Golden Globes 2016

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If some nominees were nervous, it might not only be because whether they would win, but also because Ricky Gervais was back.  After a three-year run, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hang up the hosting mantle duties.  Gervais has been invited back to host the 73rd Golden Globes show.  In his last show in 2012, some of the cheeky host’s jokes were considered too off-color for some.

With a glass of beer on hand, Gervais started off by saying that he had changed (although not as changed as Bruce Jenner/Caitlyn Jenner) and would try to be nice this time.

Gervais put NBC, the network that aired the show this year, front and center.  He quipped that it was only appropriate for the network to air it because it’s the only network with no nominations.

To introduce a speech from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Gervais mentioned that the Golden Globes didn’t have an “In Memoriam” section to make everyone depressed (the HFPA speech would be it).

Hollywood stars became an easy target in general. Recognizing that some stars might be nervous for fear of being made fun of, he didn’t think it would be enough for them to stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe, especially if the film companies had already paid for it.  He took a swipe at the meaning of winning the award, reminding that it’s only important to the stars and nobody else.

On equal pay topic, Gervais confessed that he was paid the same amount as Fey and Poehler – together – last year.  Highlighting the deportation topic from presidential candidate Donald Trump, Eva Longoria and America Ferrera were picked as those who could be deported.

Gervais played nice with Mel Gibson, whom he made fun of years ago for being drunk.  Gervais stated that he would rather have a drink with Gibson than Bill Cosby.  Gibson dished out that he loved seeing Gervais every three years as it reminded him to get a colonoscopy.

Tom Hanks presented the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to Denzel Washington. He was pretty much speechless, admitting that he forgot his speech and needing glasses to read it.  It was nice to see he brought his family onto the stage with him to accept the award.

The first award of the night, Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture Drama, went to a visibly shocked Kate Winslet for her role in “Steve Jobs.”  She mentioned the insane amount of dialogue in the script, which wasn’t easy to do.  And that script, which made the movie one of the very best, earned Aaron Sorkin Best Screenplay gold.  On the lead actress category, Brie Larson brought home Best Actress award for “Room,” graciously recognizing that half of the award went to her young co-star, Jacob Tremblay.  Sylvester Stallone scored Best Supporting Actor for “Creed.”  He walked onto the stage among standing ovation.  His last nomination for a Golden Globe was 39 years ago.

On the musical and comedy side, Best Actor statue went to Matt Damon for his performance in “The Martian,” a great movie perplexingly categorized as a comedy.  Matt Damon was said to be the only person Ben Affleck, his best buddy, hadn’t been unfaithful to.  The movie went on to win Best Motion Picture in this category.  The ever-popular Jennifer Lawrence nabbed Best Supporting Actress for “Joy.”

Best Original Score winner was initially announced as going to “Straight Outta Compton,” with the actual winner being “The Hateful Eight.”  The misannouncement was done on purpose, drawing parallel to the recent controversies at the Miss Universe Pageant, where the wrong winner was announced.  Best Original Song went to “Spectre.”

Best Animated Motion Picture went to frontrunner “Inside Out.”

Alejandro Inarritu, who made waves last year with “Birdman,” made a name for himself again this year by winning Best Director, Motion Picture Drama with “The Revenant.”  The movie was the big winner for the night, also winning Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor, and taking home Best Motion Picture.

And the Golden Globe goes to…

Best Motion Picture, Drama – “The Revenant”

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – “The Martian”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama – Brie Larson, “Room”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Director, Motion Picture, Drama – Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture, Drama – Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Best Original Score, Motion Picture – Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Best Motion Picture, Animated – “Inside Out”

Best Original Song, Motion Picture – “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

For a full list of winners, visit the official website.

Copyright (c) 2016.  Nathalia Aryani.

Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist and has a movie blog, The MovieMaven( Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at

Nathalia Aryani is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic ( She has a movie blog, The MovieMaven ( Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at

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