By Sean Ray | A&E Editor
Hollywood’s self-congratulatory award season continued this past weekend with the 74th Golden Globes. Largely considered the second biggest film award show, after the Academy Awards, the Globes focuses on drama, comedies and musicals.
The biggest winner of the night was “La La Land,” netting a total of seven nominations and winning every single one. The musical-romance walked away with Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score and gave Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone their Best Performance in a Musical awards.
Despite the Globes going gaga for “La La Land,” the talk of the night was definitely Meryl Streep, who won the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Streep used her acceptance speech to criticize president-elect Donald Trump.
“When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said, referencing an incident where Trump mocked a reporter with a disability.
Trump responded on Twitter, calling Streep “overrated” and, “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
In an announcement that surprised absolutely no one, Disney took home Best Animated Feature Film with their summer surprise hit “Zootopia.” The House of Mouse did face tough competition… from itself, as the company’s “Moana” was also nominated for the same award.
Seemingly in an attempt to show the Academy Awards how diversity is done, the Golden Globes featured many minority-led films, both as nominees and winners.
“Moonlight,” which focuses on an African American man struggling with growing up as a homosexual, nabbed the Best Motion Picture (Drama) title, while Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Rose Maxson in the Pittsburgh-based “Fences.”
“Moonlight” was also the second most-nominated film of the night.
The Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) award also featured a surprise. Not the winner, which was again “La La Land,” but instead in the fact that one of the nominee’s was dark superhero-comedy “Deadpool.”
While superhero movies have taken the summer blockbuster market by storm, they have largely been ignored at award shows besides a few Best Effects here and there. The fact that “Deadpool” even got a nomination might be a sign Hollywood is warming up to movies about people in spandex saving the day.
On the television side of things, the British-made “The Night Manager” won the most, despite “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” receiving more nominations. Netflix turned in a strong showing, netting four nominations between “Stranger Things” and “The Crown.” However, only the latter took home any awards.
Bizarrely, after a year that seemed to be defined by dead celebrities, no “In Memoriam” section was performed at the show, despite usually being part of the ceremony. Instead, an online list was put up on the website of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which helps produce the Golden Globes.
The film award season concludes next month with the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place on Feb. 26.