Coming into Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, there were two big questions. Would the awards do anything to dramatically shake up an Oscars race that has been largely dominated thus far by three front-runners: “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea”?
And would liberal-leaning Hollywood use one of its biggest nights as an opportunity to stake out a position as the loyal opposition to President-elect Donald Trump?
The answers were: No, not really. And yes, very much so.
Perhaps fittingly for an industry that has been trying to console itself in the wake of a presidential election result few saw coming, the 74th Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton, proved a big night for the fizzy romantic musical “La La Land,” a love letter to Hollywood itself that is widely considered the film to beat in this year’s best picture race.
Leading the field with seven nominations, the movie earned seven awards, including the prize for best picture in the comedy or musical category along with wins for director Damien Chazelle, its screenplay and its stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.