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The 2017 Golden Globes Winners: Film Edition

The 2017 Golden Globes aired last night and the results are in! Who won Best Drama film? Best Comedy? Best Animated? What actors took home Golden Globes for their leading and supporting turns in 2016? Who won Best Director and Best Screenplay? Did your favorite films make the cut? It’s time to find out…

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Winner – Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight took home the gold in this category, beating out the likes of Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, and Manchester by the Sea. I have not yet seen either Moonlight or Lion, but I can certainly attest to the quality of the other three. Moonlight has been a critical darling for what seems like forever now, so I’m sure Jenkins & Co. are over the moon seeing that pay off here.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner – La La Land

Damien Chazelle’s throwback musical took top honors in this category, overtaking 20th Century Women, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Sing Street. This is a category where you can actually track down almost all of the titles as we speak, which tends to not happen often with awards fare. La La Land is currently playing (mostly) nationwide, Sing Street is available for streaming on Netflix, Deadpool and Florence Foster Jenkins can be found in just about any store, and 20th Century Women is slated to go wide in a couple of weeks. That gives you all (as well as myself) ample opportunity to catch up, at least with these films, before the Oscars roll around.

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Winner – Zootopia

This was a hard category for me. Zootopia‘s competition for the award was Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life As A Zucchini, and Sing. While I have not seen all of these films, I love Zootopia and Kubo unconditionally and a win for either would have been wonderful. I have zero problems with Zootopia coming out the victor, but the underdog-lover in me was kind of hoping that Laika might pull an upset with a win for Kubo. Bottom line? Seek out Kubo and the Two Strings, if you haven’t already. It is well worth your time.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner – Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

This is a controversial win due to Affleck’s troubling past, but not an entirely unexpected one. The younger Affleck beat out the likes of Joel Edgerton (Loving), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences). That’s a fine lineup of great performances and their respective films are all worth seeking out.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner – Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Huppert beat out Amy Adams (Arrival), Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane), Ruth Negga (Loving), and Natalie Portman (Jackie), winning for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s latest film. Virtually any win in the category would have been warranted, but it’s nice to see Verhoeven’s film and Huppert’s performance getting such recognition.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner – Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Gosling turned in two great performances this year (the other being The Nice Guys) and thus beat out Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), Jonah Hill (War Dogs), and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool). I’m sure comic book fans were pulling for Reynolds, but realistically he was never going to win. Despite giving a great performance, both Reynolds and Deadpool were lucky to find themselves nominated for as many awards as they have been thus far. As for the rest of the boys? Pretty much all of them deserved their nominations.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner – Emma Stone (La La Land)

Gosling’s co-star in La La Land also won top honors, edging out Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply), Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen), and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins).

Best Director – Motion Picture

Winner – Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Chazelle pulls the hat trick for La La Land, walking away with the directorial award in conjunction with Gosling and Stone’s actor wins. His competition for the Globe was comprised of Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).

The other Golden Globes winners in film categories…

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Winner – Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture

Winner – Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Dev Patel (Lion)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture

Winner – Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Winner – Elle
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Winner – La La Land
Hidden Figures

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Winner – “City of Lights” from La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls
“Faith” from Sing
“Gold” from Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana


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