Golden Globes: Meryl Streep Does What Many Bollywood Actors Could Never Dare to

Actors who make sensible political comments are hard to come by in India

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Meryl Streep, who is a multiple award-winning actress and queen of sass in general, won the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to cinema at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

She was awarded the honour by the legendary Viola Davis, who is known as the lead of the show How to Get Away with Murder. In the past, she has received eight Golden Globes. As if this moment was not the epitome of cool already, she also gave a speech that drove people to tears, received resounding applause, and has gone viral on social media.

In it, she condemns Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and general demeanor:

“But there was one performance [Trump’s] this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart… It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter.”

She reminded Hollywood, the foreigners present at the event, and the press that they are one of the “most vilified segments of American society”. Streep also requested that the press hold those in power accountable “for every outrage”.

Such a powerful comment from someone so influential is bound to have an impact. The sad reality is that a majority of celebrities in India do not take stands on issues. And those that do, such as Aamir Khan, are hounded, trolled, and condemned by politicians and viewers alike.

Watch what Streep had to say here:

Here’s a list of the winners of this year’s Golden Globes:

1. Best Motion Picture – Drama

Moonlight

The critically acclaimed film starring House of Cards’ Mahershala Ali and Shariff Earp chronicles the story of a troubled young man’s life from his teens to adulthood.

2. Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

La La Land

No surprises there! Ryan Gosling and Emma Watson lend their voices, dance moves, talents and powerful chemistry in this dreamy romantic drama.

3. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Isabelle Huppert-Belle

Relatively unknown French actress Isabelle Huppert edges out Hollywood biggies like Natalie Portman and Amy Adams to pick up the gong for Best Actress in Elle.

4. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Casey Affleck- Manchester By The Sea

Casey Affleck (yes, he’s Ben Affleck’s brother) wins his first major award for his brooding role in the drama—Manchester By The Sea

5. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Emma Watson-La La Land

The charming Emma Watson wins Best Actress for— you guessed it La La Land

6. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Ryan Gosling-La La Land

Colin Farrell’s performance in indie romance The Lobster would have been our choice but it is hard not to succumb to the charms of a certain Mr Gosling.

7. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Viola Davis- Fences

Ever-dependable Viola Davis wins for Fences— a film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name.

8.  Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Aaron-Taylor Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Kick-Ass’s Aaron-Taylor Johnson wins for Nocturnal Animals— a thriller about a woman haunted by her ex-husband’s novel.

9. Best Director – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle- La La Land

10. Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Damien Chazelle for La La Land again. Although Barry Jenkins did a phenomenal job with Moonlight.

11. Best Motion Picture – Animated

Zootopia

Although we would have liked the underrated Kubo And The Two Strings to pick up the gong.

12. Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

Elle-France

France’s Elle— a thriller about a businesswoman who tracks down her rapist picks up the award. In case you were wondering, no Indian film was nominated.

13. Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Justin Hurwitz- La La Land

Justin Hurwitz’s memorable score for La La Land is the obvious choice and winner.  But we would have liked Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s haunting, almost other-worldy score for Arrival to get the honours.

14. Best Original Song – Motion Picture

City Of Stars- La La Land

City Of Stars, Justin Hurwitz for La La Land, No complaints here. How was Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from Trolls even nominated is bewildering.

15. Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown

The Crown emerged the surprise winner here edging out favourites such as Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. It’s no surprise to us though. Have you seen the show? It is drama at its finest – much better than the hours of crap Game of Thrones put us through last year.

16. Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Atlanta

Atlanta – a show about the city’s rap scene emerges as the winner

17. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Based on the infamous O.J. Simpson murder case–The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story edges out HBO’s The Night of and AMC’s The Night Manager.

18. Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson’s role as prosecutor Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story gets her the award

19. Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston wins for his performance as a hotel manager in The Night Manager. Unfortunately, Riz Ahmed’s brilliant role as a man accused of wrongly (probably) murdering a woman didn’t make the cut, neither did his lawyer played by John Turturro.

20. Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Claire Foy

Claire Foy for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Well-deserved and beating out some stiff competition from the likes of Keri Russell and Caitriona Balfe

21. Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton after his brilliant performance in Fargo picks up the gong for Goliath where he plays a disgraced lawyer.

22. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross picks up the gong for hit comedy Black-ish.

23. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Donald Glover

Community alum Donald Glover wins the award for his role in Atlanta

24. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Olivia Colman

Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman wins for her role as Angela Burr in The Night Manager

25. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie who is best known for playing a sarcastic doctor in House M.D wins for The Night Manager. John Lithgow’s absolutely brilliant performance as Winston Churchill in The Crown didn’t make the cut. Well, there’s always The Emmy’s.