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Didn’t Watch the Golden Globes? 9 Things to Know

It was uncharacteristically sober, for one!

01.09.17
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Cast and crew of "Atlanta," winners of Best Musical or Comedy TV Series, pose in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The Golden Globes Awards are held in a small room with attendees seated around dinner tables according to what I can only imagine is a meticulous, non-gossipy org chart. It feels intimate compared to other awards shows. A falsity, definitely, but it’s hard not to feel like you might catch the tail end of a private conversation between Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington if you just listen closely. Maybe that’s what keeps us watching, despite the comparative lack of fanfare — no massive stage, no explosive musical performances, no sprawling dance numbers. And maybe that’s why the show is famous for getting a little rowdy. The company is mixed (TV and movies, gasp!), the alcohol flows freely. It kind of feels like a wedding.

Last night, though, the Globes were subdued (like the outfits, per Amelia!). As in, no one got super-drunk and dropped their act. Initially I found this a little disappointing, I’ll admit, but ultimately it was kind of nice. The focus remained pure: a celebration of the art of storytelling, touching and powerful speeches, and rich and famous people overthinking their facial expressions.

Let’s get down to the deets though. If you didn’t watch, here’s what you missed.

1. Jimmy Fallon was host and the bulk of his work was done in his opening act, which was pretty funny, actually.

There were a few iffy moments (like the long dance number between Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake which felt utterly homophobic) (ugh) but the rest of it was kind of okay. I laughed when Jon Snow came back to life in a limo.

2. The diversity of nominees was a notable improvement over some of last year’s awards shows.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Cast and crew of "Atlanta," winners of Best Musical or Comedy TV Series, pose in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

“Globes voters nominated a record number of actors and producers of color this time around,” reported Variety. For the most part, this stayed true for the winners as well, which included a diverse group of people and stories alike: Donald Glover, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Moonlight, FX’s Atlanta, ABC’s Black-ish, Paramount’s Fences, FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The industry still has a long way to go, but it was a marked and appreciated improvement.

3. Tracee Ellis Ross’ acceptance speech was incredible.

She won for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical (Globes categories are so weird) and if you don’t want to watch, just read this part:

“This is for all of the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you, we see you. It is an honor to be on this show Black-ish. To continue expanding the way we are seen and known, and to show the magic and the beauty and the sameness of a story and stories that are outside of where the industry usually looks.”

5. There were lots of Trump digs.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Fallon — who was criticized last year for humanizing Donald Trump when he appeared as a guest on Late Night — compared him to Game of Throne’s most hated character King Joffrey in his opening monologue. Meryl Streep alluded, none too subtly, to Trump’s stance on immigration in her speech: “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out, we’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” Isabelle Huppert, who won for Best Actress, also alluded to “walls and borders” in her acceptance speech.

It was good. I could have stood for more, though.

6. Kristin Wiig and Steve Carrell’s presenting of the award for Best Picture, Animated was laugh-out-loud funny.

They might be the only two to pull off such a long presenting joke without making everyone uncomfortable.

7. Viola Davis presented Meryl Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement by doing a jaw-droppingly good monologue/dedication to Streep.

I couldn’t look away and yelled at my roommates twice to stop breathing so I could hear. Davis killed it.

8. Meryl Streep’s speech was awesome, in the truest sense of the word.

You can watch the whole thing above, read the transcript here or (the best option, imo) head over to Leandra’s story about the speech right this way.

9. Oh! And here’s who won!

Per above, a shit ton went to La La Land, but you can look at a full list here.

Oh and P.S. Did anyone else LOL at this Turbotax commercial with Kathy Bates? I was kinda dying and I normally hate all commercials with a passion…

Photos via Getty Images.

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  • Holly Laine Mascaro

    YES AGREE SO MUCH RE TURBOTAX COMMERCIAL. Very clever. I work in advertising and was so impressed with how they managed to make a commercial for a tax product hilarious – not an easy task.

  • Laura

    “A shit ton” is my new favorite unit of measurement, but was it referring to La La Land instead, in #9?

    • Haley Nahman

      YES IT WAS THANK YOU I FIXED!!

  • Wickbaby

    It’s Kathy…with a “K”..come on ya’ll, you know she’s pretty vicious with a mallet…

    • Haley Nahman

      Omg I’m sorrryyyyyyyyyy fixed!

      • Wickbaby

        HAHAHA!!! I didn’t want Ms Bates coming for you…

  • And just when I thought Meryl Streep couldn’t get any more admirable. I bloody love that woman!

    Emma // http://www.brooklynisburning.co

  • Kathy Cappa
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