Hollywood dreams really do come true — if you worked on La La Land, that is! The Tinseltown-centric musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone was the big winner at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, including prizes for best film and for the two leads, providing the movie with a ton of momentum heading into the Oscar nomination announcements later this month.
Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the Globes ceremony also provided a big night for The Night Manager, The Crown, Atlanta, Elle star Isabelle Huppert and especially Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Meryl Streep, whose speech was perhaps the most talked-about moment of the night.
Here is Us Weekly‘s by-the-minute recap of the event, including every winner and video of key moments (watch above!), plus behind-the-scenes details from Us‘ team of reporters who attended the ceremony. There is also discussion of a few cringeworthy segments. (You OK, Goldie Hawn?) And be sure to start at the bottom if you want to get it in chronological order!
11:04 p.m. ET: Moonlight landed the final award of the night, winning for best drama and setting up what appears to be a two-horse race with La La Land for best picture at the Oscars. The suspense!
In his speech, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins urged the audience to spread the film’s word of mouth: “Tell a friend, tell a friend!”
10:58 p.m. ET: Mon dieu! With a surprise win, Huppert (Elle) prevailed for best actress in a drama, beating such stiff competition as Portman (Jackie). (Elle also triumphed in the foreign-film category.) Huppert ended her emotional speech with an apparent Trump dig, saying that cinema doesn’t “set up walls and borders.”
10:52 p.m. ET: Big brother must be proud! Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) affirmed his Oscar front-runner status by topping the one and only Denzel Washington (Fences) for best actor in a drama.
After joking about Matt Damon presumably regretting that he turned down Casey’s role in the searing film, the Gone Baby Gone actor gave a shout-out to his top competition, saying he appreciated Washington’s years-ago awards-acceptance line that “God is love.” This earned a cute thumbs-up from the Training Day star.
10:50 p.m. ET: We know you want to relive a certain presenter’s moment on the stage:
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10:44 p.m. ET: Absolutely no one was picking their jaws up off the ground as La La Land, a winner in numerous categories throughout the night, continued its momentum all the way to a triumph for best musical or comedy.
10:42 p.m ET: In his first awards-show appearance since a little divorce you may have heard about, a slim Brad Pitt earned a rousing round of applause from the crowd as he walked on stage to introduce Moonlight, the powerful coming-of-age drama that he produced.
10:36 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter at the ceremony observed that Andrew Garfield stood up for ex-girlfriend Stone when she won. So cute!
10:35 p.m. ET: At this point, did anyone think La La Land would lose? Sure enough, Emma Stone kept the film’s incredible night going with her win for best actress in a musical or comedy. She heralded director Chazelle’s “vision” before thanking Gosling — her costar in three films now — for “being the best partner a girl could ask for.” Who could argue with her?
The award was presented by Damon, who joked that the fact that he won best actor for a musical or comedy for The Martian at last year’s ceremony was funnier than anything in his actual film, which is decidedly not a musical or a comedy. Agreed.
10:30 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter spotted Ben Affleck coming off stage after presenting. A woman said hi, and Affleck replied, “I really hope my brother [Casey] wins.” She said that Casey better have a good speech, to which Ben assured her, “That you can count on. He’s a great writer.”
10:28 p.m. ET: Donald Glover‘s night just got even better, as the Atlanta star followed up his comedy-series win with the trophy for best actor in a comedy series. The Community alum, who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, pointed out that his parents didn’t allow him to enjoy magic while growing up, which made everything involved with Hollywood all the more exciting to him. Well, magical to him. Glover added that his father has recently been blown away by what he has been able to achieve.
10:22 p.m. ET: La La Land is basically unstoppable, with Chazelle picking up best director for a musical or comedy. He thanked his team for helping him shut down an actual Los Angeles freeway for the film’s pivotal opening number.
10:19 p.m. ET: Chris Pine thanked Streep for her “beautiful message,” calling it the “best message of tonight.” Also, Pine is among the many actors at the ceremony who are rocking a full beard.
10:14 p.m. ET: Wow, we have just gotten the most memorable moment of the night, and certainly the most politically minded. Streep never mentioned Trump by name but clearly took aim at his presidential campaign — and his goal to deport millions of illegal immigrants — by listing off many actors who were born outside of the U.S., including “Ryan Gosling, [who] like all the nicest people, is Canadian.” She asked, “Where are their birth certificates?” and then quipped, “If we kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”
She said she enjoyed many of this year’s acting performances but said, “There was one performance this year that stunned me.… It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it.”
Streep went on to stress the importance of the “principled press,” such as the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and added that artists are similarly needed to “safeguard the truth.” She closed with a moving tribute to the late Carrie Fisher: “As my friend, the dear, departed Princess Leia, said to me once: ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.'”
10:05 p.m. ET: Viola Davis gave an emotional speech to introduce Doubt costar Meryl Streep, recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Davis offered a funny anecdote about the clearly multifaceted Streep not approving of the Fences actress using smoked turkey instead of ham hock in her collard greens.
Davis praised Streep’s performances for making “us feel less alone,” adding: “You make me proud to be an artist.”
