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'La La Land' waltzes off with big win at Golden Globes

11:20, 09 January 2017 Monday -

'La La Land' waltzes off with big win at Golden Globes



Whimsical modern-day musical "La La Land" pirouetted its way into major Oscars contention as it swept the board at the Golden Globes, the glitziest party of ...

Whimsical modern-day musical "La La Land" pirouetted its way into major Oscars contention as it swept the board at the Golden Globes, the glitziest party of the showbiz year.

Damien Chazelle's nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals on Sunday 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.

Its success struck an optimistic note during a three-hour ceremony marked by impassioned political speeches voicing anxiety over Donald Trump's election following a campaign which stirred simmering racial tensions.

"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.

"La La Land" had earned awards for best original score and best song for "City of Stars" shortly after the glitzy ceremony began -- setting the tone for a record-breaking night.

Prior to Sunday, the record for the most Globes was shared by the 1975 release "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and the 1978 movie "Midnight Express," with six wins apiece.

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.

- 'I love you' -

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.

But that coveted prize was the only one 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."

- 'Extraordinary women' -

On the television side, FX true crime anthology "The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" took home prizes for best limited series or TV movie, and best actress for Sarah Paulson for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark.

But AMC crime drama "The Night Manager" swept up three acting prizes for Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman.

- 'Outsiders and foreigners' -

The US presidential election was on the minds of those at the Beverly Hilton, with many winners giving acceptance speeches calling for tolerance and unity.

 
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