2016 Golden Globes: 'Diversity' Hollywood Style & Leo and Kate together again
There was plenty of “diversity” at the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony, held on Jan. 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Winners were male, female, white, black, openly gay, openly straight, newcomers, old-timers, American, Mexican, British, Hungarian, Italian – even film people and TV people. And let's not forget Leo and Kate. (More on the titanic reunion further below.)
True, nearly all Golden Globe winners were either established Hollywood stars or fast-rising Hollywood stars-to-be. But hey, you just can't have it all. (See full list of winners and nominees further below.)
Yet one must admit that Gael García Bernal's Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy win for Mozart in the Jungle came out as quite a surprise. Bernal is an “international name,” but he could not in any way be considered a “Hollywood name.”
And that goes to prove that even the much-maligned Hollywood Foreign Press Association can be a little daring in their choices. Every once in a while.
Little wit, lotta trash
This year, the Golden Globes ceremony also offered a little wit – e.g., host Ricky Gervais calling out multimillionaire Jennifer Lawrence on her complaints about women earning less than men in Hollywood – and lots of cringe-worthy garbage as well.
The nadir was probably an exchange between Gervais, whose mean-spirited shtick should go the way of the dodo bird, and Mad Max actor Mel Gibson. The repartee in question revolved around Gibson's widely publicized drunken outburst several years ago and colonoscopy appointments.
Or perhaps the nadir was a joke whose punchline focused on a Feb. 2015 car accident involving Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) which left a 69-year-old woman dead.
Many in the crowd found the joke hilarious. Others elsewhere were offended because they found the joke transphobic. As for the car accident victim, she was not a celebrity. So why would anyone be offended or find the joke grossly insensitive?
And that's glitzy, glamorous Hollywood for the hip and crass crowd everywhere.
Golden Globes 'highlights': Winner Jennifer Lawrence, a journalist and a cell phone
There were several other memorable (for lack of a better word) moments at the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony.
For instance, Taraji P. Henson, Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama for Empire, curtly snapped at the teleprompter (one assumes that was the teleprompter): “Please wrap?! I waited 20 years for this! You're gonna wait.” Some in the crowd found that hilarious. Fifty seconds later she was still giving thanks to a whole array of people when the orchestra let her know that, 20-year wait or no, her time on stage was up.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Joy (not exactly a comedy and in no way could it be considered a musical), had her Memorable Golden Globe Moment backstage, when she decided it was her civic duty to lecture a journalist on when not to use his cell phone.
“You can't live your whole life behind your phone, bro,” she told him. “You just can't do that. You gotta live in the now.”
Was the journalist at the wheel? Or at the dinner table?
And is that how Lawrence talks to studio executives?
Can't answer the third question (though it would be highly doubtful), but regarding the first two, No, he was at the Golden Globes – working; his smart phone one of the tools of his trade.
Next, she poked fun at his tentative question, “How could you see yourself for the Oscar night?”
Her reply: “We're at the Golden Globes. If you put your phone down, you'd know that,” oblivious to the obvious fact that he was a non-American whose first language was not English. And who – cell phone or no, clunky English-language sentence structure or no – was in all probability asking her about her chances of landing an Oscar nomination (to be announced four days later) – as was his right, even while at the Golden Globes ceremony.
Worst of all, however, was the hearty laughter of his fellow “journalists” – the reporter asking the question laughed nervously when the others laughed – and the tweets from online and trade rags that found Lawrence's attitude not only appropriate but just plain adorable.
Ultimately, the journalist managed to squeeze in a question about her working with Edgar Ramírez in Joy. Lawrence condescended to answer that particular query without any snide remarks.
Stop the presses!
Now, how important is this news bit? Well, important enough for The Guardian to publish a full article – two people debating the issue – about whether or not Jennifer Lawrence acted like an obnoxious, arrogant jerk at the Golden Globes and when people should use/not use their smart phones.
It's the end of the world as we know it. Or perhaps it has already ended and we've just not been made aware of it because our “news” sources are too busy debating the righteousness (or lack thereof) of the multimillionaire Hunger Games and X-Men franchise actress.
And that takes us back to News That Truly Matter: The actual highlight of the 2016 Golden Globes ceremony, which had nothing whatsoever to do with poison-tongued hosts or some entertainer or other acting like a prima donna – or even who won or lost in whichever category.
