Golden Globes: Watch All the Winners' Acceptance Speeches

8:34 AM 1/9/2017

by Kaeli Wells, Lexy Perez, and Kara Haar

From Viola Davis to Ryan Gosling, what the winners said on stage.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling gave a heartfelt thank-you to Eva Mandes, and Viola Davis paid tribute to her father.

Those were just two highlights from the winners' speeches Sunday night at the 74th annual Golden Globes. If you missed any of their remarks, you can watch them all below.

  • 'Moonlight'

    Best Motion Picture - Drama

    The big award of the night went to Moonlight. “Mom, you gave me my life and I hope being on this stage right now fulfills the life you gave me,” writer-director Barry Jenkins said. He asked those in the audience and watching at home to spread word about the film. "Tell a friend. Tell a friend. Much love."

  • 'La La Land'

    Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    With one of the biggest wins of the night, La La Land broke a record for the most Golden Globe wins ever by a film. "The idea of making an original L.A.-set musical was utter fantasy," producer Fred Berger said. “Thank you for celebrating cinema and embracing musicals. Thank you to our incredible partners at Lionsgate. Thank you for ignoring and dismissing all conventional wisdom and jumping off a cliff with us to make this movie. We are so grateful."

  • Damien Chazelle

    Best Director - Motion Picture

    La La Land's helmer took time at the podium to thank "some of the key people who were with me on set" because "this was not an easy film to make." He called out choreographer Mandy Moore, editor Tom Cross and others who helped in the production of the film.

  • Casey Affleck

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

    Despite winning the award for best actor in a motion picture, drama, Casey Affleck couldn't help but gush about his co-star Michelle Williams.  “There’s really no award that belongs to just one actor. I wish Michelle could be on stage with me, because she made most of it work. She’s perfect,” he said. Affleck also paid his respect to fellow nominee Denzel Washington, detailing a fond memory he had of the actor. “I remember years ago, Denzel Washington was on stage and said 'God is love' and well, I agree,” he said, earning a thumbs-up response from Washington.

  • Isabelle Huppert

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

    Isabelle Huppert took home the award for the French film Elle. She was excited and shocked as she accepted the award. "There are people from all over in the world, here, in this room," she said. "Do not expect the cinema to set up walls and borders.”

  • Ryan Gosling

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    Accepting the award for La La Land, Ryan Gosling joked of his fellow nominee, “This isn't the first time I've been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds. It's been getting out of hand. [La La Land director] Damien [Chazelle] and [co-star] Emma [Stone], this belongs to the three of us. I’ll chop it into three pieces if you want. I don’t really want to do that because who would get what piece and no one wants the bottom and we’d fight over the top. It could tear us apart." The actor also got sentimental, thanking partner Eva Mendes for taking care of their daughter, carrying their second child and caring for her cancer-stricken brother while he was shooting the movie.

  • Emma Stone

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

    Emma Stone won her first Golden Globe for her role in the musical La La Land. While accepting her award, Stone thanked her family for their support and reminisced over moving to Los Angeles 13 years ago to pursue her acting dreams. While the film is filled with catchy songs and fun dance numbers, Stone expressed how proud she feels over the movie's overall message. Stone says, "This is a film for dreamers and I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about.” Stone ended her speech by dedicating her award to those who have ever felt discouraged in any moment of their life. 

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson thanked his Nocturnal Animals director Tom Ford and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. "I want to thank my wife for being there for me and supporting me," he added. "Thank you for putting up with me. I was not very pleasant in this role."

  • Viola Davis

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

    Viola Davis accepted the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in Fences. She said, "To all the people who believed in this piece of work: It's not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating play to screen. It doesn't scream moneymaker, but it does scream art, it does scream heart." She thanked her co-stars in the movie and good friend, Denzel Washington, who also directed. Lastly, she paid tribute to her father and his influence on her performance. This is Davis' fifth Golden Globe nomination. 

  • Damien Chazelle

    Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

    Damien Chazelle won best screenplay for La La Land. In his speech, he said: “This is a love story, so I have to thank and give a large portion of this award to my love, Olivia. Thank you for inspiring me to dream every single day.”

