We give a quick overview of how poor our ballots performed (spoiler: Michelle won). Plus, five takeaways from the ceremony!
Michelle won this year, predicting 14 of the 25 winners. I was close behind with 12 out of 25. The television choices really threw both of us off. If you want to compare notes, here’s a full list of winners and a blog post of our picks.
Lane: If Michelle hadn’t gone with her heart for RIVAL RYAN Reynolds she would have picked up another win there with Ryan Gosling. Logic guided our choices for best screenplay (Manchester by the Sea) and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali, Moonlight). Those categories were upset by a La La Land sweep and an odd win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), respectively. I was personally shocked that Disney’s Moana was beat by Zootopia, but again, Michelle called that one.
Michelle: I’m slightly embarrassed of my winning count, but a win is a win, I guess. In my heart of hearts, I knew Gosling would take it and I knew La La Land would come in with a sweep. For some reason, I thought to challenge my gut and ended up with a few less winning categories to brag about. I really thought the Globes would follow the lead of the Critics’ Choice awards and give Kenneth Lonergan the screenplay win for Manchester By the Sea, but I was wrong. Also, yeah, that crazy win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals over both his co-star Michael Shannon AND the favorite Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. That was the first indication we were in for an interesting night of accolades.
Lane: I have no idea what happened with those television wins. Well, okay, I have a theory (see #5 below). Netflix original The Crown received best drama and best actress awards and Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s Goliath won best actor. We predicted People vs OJ would sweep the best limited series/TV movie categories, but Ryan Murphy had to share those awards with the solid/predictable AMC/BBC1 series, The Night Manager. However, we’re beyond happy with Tracee Ellis Ross’ and Donald Glover’s wins for Black-ish and Atlanta. More on that below!
Michelle: TV took me out again, as it does year after year. The more than I engage with new programming, the more I feel like I know the pattern of the Golden Globes, but I don’t. Billy Bob Thornton came in with another upset in his category for Goliath (Amazon), which he did for Fargo in 2015. I want to say that I’m shocked that the People v OJ Simpson got snubbed by The Night Manager, but I think it’s momentum has slowed down over the course of a few awards shows. However, you can’t stop Sarah Paulson! I loved that Tracee Ellis Ross and Donald Glover won, and something that I appreciate from both of them and other winners, was the heartfelt, genuine speeches that didn’t feel politically motivated or rebellious. I turned off the tv with a sense of empowerment and pride. PS: Did we see everyone basically roll their eyes when Tom Hiddleston was accepting his award for The Night Manager?
Five Moments to Remember
1. Moonlight wins Best Picture
Lane: I was beyond relieved when Moonlight took the award for best drama film. However, I was upset by the acceptance etiquette. While producer Adele Romanski said perfectly nice things about the film, I was looking forward to a powerful political message from the director. Barry Jenkins got a few words in, but by that point the show was running 4 minutes late and they were done. I looked to Twitter to understand my frustration and this thread expresses it perfectly.
Basically, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association applauded the white producers (and, no coincidence, producer Brad Pitt introduced the film at the Globes) by awarding Moonlight a best picture award, instead of awarding supporting actor Mahershala Ali for his outstanding performance. As the tweet thread succinctly states, “Basically, giving white people a pat on the back for providing ‘diversity,’ without actually giving an award for creativity to people who aren’t white.” Don’t get me wrong, still SO happy Moonlight won SOMETHING. So happy this film was made. But this is yet another reason why we’re still living in the #OscarsSoWhite era.
Michelle: I was nervous about this. After a 2.5 hour long contemplation if they were going to get completely snubbed, Moonlight took the big prize home. It’s well-deserved and makes for an interesting race come Oscars. Also, Lane covered the parts of this win and the overall show and nailed it on the head. For a show that is typically the most progressive of the awards, the Golden Globes still has a way to go.
2. Meryl Streep
Lane: THANK YOU for having the bravery to speak up, Meryl. As Anne Helen Petersen put it on Twitter, “writers have written Meryl’s thoughts for months; no actor has had guts & stage to wield those words in a way that would injure Trump most.”
Also, see Viola Davis’ touching introduction.
Michelle: It’s no secret that I’m not a HUGE fan of Meryl Streep, but her Cecil B. Demille Award recipient speech was incredible. Shoutout to Meryl for studying the backgrounds of some of the actors, and I loved how great it made them all feel (even when she messed up Ruth Negga’s origin). Viola Davis presented the award with poise and strength as she always does, but managed to speak on the behalf of a lifelong admirer of Streep’s work. I just need to note the touching finale of Streep’s speech which was a quote from her friend “the dear departed, Princess Leia”: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
3. Anything Donald Glover-affiliated
Lane: From Questlove spinning “Boogieman” (a track from Childish Gambino’s, aka Donald Glover’s, new album) to Yvette Nicole Brown interviewing Donald on the red carpet, to Bryan Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield crying over his best actor win, to Donald talking about his childhood and making magic, to Atlanta taking home the award for BEST COMEDY!!!
Oh, and to Donald giving that Migos shoutout.
Michelle: Um…Lane’s got this.
Lane: I feel like I have to say something about presenters. This duo was the best part of the presentations and hosting.
Michelle: Ok, Kristen Wiig needs a hosting gig immediately. Every year she is partnered with an equally funny male presenter and they just improvise and riff off one another to give us the funniest bit of the night. They excelled in delivering their stories of the first time they saw an animated film with some of the best deadpan emotion I have ever seen.
5. Under-watched/publicized streaming TV shows come out on top
Lane: Personally, I was most shocked by The Crown‘s 2 wins and Goliath’s win. I consider myself well-versed in original streaming shows (…okay, humblebrag, I wrote a thesis about it), their reviews, and the publicity campaigns around these shows. The Crown and Goliath both flew under my radar. And that isn’t just based on the fact that I’m uninterested in the shows’ premises. I had a similar feeling last year when Mozart in the Jungle won their Globe for best comedy series. That’s a show that I binge watch and enjoy, but is certainly not the best comedy on television.
With the three examples above, we see the inner-workings of Netflix and Amazon strategically campaigning the HFPA to award shows that may have “underperformed.” They can be resuscitated with the publicity from a win. Stranger Things doesn’t need an award, it has plenty of buzz without one. It’s a smart strategy for both companies to prove themselves as prestigious competitors… HBO took home ZERO awards this year. Whatever Netflix and Amazon are doing behind the scenes, it’s working.