Politics, Diversity Major Topics of Jokes and Speeches at 2017 Golden Globes

A recap of the big night in Hollywood.

January 09, 2017, 12:05 AM

— -- The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards show was certainly one for the books!

The comedy, the winners, the speeches and the surprises were what you'd expect from one of Hollywood's biggest nights. There was also a lot of jokes and heartfelt words focused on the current political climate in America, specifically the need for inclusion and diversity.

Here's all the big highlights.

Host Jimmy Fallon

The night began with an ode to "La La Land," showing host Jimmy Fallon stuck in traffic on the way to the Globes.

Everyone got out of their cars and began singing and dancing, including the likes of Kit Harington, Millie Bobby Brown, Ryan Reynolds and Evan Rachel Wood. All the actors and actresses made little jokes about their characters' big moments in 2016.

Next came Fallon's monologue that was mostly focused on the 2016 presidential election and President-elect Donald Trump.

He said fans of "Game of Thrones" were wondering "what it would have been like if King Joffrey had lived ... well in 12 days we'll find out," he said about Trump's inauguration.

The Speeches

Winners Viola Davis, Billy Bob Thornton, Tracee Ellis Ross and more all had heartfelt speeches after each took home a Globe.

Possibly the most inspiring was Ryan Gosling's tribute to his lady love Eva Mendes, who is the mother of his two children.

He said after taking home the award for best actor for his part in "La La Land," that while he was off singing and dancing, "my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and helping her brother with his battle with cancer ... Sweetheart, thank you."

At the end of the night, when "Moonlight" took home the big award for Best Drama, director and screenwriter Barry Jenkins spoke about his mother, saying "you gave me my life," then adding to the fans, "if you have seen this film ... please tell a friend."

"La La Land's" Huge Night

Damien Chazelle's hit film had a huge night, setting a Globes record with seven wins. "La La Land" took home awards for best picture musical or comedy, best actor in Ryan Gosling, best score and many more.

Throughout the night, the director, producers and others talked about the multi-year process of getting such an innovative movie made. Now it dominated the Globes and is a major Oscar contender.

"The Crown," "The Night Manager" and "Atlanta" also had big nights, earning Globes for the likes of Hugh Laurie, Donald Glover and Claire Foy for their roles in successful TV shows.

The Politics

In addition to Fallon's opening monologue, Hugh Laurie, Meryl Streep and others brought up the importance of diversity and inclusion in America.

They didn't name check anyone, but Laurie joked with similar sentiments that Streep used later in her speech.

He called this year's award show the "last ever Golden Globes ... I don't mean to be gloomy, but it has the words Hollywood, Foreign and Press in the title."

Meryl Streep

The Cecil B. DeMille Award winner picked right up where Laurie left off and spoke at length about diversity and the need for empathy now more than ever in America.

"What is Hollywood anyway, just a bunch of people from different places," she said.

In her 6-minute speech, she alluded to the current political climate and added that "If you kick [foreigners] all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

"As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art,'" she closed, adding words spoken to her by the late Carrie Fisher.

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