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Golden Globe results: Surprises and Upsets everywhere as ‘The Martian’ and ‘The Revenant’ emerge victorious

The Revenant Leo DiCaprio
Wow. Just…wow. As much as I try to prepare myself for the unexpected, last night’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards was still something else. My predictions, along with everyone else in the industry, were way off, as curveball after curveball came our way. It turned out to be a very good night for The Revenant, with The Martian also having a strong showing. As good as it was for those two, it was a poor night for both The Big Short and Spotlight, as shut outs were pitched. Hell, even Steve Jobs managed to come back from the dead and take home a pair of prizes. It was impossible to see all of this coming, though a few things were potential upsets heading into the night. Still…wow.

Where to start? Well, at the beginning, I guess. Nothing turned out as we expected it to, leading the night to be anything but routine. The Globes gave a big boost to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film The Revenant, as it led the way with three wins, emerging victorious in Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Director for Iñárritu himself. The Martian and Steve Jobs were the only other two movies to win multiple awards, as the former took Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for Matt Damon, while the latter took Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Kate Winslet and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Other big wins went to Brie Larson for Room with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) category, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) category, and Sylvester Stallone for Creed in Best Supporting Actor. Most of those were surprises too, to one degree or another. We even got an upset in Best Original Song, as “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre won. The only non surprises, outside of DiCaprio and Larson, were Inside Out winning Best Animated Feature Film, Son of Saul winning Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language), and Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight taking Best Original Score.

Below you’ll see all of the aforementioned wins in the film categories (even though that really does cover it), along with the television categories, which was highlighted for me by Oscar Isaac winning an award for his performance in Show Me a Hero. All in all, this night was something else, with the Academy still to chime in with their nominations in a few days. The big question is going to be how the Spotlight shut out factors into the race at all (and to a lesser extent, the one for The Big Short), and with voting already closed, we won’t necessarily know anything with the Oscar nomination announcement. It’ll be a longer term thing, involving the guilds and just overall perception. It’s more to chew on as I prepare my final predictions before the big morning. Look for those in the next few days, obviously. Lots still to figure out between now and then, so sit tight…


Here now are the full results of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Martian

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Brie Larson (Room)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Matt Damon (The Martian)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Son of Saul

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Best Original Score
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Best Original Song
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out

In Ring Creed Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan

Best TV Series – Drama

Mr. Robot

Best TV Series – Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
Wolf Hall

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy
Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex Girlfriend)

Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel)

Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
Maura Tierney (The Affair)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
Christian Slater (Mr. Robot)

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About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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