2016 Golden Globes - "The Revenant" Wins Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Motion Picture

Posted 4:44 PM January 10th, 2016 by Senh Duong
The 2016 Golden Globes Awards

(This is a live-blog, with edits after the show.)

Here we go again. Personally, I like Ricky Gervais's previous work on the Golden Globes, so I'm glad he's back. Because of him, I'm actually looking forward to the show. It should be fun.

Kate Winslet wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for "Steve Jobs." She looks really surprised. I'm surprised too. The film actually won something, after getting nothing at the box office. I find her reaction ironic shortly after Gervais told everyone in the room not to be too emotional when they get an award because no one cares other than themselves. Her stardom didn't explode like Leonardo Dicaprio after "Titanic," but she keeps on getting nominated for and winning awards.

That beer that Gervais is drinking looks really good now. It's too bad award shows don't have halftimes; then, I could just run to the grocery store and grab one.

Gervais will just not let the Globes lives this down: putting "The Martian" in the Musical/Comedy category. Ridiculous. Sure, it does have moments of hilarity, but ...

"Star Wars" representation! Oscar Isaac wins Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for "Show Me a Hero." I was just gonna focus on movies, but since the cameraman panned over to Harrison Ford during Isaac's speech, I had to put this down.

I was having technical difficulties...

Anyway, Ennio Morricone just won Best Original Score (Motion Picture) for "The Hateful Eight" -- another award for a film that's not performing up to expectations. Yeah, "ghetto." Quentin Tarantino's use of that word produces an awkward moment with Jamie Fox as the presenter.

Matt Damon wins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for "The Martian," which as teased by Gervais so many times already, is neither a musical nor a comedy. Nonetheless, it's well-deserved.

To no one's surprise, "Inside Out" won the animation category.

But to my surprise, and probably a lot of people, Sylvester Stallone won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for "Creed." A standing ovation greeted him. A spin-off/reboot of "Rocky," the boxing drama from "Fruitvale Station" Ryan Coogler scored a superb 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $106M so far at the box office.

"Steve Jobs" gets another one: Aaron Sorkin wins Best Screenplay (Motion Picture).

Alright, I'm taking a food break -- getting some peanuts, even though I have no beer.

"Son of Saul" from Hungary wins Best Foreign Film. Also, "Spectre" won Best Original Song (Motion Picture) with "Writing's On The Wall." Those happened while I was snacking.

Best Director for a Motion Picture goes to Alejandro Inarritu for "The Revenant," the movie that almost took down "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" over the weekend at the box office.

Gervais's this-show's-not-finished-yet schtick is getting a bit tired and repetitive.

Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for "Joy," a film with middling reviews and box office. It unfair that lately, comedians (like Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy), can't even win for a category that's created for them.

Having said that, "The Martian" wins Best Comedy. With 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and $226M at the box office, this should be the category that the show ends with, not set aside in the Comedy category.

Brie Larson wins Best Actress for "Room."

Leonardo Dicaprio wins Best Actor for "The Revenant." That's two major awards so far for the film.

Wow. "The Revenant" gets the big prize: Best Motion Picture for a Drama (I was hoping for "Mad Max: Fury Road," but there's still a chance at the Oscars). Reviews have been solid, 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also a hit at the box office, grossing $38M this weekend, almost taking down "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from the top spot. I'm sure after winning three of the top categories today, it'll continue to perform in the coming weeks. With an expensive production cost of $135M, it'll have to in order to makes its money back.

I wonder which film would take home the top prize if both "The Martian" and "The Revenant" are in the same category. The former has better reviews and make more money.

Overall, the show was ok. It started off well and then drags towards the end. I like most of the bits by the presenters. It was a surprise to see Mel Gibson as a presenter for "Mad Max: Fury Road." The biggest surprise for me is Stallone taking home the Best Supporting Actor award for the Rocky spin-off "Creed." On a random note, Brad Pitt looks like he's getting younger. I'm still glad that the show's over when it's over; and compared to the Oscars, presenters do seem to be having fun. Most of the winners did get emotional, despite Gervais telling them not to.

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