The 74th Golden Globes

After an opening number that poked fun at last year’s #SoWhite awards-show backlash, the Golden Globes did one better than to simply have a diverse pool of nominees: The winners this year included Viola Davis for Fences, Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish and a double showing for Atlanta, as Donald Glover won for best actor in a TV comedy, and the show itself won for best comedy series. Glover, collecting the latter award, even thanked “black folks in Atlanta” in his acceptance speech.

And in a moment that might herald big things come Oscar night, Moonlight ended up being the surprise winner for best drama, although it didn’t have to contend with La La Land, which dominated the comedy/musical categories. La La Land won seven trophies breaking records and Moonlight winning Best Movie-Drama made for quite a spectacular evening for inclusion.

The buzz has been around Barry Jenkins directed film Moonlight a coming-of-age story set in Miami that details the struggle of a young gay black man raised by a drug-addicted single mother.

Then there was Meryl Streep’s rousing speech stating, “disrespect invites disrespect.” Hollywood grande dame Meryl Streep, who made a powerful statement as she collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. In a speech that stunned the room, she called out President-elect Donald Trump for a heartbreaking “performance” — referencing a moment during the 2016 campaign when Trump mocked a disabled reporter.

And of course instead of Donald Trump having a presidential moment and saying perhaps he was wrong or at least it was in bad taste to make fun of a disabled person, Trump fired back at Hollywood.

 

Despite being one of the best-loved new shows on television this year, This Is Us was sadly passed over in both its nominated categories.

Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore had bids for best supporting actress but were beaten by The Night Manager’s Olivia Colman who was absent from the ceremony. Also losing was This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown, who wasn’t nominated for that show but in the limited-series supporting-actor category for his role as Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson. The Night Manager‘s Hugh Laurie took that prize.

And when it came to the award for best TV drama, The Crown was the winner. Oh and did we say how much we loved host Jimmy Fallon ? One of the really nice touches for stars and other folks who attended along with those swag bags of jewels and other fun stuff when attendees opened up their show programs to find an inspiring letter penned by the current president. Obama thanked the night’s nominees for devoting their talents to help celebrate human triumphs and to illustrate flaws. The ceremony celebrating film and television ‘creative visionaries’ marks the last major award show Obama will be in office for.

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