The actor, who took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for La La Land, began his acceptance speech by joking that he'd been mistaken for Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, who was nominated in the same category. By the end of his speech, he had us moved while graciously thanking partner Eva Mendes and dedicating his award to her late brother.
These two comedians took a downbeat — but hilarious — turn when presenting Best Motion Picture - Animated, sharing traumatic things that happened to them when they saw Disney classics as a child. They earned probably the biggest laughs of the night.
The actress, who had nearly lost her voice, nevertheless gave a strong speech in which she pointed out the diversity in the house, with nominees born in Ethiopia, Kenya, and, in Ryan Gosling's case, Canada. She took time to touch on the political climate of the United States and finally ended by fondly remembering the late Carrie Fisher: "As my dear departed friend Princess Leia said to me, 'Take your broken heart, make it into art.'"
Fallon introduced a short but moving video tribute to the two stars who died just a day apart, showcasing scenes from Singin' in the Rain and Star Wars, as well as scenes featured in the new HBO documentary "Bright Lights." This was the only memorial that the Globes featured.