The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented its annual Golden Globes awards show live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills January 10 in true HFPA style. Being looser than the Oscars — which everyone takes very, very seriously — makes for a breezy show, not least because booze flows freely at the Globes. And whether it was Taraji P. Henson handing out cookies on her way to the stage to accept her award for Best Actress in a Drama television series, Lady Gaga startling Leonardo DiCaprio on her own way to the stage, or Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson awkwardly reuniting, there were a lot of moments to talk and Tweet about.
THE MARTIAN won big, grabbing Globes for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for star Matt Damon. Something about the Sci-Fi thriller must have gotten lost in translation to be nominated as a comedy, though squeezing in a big movie just to have it represented at the Globes is not unprecedented. (Maybe the voters thought all the disco Damon plays while waiting on Mars to be rescued made the film a musical.) Just look back five years when the Foreign Press nominated the Angelina Jolie–Johnny Depp romantic thriller THE TOURIST as a comedy, too. (It, however, did not win.)
Best Animated Feature went to Pixar’s juggernaut INSIDE OUT, and Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes nabbed a statuette for Best Original Song for “Writing’s On the Wall” from the latest James Bond romp, SPECTRE.
On the TV side, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL snagged a Globe for Lady Gaga for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (try saying that five times fast) despite the series having not even concluded yet.
All the love for genre this year only meant other worthy vehicles and performers like MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, GAME OF THRONES, OUTLANDER, and Jamie Lee Curtis (for SCREAM QUEENS) all came up empty.
MAD MAX has been such a strong year-end awards contender, the makers may have to console themselves with a slew of Oscar nominations Thursday morning.