Another Golden Globes has come and gone, and while 2017's ceremony was perhaps not the most memorable in history, it did have some very memorable moments. Some were sublime, others silly, and still others will have us scratching our heads for months to come -- but all of them are the stuff of awards show gold!
Overall, it was a meaningful night for diversity (which made that Hidden Figures flub so much more painful) -- and for women (particularly those over the age of 25, for a change). Those two trends alone kept us watching until the very end! Still, if you called it a night early on or skipped the broadcast altogether, here are some of the highlights:
1. Meryl Streep Brilliantly Slams Donald Trump
The always eloquent and incomparably classy Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award to call out our president-elect for mocking a disabled reporter -- and to call upon her peers to support the press in their quest to represent and safeguard the truth. (She also paid tribute to Carrie Fisher by appropriately quoting her friend's words: "Take your heart, make it into art.") All hail Queen Meryl!
2. Tom Hiddleston's Speech Perplexes Audiences
For an example of a far less successful (and some say far more self-serving) acceptance speech, look no further than Tom Hiddleston (who won Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series for The Night Manager). What started out as an attempt to shed light on the situation in South Sudan turned into what the Internet is calling an awkward promo for Hiddleston's own work.
Christian Slater's face listening to Tom Hiddleston's "people in South Sudan love me" speech should be on US currency. pic.twitter.com/8HbZScXbH2— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) January 9, 2017
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3. Hugh Laurie Pokes Fun Himself (and Politics)
Thankfully, Tom Hiddleston's Night Manager costar Hugh Laurie (who won Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series) was much more gracious while accepting his award, joking that the win must have been a "mix-up" and that he "won at the last ever Golden Globes." He added, "I don't meant to be gloomy, it's just that it has the words Hollywood, Foreign, and Press in the title."
4. Ryan Gosling Reminds Us Why He'll Always Be Our Dream Boyfriend
Okay, he didn't come right out and start his speech with "Hey, girl," but he may as well have, for all the swoon-worthy sentiment that followed. Accepting his statue for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (for La La Land), Gosling paid an emotional tribute to his "lady," Eva Mendez.
"You don't get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people," he said, "and there's just no time to thank everyone. I just would like to try and thank one person properly and say that 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." AWWWW!!!
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5. Viola Davis FINALLY Wins
After a whopping five nominations, the immensely talented Viola Davis took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award for her work in Fences.
"It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen," she said. "It doesn't scream money maker, you know? But it does scream art. It does scream heart."
6. Tracee Ellis Ross Makes History
Seeing as she is the first black woman to win Best Actress in a TV Comedy since Debbie Allen's 1983 win, it was only fitting that the Black-ish star would dedicate her award to all the "women, women of color, and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important." Yes!
Tracee Ellis Ross during her speech after winning the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy pic.twitter.com/oOhItBtAP5— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 9, 2017
7. Sunny Pawar Steals Literally Everybody's Hearts
If you didn't absolutely melt when Lion's Dev Patel scooped his 8-year-old costar up in his arms, you might not be an actual human being. So. Dang. Cute!
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8. The Stranger Things Kids Rap About Eggo Waffles
Definitely the highlight of the evening's musical opening sequence, Eleven and the gang's hip-hop reunion was exactly what we needed (and Barb's appearance at the end? Perfection!).
9. Kristen Wiig & Steve Carell Make Animated Movies a Crying Matter
And the award for funniest presenters of the night goes to Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell, whose intro to the Best Animated Feature award took a hilariously dark turn. (Spoiler alert: Fantasia and Bambi bring up some bad, bad memories for these two.)
10. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Her DJ On
The Veep star didn't win an award this time (which is fine, because she has a bazillion Golden Globes already), but she still managed to have a blast by temporarily taking over Questlove's duties.