The 73rd Annual Golden Globes have just concluded with a multitude of surprises, starting off with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s outstanding survival epic The Revenant taking Best Picture (Drama), along with a surprise win for Inarritu for Best Director, and the fully-expected win for Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor (Drama).
Other big surprises of the night included a completely unexpected win for Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant screenplay for Steve Jobs, a possibility that I had thought highly unlikely in my predictions from earlier this morning, and a big win for Kate Winslet for Best Supporting Actress (also for Steve Jobs). Both of these were rather shocking because neither had taken a single critics award throughout the entire season thus far.
As was mostly expected, Sir Ridley Scott’s The Martian did rather well, taking Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), while other expected winners also claimed their awards, including Inside Out (Best Animated Feature), Son of Saul (Best Foreign Language Film), and The Hateful Eight (Best Original Score).
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It didn’t all go smoothly, however, as the Hollywood Foreign Press made a few rather questionable choices, including giving Best Supporting Actor to Sylvester Stallone (showing that they sometimes prefer to award celebrity over talent), Best Original Song to “Writings on the Wall” from Spectre (one of the worst Original Song nominees they’ve ever nominated), Best TV Series (Drama) to Mr. Robot (a very overrated show), and Best Actress (Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie) to Lady Gaga (a laughably-bad choice that is sure to become the butt of many Golden Globe jokes for years to come).
However, given that no one ever remembers (or cares) who they give their TV awards to, and the fact that they did so incredibly well with almost all of the main categories, we can easily overlook these blunders.
It’s going to be fascinating to see if these choices end up as a turning point for the rest of awards season. Spotlight, though it lost all of its awards this evening, still seems on track to be a major contender, but you can’t help but wonder if its momentum got a bit slowed here. Then again, you can easily pull out the fact that several Oscar winners for Best Picture have lost at the Golden Globes in the last few years, including Birdman, The King’s Speech, No Country for Old Men, and The Departed, though all of these did win at least one major Golden Globe award. We’ll just have to see as the season goes on.
All in all, it was a mostly-great evening, one that will hopefully give a much-needed boost for Steve Jobs, and perhaps a further push for The Revenant to take over Spotlight‘s undeserved winning streak.
Coming up on Tuesday, we have the much-anticipated Directors Guild of America nominations, which will help us narrow down just who might be picking up the Director Oscar next month. Be sure to join us for the announcement, and let us know your reaction to tonight’s Golden Globe winners in the comments.
In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of tonight’s winners:
Best Picture (Drama): The Revenant
Best Picture (Musical or Comedy): The Martian
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
Best Actor (Drama): Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress (Drama): Brie Larson, Room
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy): Matt Damon, The Martian
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy): Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Best Original Song: “Writings on the Wall,” Spectre
Best TV Series (Drama): Mr. Robot
Best TV Series (Comedy): Mozart in the Jungle
Best Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie: Wolf Hall
Best Actor (Drama): Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Best Actress (Drama): Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy): Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy): Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Best Actor (Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie): Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
Best Actress (Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie): Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Best Supporting Actor (Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie): Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Best Supporting Actress (Limited Series, Mini-series or TV Movie): Maura Tierney, The Affair