‘La La Land’ hits high note at 2017 Golden Globe Awards
By Yang Di

2017-01-24 15:15 GMT+8

American musical romance La La Land swept the board at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, winning a record seven statues and in the process taking home gongs in every category it was nominated for.
Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the film about two underdogs’ struggle to seek fame in Hollywood was the standout performer at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
Ryan Gosling (L), Emma Stone and Damian Chazelle pose together after La La Land won the award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the 2017 Golden Globes. /CFP Photo
It was crowned Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and the two leads were named best actress and actor respectively in the same category. As well as being recognized as best director, 31-year-old Damien Chazelle won for screenplay, score and original song for the film. 
Actress Isabelle Huppert attends the Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Symposium in Hollywood, California, on January 7, 2017. /CFP Photo
Actor Casey Affleck, winner of Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for 'Manchester by the Sea', walks into the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. /CFP Photo
French actress Isabelle Huppert won best actress in a drama for her performance in Elle, and Casey Affleck was named best actor for his role in drama Manchester By The Sea.
Producer Adele Romanski accepts the award for Best Motion Picture - Drama for "Moonlight" during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards show in Beverly Hills, California, US, January 8, 2017. /CFP Photo
The best drama statue went to Moonlight, an American production depicting a young black man's journey of self-discovery in Miami.
Tom Hiddleston won best performance by an actor in a mini-series or TV movie for The Night Manager. /CFP
British stars dominated the television awards, with BBC spy drama The Night Manager enjoying a particularly successful night.
Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie won acting awards in the Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for their roles in the John Le Carre adaptation.
The Crown's Claire Foy was named best TV drama actress at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. /CFP Photo
Claire Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's royal epic The Crown, which won the Best TV drama series, was named best actress in the same category. 
Jimmy Fallon, host of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. /CFP Photo
Without uttering the name of President-elect Donald Trump, who is set to take office on January 20, jokes and comments were made in allusion to the out-spoken politician throughout the night in Beverly Hills, where the political tide is often against the Republicans.
Jimmy Fallon, host of the ceremony, began the night by describing the Golden Globes as “one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote”, a reference to Donald Trump losing the popular vote in the US presidential election but winning the all-important electoral college. 
The presenter also made fun of the Trump presidency by subtly comparing it with the reign of “King Joffrey” who was murdered after taking the crown in Game of Thrones, the popular American TV fantasy show, joking that people would find out “in 12 days” what it would have been like “if King Joffrey had lived.”
Hugh Laurie holds the award for best performance in a supporting role by an actor in a mini-series or TV movie for his role in The Night Manager. /CFP Photo 
Hugh Laurie, the British star who won best supporting actor in a TV series for his role as an arms dealer in The Night Manager, followed Jimmy Fallon in mocking the president-elect, saying in his acceptance speech: “I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”
Less subtle was the criticism from veteran actress Meryl Streep, who said upon receiving an honorary Golden Globe Award: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."
A ‍Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association every year, recognizing excellence in the film and television industries.