Instead, the Globes' greatest moment featured a protruding elbow and a (surprised? bemused? mystified? knowing?) look. Check out the gif image at the top of this post.
It's just too bad Leonardo DiCaprio didn't make that exact same face while accepting his Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe for The Revenant. That would have shut up both the teleprompter and the orchestra.
Doomed romance fans' 2016 Golden Globes highlight: Leo and Kate reunited
Leonardo DiCaprio's protruding elbow or no, as far as most 2016 Golden Globes watchers were concerned the likely highlight of the Jan. 10 ceremony was the reunion of Leo and Kate – a.k.a. Jack and Rose.
At this year's Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were seen together nearly two decades after the release of James Cameron's unsinkable worldwide blockbuster Titanic, which a mere four years ago was once again sailing away all over the planet, even breaking box office records in, where else, China.
The trophies they won, however, were for different movies.
'Embarrassing' Kate Winslet moment
In his opening speech at the Golden Globes, host Ricky Gervais reminded the crowd of the obvious: “If you do win tonight, remember: no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don't get emotional; it's embarrassing.” Shortly afterwards, Kate Winslet embarrassed herself.
Winslet looked shocked – utterly, speechlessly, wide-eyedly shocked – at the fact that she was chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters as the year's Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Apple's Joanna Hoffman (Slavic accent and all) in Danny Boyle's generally well-received (by U.S. critics) box office flop Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. (More on Fassbender further below.)
Admittedly, Kristen Stewart (bypassed for Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria) and Kate Winslet's fellow Golden Globe nominee Alicia Vikander (for Alex Garland's Ex Machina) have been U.S. critics' favorites this awards season.
Yet Winslet, though hardly a box office draw these past few years, is a movie star who has been around for more than two decades. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves movie stars.
Else, there's an excellent chance she wouldn't have been even nominated for the award.
Golden Globes' favorite despite flops
Kate Winslet, in fact, is a Golden Globe favorite, having previously taken home three statuettes – two of them at the same ceremony:
- Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce (at the 2012 ceremony).
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road (2009).
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Stephen Daldry's The Reader (2009).
Besides, she has been shortlisted for seven other Golden Globes, including nods for several box office flops (Labor Day, Carnage, Little Children) that would have made most other – lesser-known – actresses unnominationable:
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Jason Reitman's Labor Day (2013).
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Roman Polanski's Carnage (2011).
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Todd Field's Little Children (2006).
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Richard Eyre's Iris (2001).
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for James Cameron's Titanic (1997).
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995).
By the way, this year Kate Winslet received her Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe from a disheveled Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill – the latter wearing a bear “hat” in honor of eventual Best Picture Drama winner The Revenant.
Whether Hill's shtick was hilariously irreverent or painfully infantile depends on your sense of humor. (See clip further below.)
Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio
As mentioned above, the other half of the Leo and Kate duo, Leonardo DiCaprio, took home the Best Actor - Drama Golden Globe for his performance in The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Unlike Steve Jobs, the (somewhat surprising) box office hit stars DiCaprio as a man fighting for survival in the inhospitable badlands (or whereabouts) of the northern American plains in the early 19th century.
Like “Kate,” “Leo” has taken home multiple Golden Globes – three to be exact. Prior to The Revenant, his other wins were:
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004), in which he plays billionaire Howard Hughes.
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), in which he plays corrupt Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
Once upon an Ennio in America
And finally, Quentin Tarantino told the crowd at the Golden Globes that Ennio Morricone – Best Original Score winner for The Hateful Eight – had never won a competitive award for an individual film “in America.”
Never mind the fact that at the Golden Globes alone, Morricone had previously won awards for The Mission (1986) and The Legend of 1900 (1999).
In addition to a Grammy for The Untouchables (1987) and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
2016 Golden Globes winners: Does Michael Fassbender have a chance?
Jan. 10, '16, prior to the Golden Globes ceremony: The 2016 Golden Globes will be hosted once again by Ricky Gervais, who stirred up quite a to-do a few years ago with his three few-holds-barred, back-to-back gigs (2010–2012).
At the time, Gervais roasted the rich and famous (and not so famous) ceremony attendees (and several non-attendees), implying, at times without naming names, that Hollywood Scientologists (Tom Cruise and John Travolta) were gay, that Jodie Foster was a lesbian (a juvenile, cringe-worthy joke about Foster's box office flop The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson), that Madonna was hardly like her song “Like a Virgin” (for which Gervais had his masculinity questioned), and so on.
