"La La Land" is the front-runner for the best picture Oscar, and one of the best movies of this decade (here is AXS.com's review of "La La Land"), and it can now call itself a Golden Globe Awards winner. On Sunday night, the musical "La La Land" broke a record for most wins by a single movie at the 74th annual event, winning in both music categories ("Best Score" and "Best Song" for "City of Stars"), as well as five other categories: Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Director and Best Screenplay - both to Damien Chazelle, and Best Actor and Actress - Musical or Comedy to its two leads, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Though "La La Land" dominated the night, all was overshadowed by Meryl Streep. Streep was given the highest honor bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Cecil B DeMIlle Award for Lifetime Achievement, but used her moment in the spotlight to give some bold political statements directed at President-Elect Donald Trump...all while never mentioning him by name. Streep commented on how Trump mocked a disabled journalist, and called for all of us to "join the community" of defending such journalists, to "safeguard the truth." Her speech was the night's biggest moment and was an encapsulation of how many in Hollywood - and across the country - feel about the incoming President.
Trump wasn't only the target of Meryl Streep, but also by a few others, namely Golden Globe host Jimmy Fallon. "Welcome to the Golden Globes, one of the few remaining places where the popular vote still matters," quipped Fallon to begin the show. There were more barbs - like when he compared Trump to "Game of Thrones"'s ruthless tyrant King Joffrey - but coming from Fallon, many of the pokes fell flat. Fallon in general has not been well-received as a host, in this his first hosting gig at the Globes. It started with a Mariah Carey-esque technical gaffe, when Fallon's prompter wasn't working to begin the show, and that all but killed his momentum. That's too bad, because the star-studded musical number that opened the show - a stellar, hilarious "La La Land" parody - was quickly forgotten as Fallon stumbled around on stage. He never recovered, and looked nervous and out-of-place every other time he was on-stage.
The night's funniest moment came courtesy of Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell, who exchanged incredibly sad (fake) stories of the first animated movie they ever saw, before having to present the winner of Best Animated Feature (an award that went to "Zootopia.") And in a night full of awkward moments, the inexplicable "Hidden Fences" moments take the cake. You see, there are two nominated films this year, one called "Hidden Figures" and the other called "Fences," but one of the female hosts on the red carpet accidentally referred to the movie as "Hidden Fences." If that wasn't bad enough, Michael Keaton - while presenting the nominees for Best Supporting Actress - also slipped up and referred to the film as "Hidden Fences."
The Globes also decided against the traditional "In Memoriam" segment, and instead decided to honor the memory of Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds, who both tragically died just a day apart over Christmas.
But in a night full of controversy, laughs, surprises, snubs, and an oddly high number of beards, it was the musical "La La Land" that came out on top. It's a film about dreamers, and about following one's dreams, and the concept that romance is still alive and well in the modern world. It's a movie that should be universally accepted by all creeds and colors, a non-partisan movie made for anyone who has ever hoped.
And if there was ever a more appropriate, needed, movie to be released at this moment in time, it's "La La Land." Kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing its brilliance, both musically and as a film.