'La La Land' the big winner at Golden Globes
AFP: La La Land" danced off with seven Golden Globes on Sunday in a ceremony marked by surprises and a stinging indictment by Meryl Streep of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
Damien Chazelle's nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals picked up all seven of the statuettes for which it was nominated -- giving the film momentum as it launches its campaign for next month's Academy Awards.
The film's influence was felt from the opening moments of the three-hour ceremony -- host Jimmy Fallon and a slew of stars got the bash underway with a parody of some of the iconic scenes from the movie, which is set in Los Angeles.
"This is a film for dreamers," said Emma Stone, who took home the prize for best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as aspiring actress Mia.
"I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that's what this movie is about."
Her co-star Ryan Gosling -- who plays jazz pianist Sebastian -- won best actor honors, while Chazelle took home prizes for best director and screenplay.
It earned awards for best original score award and best song for "City of Stars" shortly after the glitzy ceremony began -- setting the tone for a record-breaking night.
Gosling joked about breaking up his statuette to share with Stone and Chazelle, before getting serious with a heartfelt tribute to his partner, the actress Eva Mendes.
"I would like to try to thank one person properly and say while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I've ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer," he said.
Kenneth Lonergan's unflinching "Manchester by the Sea" earned a Globe for Casey Affleck as best actor in a drama, but the film lost out to Barry Jenkins's coming-of-age movie "Moonlight" for best drama.
Affleck, who was the heavy favorite in his category, paid tribute to his director.
"I don't have enough time to say what I want to say about Kenny. So suffice it to say I love you, you're beautiful, you're a treasure to all of us who like movies and work in movies," he said.
Best drama was the only award for "Moonlight," a disappointing haul considering it had six nominations, including for the director and cast members Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali.
There was also a shock in the best actress in a drama category, where Natalie Portman was expected to pick up the award for her intense turn as Jackie Kennedy in "Jackie."
Instead, the award went to Isabelle Huppert for French rape-revenge tale "Elle."
In another surprise, "Elle" captured the best foreign language film award over the heavily favored German-Austrian dramedy "Toni Erdmann.""It was wonderful to work with you -- you are wonderful. I love you, I love you, I love you," "Elle" director Paul Verhoeven told Huppert.
Viola Davis picked up best supporting actress in a film for "Fences," the screen adaptation of August Wilson's play.
She hailed "extraordinary leader, great actor, great director" Denzel Washington, her co-star.
"It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn't scream money-maker, you know? But it does scream art. It does scream heart," she said.