Recap: Golden Globes 2016

The Golden Globes, known as the “drunk Oscars” in most parts, went down last night for it’s 73rd annual appearance and lived up to it’s reputation quite well.

The awards don’t quite hold the same esteem as the golden Oscars, but the show is always entertaining to watch for many other reasons. I always find myself curious as to how the foreign press values our year in film (and TV) as opposed to the stiffer Oscars, and although it doesn’t necessarily translate to Oscar success (voting closed last week) it certainly keeps the conversation interesting.

Controversial host Ricky Gervais returned to host the awards show, and had no problem finding spicy subjects to roast during his opening monologue. He was simply up to no good while up there, proven with a pint of beer that he brought up to the podium. As usual the telecast ran too long and a lot of fat could have been trimmed. It’s amazing that they have to rush all the winners speeches during a three-hour telecast, when that’s the only thing that matters.

Now onto the stuff that matters. Spotlight is thought to be a major favorite at the Academy Awards next month, but it was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant that cleaned up many of the major categories, including best picture for a drama. While it seems to give The Revenant momentum, Golden Globes best picture winners don’t necessarily translate to success at the Academy Awards. Last year Boyhood won Best Drama at the Globes, but it was of course Iñárritu’s Birdman that ended up taking home the prestigious Best Picture Oscar.

Ridley Scott - Golden Globes 2016

Ridley Scott was figured to be a favorite for best director for The Martian, but it was Iñárritu who claimed Best Director. But Scott ended up getting his moment when The Martian picked up Best Comedy, questionable category placement for sure, as it’s nowhere near a comedy, even if it does show off comedic flair here and there. Scott joked about it’s framing as a comedy, but was of course still very appreciative for the victory.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Golden Globes 2016

One of the only winners that will most likely translate into a sure bet with the Academy is Leonardo DiCaprio, who picked up his third Golden Globe for best actor in a drama, because of his unforgettable performance in The Revenant. He should be a lock for the long-awaited Best Actor award come Oscar time, but it’s one of those cases where you just never know. Could Matt Damon be a threat? I don’t think so, but The Oscars may fall more favorably with the somewhat lighter crowd-pleaser that is The Martian. The Globes were taken with Damon’s performance, awarding him with best actor in a comedy.

Matt Damon - Golden Globes 2016

While no one was upset with Brie Larson picking up best actress for a drama for her turn in Room, it was the equally stunning ladies of Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who were predicted to be a favorite. It’s certainly possible that they split the vote, which is one of the reasons that The Weinstein Company pitched Blanchett as Best Actress and Mara as Best Supporting Actress with Oscar voters, in order to give them both an equal chance to clean up at the show.

The more controversial acting award of the evening came with Jennifer Lawrence’s best actress in a comedy for Joy. Most were mixed with Joy, but we can all agree it was most certainly a drama, not a comedy. It was a typically strong performance from Lawrence who kept the uneven picture together, but if we’re talking about comedic performance, this should have been either Amy Schumer’s award (Trainwreck) or even Melissa McCarthy’s (Spy).


Jennifer Lawrence - Golden Globes 2016

One of the most crowd-pleasing victories of the night was Sylvester Stallone’s best support actor in a drama for Creed, a film that surprised many of us which how well in reinstated the Rocky franchise, as well as Stallone as a performer. It was his first victory at the Globes, and his first nomination since the original Rocky in 1976. Stallone initially forgot to thank director Ryan Coogler and co-star at first, but he came back after his speech to thank them, unfortunately the telecast had cut to commercial break by then.

Sylvester Stallone - Golden Globes 2016

The telecast started with a surprise best supporting actress in a drama victory for Kate Winslet, whose turn in Steve Jobs was well praised but not a favorite. It was believed that either Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) or Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) were the favorites. It seems like the latter is the best bet at the Oscars, but now the conversation has certainly got more interesting.

Kate Winslet - Golden Globes 2016

The haunting Son Of Saul rightfully picked up best Foreign Language film, Inside Out won Best Animated Feature, Aaron Sorkin won best screenplay, Ennio Morricone’s won Best original score for his work on The Hateful Eight, and Sam Smith’s Spectre song “Writing’s On The Wall” won.

Find the full list of Golden Globes winners posted below (along with the TV winners):

Best motion picture, drama

Mad Max: Fury Road


The Revenant



Best motion picture, musical or comedy:



The Big Short

The Martian


Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, Brooklyn

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Rooney Mara, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Todd Haynes, Carol

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, Room

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, Carol

Alexander Desplat, The Danish Girl

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs

Ryuchi Sakamoto, The Revanant

Best motion picture, animated


The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy

“See You Again,” Furious 7

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Best motion picture, foreign language

The Brand New Testament

The Club

The Fencer


Son of Saul

Best television series, drama

Empire, Fox

Game of Thrones, HBO

Mr. Robot, USA

Narcos, Netflix

Outlander, Starz

Best television series, musical or comedy

Casual, Hulu

Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Video

Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Silicon Valley, HBO

Transparent, Amazon Video

Veep, HBO

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

American Crime, ABC

American Horror Story: Hotel, FX

Fargo, FX

Flesh and Bone, Starz

Wolf Hall, PBS

Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Idris Elba, Luther

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelson, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best performance by an actress in a TV series, drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Judith Light, Transparent

Maura Tierney, The Affair

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie