The Golden Globes are always fun to watch even if it was a mixed bag tonight. Ricky Gervais was a polarizing host, a lot of the presenters were just so-so and many of the winners were headscratchers. Even so, they were some standout moments that we detail below. (See our recap of the entire evening here and the complete winners list here.)
1. Surprises out of the gate
It was a night where surprises reigned supreme. Such shockers make for a refreshing change from the “been there, done that” of so many other award shows throughout the year. Right off the bat, we saw three actresses grace the stage and take home Globes that very few saw coming. Kate Winslet was stunned when she was named Best Supporting Actress for “Steve Jobs,” Maura Tierney was humbled when she prevailed in the catch-all TV Supporting Actress category for “The Affair” and Rachel Bloom was jumping out of her skin when she was named Best TV Comedy Actress for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” It was a sign of the many other left-fielders to come throughout the night.
2. Stallone's standing 'O'
Although most pundits predicted that Sylvester Stallone would win Best Supporting Actor for his comeback role in "Creed," when he walked up to the stage to a raucous and enthusiastic standing ovation, it was a sight to behold. For years, "Sly" had been written off as a Razzie-winning has-been. But tonight we saw a genuine fleeting glimpse into Hollywood's black soul, as the people in that ballroom (most of whom have also been stung by bad reviews, career downturns and Razzie trophies) got up on their feet and paid tribute to a survivor who gave one of the best performances of the year.
3. 'Mozart' on the map
Last year, Amazon stole Netflix's thunder by landing two Globes for its flagship "Transparent" and leading man Jeffrey Tambor. This year, it repeated that feat with the little show that could, "Mozart in the Jungle" and its leading man Gael Garcia Bernal, who was particularly humble and gracious in accepting his prize for Best TV Comedy Actor. It was sweet to see a small show like "Mozart" make such an impact on the global stage. Are the Emmys paying attention?
4. Funny ladies
On a night that was more mean and less funny, there were two presenting duos that really shone on stage – comedy queen Amy Schumer and her BFF Jennifer Lawrence, and the gorgeous America Ferrera and Eva Longoria. Great material, great delivery; they all showed the guys tonight how it should be done (memo to Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum). More please! Host next year!
5. 'The Revenant' reigns supreme
In what could be the start of its march to the Oscar stage next month, "The Revenant" blew its competition out of the water tonight, winning (against the odds) both Best Drama Picture and Best Director (Alejandro G. Innaritu). As expected, the Globes annointed leading man Leonardo DiCaprio as the true Oscar frontrunner. It was a great moment for Innaritu, who missed out for "Birdman" last year, winning over legends Ridley Scott and George Miller.
Golden Globes photo credits: HFPA