2017 Golden Globe Awards: Thoughts on the Winners + Fave Moments of the Night


Well it’s time for the obligatory award post of the year. I just tuned in right when the award presentation started, skipping the red carpet stuff. I quite enjoyed the La La Land themed opening, that was fun and that bit with Ryan Reynolds on top of the piano as Jimmy Fallon is impersonating Ryan Gosling is a hoot!


If you missed it, here’s the video of that opening montage:

Fallon isn’t an edgy host, and the fact that the teleprompter wasn’t working properly within the first few minutes didn’t help. Overall he’s simply boring with puny attempts to be funny.

Heh could we just have Deadpool er, Ryan Reynolds to host next year? At least he’s self deprecating which I always find funny. He might not be the shrewdest actors out there but I think award hosting duties might be right his alley.

Thoughts on Winners/Losers

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” (WINNER)

This tweet says it all…

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

“20th Century Women”
“La La Land” (WINNER)
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)
Joel Edgerton – “Loving”
Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington – “Fences”

These two tweets capture the sentiment of how I’ve been feeling this week about the stark treatments of Nate Parker and Casey Affleck, both embroiled in horrible sexual assaults accusations.

Viggo Mortensen is who I was rooting for, with Joel Edgerton as my second fave. Ah well…

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Amy Adams – “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain – “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert – “Elle” (WINNER)
Ruth Negga – “Loving”
Natalie Portman – “Jackie”

I still haven’t seen ELLE yet but I have no problem with Isabelle Huppert winning as I heard her performance is astounding in the provocative thriller by Paul Verhoeven. Plus her speech was quite moving, it’s clear she didn’t think she would win. We’ll see if her win translate to the Oscars as well, if not then I think Amy Adams has a major shot at winning this.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Colin Farrell – “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling – “La La Land” (WINNER)
Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill – “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool”

In case you haven’t read my La La Land review yet, well I said Gosling has such an inexpressive face devoid of emotion, and he’s no different in this movie. I’d rather see Reynolds win for his hilarious performance for Deadpool, but I think Farrell deserves to win!

That said, I thought his speech thanking his sweetheart Eva Mendes and dedicating the award to Mendes’ late brother, awwww, that wins major points in my book regardless of how I feel about him as an actor. That’s why his speech is one of my fave moments of the night…

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Annette Bening – “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins – “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone – “La La Land” (WINNER)
Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel – “Lion”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – “Nocturnal Animals”  (WINNER)

Mahershala Ali is the one I championed! I hope he’ll be one of the Oscar pics for Best Supporting actors. It’d be cool to see Patel being recognized for his rare dramatic performance come Oscar time.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Viola Davis – “Fences” (WINNER)
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman – “Lion”
Octavia Spencer – “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”

I’m glad to see three sublime Black actresses nominated in this category!! I had just seen Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures, it’s tough to pick between her and Naomie. Both are brilliant, so is Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures.

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Damien Chazelle – “La La Land” (WINNER)
Tom Ford – “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea”

I’m #TeamMoonlight (read my 5/5 review) this year so of course I’m bummed Barry Jenkins didn’t win this.

Best Screenplay:

“La La Land”
“Nocturnal Animals”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Hell or High Water”

Wait, what??!! Fine, Chazelle can keep his Best Director statue but Best Screenplay??? Come on HFP!!

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:

“Divines” – France
“Elle” – France (WINNER)
“Neruda” – Chile
“The Salesman” – Iran/France
“Toni Erdmann” – Germany

Sadly I have not seen any of these, hope to rectify that situation soon!

Best Motion Picture – Animated:

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Zootopia” (WINNER)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture:

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – “Trolls”
“City of Stars” – “La La Land” (WINNER)
“Faith” – “Sing”
“Gold” – “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” – “Moana”

City of Stars is a lovely song but after a while it’s getting on my nerves. Even that melody was a bit tiresome by the end of the movie.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

Nicholas Britell– “Moonlight”
Justin Hurwitz – “La La Land” (WINNER)
Johann Johannsson – “Arrival”
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – “Lion”
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – “Hidden Figures”

This is the one category I don’t mind La La Land winning.

