'La La Land' takes home seven awards at Golden Globes

Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech to criticise Donald Trump

'La La Land' takes home seven awards at Golden Globes

The cast and crew of "La La Land" poses in the press room with the award for best motion picture - musical or comedy. Picture by Jordan Strauss AP/Press Association Images

There were no awards for Irish nominees at the Golden Globes last night, despite a number of nominations.

Irish film Sing Street and actors Ruth Negga, Colin Farrell and Caitriona Balfe had all been up for awards. 

La La Land was the big winner on the night taking home all seven awards it was nominated for - breaking a record for the most wins at the ceremony for a single movie.

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B DeMille Award for her outstanding contribution to film and used her acceptance speech to criticise Donald Trump - saying a performance that stunned her came from the campaign trail.

She commented on an incident during which Mr Trump appeared to mock a disabled reporter last year, saying: "It broke my heart when I saw it and I still can't get it out of my head.

"It wasn't in a movie - it was real life... When powerful people use their position to bully others, we all lose."

La La Land won best movie (musical or comedy) and its leads Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone won awards for their performances.

Gosling thanked his partner Eva Mendes, saying: "While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I've ever had on a film, my lady was raising my daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer."

He dedicated his award to that brother - Juan Carlos Mendes, who died from cancer last year, aged 53.

The film's composer Justin Hurwitz won best score and its lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won best original song for City Of Stars.

Moonlight won the award for best film (drama), while Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) won best actor in a drama film and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) won best actress.

Viola Davis won best-supporting film actress for her role in Fences, beating British actress Naomi Harris who was nominated for her role in Moonlight.

Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of singer Diana Ross, was awarded best actress in a TV series (comedy or musical) for her role in Black-ish, dedicating her win to "all the women of colour and colourful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy, valid and important".

Critical favourite Atlanta enjoyed two major awards - for best musical or comedy series, and a best actor award for star Donald Glover.

Billy Bob Thornton won the Golden Globe for best TV drama actor in the Amazon series Goliath, where he plays a disgraced lawyer seeking revenge against his former firm.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 26, was among the early winners with a nod for best supporting actor in a movie for his role in Tom Ford's film Nocturnal Animals.

He dedicated his award to his wife film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson, 49, describing her as his soulmate and thanking her for "putting up with me".

British actor Hugh Laurie was one of a number of award-winners from TV thriller The Night Manager.

Laurie appeared to take a shot at US President-elect Donald Trump as he accepted his best supporting actor award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at what he described as the "last ever Golden Globes".

He added: "I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just it has 'Hollywood', 'foreign' and 'press' in the title. To some Republicans even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy.

"I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere."

Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston also won Golden Globes for their roles in The Night Manager - Colman for best supporting actress in a limited TV series and Hiddleston for best actor.

Claire Foy won best actress in a TV drama for her portrayal of the Queen in The Crown. The Netflix show also won best TV drama series, beating Game Of Thrones and Westworld.