Monday, January 9, 2017

Here's the List for This Year's Golden Globe Winners

Scene from La La Land
Yesterday was a big day for movie lovers as The Golden Globes gave out awards to the best in TV and film. While this year's nominees were at times baffling (it's par for the course), the results were surprising often in a good way. With La La Land winning seven awards - the most by one film - it is looking more and more likely that Damien Chazelle's musical will take all of the trophies home come Oscar night. For those who want to know who won, keep reading. It was definitely a year of interesting diversity, and that's the perfect set-up for what this Oscar season needs. The only question is how much overlap we expect to get.

Best Picture (Drama)


Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

La La Land

Best Actress (Drama)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Best Actor (Drama)

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Supporting Actor

Aaron Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Best Animated Film


Best Director

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Screenplay

La La Land

Best Original Score

La La Land

Best Original Song

"City of Stars" (La La Land)

Best Foreign Language Film


Biggest Surprises:

While The Golden Globes continue to show a heavy favoring of La La Land is every major category, it does look like everything else is up in the air. For starters, Best Actress (Drama) went to Isabelle Huppert for Elle, which likely upset those who have been pinning Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie as the front runner for months now. While Huppert's Oscar nomination is still an unsure thing, this now raises questions as to whether Portman will be able to beat Emma Stone, who won Best Actress (Comedy or Musical); considering that the film is likely going to be the big heavyweight of this awards season. While Viola Davis' Best Supporting Actress win for Fences continues to solidify her as the winner, there's now question as to who will win the male acting categories. The biggest surprise is Aaron Johnson's win for Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals - a fairly pulpy and unimpressive movie - beating favorite Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. Considering that Moonlight would go on to win Best Picture (Drama), it becomes more baffling why Johnson won.

In less important news, one has to see La La Land winning Best Original Song as a bit of a blow to Lin-Manuel Miranda's work on Moana. While The Golden Globes and The Oscars rarely overlap on winners (let alone nominees), this isn't a big issue. However, many are touting Miranda's win for "How Far I'll Go" as a way to solidify him as an EGOT. Considering his cultural impact in the past few years, the narrative is there. However, the only doubt now is if La La Land will really be sweeping up the Oscars, what will that mean for Moana - which didn't even win Best Animated Film (in all honesty, both Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings were more deserving)? This is all speculation that doesn't matter considering that The Golden Globes rarely dictate Oscar trajectory, but it's still interesting to see this wrench in the gears of Miranda's potential EGOT.

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