Baku, January 11, AZERTAC
Two frontier survival tales — “The Revenant” and “The Martian” — led a bleep-filled Golden Globes where the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence was challenged only by the relentless mocking of the show’s beer-wielding host, Ricky Gervais.
In an upset, Alejandro Innaritu’s bloody 1820s thriller “The Revenant” won best film drama, as well as best director for Inarritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Though Inarritu had a similar run at the Academy Awards last year with the best-picture winning “Birdman,” he won only a share of best screenplay at last year’s Globes.
“Pain is temporary,” said Inarritu, referring to the film’s arduous shoot in the Canadian Rockies. “A film is forever.”
In an awards season that has lacked definition, two of the top critical picks — the journalism procedural “Spotlight” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” — went home empty-handed. Instead, it was “The Revenant” — made with the same seamless cinematography of “Birdman” — that emerged triumphant on the same weekend it nearly toppled the box-office juggernaut “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with a $38 million opening.
DiCaprio, who appears headed for his first Oscar, dedicated his award to “First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous peoples around the world.”
“It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people out there to exploit them,” said DiCaprio.
Questionably nominated in the comedy categories (a theoretically easier route to statuettes), Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale “The Martian” took best film, comedy, and best actor in a comedy for Damon. Stepping to the podium, Scott wondered, “Comedy?” and answered with a skeptical wave of his hand.
Damon had to suffer being introduced by Gervais as “the only person who Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.” The actor later said the nearly $600 million success of “The Martian” was an unlikely pleasure: “I have made a lot of movies that people just didn’t go see.”
Nominated for the same character that earned him his only other Golden Globe nod, Sylvester Stallone took best supporting actor for the “Rocky” sequel-reboot “Creed.” The crowd greeted him with a standing ovation.
“I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had,” said Stallone.
Though security was especially tight to guard against terrorism, the Gervais-led Globes, evidenced little of seriousness that marks most award shows, or the teary-eyed acceptances speeches. Instead, the Globes had a particularly unraveled atmosphere that included Jonah Hill dressed as the bear from “The Revenant,” copious discussion of “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor’s male anatomy by Gervais, and much buzzing about Sean Penn’s escapade with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Gervais greeted the crowd (which he labeled “pill-popping sexual deviant scum”) with a predictably astringent opening, setting the tone for an expletive-filled night that was at turns irreverent and frivolous.
“I want to do this monologue and then go into hiding. Not even Sean Penn will find me,” he said, pausing for a swig. “Snitch.”
In his fourth time hosting, Gervais’ act dominated the evening, often drawing loud laughs from the Beverly Hilton hotel audience, but also the expected criticism. In a particularly awkward encounter, he and Mel Gibson stood arm-in-arm after exchanging insults.
“I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” said Gibson.
Best actress went to Brie Larson, the breakout star of the captive mother-son drama “Room.” A gleeful Larson concluded: “I’m sorry for anyone I forgot. I’ll write you a thank-you card.”
Lawrence scored her third Globe for a David O. Russell-directed film. After winning for “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” she made it three for “Joy.”