The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much more including Amy Schumer's "Bachelor" picks and Meryl Streep's rousing speech stating, "disrespect invites disrespect."
Each year at the Golden Globes there comes a time when the heels must come off.
Sunday night after the show, salvation came in the form of two self-serve vending machines parked just inside the foyer of the InStyle/Warner Bros. party, where glamorous guests lined up for the best and most welcome sight of the evening: Free flats.
Men and women with weary soles and party souls flocked to the annual bash, one of the first stops of the night for winners, execs, even a Kardashian or two. They were greeted by machines hosted by the footwear company Rollasole, partnering with L’Oreal, doling out pairs of rolled-up flats in three sizes and two colors -- black or gold -- at the push of a button. Each pair came with a free lipstick for touch-ups for those who hadn't already filled their purses with the free L'Oreal lip paints and eyeliners lining the ladies' room inside the Golden Globes ballroom.
By the end of the night the machines were almost out of stock, guests still eagerly stepping up to grab a pair on their way out to other parties. Approaching midnight the scene inside the packed lobby of the Beverly Hilton was tragic: Ladies in evening gowns and bare feet, clutching their stilettos, no free flats in hand. The smart ones had already swapped their heels for flip-flops, lounging around the Hilton bar.
One bare-footed woman in a glitzy dress had to hoof it all the way down a rainy Santa Monica Boulevard just to catch her Uber ride home. The struggle. It’s real.
Is the Oscar best picture race over before the nominations have even been announced?
Damien Chazelle’s daring, magical musical “La La Land” swept its way through the Golden Globes on Sunday night, winning all seven of its nominated categories: best picture comedy/musical, lead actor honors for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and awards for director, screenplay, song and score.
In doing so, it broke the record shared by two 1970s movies: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Midnight Express,” both of which won six Globes, including one category — acting debut — that no longer exists.
Now, naysayers could grouse and note that “La La Land” was off by its lonesome in the comedy/musical categories, separated from the other two awards season front-runners, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight." But “La La Land” prevailed in two key categories in which the three movies were directly competing, director and screenplay, proving two things: 1) The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. loves musicals — always has and probably always will, and 2) this particular musical possesses a power and charm that has a way of burrowing into people’s hearts. (I’m humming “City of Stars” even as I write this.)
We were warned not to miss a moment of Jimmy Fallon’s Golden Globes opening number, which some had accurately predicted would be an extended tribute to “La La Land.” And why not? Damien Chazelle’s charming movie musical naturally lends itself to the kind of elaborately parodic sing-song re-creations that awards-show openers (to say nothing of Fallon’s late-night hosting career) thrive on.
Sure enough, the show’s big kickoff number found Fallon staging an elaborate riff on “La La Land’s” traffic-stopping opening sequence, for which he roped in a dizzyingly random range of performers from Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams to Kit Harington, Rami Malek and the “Stranger Things” kids (plus Barb). It was funny, clever, virtuosic. It also sent a worrying early signal that the decks were already being stacked in favor of the night’s biggest crowd-pleaser.
I get it — a “Hacksaw Ridge”-themed musical number just wouldn’t have killed in quite the same way. And few of those watching could have begrudged the expected lead acting awards for the film’s luminous stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, or the dual wins for composer Justin Hurwitz, who was feted for his infectiously hummable original score and the movie’s signature tune, “City of Stars.”
Outside of Meryl Streep's heartfelt and socially conscious Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, the 74th Golden Globe Awards show was pretty low-key -- but there were still a handful of notable moments. Here are a few.
Jimmy Fallon had a Mariah Carey moment. When the host took the stage after an elaborate cold open, he came face to face with technical difficulties: The teleprompter wasn't working. He vamped, a new monitor was brought out and -- after the commercial break -- he said he'd just chatted with the diva, and she suspected Dick Clark Productions had sabotaged his monologue.
Jon Hamm said what everyone was thinking. "I'm really looking forward to the documentary they're going to make about this year's Golden Globes, entitled 'Beard Parade 2017: Thank You for Shaving." Hamm's brothers in facial hair included Casey Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Chris Pine and, well, a parade of other bearded men.
Viola Davis competed for best performance by a presenter. The "Fences" actress summoned all the drama of a monologue by Shakespeare in her four-minute-plus introduction of Meryl Streep. She called her colleague "an observer and a thief" and mixed in recipes for apple pie and collard greens.
Matt Damon said what everyone was thinking. He explained that he was handing out the Globe for performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, because he'd won in the male version of the same musical-or-comedy category last year, for "The Martian." "That fact alone," he said, "is funnier, literally, than anything in 'The Martian.'"
