Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Golden Globe for his performance in The Revenant. Photo: AP/NBCWith a racy, if not actually provocative, opening monologue from host Ricky Gervais, too many award categories to count on both hands and feet and a curious relegation of television gongs to the first half of the evening, the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards made their shambolic mark on awards season.
The big winners were The Revenant, The Martian (for comedy, no less), Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and Matt Damon. If you’re betting on the Oscars, you’ll probably give that list a second and third glance.
Many consider the Globes a key predictor of the upcoming Academy Awards, the finish line of the so-called awards season of which the Golden Globes is the most prominent appetiser. In truth, however, the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Awards are a far more accurate predictor.
The greatest weakness – and to some extent the greatest strength – of the Globes is their slightly ragged nature. That leaves them more able to anoint newcomers than older, slow-to-react awards like Oscars and Emmys, though some of this year’s nods, including Jon Hamm for Mad Men, seemed deeply sentimental.
But it also leaves them vulnerable to the wattage of a star, rather than a genuinely objective assessment of a performance, or a piece of work.
Which is why you see actors like Christian Slater seem like automatic starters in television categories through the sheer force of a pre-existing film career. Slater is great, but better than Ben Mendelsohn, Damian Lewis and Alan Cumming? No way.
Or you’re left asking whether Oscar Isaac did indeed win for his performance in David Simon’s Show Me a Hero, or because he’s also the star of the biggest cinema release in history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Sometimes it’s hard to determine.
It’s important to keep the Globes in context: they’re voted by the 90-something members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. (Did you see what I did there?) They have a history of generally favouring stars over actors, and film over television. When a bunch of songs are up for the award, it’s the Bond theme which has always been the safest bet.
In that sense, the Golden Globes are a study in trying to have your cake and eat it too. The voting body yearns for widespread acceptance but excludes many mainstream media outlets. And the honour roll hopes to span both film and television, yet gently relegates television, mostly, to the first half of the night.
It’s a tough highwire act and it doesn’t always work, particularly with regard to the latter, which is so noticeable in an era where the best on television is clearly so much better than the best film has to offer. It seemed at one point that almost all of the television categories were going to be burned off before intermission.
In television terms, it was plainly Amazon’s night, with the streaming platform scooping both best television series, comedy or music, and best actor, for its series Mozart in the Jungle, and its star Gael García Bernal. It airs in on the streaming platform Stan.
Both Netflix and Amazon have pushed heavily into the space traditionally owned by old-school broadcasters, carving off some of the most prestigious awards for their series’.
And USA’s Mr Robot, which airs in on the streaming platform Presto, was television’s other big winner, though its lead actor Rami Malek was denied the prize, losing to Jon Hamm in a sentimental vote for the final season of the much-loved Mad Men.
And there were, of course, those awards show moments.
The actress Rachel Bloom, who won for best actress in a comedy TV series, revealed her show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, had six rejections in one day from different networks, in an animated speech which straddled excited-acceptance-speech and taking-this-way-too-seriously.
For a moment it looked like she was taking the piss, and then it looked like she was taking it too seriously. And then the you’ve-spoken-longer-than-the-allocated-30-seconds music started to play. Was she? Wasn’t she? We’ll never know.
And Empire’s Taraji Henson gave the obligatory order to hold off on the wrap-up music, while she thanked her fans, her co-stars and, of course, her manager and publicist.
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
The approximately 1300 attendees of the awards moved, after dinner served by 40 chefs and more than 250 wait staff, to a circuit of after-parties thrown by studios, including invitation-only events hosted by HBO, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and InStyle and Netflix and The Weinstein Company.
Best Motion Picture, Drama: The Revenant Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Martian
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Leonardo Di Caprio (The Revenant) Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Brie Larson (Room)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon (The Martian) Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone (Creed) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Best Director, Motion Picture: Alejandro Iñárritu (The Revenant) Best Screenplay, Motion Picture: Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)
Best Motion Picture, Animated: Inside Out Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language: Son of Saul (Hungary)
Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) Best Original Song, Motion Picture: Writing’s On The Wall (Spectre)
Best Television Series, Drama: Mr Robot (USA) Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy: Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Wolf Hall (PBS)
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series, Drama: Jon Hamm (Mad Men) Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, Drama: Taraji Henson (Empire)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy: Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero) Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Christian Slater (Mr Robot) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Maura Tierney (The Affair)
Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment: Denzel Washington.