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Golden Globes 2016: Review (Film Edition): DiCaprio wins big with 'The Revenant'

Updated on January 11, 2016

Golden Globes 2016

The Award Season is well in swing!
The Award Season is well in swing! | Source

Introduction: Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globes!

The 73rd Golden Globes were hosted and broadcast yesterday, 10 January 2016. Ricky Gervais hosted the show for the fourth time, being his hilarious self (as per usual) as many stars attended and a few even got to leave with a shiny new mantel piece.

Compared to the People's Choice Awards, The Golden Globes are definitely considered a bigger deal. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handles the event, as 93 members cherry pick the nominees and then decide who deserves it the most. This year was a tight competition, with quite a few big releases competing for all the top prizes.

Well, let's not waste any time!

Best Motion Picture: Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. | Source

Winner: The Revenant

Arguably, the biggest award of the night: The Revenant takes home the Best Motion Picture: Drama.

As per every year, this was a stacked contest; Mad Max Fury Road, Room, Spotlight and Carol were all worthy contenders and I doubt anybody would have been surprised if either Spotlight or Room took it.

The Revenant is a brutal, grizzly tale of human survival. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the performance of his career, and the supporting cast more than live-up to his high standards. Every single frame demonstrated how much effort went into shooting The Revenant, with the director creating and maintaining a tense atmosphere from the very first shot.

Saying that, it is not a film for everyone.It is a very hard seat through and does not shy away from showing the darker side of humanity.

All the same, it is a worth winner. I personally preferred Spotlight and Mad Max Fury Road, but that is just personal preference.

Rating: 9/10.

Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy

Matt Damon Stars. Directed by Ridley Scott.
Matt Damon Stars. Directed by Ridley Scott. | Source

Winner: The Martian.

My opinion is a bit divided on this one: The Martian was easily the best film out of those nominated, but describing it as a Musical or Comedy does not seem right.

Sure, Scott's film does have a lighter tone than what we are used to, and Matt Damon's character does joke around quite a bit, but I doubt anyone who watches The Martian would describe it as a comedy. It just does not fit.

The rest of the nominees fit the bracket more. Spy, The Big Short and Trainwreck are clearly comedies (it was a barren year for musicals) and the case can be made for Joy as well. This might a case of were the HFPA wanted to reward a particular release, so they kind of tries to force it into a bracket were it did not really belong.

My personal comedy of the year was Top Five (Chris Rock). But I guess that was not good enough for a nomination. Anyway, The Martian is awesome enough to let something like this slide.

Rating: 5/10

Best Performance in a Motion Picture: Drama / Musical or Comedy

Brie Larson in 'Room'.
Brie Larson in 'Room'. | Source
Jennifer Lawrence in 'Joy'.
Jennifer Lawrence in 'Joy'. | Source

Winner/s: Brie Larson and Jennifer Lawrence

Two of the best young actress claim the most sought after individual awards of the night: With Brie Larson taking home the Best Performance by an Actress: Drama and Jennifer Lawrence claiming the equivalent honour for Musical or Comedy.

It is hard to argue with either victor. Both gave stand out performances and deserve the recognition that comes with such a result.

Jennifer Lawrence is already the biggest actress in the World, so her win for Joy just continues to solidify her position in the industry, while Larson's majestic showing in Room should see her propelled to the pinnacle right alongside The Hunger Games actress.

With the exception of Maggie Smith, I do believe Jennifer Lawrence delivered the most layered performance out of her bracket. The Drama section was a bit more competitive; with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander and Saoirse Ronan all taking part in complex character driven studies that allowed them to show the full range of their acting chops.

Rating: 9/10

Best Performance by a Male Actor: Drama / Musical or Comedy.

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'.
Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'. | Source
Matt Damon in 'The Martian'.
Matt Damon in 'The Martian'. | Source

Winner/s: Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon

The two lead actors of the two big winning films of the year get their separate moment to shine, as both Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon win in their respective field (Drama for the former and Musical or Comedy for the latter).

I might have not agreed with The Martian being classified as a comedy, but I can not argue with Matt Damon being praised for his comedic chops in the same film.

Matt Damon is hilarious in The Martian, but it is not just jokes for the sake of it, his performance (and delivery) covers every facet of emotion possible: Joy, anger, frustration, happiness and so one. We spend so much time with Damon that a lesser actor could have really derailed the entire experience.

My father watched The Revenant (one of his favourite of the year) and did not realize that Leonardo DiCaprio was in it until after I told him. That should demonstrate how immersed he was in his role.

Rating: 10/10

Best Supporting Actress: Any Motion Picture

Kate Winslet in 'Steve Jobs'.
Kate Winslet in 'Steve Jobs'. | Source

Winner: Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet have an Oscar worthy performance in Steve Jobs, and since I consider the Golden Globes at the same level as the Oscars, then she deserved it here too.

Her Joanna Hoffman felt through to the real life person, and although Steve Jobs was definitely Michael Fassbender's film, Winslet left quite an impression.

Saying that, Alicia Vikander was flawless in Ex Machina. Ex Machina was a much better film (in my opinion) and most of that came down to the three casts members and, especially, Vikander. It was a very different performance to Winslet, but not necessarily better.

Rating: 8/10.

Best Supporting Actor: Any Major Picture

Sylvester Stallone in 'Creed'.
Sylvester Stallone in 'Creed'. | Source

Winner: Sylvester Stallone

Some might argue that this is a character that Stallone has acted to the death by now. It should be like putting on a glove, the saying goes. Well, this is not the Rocky we know.

The worlds most famous underdog who took on Apollo Creed and communism (seriously), and captured the heart of every film goer that watched the original Rocky.

His Rocky in Creed is a shattered and beaten man. He drifts aimlessly throughout most of it and seems to lack any real motivation. He is a bit slow witted and almost like a small kid. There was not a single second of Creed that I did not believe that this retired boxer had not been in all those fights.

Stallone is Rocky, and what we saw here is not only the pre-cursor to the character bowing out, but also the actor. Passing on the torch to a younger generation.

Rating: 10/10.

Best Director and Best Screenplay

Best Director: The Revenant.
Best Director: The Revenant. | Source
Best Screenplay: Steve Jobs.
Best Screenplay: Steve Jobs. | Source

Winner/s: Alejandro Iñárritu (Director) and Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay)

The Revenant completes the trilogy: Best Film, Lead Actor and Director. Iñárritu is an expert behind the camera, and The Revenant is his best work to date (better than Birdman).

While his previous film seemed to restrict itself by throwing in a challenging but not really necessary one shot gimmick, The Revenant's direction amplifies the story rather than exist removed from it.

Aaron Sorkin has been around for over 20 years (starting with A Few Good Men), so he is, more or less, a safe option to take home the Golden Globes. Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has (easily) the best dialogue out of all the nominees, while Emma Donoghue created one of the most emotional riveting stories of the year in Room.

Rating: 7/10


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