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‘La La Land’ sweeps Golden Globes, Streep slams Trump

Meryl Streep

Los Angeles : “La La Land”, a nostalgic ode to golden era Hollywood musical romances, waltzed away with seven trophies at the Golden Globe awards that saw Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep deliver a scathing criticism of US President- elect Donald Trump.

Bolstering its chances at the Oscars next month, the movie picked up trophies in all the categories it was nominated for.

The awards ceremony last night, which officially kicks off the Hollywood award season, was predictable when it came to honouring the most loved film this year — “La La Land”.

“La La Land”, about two struggling artistes finding love in Hollywood, took home Globes for best comedy/musical, best acting gongs for its lead pair Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the same category while Damien Chazelle took home directing and screenplay statuettes. The best original score and song were its other honours.

“Moonlight” won the other top award of the night — best movie in the drama category –its lone trophy despite six nods.

Streep, this year’s Cecil B DeMille Award winner at Golden Globes, tore down Trump in a politically-charged speech as she made a passionate appeal for inclusivity, a running theme of the night.

She said the “performance” that stood out this year did not belong to an actor but to Trump when he publicly mocked a disabled reporter.

“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was in real life. That instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone’s life because it gives permission for others to do the same,” she said.

Gosling, best actor winner in comedy/musical, recognised partner Eva Mendes’ contribution in a moving speech.

“If Eva had not taken all that on so I could have this experience, there would be surely someone else standing here today,” he said.

An emotional Stone    said “La La Land” is “for dreamers” and anyone who “had a door slammed at their face”.

Chazelle, a rising young talent in Hollywood, said, “I’m in daze now, officially.”

Isabelle Huppert pulled off an upset win in the best actress in a motion picture – drama for “Elle” over favourites Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) and Amy Adams for “Arrival”. Ruth Negga and Jessica Chastain were other nominees. Huppert’s French movie “Elle” was named the best foreign film.

Actor Casey Affleck won the best actor in a motion picture-drama for his moving performance in “Manchester By the Sea”.

Casey paid tribute to his director Kenneth Lonergan. “I don’t have enough time to say what I want to say about Kenny. So, suffice it to say I love you, you are beautiful, you are a treasure to all of us who like movies and work in movies,” he said.

In the best supporting actor and actress categories, the trophies went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson of “Nocturnal Animals”, who beat nominees like British-Indian Dev Patel “Lion”, Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight”, Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water” and Simon Helberg for “Florence Foster Jenkins”.

Aaron’s win was an upset over Mahershala Ali and Patel. Viola Davis predictably won in the best supporting actress category for playing conflicted homemaker in “Fences”.

“It’s not every day Hollywood thinks of translating a play to the screen. It doesn’t scream moneymaker, but it does scream art, it does scream heart,” Davis said about the movie, adapted from August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Disney’s racial allegory film “Zootopia” won best animated feature. Streep’s scathing criticism was not the only time Trump was put in the spotlight during the event.

The ceremony’s host Jimmy Fallon, overcame initial technical glitch, and began his opening monologue by comparing the President-elect with villainous King Joffrey of “Game of Thrones”.

“The film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ is nominated. The character has been dubbed the world’s worst opera singer and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s tough to book,” he said.

Hugh Laurie, who won the best supporting actor role in a limited TV series for “The Night Manager”, took an aim at Trump, saying he was collecting the “last ever Golden Globes”.

“I don’t mean to be gloomy. It’s just it has ‘Hollywood’, ‘foreign’ and ‘press’ in the title. To some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is slightly sketchy,” he said, adding, “I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”

Tom Hiddleston, who spent most of last year being on the pages of gossip columns for his romance and subsequent break-up from Taylor Swift, won the best actor for “The Night Manager” while his co-star Olivia Colman was named the best supporting actress.

“Well this is lovely thank you,” Hiddleston said. Netflix show “The Crown”, about the present Queen Elizabeth, was named best drama and its leading actress Claire Foy, who plays the lead role, won best actress in a drama.

The historical show beat out category favourites such as “Stranger Things”, “Westworld”, “This Is Us” and “Game of Thrones.”

“Atlanta”, about an aspiring rapper and his manager cousin, was named the best comedy and its star, Donald Glover, won best actor while Tracee Ellis Ross won best actress in a TV series musical or comedy “Black-ish”.

“The People vs O J Simpson” was named best mini-series and its star Sarah Paulson won for her portrayal of the prosecutor Marcia Clark in that show.

Billy Bob Thornton, won for his role in “Goliath”. Fallon, in a first, opened the show with an elaborate song-and-dance parody of “La La Land” where he roped in major celebrity cameos.

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