After being shutout throughout the night, Moonlight rebounded at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to take the biggest prize of Best Motion Picture-Drama.
The coming of age movie about a black gay teen took the award over fellow nominees Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion and Manchester by the Sea.
Writer-director Barry Jenkins said while accepting the award: ‘To my mom, Denzel [Washington] says in Fences: “I gave you everything. I gave you your life.” Mom, you gave me my life, and I hope being on this stage right now is fulfillment of the life that you gave me.’
Jenkins then added: ‘And to everyone on Twitter and Instagram, everyone back home in Miami and New Orleans, if you have seen this film, if you have told a friend – all I ever say is please, tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend.’
Moonlight had been nominated for six Globes overall including two nods for Jenkins in the writing and directing category, Naomie Harris for supporting actress, Mahershala Ali for supporting actor and a nomination for best original score.
Here is a full list of winners from the Golden Globe Awards:
Best picture, drama: Moonlight
Best picture, comedy or musical: La La Land
Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Acceptance speech of Cecil B. Demille Award honoree Meryl Streep: Thank you, thank you. I lost my voice in screaming and lamentation this week. I’ve lost my mind sometime earlier this year, so I have to read. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Just to pick up on what Hugh Laurie said: You, and all of us in this room, really belong to the most vilified segment of American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners, and the press.
But who are we? What is Hollywood, anyway? It’s just a bunch of different places. I was born and raised and educated in the public schools of New Jersey, Viola was born in a sharecroppers cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn. Amy Adams was born in Vicenzia, Italy, and Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Where are their birth certificates? And the beautiful Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was raised in Ireland, I do believe, and she’s here nominated—for playing a small-town girl from Virginia. Ryan Gosling, like all the nicest people is Canadian. And Dev Patel was born in Kenya, raised in London, is here playing an Indian, raised in Tasmania.
So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick ’em all out, you’ll have nothing else to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts. They gave me three seconds to say that though.
As an actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us, and let you feel what that feels like, and there were many, many ,many powerful performances that did exactly that—breathtaking, compassionate work. But there was one performances this year that stunned me; it sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job—it made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter—someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. 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. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.
Okay, this brings me to the press: We need the principled press, to hold power to account, to call them them on the carpet for every outrage; that’s why our founders enshrine the press and its freedoms in our constitution. So I only asked 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.
One more thing. Once, when I was standing around on the set one day whining about something, we were going to work through supper, or the long hours or whatever, Tommy Lee Jones said to me, isn’t it such a privilege, Meryl, just to be an actor. Yeah, it is. And we have to remind each other of the privilege and the responsibility of the act of empathy. We should all be very proud of the work Hollywood honors here tonight.
As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, take your broken heart, make it into art. Thank you.
Randolph Scott made more than 100 movies in a career that reached its peak in the 1950s.
His films were of various genres but he found his greatest success in westerns.
He starred in such films as Belle Starr, The Spoilers, Seven Men From Now, and Ride the High Country.
He retired from movies at the age of 64 and lived to be 89 years old.
The handsome Mr. Scott was married twice including a 40-plus year marriage to Patricia Stillman.
But it was his close relationship with Cary Grant that got the most attention during the early years of their careers.
It is widely believed that the two were lovers but neither ever acknowledged this, obviously. But what is known is that they lived together off and on for about 10 years as ‘roommates’ and the many publicity photos of them together are stunning.
While Grant is known for being dashing and handsome, you can see that Scott was also quite stunning.
You won’t see a lot of former co-host Ann Curry in this retrospective but Katie Couric was guest host today so that was nice. I think Couric and Matt Lauer were one of the best teams ever on morning television. Anyway, this look back shows how remarkable it must be to have a front row seat to history, to interview presidents, movie stars, rock stars and every day people. I had such a crush on Matt when he came onto the show as news anchor and as he lost his hair and I lost mine, my crush remained. And the way he crosses his long legs during interviews is also something I find appealing. Enjoy!
