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‘Moonlight’ wins best motion picture, drama
Trevante Rhodes in “Moonlight.” (David Bornfriend/A24)

The critically acclaimed film just won its first prize — and it just so happened to be the biggest category of the night.

Director Barry Jenkins lavished praise on independent studio A24 for distributing the film, and also thanked his mom. He urged one simple message for everyone that has seen or talked about the movie: “Tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend.”

Isabelle Huppert wins best actress in a film drama
Isabelle Huppert in “Elle.” (Guy Ferrandis/ SBS Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

The dark horse nominee won for the French film “Elle.” It’s the second win for the movie, which also took home the Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

Huppert seemed shocked to have won. “I’m losing my words,” she cried out amid her thank yous.

Casey Affleck wins best actor in a drama for ‘Manchester by the Sea’

The actor, who got rave reviews for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” was the clear front-runner in this category, which included “Fences” actor-director Denzel Washington. This marks his first win, after one previous nomination.

In the film, which received five nominations in total, Affleck plays a man trying to help his nephew navigate a recent tragedy. In a twist, Matt Damon was originally slated for the role, but couldn’t take it due to scheduling conflicts. Damon, a producer on the film, said in an earlier red carpet interview that Affleck (the younger brother of his longtime friend and collaborator, Ben Affleck) was the only replacement he considered.

“I suspect you won’t be passing on any movies in the future, when I might be nearby,” Affleck told Damon, thanking him for his “support” and “friendship.”

‘La La Land’ wins best comedy/musical
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land.” (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate)

…to the surprise of no one. That’s seven trophies for “La La Land,” which means the musical has the most wins of any film in Golden Globes history.

On stage, the producers thanked everyone behind the film for “ignoring and dismissing all conventional wisdom” that an original musical set in Los Angeles would be a tough sell for an audience. Looks like it turned out okay!

Matt Damon still thinks it’s funny that ‘The Martian’ was considered a comedy

While presenting best actress in a comedy/musical, Matt Damon chuckled to himself that “The Martian” won this category last year.

“That fact alone is funnier than anything in ‘The Martian,'” he joked of his fairly unfunny movie.

Golden Globes 2017 coverage: ‘La La Land’ dominates, ‘Moonlight,’ Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling win

Live coverage of the 2017 Golden Globes with instant analysis and commentary on the red carpet, the winners and the show.