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‘La La Land’ and Meryl Streep Stand Out at Golden Globes

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The 74th annual Golden Globes had it all, from exhilarating wins to moments of thought-provoking political gravitas. It was big night for “La La Land” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, winning a record-breaking total of seven awards. Host Jimmy Fallon suffered through tech issues, and Meryl Streep gave the most cited speech of the night when she spoke blisteringly and eloquently against Trump.

The evening started with Fallon performing an homage to the musical “La La Land." The film has been an overwhelming hit with critics and audiences alike and picked up a record-breaking seven awards, including Best Actor and Actress in a Musical for stars Gosling and Stone. This only helps confirms the film’s frontrunner status for some big wins at the Oscars, although the good luck seemed to run amuck for Fallon when a teleprompter died moments after he hit the stage at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

It wasn’t long before the surprises moved to the awards themselves. In a stunning upset, Denzel Washington, nominated for “Fences,” lost out to Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) for the Best Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama award. In other unexpected news, neither Chrissy Metz nor Mandy Moore won for NBC’s “This Is Us” in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series award. That went to Olivia Coleman for her work on AMC's “The Night Manager.”

“Moonlight,” an independent film directed and written by Barry Jenkins about a young black man growing up in poverty in Miami and being bullied for his sexual orientation, won Best Motion Picture—Drama award. It took down heavy contenders like “Manchester by the Sea,” “Hacksaw Ridge, “Lion” and “Hell or High Water.” Viola Davis defeated Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”), Nicole Kidman (“Lion”) and Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”) for the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award for her performance in “Fences.” Tracee Ellis Ross, who had been nominated four previous times, won her first Golden Globe for playing Dr. Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish.” Ross and Issa Rae, who stars in HBO’s “Insecure,” were the first African-American women nominated for the award since Debbie Allen won in 1983 for her starring role in the TV series “Fame.”

In her acceptance speech, Ross said, “This is for all the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts were not always considered valid and important. But I want you to know that I see you. We see you.” She added, “It’s an honor to be on ‘Black-ish' and to be able to tell the story and stories outside of where the industry looks.”    

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Donald Glover, who created, writes and stars in the FX series “Atlanta,” picked up two awards. He got his first statue for Best Television Series—Music or Comedy after successfully competing against shows that had previously won awards. They were “VEEP,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Transparent” and “Black-ish.” His second was for Best Actor in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy. During his acceptance speech, Glover, who started writing for “30 Rock” when he was a student at NYU, said, "I grew up in a house where magic wasn't allowed, so everybody in here is magical to me. Like, every time I saw a movie or Disney movies or heard your voices or saw you, I was like, 'Oh, magic is from people. We're the ones who, kind of, in a weird way, tell a story or a lie to children so they do stuff that we never thought was possible."

"My dad used to tell me every day, 'You can do anything you want,'" he continued. "And I remember thinking as a kid in first grade, 'You're lying to me.' But now I do stuff, and he's like, ‘I didn't think that was possible.'"

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This year, the Golden Globes actually managed to show that just about everything and anything are possible. In a first, “Elle” (a black comedy about rape) picked up a domestic and a foreign film award. The lead actress, Isabelle Huppert, took home the Best Actress in a Drama win beating out Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Jessica Chastain (“Miss Sloane”) and Natalie Portman (“Jackie”). The French film then went on to win Best Motion Picture—Foreign Language. 

The ceremony also proved, once again, that television series on streaming networks can hold their own against the majors. Netflix’s “The Crown” picked up two awards: Best TV Drama and Best Actress in a TV Drama for star Claire Foy. And Billy Bob Thornton won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for Amazon’s “Goliath.” 

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The most surprising moment in a night of surprising moments came courtesy of Meryl Streep, when she collected the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Even though her voice was hoarse after attending Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ funeral, Streep powerfully shamed the president-elect without using his name once. During her remarks, she reminded the country that almost everyone is an immigrant, and how powerful the press will be during his coming term. She said: “We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That's why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our constitution.” 

For the complete list of nominees and winners, please visit the Golden Globes site.  

Janet Jackson Welcomes Baby Boy, Eissa Al Mana

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Congratulations and don’t forget to send baby gifts and well wishes to Janet Jackson, 50, and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, 42! The singer’s rep told People magazine today that the couple are, “Thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world. Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.”

No word yet on how much Eissa weighs or where he was delivered.

Last April, Jackson announced to the world via Twitter that she was going to postpone the rest of her Unbreakable World Tour. In her video release to her fans, Jackson stated, "I wanted you to be the first to know. My husband and I are planning our family, so I'm going to have to delay the tour. Please, if you can, try to understand that it is important that I do this now. I have to rest up — doctor’s orders. But I have not forgotten about you. I will continue the tour as soon as I possibly can.”

The following month it was confirmed that Jackson was pregnant, just shy of her 50th birthday. While she laid low throughout most of her pregnancy, the singer shared a photo of her baby bump with People magazine in October.

Jackson married her husband, a businessman from Qatar, in 2012. As a couple, they have kept a low profile, with Jackson rarely posting photos of them on her Instagram account.

With the release of “Unbreakable” in 2015, Jackson became the third artist in history to have a number one album in consecutive decades, according to Billboard. Among female artists, Jackson ranks third behind Barbra Streisand and Madonna in the category of number one albums.

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PJ Gach is a NYC-based freelance writer. Her work has been in BlogHer, XOJane, the New York Post and other mags. Her own site is thequeenofstyle.com