It was a night of surprises and shutouts at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night.
The Revenant, director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s grueling 19th-century tale of survival and revenge, took home the gold for best motion picture, drama, beating out the shoe-leather journalism of Spotlight and the ’50s love story starring Cate Blanchett, Carol.
The Revenant also won best director for Iñárritu and a best actor, drama, honor for star Leonardo DiCaprio. Its total of three Globes gives it a leg up as an Oscar favorite.
In fact, both Spotlight (which had won many laurels from critics’ groups across the country as the best film of 2015) and Carol (in which both stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were nominated for best actress, drama) went home empty-handed.
Room, the small movie about a woman and son held hostage in a shed, may have been the least-known film in the best actress, drama, category but star Brie Larson got the statuette.
In the category of motion picture, comedy, it was a bit more predictable. The incredibly popular The Martian, though certainly not an all-out comedy, won for best picture and for Matt Damon as best actor. On the actress side, Jennifer Lawrence — who has won Globes previously for American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook — was recognized again for Joy.
Television provided many of the big surprises of the night. Two new series that aren’t household names yet, the critically admired Mr. Robot on USA and Mozart in the Jungle streaming on Amazon, won for best drama and comedy series, respectively.
They won out over such better-known series as Transparent, Veep and Orange Is the New Black in the comedy category and Empire and Game of Thrones on the drama side.
But these weren’t the only awards these shows won. Mozart in the Jungle star Gael Garcia Bernal got the nod for best actor, comedy series, while Christian Slater was given a supporting actor honor for Mr. Robot.
Lady Gaga got the Globe for the best actress in a limited series or TV movie honor, for American Horror Story: Hotel, winning out over the likes of Felicity Huffman and Queen Latifah. “I feel like Cher — in Moonstruck,” she said when receiving her award.
Taraji P. Henson won best actress in a drama for her role as the deliciously devious Cookie in Empire.
And Oscar Isaac, currently seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is keeping his lucky streak going by nabbing the award for best actor in a limited series or TV movie, for the HBO series Show Me a Hero.
The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, was the usual Golden Globes tomfoolery.
Always more casual than the Academy Awards, the show had more than its share of foul-mouthed bleeps. The half-empty glass of beer on the dais for Gervais, the Moet bottles on the tables, and the fact that recipients always seeming confused about making their way to and from the stage gave the entire affair a shambolic air.
There were some funny moments (Jonah Hill as the bear from The Revenant), heartwarming ones (Tom Hanks’ speech giving Denzel Washington the Cecil B. DeMille Award) and odd ones — such as when Quentin Tarantino, accepting for composer Ennio Morricone and the film The Hateful Eight, used the word “ghetto” in relation to the category, which prompted a bemused response from Jamie Foxx. The remark set the Internet on fire almost as soon as it was out of Tarantino’s mouth and it may turn out to be the most controversial moment of the night.
But the best moment may have been when Sylvester Stallone, winning best supporting actor in a drama for Creed, got the crowd cheering. “I want to thank my imaginary friend, Rocky Balboa,” he said at the end of his list of thank-yous, “for being the best friend I ever had.”