  • 'La La Land'

    Best Original Song - Motion Picture

    "City of Stars" for La La Land, with music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, took home the Golden Globe for best original song in a motion picture. Expressing their excitement over their first nomination and win, the masterminds behind the winning number said, "We never thought we would get to be a part of an original movie musical, that's what got us into loving musicals in the first place." La La Land took home a record seven Golden Globes, including best comedy or musical and best actor and actress in a comedy or musical for  Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, respectively. 

  • 'Zootopia'

    Best Animated Feature Film

    Zootopia took home the award for best animated feature film. The filmmakers expressed their hopes that their movie would be more than just entertaining a young audience. "We wanted Zootopia to be a film that not only entertained kids, but also spoke to adults about embracing diversity, even when there are people in the world that want to divide us by using fear," said director Byron Howard.

  • 'Elle'

    Best Foreign-Language Film

    The French film centers around a rape victim plotting revenge. Discussing the film's heavy plot, director Paul Verhoeven said, "The movie does not really invite you to sympathize with the character. I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for being so open-minded."

  • 'The Crown'

    Best Television Series - Drama

    Netflix's The Crown won one of the top TV awards during Sunday night's Golden Globes, in addition to an acting nod for star Claire Foy. Creator Peter Morgan accepted the award.

  • 'Atlanta'

    Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical

    Donald Glover, star and creator of the FX series, cheerfully accepted the award by thanking the actors and writers. He added, "I really just want to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta, for just being alive and being amazing people. I couldn't be here without Atlanta."

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

    The Goliath poked fun at friend and fellow nominee Bob Odenkirk while accepting the award. "Here ya go, bud," he quipped, adding, "I love Bob."

  • Claire Foy

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

    Claire Foy accepted the award for her role in Netflix's The Crown. She began her acceptance speech by stating she was having "an out-of-body experience." Foy also paid tribute to women and specifically Queen Elizabeth II. "I think the would could do with a few more women in the center of it."

  • Donald Glover

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical

    Donald Glover won for FX's Atlanta, which he also created. "I grew up in a house where magic wasn’t allowed, so everybody in here is like magical to me.” He continued to explain how he thinks magic is from people and telling stories. “I really wanted to say thank you to my son and the mother of my son for making me believe in people again and things being possible, so thank you.”

  • Tracee Ellis Ross

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical

    Tracee Ellis Ross took home her first Golden Globe for the show black-ish. "This is for all of the women of color and colorful people, whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy, valid or important," said Ross during her acceptance speech. Ross is the first black woman to win in the category since Debbie Allen in 1983. 

  • 'The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

    Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    The hit FX crime drama won the award for best TV movie or miniseries. Producer Nina Jacobson said of the show, "The trial of O.J. Simpson turned tragedy into entertainment, reminding us that American justice is anything but blind when race, gender and celebrity are involved." The Ryan Murphy drama was nominated for five Golden Globes, including another win for Sarah Paulson for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clark. 

  • Tom Hiddleston

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

    Tom Hiddleston won for his role as spy Jonathon Pine in AMC's The Night Manager. He told a quick story about those in South Sudan. Hiddleston said the workers binge-watched the show. "The idea that I could provide some relief and entertainment for the people that work for UNICEF and the world food program that are fixing the world in the places that it is broken, makes me immensely proud." 

  • Sarah Paulson

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

    Sarah Paulson thanked the show's creator Ryan Murphy while accepting the award in addition to real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark, whom she portrayed. "To the remarkable Marcia Clark, you are an inspiration to me," she said. "If I could live my life with a fraction of your wit, integrity, and your unapologetic fierceness, I would be on the road to doing it right."

  • Hugh Laurie

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

    Accepting an award for his supporting role in The Night Manager, Hugh Laurie joked, "I suppose it would be more amazing by the fact that I'll be able to say that I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes. I don't mean to be gloomy, it's just that it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'Foreign' and 'Press' in the title." Laurie used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to take a jab at President-elect Donald Trump, saying "I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

  • Meryl Streep

    Cecil B. DeMille Award

    The actress used her speech to take shots at President-elect Donald Trump and talk about immigration. "Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you'll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts," she said tearfully. After stressing the importance for the press to stand up to Trump — "We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage ... We're going to need them going forward and they're going to need us to safeguard the truth," she said of journalists — Streep concluded her speech by quoting Carrie Fisher: "As my friend, the dear departed Princess Leia, said to me once, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.' "

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