9:57 p.m. ET: All hail The Crown, which won for best drama TV series, beating such heavyweights as Game of Thrones, Westworld and This Is Us.
9:52 p.m. ET: Presenter Jon Hamm quipped that “nobody likes a drama queen” before handing the Globe for best actress in a drama series to The Crown‘s Claire Foy. The actress praised Queen Elizabeth II, who Foy portrays, and added in another apparent Trump dig: “I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me.” Perhaps Hillary Clinton can appreciate the consolation that Foy, like so many others at the ceremony tonight, is clearly “with her.”
9:48 p.m. ET: La La Land isn’t the only project having a big night. The Night Manager kept picking up the hardware, with Tom Hiddleston winning best actor in a limited series or TV movie. He’ll be able to celebrate with costars and fellow winners from the ceremony Olivia Colman (best supporting actress in a limited series) and Hugh Laurie.
9:38 p.m. ET: France’s Elle nabbed the win for best foreign film, with director Paul Verhoeven lavishing praise on star Isabelle Huppert.
9:33 p.m. ET: We can’t get enough of this GIF showing Stone hilariously spurning Chazelle for a hug after his writing win:
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9:31 p.m. ET: In an interesting move, the show eschewed the regular “in memoriam” segment with an emotional montage that paid tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the mother-daughter pair of Hollywood icons who died within a day of each other last month. (The Globes ceremony does not typically do an all-encompassing “in memoriam.”)
9:28 p.m. ET: Zootopia won for best animated film, with the project’s team saying it was a big victory that they could comment on racial issues while also mocking the DMV.
The speech came after Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell‘s funny bit about all the sad things that happened to them on the days when they both saw their first animated movies. We’re just relieved that Wiig’s regained the power of speech after those apparently quiet two years.
9:23 p.m. ET: We are officially living in La La Land. The musical kept its white-hot night going with a screenplay win for director and screenwriter Chazelle.
9:18 p.m. ET: Ryan Gosling accepted the prize, joking that the HFPA had “mistaken” him for Ryan Reynolds. He also offered to chop the trophy into three pieces in order to share it with costar Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle, although he acknowledged that it would get tricky because “no one wants the bottom.”
The speech then took a downright swoon-inducing turn as Gosling thanked longtime love Eva Mendes, referring to her not by name but solely as “my lady.” He praised her for “raising our daughter [while] pregnant with our second,” and then dedicated the award to her late brother, Juan Carlos Mendes, who died in April after a cancer battle.
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9:17 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter at the event observed Hawn “accidentally” falling onto Gosling as he took a photo with her and Schumer after they got off stage. The screen legend landed on the Notebook star and giggled!
9:11 p.m. ET: What just happened? It was tough to fully understand what was going on as Amy Schumer and Snatched costar Goldie Hawn presented the prize for best actor in a comedy or musical film. Hawn appeared confused or possibly intoxicated as she mispronounced words (we’re hoping she meant “talented” men, not “tainted” ones), leading Schumer to even ask Hawn’s longtime partner, Kurt Russell, whether the Private Benjamin star had forgotten her glasses.
Or maybe this was all a bit? We’re still unclear on this.
9:08 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter spotted Benjamin Millepied carrying an actual camera (!) while leading wife Natalie Portman to the bathroom. After waiting for about three minutes in line, the Jackie star was allowed to cut to the front.
9:07 p.m. ET: Dev Patel earned coos when he took the stage with his young Lion costar, the adorable Sunny Pawar, to introduce their film.
9:04 p.m. ET: Michael Keaton presented the Globe for best supporting actress in a drama film to Viola Davis (Fences). The actress made a very emotional and thoughtful speech, starting things off with a slight dig at the HFPA’s reputation for rewarding celebs who are willing to schmooze. Pointing out that this is her fifth nomination but first victory, she quipped, “I took all the pictures, went to the luncheon,” but added that this win is “right on time.”
She also praised director and costar Denzel Washington, calling herself a “friend and a fan.” In a reference to Washington’s troubled character, she called her real-life father “the original Troy,” and thanked late, legendary playwright August Wilson for bringing to light the story that “deserved to be told.”
8:55 p.m. ET: It’s a good night for La La Land thus far. It won both music categories (best score and best original song), although it definitely would have been big news if the celebrated musical had lost either.
8:52 p.m. ET: Sofía Vergara made an awkward joke about “anal” traditions as she introduced Sylvester Stallone‘s three daughters — Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18, and Scarlet, 14 — as the 2017 Miss Golden Globes. (No offense to those women, but uh, should “Miss Golden Globe” really still be a thing in 2017? Just sayin’.)
8:49 p.m. ET: You can’t win ’em all! People v. O.J.’s brief winning streak came to an end, as Hugh Laurie‘s turn on The Night Manager earned him best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie, topping two O.J. stars (John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown).
The House alum continued the digs at Trump, calling this the “last-ever Golden Globes,” given that the show “has the words Hollywood, foreign and press in the title.” Laurie also said his victory was a tribute to “psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”
8:45 p.m. ET: If a reality star can be president, why can’t a president moonlight as a DJ? Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned laughs while manning the ones and twos — taking over for Questlove — as the telecast came back from commercial.
