La La Land sweeps seven awards at Golden Globes

Hollywood musical La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes

9 January 2017, 9:06am
La La Land won seven awards at the Golden Globes
La La Land won seven awards at the Golden Globes
Hollywood musical La La Land had a record-breaking night at the Golden Globes, winning all seven awards it was nominated for.

The awards included best musical or comedy film, best acting gongs for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and best director for Damien Chazelle, as well best screenplay, best core and best song.

However, it was Moonlight which took home the globe for best drama film, while Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert won other acting prizes.

Affleck was named best actor in a film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea and French star Huppert was the surprise winner of the award for best film drama actress.

Her performance in thriller Elle - which was also named best foreign language film - beat contenders including Natalie Portman, who had been considered the favourite for playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress for playing a woman in 1950s Pittsburgh in Fences, a movie adaptation of the August Wilson play, which explores race relations in post-war America. Davis first played the role on Broadway six years ago.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress for her role in Fences
Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress for her role in Fences
Accepting the award, Davis said: "It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen - it doesn't scream 'moneymaker'. But it does scream art, and it does scream heart."

In a surprise result, British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named best supporting actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals - a prize that had been widely expected to go to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight.

Zootopia was named best animated feature film at Sunday's ceremony, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The comedian's opening monologue was less risqué than those of some of his predecessors, but he still found time to make light of the divisive year in US politics.

But the standout moment of the evening came away from the awards action. Meryl Streep’s searing critique of Donald Trump’s imitation and treatment of the disabled New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski was a sobering moment which brought a stunned silence to the usually boisterous Globes.

Meryl Streep gave a searing critique of Donald Trump’s imitation and treatment of the disabled New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski
Meryl Streep gave a searing critique of Donald Trump’s imitation and treatment of the disabled New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled by someone in the public platform,” she said. “By someone powerful, it filters down into everyone’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence invites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

The Globes are seen as pointers to the Oscars.

A complete low-down of the nights winners and nominees is available on the Golden Globes' website.