Ryan Gosling almost talked about his personal life. The notoriously private dreamboat took time to thank Eva Mendes for holding down the fort at home while he went and had a great time doing "La La Land." He even mentioned their daughters' names.
Michael Keaton said what nobody was thinking, Following in the footsteps of red-carpet interviewer Jenna Bush Hager, who talked to Pharrell Williams about his work on "Hidden Fences," Keaton also referred to the story of three African American women who worked for NASA as "Hidden Fences." Social media had a field day with the gaffes, eventually conflating the titles of black movies under the #hiddenfences hashtag. The film in question was "Hidden Figures." "Fences," starring Davis and Denzel Washington, is another movie entirely.
Brad Pitt showed his face. The "Moonlight" executive producer, who's been off the radar since his contentious split from Angelina Jolie made headlines in September, got an extra-strength round of applause from his peers in the audience when he introduced clips for his film. "Moonlight" ultimately won the Globe for best motion picture, drama.
And Pitt? He looked good.
One of the standout looks of the night at the Golden Globes ceremony came courtesy of Lily Collins in a rosewood pink A-line dress showered with beads from Zuhair Murad's fall 2016 collection -- accessorized with Harry Winston jewels, including a pair of vintage cluster diamond drop earrings set in platinum.
Evan Rachel Wood wore a custom Altuzarra tuxedo that paid homage to Marlene Dietrich -- and made for one of the most memorable menswear looks of the night.
Another favorite menswear look of the night came by way of Donald Glover, who chose a tobacco-brown, two-button velvet Gucci suit.
Take a look at some of the unforgettable Golden Globes moments from the 74th edition of the awards show.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards show on NBC Sunday night was its old self, and not quite its old self. Better behaved than it has been — professional nice guy and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon replaced professional bad boy Ricky Gervais as host — the show was still offbeat and noisy enough to keep its reputation as the more fun, more real alternative to the Academy Awards.
Awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the Globes are historically free from the institutional piety — or indeed the moral responsibilities — that can weigh down the Oscars or the Emmys. And despite the evening’s reputation as a bellwether of the Oscars, it remains its own weird thing, as if a bunch of kids got together to put on an awards show in somebody’s uncle’s barn, or hotel ballroom, as the case may be.
Stars sit at tables festooned with flowers and Champagne — the tables, not the stars. Traditionally there have been no production numbers, no pre-taped skits, no "in memoriam" segment.
That changed this year, a little. There was the briefest film-clip tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and her late mother, Debbie Reynolds. And the evening began with a star-studded filmed production number that took off on “La La Land” and ended with Fallon and BFF Justin Timberlake waltzing into the stars; it was built to the host’s strengths — singing, dancing and kindergarten enthusiasm.
After the Golden Globes ceremony, Ruth Negga hopped from the NBCUniversal party to the InStyle event, her custom-made metallic dress illuminating the way as she joined the throngs winding their way through the Beverly Hilton Hotel hallways down to the ground floor.
But first she waxed ecstatic over the Louis Vuitton stunner that was designed just for her. "I didn't choose the dress, they chose me," she said, marveling at the 120 hours of handiwork one seamstress took to craft it.
Negga, who earned her first Golden Globes nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols' "Loving," said wearing the metallic number was one highlight of her first Globes ceremony. The other? "Meryl Streep!"
Streep's speech struck a nerve with several actors, even after eyes got misty inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom. "The Night Shift's" Eoin Macken applauded Streep's comments to her fellow performers describing an actor's only job: "[To] enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like."
"Game of Thrones'" Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said he admired Streep for using the opportunity of accepting her lifetime-achievement honor to speak from the heart, in a fiery speech that went after President-elect Donald Trump. "She did not waste her moment," he said
Jimmy Fallon's jovial interview with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in September 2016 sparked an online reaction that ran the gamut from shock to outrage, and then to outrage over the outrage.
Normally Fallon shies away from political humor so it was interesting to see "The Tonight Show" host make jokes at the expense of the new president-elect in his opening monologue at the Golden Globes ceremony.
So we asked the man of the hour.
At the NBC after-party, Fallon was greeted by a huge round of applause. He raised his hands in the air and started cheering with the crowd.
His first stop was Bob Greenblatt (chairman of NBC Entertainment), who he embraced while flashbulbs went off to capture the moment. They were joined shortly after by “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels and the vice chairman of NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer.
As they were surrounded by bodyguards trying to shield the group from selfie-seekers, we approached the host and asked about his Trump-related jokes.