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8:41 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter from inside the event spotted Kidman handing Murphy the card with O.J.‘s limited-series win printed on it. “This is for you,” the actress told the prolific TV producer as they walked off stage.
8:40 p.m. ET: It’s the Emmys all over again! The People v. O.J. is two for two thus far after picking up the trophy for best limited series or TV movie, mirroring its Emmys successes.
8:37 p.m. ET: No surprise win here. Sarah Paulson nabbed the award for best actress in a limited TV series or movie for her lauded performance on FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson. Paulson thanked frequent collaborator Ryan Murphy (just as Fallon had predicted in his monologue!), and called Marcia Clark an “inspiration.” (Paulson, who played attorney Clark in the true-crime miniseries, won the Emmy last year for the role as well.) Bonus joy: Seeing Paulson alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon en masse. Super trio!
8:28 p.m. ET: “This is incredible!” a noticeably giddy Donald Glover said in his acceptance speech for the show. He prized the series’ namesake, along with its “black folks”: “I couldn’t be here without Atlanta.”
8:26 p.m. ET: Atlanta grabbed the prize for best comedy series, proving that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves awarding new series. It beat out such established and critically praised series as Veep.
8:24 p.m. ET: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant announced Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) as best actress in a comedy, marking her first Globes win. “It’s nice at 44 — I like it here,” Ross said about not having been in a rush to become an awards-show mainstay.
8:21 p.m. ET: Of course it was coming! In fact, perhaps it’s a surprise that Fallon took this long to get to his first potshot at Mariah Carey‘s much-lambasted New Year’s Eve performance. Referencing Carey’s team’s claim that Rockin’ New Year’s Eve‘s producers wanted the singer to fail, Fallon joked, “She thinks that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged my monologue.”
8:14 p.m. ET: Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath) won for best actor in a drama series, wearing sunglasses to accept the prize. He made an odd joke about one of his opponents in the category, Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul). “Bob and I have had a feud since the 1940s, when we did a movie with Van Johnson,” Thornton quipped. Um, what? Even Odenkirk seemed confused.
Thornton went on to dedicate the award to Luke Scott, a production assistant on Goliath who recently passed away.
8:10 p.m. ET: First award, and the first shocker! Aaron Taylor-Johnson won best supporting actor for Nocturnal Animals, topping Oscar front-runner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).
8:09 p.m. ET: Us‘ reporter spotted Blake Lively cheering for Ryan Reynolds as he headed on stage to present the first award. He bumped her hair as he got up, and she laughed, then touched it to make sure it was still in place. (Luckily, her ‘do was still perfect.)
8:08 p.m. ET: Fallon did an impression of Chris Rock reacting to potential Golden Globes acceptance speeches by the People v. O.J. cast: “No one’s gonna thank O.J. They’ll be thanking the lighting, they’re gonna thank the key grip — no one’s gonna thank O.J.!”
One particularly memorable joke was the Tonight Show star referring to Ryan Gosling’s La La Land character but advising that they not Google “Ryan Gosling pianist”: “Trust me, it’s an HR nightmare.”
8:07 p.m. ET: Fallon took aim at President-elect Donald Trump in the monologue: “A lot of people have wondered what would happen if Joffrey had lived [on Game of Thrones]. Well, in 12 days, we’re gonna find out.” The jab got a decidedly mixed reaction from the crowd.
8:05 p.m. ET: It’s unlikely that stranger things have happened than Jimmy Fallon’s hilarious take on La La Land in his opening musical medley! The Golden Globes host kicked off the ceremony with a version of the film’s opening song and was joined by such stars as Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams (complete with people in orange suits, à la her film Arrival), Tina Fey and Kit Harington, jolting to life in a nod at Jon Snow’s Game of Thrones revival.
Among the highlights included the Stranger Things kids rapping about waffles and bringing Barb to life, Ryan Reynolds spitting a mint into Fallon’s mouth and Justin Timberlake dancing with the host into the stars.
8 p.m. ET: Going for the gold! Jimmy Fallon hosts the 2017 Golden Globes Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 8, and Us Weekly is following all the action in our live blog. Be sure to refresh this post throughout the show for frequent updates, including the full list of winners, videos of the most memorable moments, social media reactions and behind-the-scenes details courtesy of Us‘ reporters from inside the ballroom!
The Tonight Show host, who is hosting the event for the first time, will be joined by plenty of famous faces. Among the celebrities who will be presenting awards at the 74th annual Golden Globes include Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben and Casey Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Steve Carell, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Naomi Campbell, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth and Carrie Underwood.
La La Land received the most nominations of any film, as the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is up for seven prizes. Vying with La La Land for best musical/comedy film are 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sing Street. In the running for best drama film are Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.
A number of TV series earned multiple nominations, including such buzzy shows as Game of Thrones, This Is Us, Westworld, Stranger Things and Atlanta. Click here to get Us‘ picks for who will and who should win in the film categories, and see our TV predictions here.
Check this post throughout the ceremony for by-the-minute updates. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony airs on NBC Sunday, January 8, at 8 p.m. ET.
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