WINNERS: 73rd Annual Golden Globes (AWARDS 2015)

Once considered the biggest Academy Awards pre-cursor, the Golden Globes aren’t quite the Oscar bellwether they used to be (industry guilds have become the major tea leaves). Still, given its status as a Hollywood tradition – and event – winning a Golden Globe matters. They won’t affect the Academy Award nominations (those ballots closed last week), but they could create momentum for winners who become Oscar contenders.

Those caveats considered, the question remains: who’s the night’s biggest winner? It has to be Brie Larson, who won Best Actress (Drama) for her searing portrayal in Room. Already deemed the front runner, Larson can now be considered the first lock of the Oscar season (if Pixar’s Inside Out didn’t already have that billing for Best Animated Feature; it also won the Globe).

Some may also consider the Globe’s Supporting Actor winner Sylvester Stallone an Oscar lock (he gave an emotional speech, despite forgetting to thank Creed writer/director Ryan Coogler and co-star Michael B. Jordan). I wouldn’t say he’s a sure thing just yet; Sly wasn’t even given a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and that’s his peers. Still, it’s hard imagining Academy voters not wanting to see Stallone on their stage as an Oscar champion in late February.

Right behind those winners, the biggest beneficiary was The Revenant. Not only was it the night’s overall winner with 3 – Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), and Best Actor, Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) – but it’s also coming off an opening weekend where it doubled box office projections. This is a movie with a lot of momentum at the right time.

Still, even though fellow contender Spotlight was snubbed, it’s hard picturing the Academy embracing Iñárritu for Director and Picture two years in a row (he won both prizes last year for Birdman). If anything, The Revenant sweep tonight probably means that DiCaprio should start preparing his Best Actor Oscar speech.

Carol, the night’s leading nominee with 5, was also its biggest loser; it walked away with zero. Despite its lush craft and deserving nods, the complete snub isn’t surprising. The Cate Blanchett period drama has been losing steam, slowly but steadily, during Awards Season. Once considered a lock for a Best Picture nomination, it now wouldn’t be a total shock if Carol was absent in that top category.

Fellow Best Drama nominee Mad Max: Fury Road also came up empty, but it will be among the leaders come Oscar nomination morning (this Thursday). It’s hopes for big wins, however, may have dwindled after tonight. Had George Miller won Best Director, that could’ve been a boost of race-shifting proportions. Still, he and Ridley Scott – whose The Martian won Best Picture (Musical or Comedy – worthy win; wrong category) – will likely duke that one out.

The Big Short lost all 4 of its nominations, but underdog Steve Jobs went 2 for 4 with wins by Kate Winslet (Best Supporting Actress) – yes, between her and Leo, both Jack and Rose won this year – and Aaron Sorkin (Best Screenplay). It’s still a long shot for a Best Picture Oscar nomination, but should be a firm competitor in other major categories.

2015 Films

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Revenant

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Martian

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama
: Brie Larson, Room

Best Male Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
: Matt Damon, The Martian

Best Female Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

  • Melissa McCarthy, Spy
  • Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
  • Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
  • Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Male Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama/Musical /Comedy
: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

  • Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
  • Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Female Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama/Musical /Comedy
: Kate Winselt, Steve Jobs

Best Director
: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Best Screenplay
Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Score
The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Best Original Song
: “Writing’s On The Wall”, Spectre

  • “Love Me Like You Do”, 50 Shades of Grey
  • “One Kind Of Love”, Love & Mercy
  • “See You Again”, Furious 7
  • “Simple Song #3”, Youth

Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out

Best Foreign Language Film
Son Of Saul (Hungary)

  • The Brand New Testament (Belgium / France / Luxembourg)
  • The Club (Chile)
  • The Fencer (Finland / Germany / Estonia)
  • Mustang (France)

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