The Golden Globes, one of the first major awards shows of 2016, broadcast last night and there were some definite hits and misses.
Host Ricky Gervais returned to the role after saying the last time he hosted in 2010 he wasn’t coming back. Money must talk. I get that his schtick is sarcasm, snark, and being offensive, but last night, it seemed the more he drank, the more he was unable to tell the difference between being funny and being cruel. Also, the more he drank, the more U.S. television censors bleeped him.
Actually, a lot of people got censored during last night’s broadcast. Amy Schumer used the “c” word, and the majority of Jonah Hill’s presentation as the bear from The Revenant was mostly silent on the viewer end.
Perhaps the NBC should simulcast the show on one of its cable networks uncensored. Or maybe the show should take away the free alcohol at the tables.
That aside, I enjoyed the Golden Globes show last night because there were a lot of people winning who had never won before, or who hadn’t won an award in a long time. The usual suspects weren’t called to the stage, which was a nice surprise.
My favorite wins of the evening:
Amazon’s “Mozart In the Jungle” winning both Best TV Series, Comedy, and Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy, for Gael Garcia Bernal. I’ve made no secret of my love for this show, and hopefully now this will get them some more viewers, especially since the second season just dropped a few weeks ago.
Sylvester Stallone, who won his first Globe as Leading Actor for Creed, called the character of Rocky Balboa, “the best friend I ever had,” to a standing ovation.
Lady Gaga, winning Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for “American Horror Story: Hotel.” I think she’s done a great job with her first major television role, and I loved when she said in her speech: “I feel like Cher in that John Patrick Shanley film Moonstruck right now. This is one of the greatest moments of my life.”
“Mr. Robot” geting two nods for Best TV Series, Drama, and for Christian Slater as Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie. I’ve always known Slater was still a good actor, he just needed to the right role to show it.
And Rachel Bloom pulling the dark horse win as Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Considering how many rejections the show got before the CW picked it up for it’s current schedule, it’s amazing anybody even saw the show, much less have it win an award from HPFA.
Of course there were the expected wins.
Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for The Revenant, and the film took top honors for Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Best Motion Picture, Drama. Look for this film to get several Oscar nominations later this week, too.
For those wondering why The Martian was in the Comedy/Musical category for its nominations for Best Movie and Lead Actor for Matt Damon, I’m sure the HFPA did that so it could step out of The Revenant shadow and win a few awards of its own. Which it did. Both the movie and Damon won in their categories.
The Golden Globes are the last critic’s awards of the season. After this come all the industry guild awards, culminating with the Oscars next month. Those nominations are announced this week on January 14. It’ll be interesting to see if some of the surprise film wins translate into Oscar nods.
If you saw the show, let me know in the comments what you thought of the show and the winners. Let’s compare notes!
Here is the complete list of winners in film and television for the 2016 Golden Globes:
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Best Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: “The Revenant”
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Winner: “The Martian”
Best Director, Motion Picture
Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: Brie Larson, “Room”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Winner: Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Winner: Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Winner: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Winner: Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: “Inside Out”
Best Original Song
Winner: “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”
Best Original Score
Winner: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Winner: “Son of Saul”
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Best TV Series, Drama
Winner: “Mr. Robot”
Best TV Series, Comedy
Winner: “Mozart in the Jungle”
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
Winner: “Wolf Hall”
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Winner: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Winner: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Winner: Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Winner: Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie
Winner: Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie
Winner: Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Winner: Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Winner: Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
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