“Eh, one or two jokes,” he said, shrugging off cracks such as comparing Trump to a "Game of Thrones" villain.
Would it be awkward to have Trump back the "Tonight Show" again? “No, we went evenly on everyone,” Fallon said.
The cast of "Atlanta" had plenty to celebrate with its leading man Donald Glover and the show taking home honors. Co-star LaKeith Stanfield celebrated on his own and took to the dance floor at the InStyle and Warner Bros. party.
As Brian Henry of "Atlanta" left the Fox party, he gave advice to folks in line: "Be safe. Have fun."
"Atlanta's" reserved section at the Fox party was empty by 10:33 p.m. Perhaps they turned in early. Bright side: the chocolate-filled doughnuts.
Surprising everybody, “Moonlight” took home the night’s big award. But a Golden Globes win was never the goal of director Barry Jenkins.
"The whole point of this film for Tarrell [Alvin McCraney, the playwright of 'In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,' which inspired the film] and I was to tell a very truthful story about how we grow up,” he said, noting the city of Miami itself being an integral character to the film. The film’s honor is "proof positive that we did the right thing,” he said, by telling the story in Miami.
And though Hollywood loves saying that the universal story is one that is truly specific, Jenkins didn’t focus on universality.
"It was about getting it right,.. and speaking truth to power,” he said.
When asked to address the anti-gay remarks made by singer Kim Burrell, who appears on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack, “Moonlight” cast member Janelle Monáe didn’t shy away:
"I’m pro love. I’ve been very supportive of love, and at the end of the day I think that no matter where you come from and who you love, you deserve a chance at the American dream and to have your story told,” she said, noting that “Moonlight” is a demonstration of that.
"Anybody who is representing hate is part of the problem. I hope that we can all remember that at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color."
Viola Davis is no stranger to the Golden Globes.
Nominated four previous times, she took home the supporting actress award for her role in “Fences” opposite Denzel Washington, who also directed.
For Davis, who won a Tony for the same role in the Broadway version of "Fences," it was the ideal way to finally win, she said backstage Sunday.
And all thanks goes to August Wilson, who wrote both the original play and the screenplay before his death in 2005.
"Very seldom does the average person get their due, especially with people of color,” she said, noting that many black stories that make it to the big screen are biopics about well-known figures. "I also like the stories of the smaller people. I think it encapsulates [us all] and is universal and inclusive.That’s what August did.”
She echoed similar sentiment in an interview with The Times shortly after her Golden Globe nomination last month, praising Wilson's ability to capture, with precision and authenticity, what he saw and heard while living in the boarding houses of Pittsburgh's historically black Hill District.
Davis, who won a Tony for the same role in 2010, said Wilson was so exacting in his writing, evoking the natural rhythm of how black people speak, that “when he was in a rehearsal, he would sit, put his head down and you would think he would be asleep."
“Then, as soon as you missed one word — you’ve got to be word-perfect — his head would jump up, he'd look around, grab and look at the script and look at the actor,” she said. “He'd start tapping on the [director’s shoulder], and then you'd have to go back and do it again.”
As for how she’s celebrating her Golden Globe, Davis is not quite sure. It won’t be in her jacuzzi, though, as it’ll be too late in the evening when she gets home. But she knows what she’s doing with the actual award: She’s giving it to her husband Julius, as she always does.
“I’ve got to get back to work,” she said.
At the Golden Globes, everyone sees the red carpet, the nominees in the audience and the winners and presenters when they go on stage. Few, though, see them in the in-between spots when television cameras are dark.
Times photographer Allen J. Schaben was able to catch a few moments of celebrities and the hoopla surrounding them as they entered the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel when they were off-camera.
The Golden Globe Awards looked past the big Hollywood studios Sunday to lavish most of its attention on Lionsgate, the mini-major whose crowd-pleasing retro-musical “La La Land” took home seven statuettes, the most of any motion picture for the year. The independent distributor A24 also scored with a surprise win for “Moonlight,” a critical darling that won for best dramatic film.
In the television categories, FX was the big winner for the evening, with two awards each for its miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and freshman comedy series “Atlanta.”
Netflix also scored big with “The Crown,” which won for best dramatic series and lead actress Claire Foy, while AMC’s series “The Night Manager” won three acting awards.
As "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris left the HBO after-party, he was still in disbelief that Tracee Ellis Ross took home a Golden Globe.
"It's so undeserved," he told The Times. "I don't know who she paid." Barris, of course, was joking.
In talking about the significance of her win -- Ross is the first black woman to win for lead actress in a comedy since 1983 --Barris put his hand to his heart.
