clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Golden Globes 2016: The Revenant wins Best Picture

New, 44 comments

While Mr. Robot takes home the award for Best TV Drama

It was another successful year for director Alejandro G. Inarritu at the 73rd annual Golden Globe awards.

Inarritu not only took home the award for Best Director for his film, The Revenant, but the film itself won Best Picture, the most prestigious accolade of the night. It was the director's second Golden Globe award, and a direct followup to his nomination last year for his work on Birdman. Although he lost to Richard Linklater and Boyhood, Inarritu did win the award for Best Director a month later at the Oscars.

Leonardo DiCaprio also won Best Actor in a Drama, following up his 2013 Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Comedy in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio also won a Golden Globe in 2005 for his work in The Aviator.

Although Inarritu and The Revenant winning the top awards wasn't too surprising, there were a couple of questionable awards handed out.

The Martian took home the award for Best Comedy and star Matt Damon was given the accolade for Best Actor in a Comedy. Host Ricky Gervais called out the outrageousness of the film's comedic nomination multiple times throughout the evening, including breaking down into a fit of laughter when introducing Damon at one point. Even director Ridley Scott got in a tiny scoff when he stepped up to the microphone to deliver his acceptance speech.

"A comedy," he asked incredulously. "Not so much..."

Also a bit of a surprise was Brie Larson winning the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Ma in Room. Larson beat out stiff competition from Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl and Rooney Mara in Carol, but took a second on stage to joke around about the nomination procedure on stage.

"Hello HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)! It's been so nice getting to know you over the past couple of weeks," Larson said.

Of course, there were some awards handed out that came as a surprise to absolutely no one. Jennifer Lawrence won her third Golden Globe for her work in Joy, which also marked the third time she received the award for her work in a David O. Russell film. Lawrence first took home the award for Best Actress for her work in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013 and then won the same award the subsequent year for American Hustle.

Sylvester Stallone won the award for Best Supporting Actor in Creed, and was presented with a standing ovation from the crowd gathered in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. During his acceptance speech, Stallone took a second to thank his "imaginary friend" Rocky Balboa for giving him the career he never dreamed he'd have.

Pixar's critically acclaimed Inside Out was given the award for Best Animated Feature, beating out the studio's other feature from last year, The Good Dinosaur.

On the television front, the HFPA continued its tradition of going against the grain and handing out the majority of awards to new series and underdog contestants.

Mr. Robot followed in the tradition of other debut sweeps, and took home the prize for Best TV Drama, while Christian Slater was awarded a golden statue for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as the series' titular character.

The show's lead actor, Rami Malek, unfortunately lost to John Hamm and his work in the final season of AMC's Mad Men as Don Draper. Creator Sam Esmail took a few seconds during his acceptance speech, however, to praise Malek for his work in the series and acknowledge how crucial he was to the show's success.

Other big wins came from Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, which was awarded the top prize of Best Series, Comedy or Musical. Star Gael Garcia Bernal was given the award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Music or Comedy, too.

The Golden Globes marks the official kick off to award season. The next big ceremony, the 88th annual Academy Awards, will take place on Feb. 28. The nominations for that will be announced on Jan. 14.