Revenant, Martian top Golden Globe Awards
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Two frontier survival tales — "The Revenant" and "The Martian" — led a bleep-filled Golden Globe Awards where the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence was challenged only by the relentless mocking of the show's beer-wielding host, Ricky Gervais.
In an upset, Alenjaro Innaritu's bloody 1820s thriller "The Revenant" won best film drama, as well as best director for Inarritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Though Inarritu had a similar run at the Academy Awards last year with the best-picture winning "Birdman," he won only a share of best screenplay at last year's Globes.
"Pain is temporary," said Inarritu, referring to the film's arduous shoot in the Canadian Rockies. "A film is forever."
In an awards season that has lacked definition, two of the top critical picks — the journalism procedural "Spotlight" and Todd Haynes' lesbian romance "Carol" — went home empty-handed. Instead, it was "The Revenant" — made with the same seamless cinematography of "Birdman" — that emerged triumphant on the same weekend it nearly toppled the box-office juggernaut "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with a $38 million opening.
DiCaprio, who appears headed for his first Oscar, dedicated his award to "First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous peoples around the world."
"It is time that we recognise your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people out there to exploit them," said DiCaprio.
Questionably nominated in the comedy categories (a theoretically easier route to statuettes), Ridley Scott's stranded astronaut tale "The Martian" took best film, comedy, and best actor in a comedy for Damon. Stepping to the podium, Scott wondered, "Comedy?" and answered with a skeptical wave of his hand.
Damon had to suffer being introduced by Gervais as "the only person who Ben Affleck hasn't been unfaithful to." The actor later said the nearly $600 million success of "The Martian" was an unlikely pleasure: "I have made a lot of movies that people just didn't go see."
Nominated for the same character that earned him his only other Golden Globe nod, Sylvester Stallone took best supporting actor for the "Rocky" sequel-reboot "Creed." The crowd greeted him with a standing ovation.
"I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had," said Stallone.
Best actress went to Brie Larson, the breakout star of the captive mother-son drama "Room." A gleeful Larson concluded: "I'm sorry for anyone I forgot. I'll write you a thank-you card."
Lawrence, who spent much of the night with her new friend and collaborator Amy Schumer (herself a nominee for "Trainwreck"), scored her third Globe for a David O. Russell-directed film. After winning for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," she made it three for "Joy."
If heavyweights won on the film side, underdogs led the television winners.
USA's "Mr. Robot" won best TV drama for its first season, besting more established favorites like HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Fox's "Empire." Best comedy series was a similar upset, with Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle," winning over the HBO heavyweight "Veep." Actors in both shows — Christian Slater for "Mr. Robot" and Gabriel Garcia Bernal for "Mozart in the Jungle" — also won.
—Picture, Drama: "The Revenant."
—Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant."
—Actress, Drama: Brie Larson, "Room."
—Director: Alejandro Inarritu, "The Revenant."
—Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, "The Martian."
—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy."
—Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, "Creed."
—Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."
—Foreign Language: "Son of Saul."
—Animated Film: "Inside Out."
—Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs."
—Original Score: Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight."
—Original Song: "Writing's on the Wall" music and lyrics by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes), "Spectre."
—Series, Drama: "Mr. Robot."
—Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men."
—Actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, "Empire."
—Series, Comedy: "Mozart in the Jungle."
—Actor, Musical or Comedy: Gael Garcia Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle."
—Actress, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
—Movie or Limited Series: "Wolf Hall."
—Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero."
—Actress, Movie or Limited Series: Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel."
—Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot.
—Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Maura Tierney, "The Affair."