Golden Globes Overview: Meryl Streep and La La Land win big
As the Hollywood Foreign Press Association commended the outstanding work of Hollywood actors and actresses alike, the 2017 Golden Globe Awards didn’t fail to entertain. Jimmy Fallon was unimpressive, La La Land, as predicted, seemed to win everything, and a number of people delivered impassioned, anti-Trump acceptance speeches.
The show opened with reenactments from La La Land, a movie musical about two people in love trying to follow their dreams in showbiz. It featured a number of celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Kit Harrington, and Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown rapped a verse about her show. It finished with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake recreating the movie musical’s most romantic moment where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone waltz in the stars.
After a strong opening, Fallon quickly delivered a number of cringe-worthy moments throughout the show. A particularly painful moment was when he introduced Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, presenters of the Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture award, by rapping their names to the melody of “Insane in the Brain” by Cypress Hill.
Despite Fallon’s shortcomings as a presenter, nothing took away from the most memorable speech of the evening: Meryl Streep’s acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award from Viola Davis. Rather than discussing her lifetime accomplishments, Streep used her platform to bring into the light the duty that people have in protecting the probity of the press. Pointing particularly to Donald Trump and his actions of imitating a disabled reporter during the primaries, she continued to say that when a leader treats people with disrespect, it encourages disrespect. By the end of Streep’s speech, she nearly had everyone on their feet applauding for her elegant and eloquent speech.
Other highlights of the night included the win of Tracee Ellis Ross’s first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series and Donald Glover, renowned for his persona as Childish Gambino, for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series. Tracee Ellis Ross, the second black woman to ever win the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, gave a bona fide speech about the artistic value of all people of color. Donald Glover, on the other hand, expressed his sincere respect for the rap group Migos for making the song “Bad and Boujee,” that he believes is, “the best song ever.”