BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The 73rd annual Golden Globes had a few curveballs up its sleeves, and the biggest ones weren’t even from acerbic host Ricky Gervais, who kept the show alive with his biting quips and takedowns of the business that the awards were celebrating.
But, instead of just being another booze-soaked, starry year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Sunday’s bleep-filled ceremony also gave a boost to two films that have been lingering on the edges of an undefined award season – the crowd-pleasing space romp “The Martian” and the brutal frontier epic “The Revenant,” mere days before the Academy Award nominees are revealed.
Alejandro Inarritu’s “The Revenant” won awards in the drama category for best picture and best actor for star Leonardo DiCaprio, who seems to be on a path to an Oscar for his portrayal of the 1820s fur trapper Hugh Glass.
Inarritu, whose “Birdman” swept the Oscars last year, also beat out “The Martian’s” Ridley Scott for the best director award. “The Martian” did win best comedy film and best actor in a comedy for star Matt Damon. The dubious placement of “The Martian” in the comedy category was a running joke throughout the evening – even Scott questioned it as he walked on stage to accept the best picture award.
But a win is a win, and although this awards season is far from predetermined, neither “The Martian” nor “The Revenant” were considered real frontrunners, especially against nominees like “Spotlight,” ”Carol,” ”Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Big Short.”