If there’s anything we learned at last night’s Golden Globes, it’s that we still have no idea who the front runner for the Oscars are this year.
That being said, the Golden Globes aren’t really related to the Oscars in any way besides being awards, but they do indicate where the passion is for the films in contention. Though, I’m not really sure what the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were smoking when they filled out their ballots.
The HFPA are notably kooky; Remember when they nominated The Tourist for Best Picture: Comedy or Musical? Though no choice last name came close to that level of weirdness (though maybe The Martian winning for Best Comedy or Musical), there were still some very strange choices. For one thing The Revenant winning Best Picture against Carol (which won nothing, despite leading the nomination count), Room and Mad Max: Fury Road. Even the presumed frontrunner of the moment, Spotlight couldn’t get any love.
But yes, The Revenant cleaned up very nicely, winning Picture (Drama), Director and Lead Actor (Drama). Steve Jobs won for its screenplay and, in a bit of a surprise, for Kate Winslet’s performance. Jennifer Lawrence bested her “real life BFF” (seriously, did they remind us about this enough?) Amy Schumer for Best Actress: Comedy for JOY as a way of honoring that movie’s hilarious train wreck qualities I suppose? And despite a last minute surge in popularity, The Big Short went home empty handed, though I think more of this surge will be represented when the Guilds start announcing their awards.
Many were thrilled over Lady Gaga’s win on the television side of the awards ceremony. While it’s hard to begrudge Gaga a win after adorably melting onstage, we all can admit that Kirsten Dunst was R O B B E D for her performance in Fargo. This was a classic move by the HFPA, who love rewarding huge names like Gaga. But that’s alright, she can have the Globe, because Dunst will (hopefully) win the Emmy in a few months. The Globes continued their trend of anointing newcomers in the TV categories, with wins for Mr. Robot and Mozart in the Jungle over favorites such as Game of Thrones, Veep, and Transparent.
Ricky Gervais’ much hyped return to the Golden Globes stage was anything but exciting. Other than reminding all of the attendees that the Golden Globes didn’t matter, he attempted a few ill-timed, flat jokes, one of which concerned Caitlyn Jenner (it’s as unfunny as it sounds). Not to mention his “bit” with Mel Gibson.
Also, why was Katy Perry there and WHAT was she wearing?
Disappointing wins for Sam Smith in Best Original Song and The Hateful Eight in Original Score (featuring a cringe-worthy acceptance speech from Quentin Tarantino) left a sour taste in my mouth. That being said, it was a joy to see Brie Larson finally have her moment after years of paying her dues as a hardworking supporting actress. Not to mention, she looked amazing.
Overall, the night was a strange, slow and unexciting mixed bag. Unlike past years where the Globes’ unexpected nature have been fun, this year felt more bogged down by the ceremony itself, save for Taraji P. Henson handing out cookies when her name was called as the winner of TV Actress: Drama.
And while many (myself included) are disappointed with this list of winners, I don’t think it will have much of a bearing on the rest of the season, or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. The less we talk about how far off my predictions were, the better.
Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Best Motion Picture: Drama- The Revenant
Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical: The Martian
Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Best Actor: Drama- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Drama– Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone
Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Best Original Song: “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best TV Series (Drama): Mr. Robot
Best TV Series (Comedy): Mozart in the Jungle
Best Limited TV Series or TV Movie: Wolf Hall
Best Actress TV Series, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Best Actor TV Series, Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Best Actress TV Series, Comedy or Musical: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Best Actor TV Series, Comedy of Musical: Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Oscar Isaac, Show Me A Hero
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Maura Tierney, The Affair
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot