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Golden Globes 2016: La La Land sweeps awards

La La Land

Story by Jack Foley

DAMIEN Chazelle’s La La Land has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes.

The musical won every category in which it was nominated, including best musical or comedy film, plus acting trophies for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Its writer-director Chazelle also won for directing and screenplay, while the film also triumphed for one of its songs as well as its score.

The Globes are famous for splitting the movies into two categories, with La La Land‘s wins in the musical or comedy category leaving the path open for other winners in the dramatic categories.

Hence, critically-acclaimed coming-of-age movie Moonlight, which chronicles a black man’s attempts to cope with his sexuality in America, won best motion picture – drama.

Casey Affleck was named best actor in a film drama for his role in Manchester By The Sea, while French actress Isabelle Huppert was the surprise winner of the award for best film drama actress for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller Elle, which was also named best foreign language film.

In winning, Huppert beat awards favourite Natalie Portman, who had been widely expected to triumph for her role in Jackie.

Another surprise result came in the best supporting actor category, where British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson took the prize for his role in Nocturnal Animals – a prize that had been widely expected to go to Mahershala Ali for Moonlight.

Viola Davis was named best supporting film actress for playing a woman in 1950s Pittsburgh in Denzel Washington’s Fences – a role she first played on Broadway six years ago.

The movie is an adaptation of the August Wilson play, which explores race relations in post-war America.

Accepting the award, Davis said: “It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen – it doesn’t scream ‘money-maker’. But it does scream art, and it does scream heart.”

Disney’s Zootropolis was named best animated feature.

Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, who used the opportunity – along with some of his fellow acting colleagues – to offer some jokes at the expense of new US President Donald Trump.

He described the Golden Globes as “one of the few places left where America still honours the popular vote”. While Meryl Streep took a more serious line, referencing Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter by saying: “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”

The actress made her comment while accepting the Cecil B Demille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment.

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