Best Television Series – Drama:

“The Crown” (WINNER)
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

“Atlanta” (WINNER)
“Mozart in the Jungle”


Haven’t seen any of these but wow, what a big night for Donald Glover for winning TWO awards as creator and best actor on the show, congrats!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Goliath” (WINNER)

Another show I haven’t seen yet, but Thornton is a good actor.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Claire Foy – “The Crown”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”
Winona Ryder – “Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”

I’ve got so many shows to catch up on right now. I might watch The Crown after I finish Black Mirror.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”
Gael García Bernal – “Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta” (WINNER)
Nick Nolte – “Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Can’t comment here as I haven’t seen any of these shows.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker – “Divorce”
Issa Rae – “Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish”

Ditto in this category, but it’s cool to see such a diverse collection of people being nominated AND won this year. Let’s hope this isn’t just a trend.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

“American Crime”
“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (WINNER)

Definitely need to see The Night Manager, it’ll be a good break in between British monarch dramas The Crown and Victoria.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Riz Ahmed – “The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston – “All The Way”
Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager” (WINNER)
John Turturro – “The Night Of”
Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Hiddles looks good tonight but what’s with that *short* story he told about South Sudan?? It certainly isn’t a um, swift acceptance speech 😉 Christian Slater‘s expression during his speech is EVERYTHING!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”
Riley Keough – “The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson – “The People v. O.J. Simpson”(WINNER) 
Charlotte Rampling – “London Spy”
Kerry Washington – “Confirmation”

I really have no interest in seeing this OJ Simpson TV Movie, but Sarah Paulson is a good actress so congrats!!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager” (WINNER)
Lena Headey – “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

As I have just seen Thandie in Westworld, I was rooting for her. But I do love Olivia Colman so I’m glad she won!

Colman & Laurie in 'The Night Manager'
Colman & Laurie in ‘The Night Manager’

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Sterling K. Brown – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager” (WINNER)
John Lithgow – “The Crown”
Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”
John Travolta – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Wow, Slater again for Mr. Robot? Yes it’s a good performance but is it that good? He already won one for the same show last year, so I would like to see someone else win in this category.

Random Commentaries

First let me say I’m flabbergasted it’s taken SO long for Meryl Streep to get her Cecil B. Demille award!! I mean how many nominations does the woman have to get before she deserves such an accolade. Heck, I bet most of the men who have gotten their awards haven’t been nominated for even half as many as Streep!

But hey, I absolutely LOVE Viola Davis’ speech introducing the award…

That speech by Meryl definitely brought down the house …

And this gif made me laugh!

Five Favorite Moments





… oh and no doubt THIS will be the kiss everyone’s talking about tomorrow 😉

So, what are YOUR thoughts on the 2017 winners & favorite moments of the night?

20 thoughts on “2017 Golden Globe Awards: Thoughts on the Winners + Fave Moments of the Night

  1. I thought Hiddleston deserved to win but I was wondering where that story was going. I see what you did there! And yes, Viola Davis was the correct choice IMO 🙂

  2. I hit “post” too soon…my favorite moment was probably Meryl Streep’s speech. I know there are many who will say “shut up and act” but this is no time to be shy about the crisis we’re in.

  3. Meryl Streep just laid a major can of whoop-ass on our future dictator. Can we vote for her as President w/ Viola as Vice President? That kiss between Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield is adorable. I didn’t watch the show as I was too busy with nothing but Bowie since it would’ve been his 70th Birthday though Evan Rachel Wood did pay tribute by wearing a tuxedo in honor of him and Marlene Dietrich. She didn’t win, stupid Hollywood Foreign Press.

    1. Ahah well I don’t know about celebs being politicians but yes her speech was bold and powerful, and of course it got a swift reaction from Trump, ahah. I think Ryan and Andrew must’ve placed a bet if neither of them win. I was hoping Evan would win too and she looks fantastic in that tuxedo suit!!

  4. Great coverage, Ruth. I appreciate the montage videos, the opening one was great; I didn’t watch much of it, and I feel your post has let me in on the best parts. I need to watch ‘The Night Manager’ and ‘Elle’. I’m happy for Viola and her warm speech for Meryl was touching.

    1. Hello Cindy! I think this year’s event was ok, not that great, but the opening sequence was certainly a highlight. I think Reynolds should host next year, or Kirsten Wiig and Steve Carell together! I heard ELLE is very provocative and there’s a rape scene in the beginning ugh, but I’m still curious to see it because of her performance.

    1. Hi Allie! You can just watch the montage and some of the speeches here. I’m glad WP now can embed the video itself instead of the whole tweet.

  5. I feel like I’m about to review the whole award show in your comment section rather than my blog or tweets. Anyways, hear we go!
    For starters, I loved the spoof of La La Land in the intro, it was pretty cool and fun to watch. I didn’t have many hopes from Jimmy Fallon as a host but really though, I think he should just stick to his show. Meryl’s speech was without a doubt the highlight of the entire show. It gave me goosebumps and I love her so much for saying all that. And the fact that she didn’t even take Trump’s name made it all the more powerful. Such a boss!
    There were definitely some unexpected wins like Ryan Gosling (his speech was awesome by the way), Hugh Laurie (I think Sterling K. Brown deserved that), Tom Hiddleston (that Golden Globe should have gone to Courtney B. Vance) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (I just didn’t expect that). Side note, you should totally watch The People v OJ Simpson, Ruth. I forced my mom to watch and she ended up loving it!

    Okay, I think that’s all I have to say. Awesome coverage, by the way!

