of the award season.
Click here to see the full list of winners and nominees from the event.