The 2017 awards season launched in full force with the arrival of the Golden Globe awards this past weekend. There were many surprises, shocks and clichés to behold at this year's glitzy star-studded event which officially commenced the film awards season.
Selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Globes give audiences a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming season, thus shedding some light on future Oscar nominees and winners.
Here's what we thought of this year's glitzy event…
The battle of the talk show Jimmy's
It's quite a coincidence that rival late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel are each hosting rival award shows as well. Fallon kicked things off as the Globes host, while Kimmel will host the Oscars next month.
So how did Fallon do? Well, his opening segment where he roped in various celebrities to help him parody a few scenes from the movie, La La Land was a bliss. Not only was it hilarious, but it was a joy to see the many nominees' assistance from Nicole Kidman to Amy Adams to the cast of popular TV show, Stranger Things.
However; despite making a good first impression, Fallon was ultimately forgotten during the rest of the show. The comedian failed to make a long-lasting impression as the rest of his hosting stint became a forgotten memory.
An immense love for 'La La Land'
Nominated for seven Golden Globes, La La Land won in every single category, even beating out Globes favourite, Meryl Streep.
While the musical film deserved most of the accolades, there were a few instances where the HFPA should have snapped out of their La La Land love spell. The more ambitious Moonlight should have taken home the Globe for Best Screenplay, while Ryan Reynolds' more upbeat performance as the Merc with the Mouth Deadpool was a far better choice than Ryan Gosling.
There were a few surprises in store…
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Viola Davis and Tracee Ellis Ross were unexpected winners that surprised us in a good way. Ross' winning chances looked gloom, but the HFPA bucked the Globes' trend of usually awarding debut TV shows.
Clinging to the old
Besides Tracee Ellis Ross' win, the Globes failed to buck this trend elsewhere as numerous new television shows scooped awards left, right and centre. So if you’re a relatively new TV show that lost out to another at this year's Globes, don't expect a win anytime down the line.
The thing is, the HFPA always awards realistic TV dramas, and gives absolutely no love to fantasy or Sci-Fi shows – which is why Westworld, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things failing to walk away with a single trophy feels so unfair.
With so much talent in each category, not everyone we're rooting for will win. So, it's rather hard for us to witness Game of Thrones, Anthony Anderson, Black-ish, Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer, Moana, Westworld, Stranger Things, Winona Ryder, Thandie Newton and especially Lena Headey lose.
Expected and well-deserved
Sarah Paulson and the critically acclaimed The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story have already nabbed numerous awards in 2016, making their wins expected. Casey Affleck's win was already in the cards as the actor gives an excellent raw performance in Manchester by the Sea – a feat which usually impresses voters. Despite our undying love for Disney's Moana, it comes as no surprise why the HFPA would pick the more poignant Zootropolis for Best Animated film.
French actress Isabelle Huppert's win for Elle was possibly the biggest shocker of the night as Natalie Portman's critically lauded performance in Jackie was easily tipped as the frontrunner. What do we think? Well, we've never seen Elle or Jackie so it's rather hard to pinpoint the deserving winner.
Best acceptance speeches
Tracee Ellis Ross dedicated her award to women of colour with an inspiring speech. "This is for all of the women, women of colour and colourful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important," Ross excitedly declared in her speech.
House star Hugh Laurie took a swipe at the current state of American politics, with a rousing, bold and possibly the funniest speech of the evening. "I suppose it's made more amazing by the fact that I'll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes," Laurie cheekily told the audience. But the actor was only getting started as he pointed out the title of the HFPA as a likely reason for the Globes' possible cancellation. "I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just that it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign,' and 'press' in the title". "I also think that to some Republicans, even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy."
But the speech with the biggest impact no doubt belonged to Meryl Streep who was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. The actress' speech became political and took on Donald Trump, calling him a "bully", while berating him for mocking a disabled reporter.
"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter -- someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it," Streep exclaimed.
She continued: "I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modelled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing." "Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves Meryl. Thank you for your wise words of wisdom. Not only was your speech powerful, compelling, moving, thought-provoking and impactful; but it also took a lot of guts and bravery.
Taking itself seriously
Over the last couple of years, the Golden Globes have tried immensely to prove that they can be taken seriously – and in 2017 they have. There were no laughable additions this year compared to their past transgressions including when Sci-Fi drama film The Martian took home a gong for Best Comedy or Musical last year; while the critically panned, The Tourist nabbed a Best Picture nomination back in 2010.
This year, the HFPA sung all the right notes; nominating and awarding films, television shows and actors that so rightly deserved the recognition – while finding its own voice in being slightly different from the Oscars.
Overall, the Golden Globe Awards is back in top form, and it should continue like this in future – albeit with a few notable added improvements.