“The Revenant” was unexpectedly the big winner at the 2016 Golden Globes, winning Best Drama Picture over frontrunner “Spotlight,” which left the awards empty-handed. While the star of “The Revenant,” Leonardo DiCaprio, took Best Drama Actor as expected (his third victory at the Globes), its director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu pulled off an upset. Last year, he’d won Best Screenplay for “Birdman” but lost both Best Director and Best Comedy/Musical Picture before going on to win all those top categories at the Oscars. Perhaps Globe voters wished to make it up to him.
“The Martian” was another big winner on the film side, taking Best Comedy/Musical Picture despite a strong challenge from “The Big Short,” and, as expected, Best Comedy/Musical Actor for Matt Damon, who had never won an acting prize at the Globes before; he previously won in 1997 for his screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
But Best Comedy/Musical Actress was a bit of a surprise, to some of us at least. Though the tide seemed to have turned toward Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck“), her pal Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy“) won her third award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, following victories for “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “American Hustle” (2013).
Our predictions were right that Sylvester Stallone would win Best Supporting Actor for his comeback performance reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” but Kate Winslet surprised by taking Best Film Supporting Actress for “Steve Jobs.”
“Steve Jobs” took another unexpected award: Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, who adapted Walter Isaacson‘s biography. Those two wins tied “Steve Jobs” as the second most awarded film of the night, despite being snubbed for a nomination for Best Drama Picture.
Legendary composer Ennio Morricone took Best Score for Quentin Tarantino‘s western “The Hateful Eight,” and Tarantino accepted the award on his behalf. The other music award, Best Song, was awarded to Grammy-winner Sam Smith for his “Spectre” theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall.”
There were even more surprises on the TV side of the Globes event. “Mr. Robot” came out on top, taking Best Drama Series as we had predicted, as well as Best TV Supporting Actor (Christian Slater). But the USA drama’s star Rami Malek, heavily favored to win Best Drama Actor, was upset by Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“), who won his second Globe, but the first he was able to accept on live television: Hamm’s last Globe victory came in January 2008, when the Hollywood writers strike caused the Globes telecast to be cancelled.
Also ending the night with two wins was the Amazon streaming series “Mozart in the Jungle,” which prevailed as Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor (Gael Garcia Bernal), besting last year’s champ in both categories “Transparent,” also on Amazon.
Best TV Comedy Actress went unexpectedly to a breakout CW star for the second year in a row: Rachel Bloom for the freshman musical comedy series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” besting the defending champ Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“) and the predicted frontrunner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“)
“Wolf Hall” may have struggled in the longform categories at the Emmys, but it rebounded at these kudos, claiming Best TV Movie/Limited Series, its sole victory out of its three nominations.
Oscar Isaac prevailed as Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor for “Show Me a Hero” on the HBO miniseries’s only nomination. Also winning on her program’s only bid was Lady Gaga, named Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for her vampiric turn in “American Horror Story: Hotel.”