Trophy Hunting 2016: Golden Globes Full of Snubs, Surprises and Lots of Raunchy Humor

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Host Ricky Gervais wasted no time in delivering the realest opening monologue the Globes has seen in a while – and no bars were held. And when you get Brad Pitt and Harvey Weinstein laughing at movie studios’ expense? I’d say you’re off to a good start.

Dynamic duos were a running gag throughout the night. Early in the show, Jonah Hill took to the stage as “The Bear” from the much hyped movie “The Revenant” (and thanked his co-star “Leonard”) before joining Channing Tatum (and his Pete Wentz-esque emo swoop) in presenting Kate Winslet the award for Best Supporting Actress.

The dynamic duo of Amy Schemer and Jennifer Lawrence also took on cell phone users in the audience and establishing celebrity nicknames for each other (for the record, it’s J. Law and A. Schu). #GoldenGlobesHosts2017?

Whoever decided that Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling should present together (let alone do a bit) was obviously thinking of us all.

Also, this happened.

As for the awards (because hey, those were part of this night too), the television category showed some early surprises. Rachel Bloom shocked with her win for Best Actress – TV Series Musical or Comedy in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” while “Mozart in the Jungle” bested “Veep” for Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy.

Gael Garcia Bernal took home the leading Actor win for TV Series – Comedy, while the Drama recipients were Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” and Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” – the latter of whom passed out the aptly placed cookies to the likes of Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio before accepting her Globe. You go, Cookie.

Other television recipients of the night included “The Affair”‘s Maura Tierney for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series/Limited Series/TV Movie and two wins for the much talked about “Mr. Robot,” including Best Supporting Actor in the aforementioned category for Christian Slater for and Best Television Series – Drama.

Oscar Isaac aka Poe Dameron also won the Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, while Lady Gaga received her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in the same category (and caused one audience member – rumored to be Laverne Cox – to remark what we were all thinking – “Werk, Gaga!”).

Gervais wasn’t the only one with jokes running all night long – Jamie Foxx channeled his inner Steve Harvey while presenting the award for Best Original Score to “Straight Outta Compton” (which actually went to Ennio Morricone for “The Hateful Eight”). The joke, a nod to Harvey’s epic mishap at the Miss Universe competition, was arguably one of the funniest highlights of the night.

The motion picture categories of the night proved varied as well. Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence won for Best Actor and Actress in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy categories, while the Drama trophies went to Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant” and Brie Larson for “Room.”

Sylvester Stallone earned a standing ovation with his win for Best Supporting Actor for return to his classic character Rocky Balboa in “Creed” – and thanked the character in his speech by calling him his “best friend.”

Other film awards included “Inside Out” for Best Motion Picture (Animated), “Steve Jobs” scribe Aaron Sorkin for Best Original Screenplay, and “Son of Saul” from Hungary for Best Foreign Language Film (which, according to Helen Mirren, is the country’s first win in this category!) Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes took home the Globe for Best Original Song for “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre” – a surprise, but a welcome one and Best Director went to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant.”

Tom Hanks presented Denzel Washington with the Cecil B. DeMille Award after a spectacular speech likening him to the great actors of our time. Denzel, the moniker that Hanks encouraged will go down in infamy with his predecessors, brought his family up with him as he accepted – where his wife promptly asked him if he needed his glasses. It was a touching moment in a night full of raunchy humor.

The night’s top honors in both television and film were saved for last.  In film, “The Martian” won the Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy, while the Drama category went to “The Revenant.”

It was quite the night in Hollywood, full of humor and humility and everything in between. But the moment that everyone seemed to be talking about most?

What did you think of this year’s Golden Globes? Any new films or shows to add to your “Must Watch” list? Stay tuned for the next edition of Trophy Hunting for the SAG Awards on Jan. 30!


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