• Liz Venerable

Golden Globes 2k17: from Hidden Fences to Bad and Bougie

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The 2017 Golden Globe Awards were watched by 20 million people, according to Nielsen.com. The three-hour broadcast fell flat from time to time, but with Jimmy Fallon-hosting, the ceremony had plenty of entertaining moments. Here are some of the highs and lows from the night.


1. Donald Glover’s win for Best Television Series, musical or comedy, and Best Actor in a Television Series, musical or comedy, for his work on the FX show “Atlanta.”

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His acceptance speeches were personal when he talked about growing up in a house where magic wasn’t allowed, and hilarious, when he thanked the music group the “Migos” for not being on the show, but for making “Bad and Boujee” a song that he deemed “the best song ever.”

Time Magazine stated that “Atlanta” was one of the best, most distinctive shows of last season, and everything about the show’s win, Mr. Glover’s velvet suit and the cast’s eyes-closed portrait felt unique and just right.

2. Tracee Ellis Ross’ graceful acceptance speech.

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Tracee’s acceptance speech was a combination of elegance, meaningful ideas and spontaneity. Tracee won a Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy in her role on ABC’s “Black-ish.” During her acceptance speech, Tracee said that her award was also for “all of the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important.” Tracee is the second African American woman to win Best Actress in a Comedy.

3. Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell

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Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig’s introduction for Best-Animated Feature was hilarious. They offered a comic relief from the appalling segments that were draining energy out of the ceremony.

4. "Aww" Moments

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Some of the biggest “aww” moments of the night were from the actors under the age of 15: the kids from “Stranger Things” and Sunny Pawar, the young Indian actor who played a lost child in “Lion.”

The “Stranger Things” crew (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp) arrived together, lighting up the red carpet with their dance moves.

My favorite moment of the night happened onstage during the show, when Sunny Pawar was hoisted up to the mic by Dev Patel, who plays the older version of their character in the drama “Lion.” My heart melted when the little boy started speaking.


1. Sofia Vergara’s overused accent as a comic bit.

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It is time to stop using the fact that Sofia Vergara is not a native English speaker as a comic bit. She came out and said “anal” twice and then “anus,” the joke being that she cannot pronounce “annual.” Even if the joke was new and not worn, out it’s just not funny.

2. Jimmy Fallon’s Prompter Fail

The night started off rocky when Jimmy Fallon’s teleprompter stopped working. Left without his monologue material, Fallon seemed nervous and jumpy. Fallon said, “I can think of something … cut to Justin Timberlake, please, and he’ll just wink at me or something … this is great. You know what; I’ll make up this monologue.” Luckily, the teleprompter was restored.

3. Hidden Fences

This was one of the lowest moments of the night for me and yet the funniest.

First, NBC correspondent Jenna Bush (daughter of George W.) asked “Hidden Figures” producer and composer, Pharrell Williams, if he was nominated for “Hidden Fences.”

Jenna had mixed-up two acclaimed period dramas (“Hidden Figures” and “Fences”) that focus on African Americans. Later on in night, Michael Keaton made the same mistake as Jenna when he presented the award for best supporting actress.

Jenna and Michael have apologized for the mix-up, but not surprisingly, Twitter and the memes will never let the world forget “Hidden Fences.”

4. No “In Memoriam”

2016 is arguably one of the worst years for celebrity deaths ever. The world lost Prince, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, Gwen Ifill and countless others. However, there was no moment during the awards to acknowledge the artists who passed away during the “in memoriam.” An “in memoriam” tribute may be morbid, but it's also a nice way to recognize those massive talents. Many people took to Twitter to express their sadness due to the lack of “in memoriam.” Some even stated that the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds tribute could have been better.

To see some of the highs and lows yourself or for more details on the winners, click here.

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