The stupendously talented Kate McKinnon turns 33 today. This Saturday Night Live cast member and burgeoning movie star won her first Emmy in September. It was long overdue and tremendously deserved. She is just everything. Happy birthday to the glorious Kate!
Debra Messing spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her TV mom Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher with whom she also worked. Here is an excerpt: Each one of them was a trailblazer. Each one of them was underestimated, in their lives and in their careers. They’re both legends. Independent of one another, they were extraordinary talents but also very willful with very, very strong feelings about what it meant to be a woman. They were always asserting themselves as equals, and constantly striving for that. Debbie was fiercely independent. She was philanthropic and got behind mental health, a cause she stood behind for more than 50 years. She was in the forefront of the LGBT community — that was very important to her. Carrie is any feminist’s hero. The way she wrote, the way she spoke; she was unguarded and unapologetic — brazen in her honesty and demands of respect.
Anti-gay gospel singer Kim Burrell got axed from The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week but she was a topic of discussion anyway on the show.
The host and her guest Pharrell Williams, with whom Burrell has recorded, condemned her anti-gay rant during which she warned that all homosexuals will die in 2017.
‘She said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me,’ DeGeneres said.
She added: ‘… As someone who has received a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love, I just don’t understand anyone who has experienced that kind of oppression or anything like that, now…it only gives me more compassion. It gives me more empathy. I don’t ever want anyone to feel hurt because they are different.’
Burrell, featured on a song with Williams entitled I See a Victory, is a pastor who told her congregation: ‘That perverted, homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion. If you, as a man, will open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. If you are a woman and you shake your breasts in another woman’s face, you are perverted.’
Williams called Burrell ‘a fantastic singer’ but made his feelings clear: ‘There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. There’s no room.’
The singer also said: ‘We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way. Live and let live. Love and let love.’
Williams has a suggestion with anyone struggling to understand and respect people’s differences:
‘Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word ‘black’ in that sentence or put ‘gay’ in that sentence or put ‘transgender’ in that sentence or put, uh, ‘white’ in that sentence and all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you.
‘The world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love. This universe is love. And that’s the only way it will function.’
Today’s strapping Morning Man is a professional English rugby union player. He’s 25-year-old Owen Farrell and he currently playing for Aviva Premiership side Saracens. His preferred position is fly-half, but he often plays at centre. His father is Andy Farrell, who played both rugby league and rugby union for England.
Burlesque will not be Cher’s final acting role! The Oscar winner will star in Flint, a Lifetime movie about the Flint, Michigan, water contamination crisis. Deadline Hollywood reports that Cher will produce along with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and Katie Couric. Cher has made relatively few films but many memorable ones including Moonstruck, Mask, Silkwood, The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect andMermaids. She made her only other TV movie 20 years ago as one of the stars and a director of the HBO trilogy of abortion stories If These Walls Could Talk.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were both movie icons but they also had their triumphs on Broadway.
And to honor the mother and daughter who died a day apart last week, Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Friday at 7:45 pm.
Reynolds, who was 84 when she died, made her Broadway debut in 1973 in the musical comedy Irene which earned her a Tony Award nomination.
Her daughter, who died at 60, appeared in the chorus of the show.
Reynolds had been a major movie star for two decades with such classic films as Singin’ in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and How the West Was Won but movie roles were drying up as she approached 40.
She headlined Irene on Broadway for a-year-and-a-half before embarking on a national tour with the show.
Reynolds returned to Broadway In 1976 in the self-titled revue titled Debbie.
Then in 1983, she had one last Broadway run as the star of the 1981 Kander and Ebb musical Woman of the Year as a replacement for original star Lauren Bacall.
Fisher’s movie career took off with the Star Wars franchise.
But between the second and third films of the original trilogy she returned to Broadway briefly in the show Censored Scenes From King Kong then later as a replacement star in the play Agnes of God.
Her final Broadway engagement was in the solo show Wishful Drinking which ran for four months in 2009-10.