Talking of the inevitable: it did seem something of a given that we'd all be going gaga for La La, and Chazelle's follow-up to Whiplash took home Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling took home the best actress and actor awards (Musical or Comedy), too. To complete the rout, Damien Chazelle won Best Director, while also seeing wins in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song (“City of Stars”) and Best Original Score categories. Not bad in a night's work.
Unsurprisingly, Casey Affleck won Best Actor (Drama) for his remarkable lead turn in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, while Isabelle Huppert beat off favourite Natalie Portman (Jackie) to win Best Actress (Drama) for Elle – the only film other than La La Land to pick up more than one award on the night, also winning Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language).
The supporting acting awards are given to those appearing in either comedies/musicals or dramas, providing us with a more trusted indication of what we can expect at the forthcoming Academy Awards. These were picked up by Viola Davis for her performance in Denzel Washington's Fences and Aaron Taylor-Johnson for his sinister turn in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. Meanwhile, there was a political edge to the night, with Disney’s racial allegory Zootopia winning Best Motion Picture (Animated), and some pointed speeches – particularly Streep’s – becoming one of the key talking points.
What's exciting is that the majority of the winners are films that are yet to be released. What's even more exciting is that they’re very nearly upon us, and if there's one thing for sure, it's that there's no better place to see them than up on the big screen, where they were meant to be seen.