Golden Globe Awards 2016: The 10 Biggest Winners (and Losers)
Hollywood kicked off this year’s award season with Sunday night’s Golden Globes. Though the Globes are always thought of as one of the looser and more uninhibited ceremonies of the year, this year’s awards were even more unpredictable than expected. Both of the TV and movie categories saw plenty of surprise winners, unexpected snubs, and lots of censor beeping. Check out all of the the biggest winners (and losers) of the night:
1. Winner: The Martian
As expected, it was a big year for Ridley Scott’s space saga, The Martian. Though Scott lost out on the directing prize, the movie did take home the award for Best Motion Picture in the comedy/musical category (despite that many — including Scott himself — expressed hesitation at the “comedy” label). Star Matt Damon also won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in the hit film.
2. Loser: Trainwreck
The problem with categorizing The Martian as a comedy is that it shuts out strong, more straightforward comedies like Trainwreck. In addition to losing out in the comedy/musical movie category, star Amy Schumer was also looked over in the acting categories, losing the Best Actress award to friend and Joy star, Jennifer Lawrence.
3. Winner: The Revenant
The harrowing drama, about an 1820s trapper who survives a bear attack and seeks revenge on the men who left him for dead, had several major victories last night. The movie took home three of the biggest awards of the night, including Best Actor in a Drama for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Inarritu, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.
4. Loser: Spotlight
The critically acclaimed drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic church’s sex abuse scandal was widely considered a front-runner in the award season race. Despite that, the movie was snubbed, losing to The Revenant in the motion picture drama category. Meanwhile, writer and director Tom McCarthy also failed to take home prizes in either the directing or screenplay categories. The film isn’t out of the Oscar race yet, but it’s still a tough hit for the contender.
5. Winner: Brie Larson
Larson has earned overwhelming praise for her lead turn in Room and is widely considered to be a strong contender in the award season race. Still, she was facing tough competition, including three-time winner Cate Blanchett. Ultimately, Larson was able to take home the prize, cementing her status as a front-runner for coming awards.
6. Loser: Alicia Vikander
Vikander earned double nominations in the actress categories, one in a supporting role for Ex-Machina and one in a lead role for The Danish Girl. Despite stellar performances and some truly superb work in both films, Vikander didn’t take home any prizes, with Kate Winslet winning in the former category and Larson winning in the latter.
7. Winner: Mozart in the Jungle
Amazon made a major leap forward in establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in original television programming. The company’s new show Mozart in the Jungle, about classical musicians in New York, was named best TV comedy, beating out vets like HBO’s Veep, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, and another Amazon dramedy, Transparent. Mozart’s star, Gael Garcia Bernal, also took home the award for Best Actor in a TV comedy.
8. Loser: Veep
HBO’s acclaimed political satire lost TV comedy nod to newbie Mozart in the Jungle. Star Julia Louis Drefyus, who is usually considered a front-runner in the acting categories, also went home empty-handed this year, with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom coming out on top in a surprise win.
9. Winner: Mr. Robot
The acclaimed USA Network hacking drama took home two major prizes. It beat out heavy hitters like Fox’s Empire and HBO’s Game of Thrones in the Best TV Drama category. Meanwhile, Christian Slater also took home the Best Supporting Actor award in the TV drama category over the likes of Damian Lewis and Alan Cumming.
10. Loser: Netflix
Netflix was one of the most-nominated platforms of the years, with several of its titles — including Narcos, Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, and House of Cards — up for an award. Despite its nominations in a slew of categories, the streaming service failed to take home any prizes.