Who: Meryl Streep
What: A lifetime achievement award
Why: Because there’s probably no one better deserving of it. The Hollywood veteran has won her share of glamorous awards during her successful career, and this one’s just another notch in her metaphoric belt. The 67-year-old American actress is known for her wide variety of different roles and her remarkable character-adaptation abilities. Her acceptance speech was, unsurprisingly, one of the controversial highlights of the evening.
Who: Donald Trump
What: An implied insult from Meryl Streep
Why: Because he reportedly humiliated a disabled journalist last year. Streep called Trump out on his past behavior as part of her acceptance speech. The respected actress used her speech to make a political statement, saying that negative example from powerful figures can affect the behavior of the general public. Even though Streep did not mention Trump specifically, everyone knew who she was referring to. Her statements won her another, slightly more questionable honor: the President-Elect posted a tweet soon after, denying his behavior and calling Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.”
Who: Jimmy Fallon
What: A little bit carried away
Why: We genuinely don’t know. But it seems that the host of The Tonight Show was going through something unpleasant. The evening started relatively well for the entertainer, but when the teleprompter broke – it was all down hill from there. From awkward improvisation attempts to a badly-accepted Trump/Game of Thrones joke to an unsuccessful Chris Rock impersonation – it went from bad to worse. Well, there’s always next year to try again. Or maybe not.
Who: The La La Land Crew
What: A record number of 7 Golden Globes
Why: Because it was a beyond-expected hit success in any measure. The musical, starring actress Emma Stone and actor Ryan Gosling, was undoubtedly the true star of the evening. The awards picked up by La La Land included best actor, best actress, best director and best comedy/musical film. The movie broke the record for highest number of Golden Globes won by one film.
Who: Tracee Ellis Ross
What: Best actress in a musical or comedy TV series award
Why: Well, probably because she’s really good. But the truly amazing thing in Ross’s win is, she is the first black actress to win a Golden Globe in 35 years. The last actress to do so before her was Debbie Allen in 1983. Ross won the award for her performance in ABC’s Black-ish. The actress dedicated her acceptance speech to “all the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important.” Bravo, Tracee.
Who: The Golden Globes
What: A termination letter from Hugh Laurie
Why: We know technically, the Golden Globes Ceremony is not a person. But in light of Hugh Laurie’s acceptance speech, we had to give it a spot in our respected list. Laurie made use of his acceptance speech for best supporting actor in a TV miniseries or a movie, to joke about the current Golden Globes Ceremony being the last one. Like Meryl Streep, Laurie made an obvious Trump reference in his speech. “I don’t mean to be gloomy but it has the words ‘Hollywood,’ ‘foreign’ and ‘press’ in it,” said the British actor, highly famous for his lead role in House M.D. Laurie, as usual, made sure to integrate humor in his speech, making everyone else laugh. In our book, it’s better than the alternative.