Last night marked the 74th edition of the Golden Globe Awards ceremony and, as ever, the boozy bash was loaded with several flashpoints and "did that just happen?!" moments.
As the first awards show of the season, the Globes has always served as a reliable, if not jocular, primer into how the rest of the television and film prize calendar will end up panning out. If the prognosis here is to be believed, then Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone best get practicing their winners' speeches as La La Land looks set to wipe the floor with all competition.
With Jimmy Fallon assuming host duties for this year's edition, the serious business of "who won what" was offset by a barrel-load of humor and nonsense. If you missed the show and don't want to miss out on the water cooler conversation at work today, find some of our choice talking points below:
Jimmy Fallon Got off to a Shaky Start
Presenting these shows must be a daunting task, and the last thing any host needs is their technology failing on them. After taking the stage for his opening monologue, Jimmy Fallon's teleprompter somehow crashed, meaning the comedian had to rely on ad libs and self-depreciating humor to untangle himself from a sticky situation. Twitter, it seems, was not impressed:
Donald Glover Shouted Out Migos
Raindrop, drop top... As Migos and Lil Uzi Vert's "Bad and Boujee" continues to kill both the charts and meme game, Donald Glover managed to fit in a co-sign to the trap troupe while accepting his award for TV smash Atlanta. "I really wanna thank the Migos — not for being in the show — but for making "Bad and Boujee," like that's the best song ever," said an effusive Glover. We can't say we disagree.
Meryl Streep Destroyed Donald Trump During Her Lifetime Achievement Speech
These awards were never going to pass off without some kind of diss aimed President-elect Donald Trump, who Jimmy Fallon earlier compared to Game of Thrones villain King Joffrey. It was during Meryl Streep's lifetime achievement speech where the damage was really done, however, as the actress — seemingly born badass — delivered a powerful speech criticizing Trump on a wide range of topics. Described by some as career-defining, as of writing, Streep is currently the top trend on Twitter with 759,000 mentions.
British TV Actors Killed It
In categories where they weren't expected to do particularly well, series led by British actors swept up. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Lawrie, and Olivia Coleman, AMC's The Night Manager beat out competition from mammoth hits like The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in the section of "actor, mini-series or television movie," while The Crown won "best drama series," eclipsing favorites such as Westworld and Stranger Things. Rule Britannia...
The Globes Misspelt John Legend's Name
Seriously, you had one job. Having been nominated for his role as producer and supporting actor in hit musical La La Land, poor John Legend looked understandably disappointed when it turned out those in charge of the name cards had misspelled "Legend" by adding in a superfluous "d". Ledgend's* supermodel wife Christine Teigen was low on sympathy for the R&B veteran, taking to Twitter where she branded him a loser. Harsh.
And the Award Goes To...
As touched on previously, La La Land was the biggest winner on the night, coming out on top in every category it was nominated, including "best picture, comedy or musical," "actress, comedy or musical," "actor, comedy or musical," "director," "screenplay," "original score," and "original song". The brilliant Zootopia took the gong of best animated film, while French drama Elle was voted best foreign language film. Casey Affleck then beat off competition from the likes of Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington to be named best actor for his performance in Manchester By The Sea.
Moving to the world of television, Donald Glover's Atlanta was acknowledged as best series in the comedy or musical categories, with Glover also honored as best actor in the same section. Other big winners included Sarah Paulson, who won best actress in a mini-series or television movie for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clarke in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Billy Bob Thornton, who took home the prize of best actor for Goliath.
View the winners in full here.
If you missed it earlier, check out the frenzied intro to the ceremony right here.