“The Revenant,” a brutal tale of a man left alone to survive after being mauled by a bear, was the big winner at last night’s Golden Globes with three awards — best motion picture drama, best actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro Iñárritu.
“I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world. It is time that we recognize your history,” DiCaprio said as he accepted his prize.
On the comedy front, Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for playing a version of Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano in “Joy.” In her speech, Lawrence thanked Mangano “for your story, for giving so much. It’s such an honor to play this character.”
“The Martian” won best picture in the unlikely musical/comedy category. Brie Larson was the surprise winner for best actress for the dramatic thriller “Room.”
Though the show was punctuated by the occasional audio silence that marked a four-letter word, things proceeded mostly smoothly — and that’s despite fourth-time host Ricky Gervais making his entrance holding a pint of beer. His first words to the audience: “Just shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum.” Throughout the night, Gervais stayed mostly on this side of offensive, poking fun at big stars like Matt Damon (“He’s the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to”). The host’s most daring gibe was introducing Latina actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria as people “who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport.”
Among other noteworthy awards were best animated film for “Inside Out,” best song for British singer Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” (for the James Bond film “Spectre”) and Hungary’s first-ever foreign language award for “Son of Saul.”
Meanwhile, in the TV awards, Jon Hamm’s win for “Mad Men” was expected for sentimental reasons. Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie on Fox’s “Empire,” won for best dramatic actress. “Cookies for everyone,” she joked, and when told to wrap her thank-you speech, responded: “Please wrap? “I’ve waited 20 years for this.”
In the comedy category, Rachel Bloom of The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” won best actress. Gael Garcia Bernal, star of “Mozart in the Jungle,” won for comedy actor, an upset over front-runners Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) and Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”).
“Mozart in the Jungle,” the Amazon Prime freshman, pulled off another minor upset in best comedy category, besting last year’s winner, “Transparent,” and HBO’s “Veep,” a longtime Emmy favorite. “Mr. Robot,” USA’s first-year series about a vigilante hacker, starring Rami Malek, won for best drama.
Here are some other highlights:
DENZEL BRINGS THE FAMILY In a casual speech without his glasses, Denzel accepts his lifetime achievement award with nearly his entire family on stage, but almost forgets to thank them. “I didn’t thank the family?”
WHEN RICKY MET MEL (AGAIN). Gervais, who once needled Gibson about his drinking problem at the Globes, does it again, ending with an audio-censored comment. “I love seeing Ricky every three years,” Gibson says, “because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy.”
A-SCHU? Standing next to Jennifer “J-Law” Lawrence, Rockville Centre’s Amy Schumer tries out a new potential nickname.
STALLONE WINS HIS FIRST GLOBE Thrice nominated, Stallone accepts his supporting actor award for “Creed” by thanking the character he first played in 1976: “I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.”
‘THE MARTIAN’ GETS RED-FACED. Poking fun at the sci-fi movie’s nomination in the comedy category, Gervais notes, “To be fair, ‘The Martian’ was a lot funnier than ‘Pixels.’ But then again, so was ‘Schindler’s List.’ ”
WHICH MOVIES WERE THOSE? A modest Matt Damon, accepting best actor for “The Martian,” claims that “When people go see movies, it’s kind of rare. I’ve made a lot of movies that people just didn’t go see.”
WALK IT OFF. Best director recipient Alejandro Iñárritu recalls the grueling production of his survival epic “The Revenant,” noting that “pain is temporary, but the film is forever. So who cares?”
JASON STATHAM GOES ROGUE. Introducing movie comedy nominee “Spy” with co-star Melissa McCarthy, the action star riffed on his comedic role by taking credit for the entire film and putting writer-director Paul Feig in a chokehold.
With Verne Gay