Golden Globes: ‘The Revenant’ and Leonardo DiCaprio Win Big as Shockers Come All Night Long

leo_revenantThe Golden Globes threw curveball after curveball with their awards on Sunday night.  Beginning with the first award of the night, two-time winner Kate Winslet beat out Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) for her work in Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs.”  That wasn’t all that “Steve Jobs” overtook in some of the categories.  Writer Aaron Sorkin bested main competitors “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” to win the Best Screenplay award.  Where does the strength of “Steve Jobs” lie now?  The last time a film won the Screenplay award and miss the Oscar was “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

In the Supporting Actor category, Sylvester Stallone received a standing ovation when he won over frontrunners Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) and Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”) for Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.”  A nice, tender moment of the evening I might add.  Will it translate into an Oscar win?  That remains to be seen since he missed out on SAG and BAFTA nominations, which no actor has ever won without those two awards (I think?).  A nomination is certainly in the cards but with the stats that have been overcome the past few years.

In the Lead film categories, Matt Damon won his first acting award of his career for his turn in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” with the film matching it as the Best Picture winner for Comedy or Musical.  Besides leaving Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” in the dust for the night’s proceedings, “The Martian” puts itself in a strong position as (yet another) strong consensus film that may be able to pull off the top category at the Academy Awards.  Fun fact, you have to go back to Paul Giamatti’s win for “Barney Version” to find a winner in Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical that didn’t translate to Oscar attention.  Does that mean Damon gets that final presumed fifth slot in Best Actor?  Looking at Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, you have the same type of stats helping a megastar.  Jennifer Lawrence picked up her third Golden Globe (in another David O. Russell film no less) for “Joy,” another strong indicator for Oscar attention.

Best Director had its own shock as Alejandro G. Inarritu won for his film “The Revenant” over George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), and Todd Haynes (“Carol”).  But that wasn’t where the love ended as suspected, Leonardo DiCaprio won his third statue for Best Actor in a Drama.  His path for the Oscar podium has been set, and will likely lead him there successfully.  Even more surprising “The Revenant” won Best Picture (Drama), leaving Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” with zero statues to go home with.  In the Best Actress (Drama) category, young starlet Brie Larson beat out a plethora of talent for her work in “Room.”

Ennio Morricone won Best Original Score for his work on “The Hateful Eight,” triggering an awkward speech from the writer/director Quentin Tarantino.  Sam Smith took home the Best Original Song award for “Writings on the Wall” from Sam Mendes’ “Spectre.”

Best Foreign Language Film went to Hungary’s “Son of Saul” while Animated Feature went to Pixar’s “Inside Out,” two films that seem locked and loaded for Oscar recognition at this point.

Denzel Washington received the Cecil B. Demille award after decades of stunning performances including “Malcolm X,” “Training Day,” and “Glory.”

On the television side, lots of new shows reigned supreme as Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” won Best TV Series (Comedy or Musical) along with its star Gael Garcia Bernal in Best Actor.  Rachel Bloom won Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy or Musical) for “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” delivering one of the night’s best speeches.

On the Drama side, “Mr. Robot” from USA Network won Best Television Series, along with Christian Slater picking up the Supporting Actor prize in a Limited Series, TV Series, or TV Movie.  Maura Tierney picked up the sole win for Showtime’s “The Affair” in Supporting Actress.  Taraji P. Henson got her time in the spotlight winning Best Actress (Drama) for “Empire” while Jon Hamm won for the last time for AMC’s “Mad Men.”  Oscar Isaac won for the Limited Series “Show Me a Hero” from HBO while Lady Gaga nabbed Best Actress in a Limited Series for “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

This will all be digested more as I release the final predictions for the Oscars this Tuesday.  Use the space below to discuss your thoughts on the race and the winners of the HFPA.  What do you think it all means?

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