The HFPA likes to surprise us. This has always been true, and it certainly was last night. From the first award, which by all rights I think should have gone to Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali, though I do love the Taylor-Johnson family:
And then Billy Bob Thornton for “Goliath.” Most liked tweet of the night: “Honest question, what is Goliath?”
You may have noticed that I skipped over Jimmy Fallon’s opening. That’s because I don’t really remember it. I know it was a La La Land parody, and then his monologue was fine. He’s charming and has a lot of energy. He didn’t detract from my experience the way Ricky Gervais did last year, but I still just miss Amy and Tina.
Anyway, in great news, Tracee Ellis Ross won!
And I have to watch Atlanta:
Hugh Laurie is always charming:
La La Land won everything, but I really enjoy composer Justin Hurwitz’s nervous energy immensely:
Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress of course, but she should have won leading actress (sorry Isabelle Huppert, but it’s true):
My award for cutest moment of the evening:
Ryan Gosling, thank you for being as amazing as I think you are:
Barry Jenkins was robbed for Screenplay. (Or maybe Kenneth Lonergan even.) The story of La La Land is not the point, come on HFPA, spread the love a bit.
Kristen Wiig should host next year. Steve Carrell could come too if he wants:
Meryl Streep is the greatest. Not just the greatest actor of our time, but maybe one of the greatest humans:
And Viola’s presentation almost made me cry. And I see what you’re doing there director by cutting to Vince Vaughan and Mel Gibson in the middle of her speech. And I saw people on Twitter talking about how upset they looked. But c’mon they are used to being the only conservatives in a Hollywood room. And they were sitting and listening respectfully, what did you expect them to do? You should have just stayed focused on Ms. Streep and her message.
I do love Emma Stone:
And Casey’s performance deserved this award. And I encourage you to listen to his episode of WTF with Marc Maron. I’m not trying to excuse away his past behavior, but he is a complicated man, with an interesting story:
And then, thankfully, Moonlight got it’s due:
And of course, a lot of the women were wearing very beautiful dresses: