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Aussies sink at Globes; Streep slaps Trump

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Peter Mitchell

Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Joel Edgerton and the Australian-made films Hacksaw Ridge and Lion have missed out at a Golden Globes ceremony dominated by La La Land and Meryl Streep's verbal smackdown of US president-elect Donald Trump.

"Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence and when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose," Streep, while accepting her Cecille B DeMille Award lifetime achievement award, told the A-List audience inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Sunday.

The Globes ceremony is an important test for next month's Oscars.

La La Land fared best with a record seven trophies, although the Globes, unlike the Oscars, separates categories into drama or musical/comedy.

La La Land, a musical set in Los Angeles, was tailor-made for the Globes with little competition and won best musical/comedy and its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling took the musical/comedy actress and actor awards.

In the drama categories La La Land's biggest Oscar competition - Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea - split the awards.

Moonlight won best picture-drama while Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck took best actor ahead of Sydney's Edgerton (Loving).

Australia's hopes at possibly matching the success of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road at last year's Oscars may have been dealt a death blow with Hacksaw Ridge, shot in NSW, and Lion, shot in Tasmania and India, failing to win a single Globe.

Nicole Kidman © FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO Nicole Kidman Gibson was the dark horse in the directing category for Hacksaw Ridge, but Globes voters followed the script and handed the award to La La Land's Damien Chazelle.

Viola Davis, for Fences, also lived up to her Oscar favouritism with the supporting actress win ahead of Lion's Kidman.

The biggest surprise was France's Isabelle Huppert beating Natalie Portman (Jackie), Amy Adams (Arrival), Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane) and Ruth Negga (Loving) for best actress in a drama for Elle.

In the TV categories there were plenty of shocks with the little-watched Atlanta winning best comedy TV series and its star Donald Glover best actor.

The Night Manager also picked up wins for stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman in the limited TV series categories while The Crown grabbed best drama series and Claire Foy lead actress.

Various Globe winners used their wins to target Trump, including Laurie, but it was Streep who was the most stinging.

"There was one performance this year that stunned me," Streep said.

"It sank its hooks in my heart.

"Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it."

Streep was referring to a campaign speech where Trump ridiculed a disabled reporter from the New York Times.

Jimmy Fallon © Provided by AAP Jimmy Fallon

"It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter," Streep said.

"Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.

"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out of my head."

The ceremony was plagued by a number of autocue failures, leaving host Jimmy Fallon and a number of presenters red-faced.

The host's autocue failed right as he began his opening monologue, leaving him briefly standing there helpless until the problem was fixed.

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