The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio Win Big at the Golden Globes

In a night full of surprises, “ The Revenant ” and “The Martian” dominated the top film prizes at the 73rd Golden Globes, while Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” overcame intense competition to nab the highest television honors.

The awards overflowed with unusual choices, new faces and enough bad language to send the censors into an early grave.

If prognosticators and Oscar tea leaf readers were looking to the Globes to help crystallize a wild and woolly awards season, then their hopes for clarity may have been frustrated. “The Martian,” a science fiction thriller, was honored somewhat inexplicably in the comedy category, with even its director Ridley Scott expressing shock at the designation while picking up the best picture statue.

But Scott, who was expected to be honored for his work helming the sci-fi epic was passed over in the directing category. Instead, Alejandro G. Iñárritu,who last year lost out on the Globe before going on to win an Oscar for “Birdman,” was called to the stage for “ The Revenant .”

The historical drama about a fur trapper determined to exact vengeance generated headlines for a punishing shoot that led to crew defections and budget overruns. Calling the film the most difficult of his career, Iñárritu said, “pain is temporary but a film is forever.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the collection of less than 100 journalists that hand out the Globes, agreed. They handed “ The Revenant ” a best drama award over the heavily favored “Spotlight,” a look at the Boston Globe investigation of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal that performed well with critics groups.
73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 73
There are some performers and films that will leave the Globes with momentum heading into the Oscars. Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio helped cement their front-runner statuses picking up acting honors in a drama for their work in “Room” and “ The Revenant. ”

Last year’s broadcast unfolded in the wake of the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” with many winners and presenters using their time in the spotlight to defend freedom of speech. This year’s show seemed less polemical in contrast, with most honorees choosing to focus on their collaborators and loved ones. DiCaprio, who has been deeply involved in environmental advocacy, provided one of the few politically charged speeches of the evening, calling for greater recognition of the Native American community.

 

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