Looking Back: A Recap Of The 74th Golden Globes Winners
Hollywood's 2018 awards season gears up to get into full swing with the 75th Golden Globes scheduled to take place later, January 7, 2018.
The event is highy anticipated not only because of the excitement over the winners' big reveals, but more importantly, also because it will be Hollywood's first major awards show since multiple cases of sexual harassment in Tinseltown surfaced in the latter half of 2017. The controversies will be addressed during the show, while the industry's biggest stars are also expected to turn up wearing black and wearing matching accesories in protest of Hollywood's now condemned "open secrets" of abuse.
As a global audience of millions waits at the edge of their seats for this soon-to-be historic awards show, let's take a look back at last year's Golden Globes' winners and best moments in film:
For the complete list of 2017 Golden Globe winners in film and television, read this story.
Best Motion Picture - Drama: Moonlight
Moonlight's win made history as it starred a predominantly African-American cast led by Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, and Duan Sanderson and was directed by Barry Jenkins, also an African-American talent—a film formula that typically doesn't garner major awards from Hollywood. Furthermore, the fact that it tackled a sensitive subject matter (it focused on a homosexual black man's sexual awakening) made its win a genuinely big step forward for African-Americans in Hollywood.
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: La La Land
With its catchy tunes, eye-catching wardrobe, impressive sets, and electrifying cast chemistry, Damien Chazelle's La La Land was an obvious winner. It featured crowd favorites Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who showed the world they were more than just pretty faces in the crowd. The win helped Ryan Gosling solidify his abilities as a well-rounded actor and went on to star in drama Song to Song, and plays the lead in upcoming movie First Man where he will portray astronaut Neil Armstrong. Likewise, La La Land was evidence that Emma Stone roots as rom-com royal have evolved, earning her top roles in true-to-life story Battle of the Sexes and historical drama The Favourite.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
French actress Isabelle Huppert's gripping performance in Elle sent shivers down the spines of moviegoers and critics alike. The film, which was about a woman tracking down her rapist, was tense all throughout and heavily relied on Huppert's command of the screen and script to execute the desired effect. The essentially one-woman show paid homage to the willpower and fighting spirit of women, a trend which is fortunately taking over Hollywood both on- and off-screen. Huppert's next projects include dramas The Widow, The Sleeping Shepherd, and Eva.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)
In contrast to Huppert's win that garnered praise for training the spotlight on strong female leads, Casey Affleck's award earned him the ire of many because of his sexual misconduct towards actresses and female production staff in movie sets that was revealed pre-awards season. Some directors, producers, and fellow actors vowed never to work with him again, but for the most part, Affleck's career has remained untouched even after the accusations surfaced. Affleck was never apprehended and has gone on to star in seven major Hollywood releases after Manchester By The Sea.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone (La La Land)
The young actress that first caught our attention in crass comedy Superbad grew up over the years to become an overall Hollywood sensation. With a mission to star in films that are socially and culturally relevant, Stone is a shining example of the new generation of female Hollywood heavyweights that are armed with both beauty and brains. Her roster of award-winning performances in many other highly praised films before and after La La Land clearly prove this.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
#GoldenGlobes2017 - #RyanGosling wins his first GG on January 8, 2017. Part 1/2 Ryan starts by joking with @vancityreynolds about being mistaken with him and he hopes he does not mind he is on the stage and he goes on by thanking #emmastone and #damienchazelle, saying the award is ‘ours’ and he’d chopped it in 3 parts though he doesn’t want to. #ryanreynolds #johnlegend @johnlegend
As the actor who won the world over with his role as Noah in The Notebook, Ryan Gosling has gained more substance over the years. Starring in a number of less mainstream films and a handful of hits that hit the mark in independent circuits, Gosling shows that it's possible to avoid the typecasting curse. Whether he's brooding or crooning, playing a piano or even shooting a gun, Gosling's ability to reinvent himself in every roles he takes on is truly extraordinary.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Viola Davis (Fences)
Viola Davis' win was another nod to the talent of Hollywood's African-American talents and a groundbreaking win for herself. It was a great start to 2017 for the veteran actress who, in the same year, got the "Triple Crown of Acting," a title awarded to actors and actresses who have won an, Oscar, Emmy, and Tony in a major caterogy. She became the first black woman to receive this honor. In her work, Davis often portrays women who overcome great personal struggles and are capable of great sacrifice and selflessness. See her in upcoming films Widows and Civil War drama the Untitled Harriet Tubman Project.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)
As a relatively low-key player in Hollywood's award season, many consider Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Golben Globes win his breakthrough moment. Johnson took the role of kidnapper Ray Marcus in Nocturnal Animals and, played the part of the film's sickening antagonist to a tee. If this performance is indicative of his acting prowess, we can't wait to see him flex his abilities in a variety of other roles.
Best Director - Motion Picture and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Damien Chazelle's masterpiece, La La Land, broke all Golden Globes records when it became the first film to come home with seven awards, the most any film has even brought home. It was well-deserved as the multi-faceted film's cast and crew took painstaking measures to perfect every detail for the production to be one-of-a-kind. Musicals now have a new standard to live up to. Chazelle has yet to announce future projects he will be working on.
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