Surprises and Silences at the 2017 Golden Globes

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We knew she could act and we even knew she could hold a note, but no one could have anticipated Meryl Streep‘s rousing, real-life public speaking skill. In a night filled with significant wins, Streep ensured that her acceptance speech would be as memorable as her career, marked by receiving the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The famed actress called out president-elect Donald J. Trump for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” she said. “Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”

She also encouraged the press to remain vigilant, reminding journalists of their constitutional duty while warning the public that it would need to defend a free press. “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call him on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in the Constitution. So I only ask the famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists, because we’re gonna need them going forward, and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth.”



Viola Davis, who won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences,” introduced Streep. She admitted her longtime admiration for Streep that she had never shared publicly — even when they worked on the same film set (“Doubt”). Davis said, “I haven’t said anything. But I’m gonna say it now. You make me proud to be an artist. You make me feel that what I have in me, my body, my face, my age, is enough. You encapsulate that great Émile Zola quote that if you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I an artist would say, I came to live out loud.”

As for other notable surprises, Tracee Ellis Ross won her first Golden Globe award for her role on ABC’s “black-ish.” Continuing her winning streak, Sarah Paulson won Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Television Movie for her portrayal of attorney Marsha Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Other female winners included:

Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”
Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”


A man who made his woman a winner, Ryan Gosling paid a special tribute to the love of his life, Eva Mendes, who is the mother of his two daughters. During his acceptance speech he said that while he was off singing and dancing in “La La Land,” which won seven awards, including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, “my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and helping her brother with his battle with cancer… Sweetheart, thank you.”

Still, it was Streep who hushed the audience with her soul-stirring tribute to the late actress Carrie Fisher. “As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.'”


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