The Golden Globe Awards 2016: The Winners

If you are a movie buff, no matter how jaded you are, you probably follow the awards season with great excitement. Often in the vain hope that the films and artists awarded this year will be a true reflection of merit and not based on time spent hobnobbing with the Jury. If you are a fashion fanatic, then you are probably just watching for the red carpet. Who wore who? Who out-dressed who? And which outfit made everyone’s eyes pop- there’s always one! 

Of course, there are also those who watch the awards for grist for the gossip mill. Every facial expression and coincidence of seating is read into and rumors started that would startle even the most composed actor.

This year’s Golden Globes provided more than enough for every kind of viewer. They offered style, entertainment and validation and made us all cross our fingers even tighter for the Oscars. Here’s the list of winners, in case you weren’t up at six in the morning.

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Revenant

We were hoping that Carol would take home this trophy but how can anyone be mad, when a Leonardo DiCaprio film wins? Of course, the rest – Mad Max: Fury Road, Room and Spotlight – were also fantastic films, but there can only be one winner.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Martian

Spy was hilarious, The Big Short was brilliant, Joy was inspiring but The Martian was a cinematic experience with delightful story-telling. And promotions (they looped in NASA!). A deserving victory for that if nothing else, we say. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Brie Larson (Room)

Saoirse Ronin was lovely in Brooklyn and Alicia Vikander and Cate Blanchett impressed in The Danish Girl and Carol. However, Brie Larson‘s rendition of a difficult character deserved all the glory. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

We love Leo and we love that he won. We just feel a little bad for Eddie Redmayne not getting the award despite a mind-blowing performance. We bet Leo can empathise with him. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

J Law was a joy to watch in Joy, and we can’t wait for the film to release in India. Though, Maggie Smith was amazing in The Lady in the Van and we would have loved to see her win. Melissa McCarthy was hilarious as the Spy but not really award-winning good.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon (The Martian)

The Martian could clearly do no wrong this year. While Matt Damon was great, Christian Bale (The Big Short) and Al Pacino (Danny Collins) also had rightful claims to the trophy. Steve Carell was also nominated for his role in The Big Short, as was Mark Ruffalo for Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

It may not be her best performance ever but we are happy to see Kate Winslet win. Not a great year for Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Helen Mirren (Trumbo) and Jane Fonda (Youth) though. Not to mention Jennifer Jason Leigh (Hateful Eight).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Long live, Stallone! A pity though for Paul Dano (Love), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes) though.

Best Director – Motion Picture: Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)

The Revenant has gotten a lot of recognition at the Golden Globes (3 wins) and we are sure Leo will be celebrating into the weekend. A lot of Miller fans would argue that he deserved it for Mad Max: Fury Road. Ridley Scott may not feel the pinch as much for not winning this for The Martian, but Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and Todd Haynes (Carol) had legitimate claims to the trophy. 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Did the millionth Steve Jobs movie really deserve a Golden Globe for the screenplay? We wonder… Still, Aaron Sorkin got the award, while Emma Donoghue (Room), Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight), Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short) went home empty-handed. Them are the breaks!

Best Motion Picture – Animated: Inside Out

Yes, Inside Out was lovely but Anomalisa and The Good Dinosaur had a lot more heart. We guess they can’t all be winners though.

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