The Revenant’, ‘The Martian’ win big at 73rd Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan 11:
Survival drama “The Revenant” and space thriller “The Martian” today bagged five top honours at the Golden Globes as Leonardo DiCaprio walked away with the best actor drama trophy, making him a strong contender at the Oscars next month.
It was a hat-trick for “The Revenant” as it won the top prizes of best drama, best actor and best director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who is on his way to dominate the award season once again after last year’s “The Birdman”.
“I cannot say how surprised I am and how proud I am to have survived this movie…Pain is temporary, film is forever, so who cares,” Inarritu said referring to the sub-zero temperatures in which the movie was shot in Canada and the US among other places.
The movie, set in the 19th century, saw off competition from “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Room”, “Spotlight” and “Carol”, which was snubbed despite its five nominations.
Globes win could boost DiCaprio’s chances to win an award at the Oscars which has long eluded him despite securing multiple nominations over the years. The actor plays the role of fur-trapper Hugh Glass, who is left by his colleagues to die after a bear attack.
The 41-year-old star said it was an incredible honour to win as he acknowledged fellow nominees, his director and co-star Tom Hardy.
DiCaprio overcame stiff challenge from “The Danish Girl” star Eddie Redmayne and “Concussion” lead Will Smith.
“This movie was about trust and no one was more deserving of our trust than our director. The depths to which he and the entire crew went to make this film were incredible,” he said.
He ended his speech by expressing support for indigenous rights. “I want to share this award with all the First Nation People represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world.”
Ridley Scott directed space drama “The Martian” was named the winner in the musical and comedy category along with its leading star Matt Damon, who won the best actor trophy in this group. The actor said he was happy that the movie was enjoyed by the audience.
Brie Larson was named the best actress drama category for her poignant portrayal of a woman held captive for years in an enclosed space with her five-year-old son in “Room”.
The newcomer won over the likes of front-runner Cate Blanchett besides Rooney Mara, Saorse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.
Larson, 26, said “Room” meant a lot to her as she thanked author Emma Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson and co-star Jacob Tremblay. “To anyone I forgot, I’ll write you a thank you card.”
Actress Jennifer Lawrence took home her fourth Golden Globe for biopic “Joy” in the musical or comedy category at awards gala, which saw Ricky Gervias returning as the host for the fourth time.
The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, opens the Hollywood awards season that culminates with the Oscars on February 28.
Lawrence, 25, thanked her director David O Russell, who was also behind her Oscar-winning role in “Silver Linings Playbook”. She joked that she would like to be buried next to the director.
Sylvester Stallone received a standing ovation by the starry audience as he climbed the stage to accept the best supporting actor gong for “Rocky” spin-off “Creed”.
Stallone, who gave an emotional speech talking about his famous role, said, “I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.
“Please, thank you! I’m going to try not to get emotional because I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met. The last time I was here, it was 1977,” said 69-year-old Stallone of his previous two nominations for best actor (drama) and best screenplay for Rocky, the character for which he finally took home a Globe.
Kate Winslet, 40, was the surprise early winner in the best supporting actress category for the role of Joanna Hoffman, marketing executive for Apple in biopic “Steve Jobs”.
Winslet, who was not expecting to win in the category, said “I promise you, I’m shocked. I am still standing here and I keep thinking this is maybe not happening. I honestly truthfully did not expect this at all, and I am so delighted.”
The win by both Winslet and DiCaprio was a nostalgic moment for their fans. The stars had a mini-Titanic reunion as they greeted each other warmly.
“Steve Jobs” won its second trophy for Aaron Sorkin in the best screenplay category.
The best foreign language trophy predictably went to Hungarian drama “Son of Saul”. Set during the world war II, the movie depicts the haunting tale of a prisoner working at one of the Auschwitz crematoriums and his struggles to give a child a proper burial.
Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith took home the best original song trophy for his James Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” while best score went to Ennio Morricon for “The Hateful Eight”.
The best animation movie trophy went to “Inside Out”, which revolves around the different emotions inside a young girl’s mind. (PTI)

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