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The most memorable moments from the 74th Golden Globe Awards

Smooches, speeches and Stranger Things spoilers!

By Katie Skelly
Dev Patel stars in Lion

The curtain fell just moments ago on the Golden Globe Awards for yet another year, leaving in its wake a small flurry of glitter and a whole lot of memories.

The annual awards - held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California - kicks off the awards season each year in Hollywood. It's a chance for the biggest names in Tinsel Town to gather for the first time in the new year to celebrate each other’s success in the film and television industry.

Below, we’ve rounded up the seven most memorable events from the night’s festivities, which include secret smooches, awe-inspiring performances and one very moving speech.

Jimmy Fallon’s star-studded opening number

We were expecting big things from The Tonight Show host, but we certainly couldn't have predicted THIS.

With cameo appearances from just about every big name in Hollywood, including our very own Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake, Fallon sure set the bar high for what turned out to be an unforgettable night.

Check out the full clip below which, for the Stranger Things fans out there, includes a very telling spoiler!

Ryan Gosling’s sweet award dedication

In a heart-warming display, Ryan, 40, dedicated his coveted award to his darling wife Eva's late brother Carlos, who tragically lost his battle with cancer in April last year.

"I'd like to dedicate to his memory," the actor announced, holding his award high before praising the mother of his two daughters, who acted as the glue that held his family together during the difficult time.

“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano … my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother with his battle with cancer. If she hadn’t taken that on, I couldn't have had that experience."

"Sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, I love you," he concluded.

Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield share a secret smooch

It was a kiss easily missed, but when nominees Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield narrowly missed out on taking home the title of Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, they shared a cheeky consolation kiss, much to the delight of the Dealpool star’s wife, Blake Lively.

Ignore the oh-so-dreamy Ryan Gosling, and focus on the left side!

Dev Patel brings his mini-me onstage

Lion co-stars Dev Patel and movie mini-me Sunny Pawar graced the stage hand-in-hand to introduce a clip from their touching film, which tells the true story of a five-year-old boy who, after losing his family and being adopted by an Australian couple, finds his way back using Google Earth.

Sly Stallone’s daughters are this year’s Miss Golden Globes

The positions of Miss Golden Globe were this year awarded to Sylvester Stallone’s three stunning daughters, Sistine, 18, Scarlet, 14, and Sophia, 20.

The trio donned form-fitting, classic black looks as they escorted presenters and award winners to and from the stage throughout the night’s show.

The sought-after duty is traditionally given to the daughters of Hollywood’s elite, with Rumer Willis, Dakota Johnson and Greer Grammer having taken on the responsibility in previous years.

It’s no doubt a proud moment for the *Rocky* star and his model wife Jennifer Flavin.
It’s no doubt a proud moment for the Rocky star and his model wife Jennifer Flavin.

Meryl Streep’s incredible acceptance speech

Having received her first Golden Globe nomination almost 40 years ago, it’s no wonder Meryl Streep was awarded one of Hollywood’s most honoured accolades: the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Fighting back tears during her acceptance speech, the 67-year-old used her time onstage to speak out against President-elect Donald Trump, and pay homage to her dear departed friend Carrie Fisher.

“Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” she mused of the moment Trump imitated a disable reporter – an occurrence which she describes “sank its hooks in my heart”.

Speaking now of the late Star Wars actress, Meryl finished, “As my friend the dear, departed Princess Leia said to me once, ‘Take your broken heart, make it into art.’”

WATCH a snippet of her moving words in the video player below...

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