Golden Globes shocks the world by awarding a film about the struggles of Hollywood a record seven awards


“Golden Globe Awards” by Joe Shlabotnik (CC BY 2.0)

The Golden Globes Awards, one of the most pointless award shows in the world, broadcasted its 74th show on Sunday, January 8. The annual award show is the best of both the Academy Awards and the Emmys, with all attendees being visibly drunk, even the voters backstage.

This year’s host was Jimmy Fallon and his extremely stale jokes, such as the knee-slapper that was his comparison of Eddie Redmayne’s and Jessica Chastain’s names. How funny!

As usual, the HFPA gave all their television awards to the “hot, new thing”. 10 of the 11 television awards went to shows that debuted in 2016. Unsurprisingly, these new shows took nominations away from more critically acclaimed but older shows like The Americans and Better Call Saul. Saul was on its second season, which of course means that it was too ancient to be nominated for Best Drama Series.

One example of the “hot, new thing” winning awards is Billy Bob Thornton winning Best Actor in a Drama Series for Amazon Studios’ Goliath. The show has received generally favorable reviews from both people who watched it.

The much acclaimed La La Land sweeped the film categories, even unexpectedly taking Best Screenplay. The film was considered to be one of the best of 2016, but people are already calling it overrated, even before they inevitably take Best Picture and Best Director (two categories in which they are firm front-runners) at the Oscars. At least a musical won Best Comedy or Musical Film this year, rather than a distressing science-fiction thriller about an astronaut abandoned on Mars.

In one of the rare, surprising times the Globes got something right, French actress Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress in a Drama Film for her haunting portrayal of a rape victim searching for revenge in Elle. She will probably not win any other major industry award, but at least the HFPA got to say that they gave one of their major awards to a foreign actress starring in a universally acclaimed foreign film.

The public, the media, and Meryl Streep have decided to dedicate film and television of 2016 to President-Elect Donald Trump. Press coverage of the event was largely focused on Streep’s shocking and controversial statement that powerful people should not bully and mock disabled people. In other news, Meryl Streep received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Every year, the Golden Globes have a tradition of kick-starting film awards season with a moan, but the voters appeared to have only been modestly inebriated this year (in regards to their film categories). This year’s show did not need a Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, or Amy Poehler to save the day, but Jimmy Fallon was definitely a useless detriment to the show. La La Land is a great choice to have a reign of terror through this year’s awards season, but people who are indifferent to romantic musical comedy-dramas about young, aspiring artists in Hollywood may not be so pleased.