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Golden Globes 2017: 10 things you need to know, from Meryl Streep to ‘Hidden Fences’

From "La La Land" making history to stunners in TV and a powerful speech by Meryl Streep, here are the highlights from the 2017 Golden Globes. (Video: Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)
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As usual, the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night were filled with surprises — really, “The Night Manager” actors won over “The People v. O.J. Simpson” stars? Natalie Portman of “Jackie” lost best drama actress to Isabelle Huppert of the French thriller “Elle”?

But the show also boiled down the upcoming Oscar race to what many expected: A showdown between the glittery musical “La La Land” and the deeply emotional drama “Moonlight,” which took home the prizes for best comedy or musical and best drama, respectively. Here’s everything you need to know from the three-hour show:

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1. Host Jimmy Fallon’s monologue was pretty tame.

True to form, the “Tonight Show” host kept his material fairly lukewarm, especially when he focused on Donald Trump. Sample jokes: “Of course the ballots for tonight’s Golden Globes were carefully tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst and Young and Putin” and “This is the Golden Globes. One of the few places left in America that still honors the popular vote.” (The monologue started out on an awkward note in general when the teleprompter broke.)

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2. Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump in a very serious speech.

Meryl Streep championed the need for a free press, criticized Donald Trump and called for diversity during her powerful speech at the 2017 Golden Globes. (Video: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

The actress received the Cecil B. DeMille Award (the Globes’ lifetime achievement award) and spent her five minutes onstage reciting a speech directed right at the president-elect. She specifically mentioned the “moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter.”

“And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep said. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” (Read Streep’s full speech here.)

3. The “Hidden Fences” incident.

First, on the NBC red carpet, “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager combined the names of two movies with African American stars (“Hidden Figures” and “Fences”), noting that Pharrell Williams was nominated for “Hidden Fences.” She was dragged on Twitter — and then Michael Keaton made the exact same mistake while presenting the award for best supporting actress, sparking a #GoldenGlobesErrors hashtag, combining titles of movies with predominantly black casts.

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4. “La La Land” dominates.

The nostalgia-seeped musical won every single award it was nominated for: screenplay, score, song, director, actor (Ryan Gosling), actress (Emma Stone), comedy or musical motion picture. It also broke a Golden Globes record in the process — its seven wins are the most of any film in the award show’s history.

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5. “Moonlight” wins best drama motion picture.

“Moonlight,” the powerful film that chronicles a poor, young man into adulthood, was initially shut out — until it came to the biggest category. During his acceptance speech, director Barry Jenkins urged one thing from everyone that has seen the movie: “Tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend.”

6) “Atlanta” continues the new TV comedy streak. 

Donald Glover’s acclaimed FX series is the fifth new show in a row to win in the best comedy or musical TV category, following “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Transparent,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Girls.” Hey, at least it’s more interesting than the “Modern Family” or “Veep” parade at the Emmys.

7. The TV series with the most wins is … “The Night Manager”? 

That’s right, the AMC miniseries — of all things! — nabbed trophies for Hugh Laurie (supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie), Olivia Colman (supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie) and Tom Hiddleston (actor in a limited series or TV movie). Close behind was Netflix’s British historical epic “The Crown,” which took home best TV drama, as well as best actress in a TV drama for Claire Foy.

“Atlanta” won two awards as well (Glover also won for best actor in a TV comedy or musical) and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” won the awards for best limited series or TV movie and best actress for star Sarah Paulson.

8. Celebrities were really bored during Tom Hiddleston’s speech.

Speaking of Hiddleston, he did not bring up the fact that he recently dated the world’s most famous pop star. Instead, he told a story about going to South Sudan and learning that the humanitarian aid workers there binge-watched “The Night Manager,” and it offered them some relief after very difficult days. Celebrities in the crowd were not impressed by this tale, maybe because it started as a story about his charity work and ended up as a humblebrag about “The Night Manager.”

9. The speeches were actually great.

Unusual, right? Sure, there were a few snoozefests, but Glover, Laurie, Tracee Ellis Ross (best actress in a comedy for “Blackish”), Ryan Gosling (best actor in a film comedy or musical for “La La Land”) and Viola Davis (best supporting actress in a drama film for “Fences) delivered some real winners.

10. The Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds tribute.

Even with all of the celebrity deaths in 2016, the show did not have an In Memoriam segment — though there was a brief tribute to the mother-daughter duo who recently passed away within a day of each other.

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