ABOVE PHOTO: Denzel Washington accepts the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)
Denzel Washington gets standing ovation from colleagues for Lifetime Achievement Award
The Revenant and The Martian both won Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, respectively) setting up a big showdown between the two at the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28th. The Revenant took home its trophies in the dramatic categories, while The Martian earned its accolades as either a comedy or a musical, take your pick.
Ricky Gervais served as emcee for the first time in three years, replacing his trademark acerbic snipes at celebs with a profusion of profanity. His alcohol-fueled affinity for cursing set the tone for a night featuring a flurry of foul-mouthed remarks on the part of presenters and awardees. The problem with that approach is that it resulted in the bleeping of large chunks of dialogue, so the TV audience often had no idea what just transpired beyond being able to lip-read the F or S-word.
The most memorable moment was when Taraji P. Henson handed out cookies as she headed onstage to accept the Best Actress in a TV Drama nod for playing Cookie on “Empire.” Another highlight was Denzel Washington’s standing ovation from his colleagues for his lifetime achievement award.
Stallone was greeted with an equally-heartfelt reception when he won for Best Supporting Actor for Creed. However, it was unfortunate that the director decided to cut to a commercial during his protracted acceptance speech, so only the audience in attendance got to hear him thank Creed’s star, Michael B. Jordan, and director, Ryan Coogler.
As for the evening’s lowlight, it had to be Gervais’ heavily-censored exchange with Mel Gibson making references to the disgraced thespian’s anti-Semitism. Talk about cringe-inducing!
Complete List of 2016 Golden Globe Winners
Best picture, drama: The Revenant
Best picture, comedy or musical: The Martian
Actress, drama: Brie Larson, Room
Actor, drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Actress, musical or comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Actor, musical or comedy: Matt Damon,The Martian
Supporting actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Supporting actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
Animated film: Inside Out
Foreign language film: Son of Saul, Hungary
Original score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Original song: “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre
Best series, drama: “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Best series, comedy or musical: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Best television movie or mini-series: “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
Actress, mini-series or television movie: Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Actor, mini-series or television movie: Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Actress, drama: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Actor, drama: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Actress, comedy or musical: Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Actor, comedy or musical: Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Supporting actress, mini-series or television movie: Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Supporting actor, mini-series or television movie: Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Denzel Washington