Expect more of same this year for the entertainment of those who can only wish they were rich and famous and getting drunk at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills this evening, Jan. 10, '16.
Michael Fassbender fail & Leo and Kate to take home Golden Globes?
The Golden Globes ceremony begins in less than half an hour (5 p.m. PT).
Below are my last-minute predictions in the various film categories. And further below is the full list of the 2016 Golden Globes' actual winners and nominees in both film and television.
And no, Leo and Kate are not to be found on the list immediately below.
- Best Motion Picture Drama: Carol.
- Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: The Martian, which happens to be neither a comedy nor a musical.
- Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul.
- Best Director: Ridley Scott, The Martian.
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama: Cate Blanchett, Carol.
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Melissa McCarthy, Spy.
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs.
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Matt Damon, The Martian.
- Best Supporting Actress: Jane Fonda, Youth.
- Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed.
- Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight.
- Best Animated Film: Inside Out.
- Best Original Song: “Simple Song #3,” Youth.
- Best Score: Carter Burwell, Carol.
Post-Golden Globes ceremony update: Regarding the Michael Fassbender Best Actor - Drama prediction above … Total fail.
“Does Michael Fassbender have a chance (at this year's Golden Globes)?” The obvious answer should have been: No way.
And what's more: Leo and Kate should have been included in the list.
2016 Golden Globes winners and nominations: Film categories
Best Motion Picture Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road.
* The Revenant.
Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
The Big Short.
* The Martian.
Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament (Belgium / France / Luxembourg).
The Club (Chile).
The Fencer (Finland / Germany / Estonia).
* Son Of Saul (Hungary).
Todd Haynes, Carol.
* Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant.
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight.
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Ridley Scott, The Martian.
Best Actress in a motion picture comedy or musical
* Jennifer Lawrence, Joy.
Melissa McCarthy, Spy.
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van.
Lily Tomlin, Grandma.
Best Actor in a motion picture comedy or musical
Christian Bale, The Big Short.
Steve Carell, The Big Short.
* Matt Damon, The Martian.
Al Pacino, Danny Collins.
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear.
Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture
Jane Fonda, Youth.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight.
Helen Mirren, Trumbo.
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina.
* Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs.
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight.
* Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs.
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight.
Emma Donoghue, Room.
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur.
* Inside Out.
The Peanuts Movie.
Shaun the Sheep Movie.
Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do” (Fifty Shades of Grey).
“One Kind of Love” (Love and Mercy).
“See You Again” (Furious 7).
“Simple Song #3” (Youth).
* “Writing's on the Wall” (Spectre).
Carter Burwell, Carol.
Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl.
* Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight.
Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs.
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, The Revenant.
Golden Globes winners and nominations: Television categories
Best TV movie or miniseries
American Horror Story: Hotel.
Flesh and Bone.
* Wolf Hall.
Best Actress in a TV movie or limited series
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo.
Queen Latifah, Bessie.
Felicity Huffman, American Crime.
Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone.
* Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel.
Best TV Series, Drama
Game of Thrones.
* Mr. Robot.
Best TV Series, Comedy
* Mozart in the Jungle.
Orange Is the New Black.
Best Actress in a TV Series, comedy
* Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep.
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin.
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie.
Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander.
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder.
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful.
* Taraji P. Henson, Empire.
Robin Wright, House of Cards.
Best Actor in a TV series, drama
* Jon Hamm, Mad Men.
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot.
Wagner Moura, Narcos.
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul.
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan.
Best Supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or TV movie
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife.
Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall.
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline.
Tobias Menzies, Outlander.
* Christian Slater, Mr. Robot.
Best Supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or TV movie
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black.
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey.
Regina King, American Crime.
Judith Light, Transparent.
* Maura Tierney, The Affair.
2016 Golden Globes: Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio gif via giphy.com.
Leo and Kate a.k.a. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Golden Globes ceremony image via today.com.
Michael Fassbender Golden Globes Red Carpet image: Hollywood Foreign Press Association, via Twitter.
Image of Golden Globes 2016 winner Jennifer Lawrence in the movie Joy: 20th Century Fox.
Golden Globes website.