'La La Land' Becomes Biggest Winner in Golden Globes History

'La La Land' Becomes Biggest Winner in Golden Globes History

By Robert Dougherty Jan 09, 2017 09:15 AM
Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

La La Land was a given to sweep the Comedy/Musical categories at the Golden Globes from the very beginning. However, the expected wins for Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and the movie itself were only the half of it, as La La Land won every other category it was nominated for to become the biggest Golden Globe winner of all time.

With Damien Chazelle also winning for Best Director and Best Screenplay, Justin Hurwitz winning for Best Score and "City of Stars" winning for Best Song, La La Land's seven victories surpassed Midnight Express and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest's six for the most ever by one movie. Of course, the all-time Oscar record of 11 victories will be far harder to surpass in a month-and-a-half from now.

Technically, La La Land started winning before the show even began, as host Jimmy Fallon spoofed most of its songs in the cold opening with the help of Justin Timberlake, the Stranger Things kids, Ryan Reynolds and more.

As such, the drama categories mainly gave hints to who La La Land's top Oscar competition is. It looked like the stage was set for Manchester by the Sea to gain that edge after Casey Affleck won Best Actor Drama, but Moonlight pulled off the upset in Best Drama instead. The night started with Moonlight's Best Supporting Actor favorite Mahershala Ali being upset by Nocturnal Animals' Aaron Taylor-Johnson, but it ended in much better fashion for the indie darling.

Natalie Portman has been considered as Stone's top Oscar challenger, yet Elle's Isabelle Huppert has won a good deal of the critics awards so far. Huppert's momentum crossed over into the Globes with a win, which was set up by Elle pulling an upset for Best Foreign Language Film, although it is ineligible in that category for the Oscars. Nonetheless, Elle turned out to be the only film besides La La Land to win more than one award.

The night held to form in other ways, with Viola Davis holding serve in Best Supporting Actress for Fences and Zootopia winning for Best Animated Film. While their chances for repeat victories at the Oscars seem more likely now, the chances of a repeat La La Land sweep are still technically questionable, depending on how the nominations go on Jan. 24.

Until then, this is the full list of Golden Globe winners, including those for television.

Best Drama: Moonlight

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor Drama: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress Drama: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Comedy/Musical: La La Land

Best Actor Comedy/Musical: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Best Actress Comedy/Musical: Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Best Song: City of Stars, La La Land

Best Animated Film: Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film: Elle

Best TV Series Drama: The Crown

Best Actor Drama TV: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Best Actress Drama TV: Claire Foy, The Crown

Best TV Series Comedy: Atlanta

Best Actor Comedy: Donald Glover, Atlanta

Best Actress Comedy TV: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Best Limited Series/TV Movie: The People vs O.J. Simpson

Best Actor Limited Series/TV Movie: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Best Actress Limited Series/TV Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People vs O.J. Simpson

Best Supporting Actor TV/Limited Series/Movie: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

Best Supporting Actress TV/Limited Series/Movie: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Tags: La La Land (2016), Moonlight (2016), Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Damien Chazelle, Casey Affleck, Isabelle Huppert
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