The Golden Globes got it right this year

Two cinematic geniuses stand beside each other on the set of 'The Revenant.' DiCaprio won best actor, Iñárritu won best director, and the film was awarded best picture.

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Two cinematic geniuses stand beside each other on the set of ‘The Revenant.’ DiCaprio won best actor, Iñárritu won best director, and the film was awarded best picture.

Alec Badalian, Magazine Editor

The awards ceremony that’s typically revered as an excuse for celebrities to get drunk and publicly act like buffoons happened last night and to a surprisingly pleasant turnout. The Golden Globes have been notorious for nominating and rewarding actors and films that no one would expect to ever be acknowledged due to their mediocre quality, such as the horrendous disasters that were The Tourist, Burlesque and many others. But last night, pretty much all the awards in the film department went where they were most deserved.

The night began with a surprise when Kate Winslet won for her supporting role in Steve Jobs, as it was almost impossible to predict who would rise as victor in the category. Another truly unexpected win that led to an uproar of cheers and applause was that of Sylvester Stallone’s for Creed, which featured his tremendous reprisal of his role as Rocky Balboa. His acceptance speech was entirely heartfelt and emotional, thanking his “imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friends [he’s] ever had.”

Inside Out predictably received the award for best animated film, although it would’ve been nice to have seen the far more daring and fascinating Anomalisa. However, both are terrific films and were highly worthy of such an honor.

As for best musical score, 87 year-old composer won for his marvelous work in Quentin Tarantino’s equally marvelous western The Hateful Eight, which undoubtedly had one of the most unsettling, memorable and overall best scores of the year. After Adele won for her achievement in best original for “Skyfall,” used in 2012’s Skyfall, Sam Smith won for his James Bond song “Writings on the Wall,” yet another well-deserved win.

As opposed to the Oscars, the Golden Globes honors comedies/musicals and dramas separately in both the lead acting and film categories, which is a unique factor about the show. Winning for best actress for comedy/musical was Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, which wasn’t shocking in the slightest as she has become an awards darling over the years. The film was underwhelming, but the performance was fine and the best of amongst the other nominees. The rest of the category was catered to the hilarious, laugh-filled romp The Martian, winning best picture as well as Matt Damon winning best actor. Yes, it was certainly odd seeing this sci-fi drama in the comedy category, but nevertheless, it deserved the recognition it received, as it was one of the year’s best films.

The drama category was fair in honoring those who deserved it most, as Brie Larson took home the globe for best actress for her role in the indie hit Room, in which she delivered a powerful performance. But perhaps the greatest victories of the night went to the best film of 2015, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterpiece The Revenant. He won for best director earlier in the night, which would’ve been an injustice if he hadn’t, and that began to weave the string of awards the film would win throughout the night. DiCaprio claimed the trophy for best actor for his brutally captivating performance as Hugh Glass, honoring the indigenous tribes around the world similar to the ones featured in the film. Then most importantly, the film took home the gold for best feature, beating Spotlight, which was expected to win. It was immensely gratifying to see it receive all the recognition it did and hopefully it carries this momentum into the Oscars in February. Fox must be quite happy given that they dominated both the drama and comedy/musical categories alongside their filmmakers. Congrats to them.