Martin McDonagh's black comedy crime drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, collected four Golden Globe Awards tonight, setting it up as one of the favourites for the upcoming Oscars.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honoured Three Billboards for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Frances McDormand), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (Sam Rockwell), and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (McDonagh).
Straight film critic Ken Eisner declared in his review last year that Three Billboards was "easily" McDonagh's best film, calling it "a wildly entertaining exercise in stylistic pastiche".
McDonagh was nominated for Best Director - Motion Picture, but the Golden Globe went to Guillermo del Toro, who helmed The Shape of Water. The film's second Golden Globe went to Alexandre Desplat for Best Original Score - Motion Picture.
Another big winner was Greta Gerwig-directed Lady Bird, which won as Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Saoirse Ronan).
Eisner also gave this film a glowing review when it was released last year.
"Period pieces are often dipped in amber, ensuring that nostalgia can do much of the heavy lifting," he wrote in the Straight. "The recent past is a harder sell, given its freshness in living memory, and Greta Gerwig pulls off an even more difficult trick: depicting her own millennial adolescence in the sun-bleached Sacramento Valley of the early aughties."
The Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama went to Gary Oldman for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
The Disaster Artist's James Franco won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Franco also directed the film, which also featured an appearance by Vancouver's Seth Rogen as script supervisor Sandy Schklair.
The Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture went to Allison Janney, who played Tonya Harding's mother in I, Tonya.
"What this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality, tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and truths we all tell ourselves," Janney said in her acceptance speech. "It’s an extraordinary movie, and I’m so proud of it."
Janney thanks Harding, a former U.S. figure skater, for sharing her story.
In the Fade, a drama about a woman seeking revenge following a bomb attack, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
The Best Motion Picture - Animated went to Coco, which was about an aspiring musician named Miguel, who finds imaginative ways to cope with his family's ban on music.
Best Original Song - Motion Picture went to "This Is Me", which was in The Greatest Showman.
Del Toro was the only nonwhite to win a major film award. Other nominees of colour for film awards, such as Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Hong Chau (Downsizing), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel Esq.), and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), didn't go home with any hardware.
On the television side, it was a different story.
The Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy went to Master of None's Aziz Ansari, who's perhaps the most popular Muslim in America.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama was awarded to Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall Pearson in This Is Us.
And one of the highlights of the night was Oprah Winfrey's memorable speech paying tribute to victims of sexual abuse after she won the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Of special interest to Canadians is the success of The Handmaid's Tale, which was adapted from Canadian Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name.
It won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama. Its second award went to Elizabeth Moss for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama.
The Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Golden Globe went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Its star, Rachel Brosnahan, won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy.