You can always count on some surprises at the Golden Globes but this year the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. really served up the shockeroos. (See our recap of the entire evening here and the complete winners list here.)
1. We all thought “Spotlight” had the Best Drama Picture trophy locked up (1/4 odds) and didn’t really think any other film could possibly beat it. “The Revenant” was down in fourth place with 28/1 odds, behind “Mad Max: Fury Road” (9/1) and “Carol” (22/1).
2. After the uproar when “The Martian” was classified as a comedy many of us thought that the film’s chances were badly damaged. Add in that “The Big Short” seemed to be gathering momentum and we thought it would fall by the wayside in the race for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. Looks like Ridley Scott had the last laugh on that one.
3. Last year Alejandro G. Iñárritu was expected to win Best Director for “Birdman” but lost to Richard Linklater for “Boyhood.” This year we had him in fourth place for “The Revenant” with 18/1 odds but he still won over Ridley Scott for “The Martian” (9/10), George Miller for “Mad Max: Fury Road” (5/2) and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight” (15/2).
4. Boy did this year’s festivities start off with a jaw-dropper! In the Best Supporting Actress category most of our experts had Alicia Vikander in the top spot for her performance in “Ex Machina.” So it was a huge surprise that Kate Winslet ended up taking this award (to all of us and Kate as well!) for her performance as Joanna Hoffman in “Steve Jobs.” She was all the way down in fourth place in our predictions center.
5. Speaking of “Steve Jobs,” that film pulled off another shocker when it claimed the prize for Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin was in fourth place in our predictions with 25/1 odds, well behind the scripters for “Spotlight” (1/3), “The Big Short” (15/2) and “The Hateful Eight” (14/1). It’s the first time since 1980 that a film not nominated for Best Picture has won the Screenplay award; back then it went to when William Peter Blatty for “The Ninth Configuration.”
6. Maura Tierney won Best TV Supporting Actress for “The Affair.” She was also in fourth place with 7/1 odds and her show was not even up for Best Drama Series. But she managed to overcome the odds and take down Regina King for “American Crime” (21/20), Judith Light for “Transparent” (4/1) and Uzo Aduba for “Orange is the New Black” (5/1).
7. Many of us thought that Lady Gaga‘s nomination for Best Movie/Mini Actress for her performance in “American Horror Story: Hotel” was the reward for her. But the HFPA wanted her on stage too. Despite third-place odds of 18/1, she overtook Kirsten Dunst for “Fargo” (1/5) and Felicity Huffman for “American Crime” (14/1)
8. That win for “Wolf Hall” in the Best Movie/Mini category was definitely one out of left field. We had it in third place with 50/1 odds far back of frontrunner Fargo” (1/10) and “American Crime” (25/1).
9. The thought of Rachel Bloom winning Best TV Comedy Actress for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was, well, crazy especially with her odds of 7/1 which put her in third place. But the actress and co-creator of the CW series edged out Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” (4/5) and Lily Tomlin for “Grace and Frankie” (11/2).
10. Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) may have only been in second place in our predictions with 13/2 odds of winning but we all thought “Mr. Robot” star Rami Malek was a shoo-in with 2/5 odds of winning. The Globes usually love to reward the new hot new stars. However, voters gave Hamm a chance to deliver that acceptance speech he’s had in his pocket since 2008 when he won during the writers’ strike which kept the Globes off the air.