The Golden Globes always bring us upsets, and this year was definitely full of them. Even some of the wins that were predicted by our odds felt like upsets by the end of the evening, such as “Moonlight” taking the prize for Best Film Drama after being shut out of its other five nominations. But below were the biggest surprises that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave us this year.
1. The evening started off with a huge surprise when Aaron Taylor-Johnson claimed Best Film Supporting Actor for “Nocturnal Animals.” He was all the way down in fourth place in our predictions with 66/1 odds of winning, but he managed to climb over frontrunner Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight” (2/7), Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water” (13/2) and Dev Patel for “Lion” (14/1) to claim the trophy and boost his Oscar prospects.
2. Tracee Ellis Ross also overcame the huge hurdle of being in fourth place in our predictions center (9/1 odds) to take home the trophy for Best TV Comedy Actress for “Black-ish.” She beat out newcomer Issa Rae for “Insecure” (6/5) as well as two seasoned veterans in Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” (4/1) and Sarah Jessica Parker for “Divorce” (5/1).
3. Isabelle Huppert was as surprised as a lot of us were when she won the Best Film Drama Actress prize for “Elle.” We had her ranked in third place with odds of 14/1. Her riveting performance as a survivor of sexual assault during a home invasion was able to take down the perceived unbeatable frontrunner, Natalie Portman for “Jackie” (1/4) as well as Amy Adams for “Arrival” (9/1).
4. Hugh Laurie was able to win his third career Globe in the catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor race for his performance in the AMC limited series “The Night Manager” despite being in third place in our predictions with 40/1 odds of winning. The Globe favorite was able to sneak up past two very strong frontrunners in John Lithgow for “The Crown” (4/7) and Sterling K. Brown for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (9/4).
5. Another surprise winner from “The Night Manager” was veteran British actress Olivia Colman who took the Globe for the all-encompassing Best TV Supporting Actress category. Like her co-star, Hugh Laurie, Colman was ranked third in our collective predictions with 16/1 odds of winning. She beat back challenges from Thandie Newton for “Westworld” (2/5) and Chrissy Metz (5/1).
6. This wasn’t a huge shock based on our predictions, but “La La Land” winning Best Screenplay left me and many others with our jaws on the floor as it made its way to an unprecedented clean sweep of its seven categories. It was ranked second in the predictions center with 13/2 odds of winning but “Manchester by the Sea” was the heavy favorite in this race with 1/2 odds. Even more shocking was that this honor went to a musical which never happens!
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