Golden Globes 2017 Winners and Commentary (updated)

Nick Nunziata
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Tonight is the big night. We’ll be updating the awards as they’re given out. Jimmy Fallon’s already had the teleprompter fail. What’s next?

Best Motion Picture-Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea

WINNER: Moonlight

Our take: Another upset, but only because it seemed as if this was Moonlight‘s year and it’s only now winning.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastian, Miss Sloane

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

WINNER: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Our take: This is a surprise. That is a stable of not only great performances but also a list of actresses who have a lot of momentum. Chastain was my wish, but there’s no loser here.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama

WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortenson, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Our take: Denzel is astonishing in “Hidden Fences”, but Casey Affleck delivers a once in a career performance. Such a great role.

Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy

20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

WINNER: La La Land

Sing Street

Our take: Duh.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Our take: Emma Stone is the best. Such a great, real person who can act and sing and dance like a dream. Oh, and she just whupped Meryl Streep at an awards show. That’s like beating Ghouls n’ Ghosts on one quarter.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

WINNER: Donald Glover, Atlanta

Nick Nolte, Graves

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Our take: This is a big surprise. This seemed like one of those “the nomination is the award” scenarios for Glover. Nice win.

Best Director-Motion Picture

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Our take: Not a surprise. He killed it.

Best Television Series-Drama

WINNER: The Crown, Netflix

Game of Thrones, HBO

Stranger Things, Netflix

This Is Us, NBC

Westworld, HBO

Our take: This is a surprise. Game of Thrones delivered a great season. Stranger Things was a phenomenon. Westworld was a revelation. But The Crown is really proving itself to be a special project.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Claire Foy, The Crown

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Keri Russell, The Americans

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Our take: Really good show. And a surprise. Very happy Winona Ryder didn’t win for yelling her lines.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

John Turturro, The Night Of

Tom Hiddleston, Night Manager

Courtney B. Vance, People v. OJ Simpson

Our take: This is stunning and fantastic. Hiddleston is astonishing on that show. Riz Ahmed was fabulous and Turturro redefined his career. But this is a movie star who really excelled in the long form, and it’s a nice win.

Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language




The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Our take: Paul Verhoeven was snubbed for Starship Troopers so good on him!

Best Motion Picture-Animated



My Life as a Zucchini

Sing Trolls

WINNER: Zootopia

Our take: “Fantasia Day”. Steve Carell nails it. Great little performance by Kristen Wiig and Carrell. Zootopia (our review) is a safe bet but there’s no denying its merit.

Best Screenplay-Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Our take: This is the one award the film probably doesn’t deserve but there’s obviously a groundswell for La La Land. Tough crowd here. Manchester by the Sea is a powerhouse. Hell or High Water is a script that turns a decent movie into a great one. Moonlight seemed to be coming in with a ton of momentum. Interesting result.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell, Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Our take: So charming. So classy. Eat it, haters.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Our take: Before you lose your mind, Olivia Colman is one of the best actors working and still so few know who she is. She is a revelation on Broadchurch and she’s amazing in The Night Manager. That said, Thandie Newton should have won. But good on Olivia for the win!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Our take: Was Michael Keaton making a “Hidden Fences” joke already? If so, amazing. If not, whoops! Viola Davis is amazing. So good to see her take home the gold.

Best Original Song-Motion Picture

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

“City of Stars,” La La Land

“Faith,” Sing

“Gold,” Gold

“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Our take: Trolls git robbed! We live in a world where a movie based on Trollls was nominated for something. “City of Stars” is wonderful.

Best Original Score-Motion Picture


WINNER: La La Land



Hidden Figures

Our take: Great. A great movie and a great choice. Watch our review.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown, People v. OJ Simpson

WINNER: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, People v. OJ Simpson

Our take: This is a shock. Hugh Laurie is a darling for House, but he managed to slay O.J. Simpson. This was a great role on a great show and his Drumpf jab was aces.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

WINNER: The People vs. OJ Simpson

Our take: Cuba Gooding, Jr. and John Travolta are on a stage right now. Way to go, voters! The Night Manager and The Night Of are classic cuts of beef but apparently a hamburger is what people wanted.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

WINNER: Sarah Paulson, People v. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Our take: I don’t think anyone is surprised here. This show somehow managed to capture the zeitgeist in a way that defied the odds. I don’t get it. The show was so goofy, but there’s no denying that is based on a moment that captures a seminal moment in the way we watch television.

Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy

WINNER – Atlanta


Mozart in the Jungle



Our take: This was sort of expected. If you’ve read our coverage of the show, it’s no big surprise. With that said, sometimes the voters lose their minds.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

WINNER: Tracy Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Our take: This show is beloved. Good for her. This was a tough and unpredictable field. Any field which includes Veep and Dreyfus has their work cut out.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Our take: Billy Bob carries this show, one which is pretty solid though hampered by the lack of a killer instinct. It’s a surprise win, but no one has done such a good job of parlaying his film career into something really special on TV.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

WINNER: Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Our take: Wow. I found Nocturnal Creatures to be a bit of a weak offering and Johnson’s performance was built wholly on over-the-top work. It’s fun, but hardly the stuff dreams are made of.

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