The 73rd Golden Globe Awards honored the best from the 2015 film and television season. Held at the renowned Beverly Hilton Hotel, the famed ceremony was broadcast live at 5:00 p.m. PST on NBC. The show, produced by Dick Clark Productions and presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), awarded the most compelling U.S. feature films and television series for their impeccable run in 2015.
Ricky Gervais hosted this year’s Golden Globes with his classic way of taking digs at many celebrities; he even took a shot at the HFPA for letting him present the show for the fourth time in spite of his trademark technique. Ricky made funny yet grim remarks on Hollywood celebrities who made headlines last year, in addition to joking about their characteristic personalities. The British comedian started the show by literally shushing everyone (like he always does). One of Gervais’ most shocking moments was when he maybe went a bit too far with his rant about Mel Gibson and his drinking problems, moments before welcoming Gibson on stage—NBC actually had to bleep out an outrageous question Gervais rhetorically asked Gibson live on air.
This year, The Revenant and The Martian were the big winners at the Golden Globes, bagging the top movie awards. Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant won three top awards out of its four nominations. The survival movie won the category of Best Motion Picture – Drama and Alejandro Iñárritu grabbed the Best Director award for the film. The film’s leading actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, earned the Best Actor award for Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama.
The other big winner during the awards’ film segment was Ridley Scott’s sci-fi-comedy The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the titular role. Out of its three nominations, The Martian bagged two, one for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the other one by Matt Damon for Best Actor in Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Another big winner at this year’s Golden Globes was the biographical-drama movie Steve Jobs, based on the life of the Apple’s co-founder. Out of its four nominations, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs won two awards for Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and Best Supporting Actress for Kate Winslet.
The awards show also paid tribute to the best in various television series for last year’s run on the small screen. The big winners of the show’s television segment were Amazon Studios’ comedy-drama Mozart in the Jungle, winning both of its nominations, and Sam Esmail’s thriller series Mr. Robot, which won two of its three nominations. Mozart in the Jungle bagged Best Series – Musical or Comedy while Mr. Robot won Best Drama Series. Gael García Bernal won Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role as Rodrigo de Souza in Mozart in the Jungle. Christian Slater of Mr. Robot bagged the award for Best Supporting Actor in a series, miniseries or made-for-TV movie.
Other notable film wins were by the animated feature Inside Out, which bagged the Best Animated Movie award and Hungary’s film Son of Saul, which won in the Best Foreign Film category.
The awards show even celebrated a few first-time nominees as winners in their respective categories. Pop megastar Lady Gaga got emotional when she received the best actress award in the miniseries or TV movie category for playing the Countess in last year’s hit thriller series American Horror Story: Hotel. First-time nominated actress Brie Larson bagged the prestigious Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama award for her role as Joy Newsome in the movie Room. Actress Taraji P. Henson won her first Golden Globe nomination, receiving the Best Actress – Television Series Drama award for her larger-than life role as Cookie Lyon in Fox’s hit show Empire. And crooner Sam Smith earned the award for Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song of last year’s James Bond movie Spectre.
Other winners at yesterday’s Golden Globes included Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lawrence, Maura Tierney, and Ennio Morricone. Stallone bagged the Best Supporting Actor – Drama for his iconic role as Rocky Balboa in the movie Creed. Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress award for her lead role in the movie Joy. TV actress Maura Tierney won Best Supporting Actress for reprising the role of Helen Solloway in the television drama The Affair. At 87, music composer Morricone won the Best Original Score award for composing the music in the latest Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight.
Hollywood legend Denzel Washington earned the most prestigious award of the night—the Cecil B. DeMille Award—for his outstanding lifetime of contribution to the film fraternity. Washington accepted the award along with his family on stage, but had trouble reading his acceptance speech, because the actor forgot to bring his glasses. In spite of it, the Hollywood legend first thanked his agents who helped him get roles, his supportive friends, and most importantly, his family for sticking with him through thick and thin. Everyone in attendance acknowledged the multiple Academy Award winner’s contribution to the industry with a standing ovation.
With Ricky Gervais’ hilarious yet bizarre jabs at many celebrities and their recent controversies, the show successfully garnered huge ratings on NBC. Along with Gervais’ random rants about Hollywood stars, actor Jamie Foxx pulled a Steve Harvey stunt while presenting the award for Best Original Score. Foxx mimicked Harvey’s sensational Miss Universe goof-up when he blatantly announced the wrong winner. Foxx announced the movie Straight Outta Compton as the winner and immediately enacted Harvey’s now-famous announcement by repeating his humiliating apology, saying, “I’m sorry folks, I made a mistake. It’s right here on the card. I take full responsibility for this. It’s right here on the card… [sic]”.
After last week’s People’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes was the second award ceremony for film and television, commencing 2016’s awards season. Next up are the Critics’ Choice Awards on January 17, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 30, the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on February 14, and finally, the Academy Awards on February 28.