Early on in the evening, it seemed like the Golden Globes were going to mostly steer clear of politics. Host Jimmy Fallon made a couple of softball jokes about president-elect Donald Trump, and the early scene-stealers were a revival of everyone's favorite Stranger Things character and the too-adorable-for-words eight-year-old Sunny Pawar. That is, until Meryl Streep fully went there when she accepted her Cecil B. DeMille Award with a powerful and devastating speech aimed directly at Trump. From the silly to the serious, here were the best moments of the 2017 Golden Globes.
1) Barb is alive
The Strangers Things kids kicked off the night with a cameo in Fallon's opening sketch. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, broke out into an impressive rap with her co-stars backing her up. Then came the ultimate plot twist, when fan favorite Barb came back from the dead, emerging from the pool from where she was last seen. She even got her own synchronized swimming act. Finally, #JusticeForBarb.
2) Jon Snow rises from the dead—again
At least Kit Harington can joke about 2016's worst-kept secret. In a quick opening number cameo, he jolts awake in the back of a car — reliving Jon Snow's infamous Game of Thrones resurrection.
3) Jimmy Fallon wings the start of his opening monologue
The pressure was on for Fallon this year—would he shy away from politics or would he finally go hard on Trump? He got off to a rocky start when he stepped up to the mic to start his speech and realized his teleprompter wasn't working. "Already you have your Golden Globes moment," he joked nervously. Then he improvised with, "Cut to Justin Timberlake, please. Just wink at me or something." When in doubt, always lean on JT.
4) Tracee Ellis Ross wins her first Globe
After two decades on TV, Ross took home her first Golden Globe and kicked off the night with an empowering speech:
This is for all of the women, women of color, and colourful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important, but I want you to know I see you. We see you. It is an honor to be on this show…to continue expanding the way we are seen and known. And to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of the stories that are outside where the industry normally looks.
5) Sunny Pawar steals the show
The eight-year-old presented his film Lion with co-star Dev Patel. He only said a few words but his beyond-adorable smile invoked a collective sigh of Awwww.
5) Ryan Gosling’s heartfelt shoutout to Eva Mendes
Gosling and Mendes have always kept their relationship out of the spotlight, but when he accepted his award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for La La Land, Gosling acknowledged Mendes in the most touching way:
My lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer. If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.
Then, he dedicated his award to the memory of Mendes' older brother, Juan Carlos Mendez, who died of cancer in April at the age of 53.
7) Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig’s sad/funny presentation for Best Animated Feature
Only these two could make traumatic childhood stories associated with their first time watching an animated film hilarious. Carell talked about his parents announcing their divorce after taking him to see Fantasia, and Wiig teared up remembering seeing Bambi after her dog died. Trust us—it was funny.
8) Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds get a perfect tribute
We needed all the tissues for the video montage of Fisher and Reynolds' best on-camera moments.
9) Viola Davis presenting Meryl Streep the Cecil B. DeMille Award
Davis gave the perfect tribute to her friend Streep, remembering working with her for the first time on the movie Doubt:
Every day my husband would call me at night and say, “Did you tell her how much she means to you?” and I would say, “Nah, I can’t say anything, Julius. I’m just nervous. All I do is stare at her all the time,” and he said, “Well you need to say something, you’ve been waiting all your life to work with this woman, say something.”… Never said anything. But I’m gonna say it now. You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me—my body, my face, my age—is enough. You encapsulate that great Émile Zola quote, “If you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I as an artist would say, I came to live out loud.”
10) Meryl Streep goes there
Streep used the platform of her Cecil B. Demille Award acceptance speech to talk passionately about the importance of Hollywood, foreigners and the press. Without naming Trump, she directed her powerful message at the president elect, talking about the diversity of her fellow actors, the importance of empathy and the value of a free press. It was the moment of the night, and it's worth reading every word.
11) Isabelle Huppert’s genuinely shocked reaction
It's always refreshing when an actor gets onstage and seems truly surprised to win an award. The critically acclaimed French psychological thriller Elle took home an award for Foreign Language Film, then Huppert scored Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, beating out frontrunner Natalie Portman for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy. Hubbert addressed the movie's director Paul Verhoeven with a sincere, "Thank you for letting me be what I am."
12) Moonlight wins Best Picture, Drama
Moonlight went into the night with a wave of buzz; it got rave reviews and just took home Best Picture at the National Society of Film Critics. But all signs were pointing to a major snub—up until the very end, when it finally scored a much-deserved trophy for Best Drama.
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