"It's just incredible," Barris said. "It's long overdue. When will we get to a point where it's common? And Tracee, herself, she so deserves this. Everyone is doing eight, 10 episodes right now. She kills it doing 20-plus."
While people still ponder if we really need a "Sex and the City 3," Carrie and Aidan reunited on Sunday night.
Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett spotted each other at the HBO party and got to talking. Parker even asked a fan to hold off on her request for a photo because she wanted to enjoy her catch-up with Corbett.
"Can you wait one second? I see this guy every few years," Parker said.
On a night of groundbreaking diversity at the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. also chose to recognize the proud people of a little island off the coast of Europe.
"La La Land" may have dominated the film categories, but in TV land, two British shows -- "The Crown" and "The Night Manager" -- fared particularly well.
"The Crown," which follows the life of the young Queen Elizabeth II, won for drama series -- the third year in a row a new show was given the top prize by the HFPA.
The lavish drama was created by Peter Morgan, screenwriter of "The Queen," and partially directed by Stephen Daldry.
Lead actress Claire Foy also won for her portrayal of the monarch, whom she praised in a heartfelt acceptance speech.
"She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it," Foy said.
More surprisingly, the HFPA also honored Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston for their performances in "The Night Manager," a stylish adaptation of the spy novel by John le Carré, filmed in picturesque locations across Europe.
Neither was favored to win, and Hiddleston in particular faced stiff competition from Riz Ahmed and John Turturro for "The Night Of," Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" and Bryan Cranston in "All the Way."
Olivia Colman, who played a heavily pregnant intelligence operative in "The Night Manager," also bested a field that included Mandy Moore for NBC's crowd-pleaser, "This is Us."
The HFPA celebrated three distinctly American shows on Sunday -- "Atlanta," "The People v. O.J. Simpson" and "black-ish." But it also proved -- yet again -- that it just loves a British accent.
Though the bar was open, things were locked down at tonight's Golden Globes, with attendees advised to leave an extra hour to get through security. Even the stately black SUVs and limousines ferrying celebs to the red carpet had to stop and pop the trunks and submit to an under-carriage mirror check.
Parking passes had an embedded RFID chip, and bomb-sniffing police dogs were walking the perimeter. An armored black SWAT vehicle marked the entrance.
Inside the show, things were a bit more relaxed, though veteran colleagues reported it was more difficult to move from the ballroom into the A-list area than it had been in years past.
All exits, including the ones leading back into other parts of the hotel, had guards posted.
But booze was flowing throughout the night from the bar, so at least the Globes haven't had to surrender that part of the legacy.
"La La Land" is a musical that tells the story of boy meets girl on a freeway and the love that develops and, eventually, becomes the past.
When the producers and cast were asked backstage how the technologically advanced era has changed the love fantasy, they didn't quite know how to respond — partly because the wording of the question was a bit long-winded.
"I've had too much champagne to answer that question," the film's Golden Globe-winning star Ryan Gosling joked before suggesting his co-star — and fellow award winner — Emma Stone give it a try.
"I don't know if I could speak entirely on the modern era," Stone hesitated. "By next week, I might have a solid answer for you ...with footnotes and references."
Director Damien Chazelle also chimed in. "I don't know if this answers the question, but it was important for us to make a love story for the modern era" by paying homage to past musical love stories.
"Nostalgia for nostalgia sake is not a place to live in," Chazelle added. "You should honor the past by trying to find a way to push it forward."
Isabelle Huppert could barely be heard when she first took the stage in the press room, right on the heels of the "La La Land" principals.
“Good evening, hello…,” she said softly.
In the background, the "La La Land" group that included Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling hooted and hollered, filing out of the press room.
When things quieted, the first question for Huppert came in French.
“What am I scared of?” Huppert asked, repeating the question. “In movies, not anything scares me. The most scary things are, ultimately, the most rewarding — it all depends on with whom you do it. And doing it with [Paul] Verhoeven didn’t scare me. Truth never scares me, never.”
Huppert was then joined by Verhoeven, the film’s director.
“What she did was so audacious and so authentic, ultimately it saved the movie,” Verhoeven said.
“Movie making is all about confidence and trust,” Huppert added. “There is nothing else, and if you trust someone, if you feel like you’re being watched and loved and understood, it’s easy. And that’s what happened in this film.”
When asked what moved her the most about the character she played, Huppert said “So many things, she’s such a [multidimensional] character. I really liked that she’s a central character around which the whole thing evolves.
"It makes it so pleasurable and so easy to build up a character and be so complete.”
Read an interview with Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert here.