    1. Hi Shivani! I think the La La Land themed intro perfectly suits Fallon’s personality, who I think excels in the musical aspect as a host but he’s not a naturally gifted comedian. Yep I think Meryl’s speech is one that will be remembered for years to come, and so timely given the political climate and the growing Alt Right movement. I usually don’t like actors getting too political but in this case I think it needed to be said.

      Yes I think Gosling’s speech was genuinely moving, good for him! I’m not really fond of him generally but I gotta admit he did well w/ that speech! Ahah, well my good friend at the office actually said the OJ Simpson miniseries is pretty bad, but generally I’m not really into legal drama anyway given that I work for a legal company, ahah.

      Thanks for commenting as always, girl!

  6. Fun rundown Ruth. I thought it was a pretty good show but a little messy. Messed up teleprompter, some funky camera stuff, overly aggressive and wildly inconsistent cut-off music. Same with the presenters and acceptance speeches. A least we will always have “Hidden Fences”!

    1. Hi there Keith! I think overall the show itself is far from perfect. Some gets cut off and some don’t. I mean why didn’t they even play the ‘speed it up’ music during Tom Hiddleston’s boring speech?? Yet they did that with Isabelle Hupert who was emotional in her speech. Boy, that Hidden Fences bit is embarrassing but some things often get blown way out of proportion.

  7. Hi Ruth! I quite liked the La La Land sweep since that’s my favorite film of the year, though I agree awarding its screenplay is a bit much and the Best Actor could also have gone to Farrell or Grant (loved all three). City of Stars is a good song but it’s not even in my Top 3 from that movie. Where’s the love for “Someone in the Crowd”?!

    I loved, of course, Viola Davis’s win and her speech to Meryl Streep. Her acceptance speech for her very well-deserved Cecil B. DeMille was my favorite moment of the night.

    I’d grown tired of Jimmy Fallon for a while and I just couldn’t stand him since that ridiculous Trump interview. He did an awful job last night. He was painfully unfunny and trying too hard!

    I saw The Night Manager and REALLY liked it but still was caught off-guard by all the love for it. Olivia Colman totally deserved it, though. She was the best thing about that show.

    I think Isabelle Huppert is en route for an Oscar. She gave quite a performance in Elle, but since I haven’t seen a lot of her rivals yet, I don’t know if it’s the best. Very violent movie, though. I don’t think you would enjoy it.

    I would urge you to check out American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson. It is unbelievably good.

    Cannot wait to see Moonlight! But it hasn’t opened yet here. And I wasn’t a fan of Aaron Johnson winning for Nocturnal Animals. Didn’t like his performance! He robbed Michael Shannon 😦

    1. Hello Fernando, how’ve you been my friend? Yeah the La La Land opening is a lot of fun. But hey you haven’t seen Moonlight yet, I’m curious to hear what you think as that is one I think deserves Best Picture this year because it’s so beautifully-made and is definitely a unique piece of filmmaking (yep more so than La La Land as modern musicals have been done before).

      Yep, Fallon is unfunny. They should get Kirsten Wiig, Steve Carrell or Ryan Reynolds to host, they’d be far more entertaining. I can’t wait to see The Night Manager! I love Colman, who’s pregnant in the show? I wonder if she wore a body suit for that?

      So you’ve seen ELLE also? Wow, I missed that one but can’t wait to see Isabelle’s performance. It’s funny but a few people at work here thought that OJ TV movie was terrible, and I work for a legal company so I have no desire to see a legal drama type shows, ahah.

      I’m just flabbergasted that Aaron won over the super talented Michael Shannon, I think even Tom Ford himself would think that!

      1. Hi, Ruth! I’ve been great, and you?

        Definitely looking forward to Moonlight. Hope it opens around here soon. Evrybody’s fraving about it.

        I don’t know if she wore a bodysuit for the role, but she was so great. I loved seeing her win (even if she didn’t show up), because she was my favorite thing about the show. Although, I would’ve loved to see Thandie Newton win as well for Westworld. Maybe a tie? haha

        Yes, I’ve seen Elle twice. Isabelle Huppert is very good in that one but I can’t really get excited for her Oscar prospects. Not Best Actress material for me, personally.

        And yeah, if you work for a legal company the show might seem a little redundant but I really loved it (and I’m not fond of these types of shows). It’s just riveting TV, and the cast is superb. Finished watching it a couple weeks ago and now I’m seeing it again.

        Yeah. I don’t think he’ll be nominated for the Oscar, though. If someone from that film manages to sneak in, it’ll be Michael Shannon.

  8. Nice recap Ruth, as you know I don’t care for these award shows. In fact I didn’t realize it’s on until I saw your tweets and a few people on my feed.

    I still don’t understand the popularity of Jimmy Fallon, I never found him be funny. Hollywood gave up on him after he starred in a few box office bombs. But lucky for him he landed The Tonight Show gig.

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