Notorious for sharing out the prizes amongst the nominees, The Social Network was the last ‘big winner’ with three in 2013, The Golden Globes fell head over heels for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land at the annual Beverly Hilton bash.
The highly anticipated, hotly tipped musical won every single award for which it was nominated. When it comes to The Academy Awards, the competition shouldn’t bother penning an acceptance speech, just practice their ‘happy on the outside’ face.
Taking home Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) for Emma Stone, Best Director (Musical or Comedy) for Damien Chazelle, as well as Best Screenplay, Best Original Song for the infectiously catchy City of Stars, and Best Original Score.
Elsewhere, Casey Affleck continued his awards circuit streak, picking up the Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea, while the Actress category threw up one of the biggest surprises of the night with the award going to Isabelle Huppert for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle. However, trumping that for shock value was Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s deserved win for Nocturnal Animals. His wonky Pietro Maximoff from Age of Ultron must feel a world away now.
On the small screen, The Crown beat not only Game of Thrones and Westworld, but also the 2016 high water mark, Stranger Things. This is unacceptable.
In the acting stakes, Lando Calrissian-elect, Donald Glover, won for his performance in Atlanta, which also picked up the Best Television (Musical or Comedy) prize, and BBC favourite, The Night Manager picked up a hat-trick of gongs for its actors — Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Colman.
And if you don’t value the outcome of such celebrity sycophancy, then here’s something from the night that was undeniably brilliant.
A full list of the winners can be found here. Next stop is The Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, on the 26th February.
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