2016 Golden Globes Coverage: Thoughts on the Winners + Best & Worst Moments of the Night


Happy Monday everyone! Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Well it’s tradition that I watch a couple of award seasons per year and GG and Oscar are the only two televised ceremonies.

As host Ricky Gervais put it, “Nobody cares about those awards as much as you do, so don’t get emotional, ok?” Ahah, it’s funny ’cause it’s true!



Speaking of Oscar Isaac, he said something truly important the press room after he won for his series Show Me A Hero about the lack of diversity in the film biz. Let’s make it happen Hollywood!



I’ve only started tuning in about a half hour before the show started, but thanks to Twitter, here are some notable dresses of the night:

Best Dressed Ladies:

Now, for some reason there are plenty of white dresses and normally I’m not crazy for that color but I quite like what Lily James, Alicia Vikander & Taraji P. Henson (she wore a cape, nice!)

Most dapper guys:

When a bad dress happens to a good actress


I love her but miss Cate, what are you  wearing???
Of ALL the dresses you could have in the world, you picked THAT?


Thoughts on Winners/Losers 

But before I get to that…


Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant (WINNER)
  • Room
  • Spotlight

I was rooting for Mad Max: Fury Road and Spotlight, but I kind of have a feeling The Revenant would win. I sure hope Fury Road would get an Oscar nomination though.

Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • The Martian (WINNER)
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

Ok so I’m over the fact that this musical/comedy category is just hilarious but it’s funny that even Matt Damon & Ridley Scott who won for acting and directing are obviously amused by it.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant (WINNER)
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
  • Will Smith, Concussion


I haven’t seen The Revenant yet but seems that Leo did an amazing performance. Will that elusive Oscar is finally within reach for him? I guess we’ll see this Thursday when Oscar nominations are announced.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Brie Larson, Room (WINNER)
  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

I was rooting for Saoirse but really, Brie was terrific in a difficult role in Room, so yeah I’m happy for her that she won!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical/ Comedy

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Steve Carell, The Big Short
  • Matt Damon, The Martian (WINNER)
  • Al Pacino, Danny Collins
  • Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

I predicted Damon to win and I think he did a good job here, so no complaints from moi on this one.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/ Comedy

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (WINNER)
  • Melissa McCarthy, Spy
  • Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
  • Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
  • Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Ok, I’ve only seen one performance here (McCarthy in Spy) but is Lawrence really the best of this category??

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed (WINNER)


2016 must be the COME BACK year. Christian Slater had won earlier for Mr. Robot, then Stallone won for Creed, yes!! Oh, even Mel Gibson is presenting the Golden Globes.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs (WINNER)
  • Jane Fonda, Youth
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Helen Mirren, Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

I was rooting for Vikander here as she was excellent as the robot in Ex Machina, but Winslet was a pleasant surprise in Steve Jobs.

Best Director

  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant (WINNER)
  • Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian

I was soooo rooting for George Miller! I mean, in a year of comebacks, it’d be lovely to see him win this thing. Seems that Fury Road and The Revenant had incredibly grueling shoots.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, The Big Short
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs (WINNER)
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Interesting that Steve Jobs bombed at the box office but was a pretty big winner tonight. I do think Sorkin’s script was fantastic, the dialog was so absorbing, that is if you’re willing to overlook the fact that um, most of the events never took place in real life.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out (WINNER)
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

I really like Inside Out but I didn’t love it the way I loved other Pixar movies like the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Brave, etc. but I’m still glad a Pixar movie won. I for one am not enamored w/ Anomalisa as most people are.

I barely watch any TV so not much commentary on the TV front, but LOVE seeing Oscar Isaac won for Show Me A Hero.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television


Random Commentaries

Ok so I’m not the best Gervais’ fan but there were a few that did make me LOL!

“GG doesn’t have an In Memoriam segment to depress you all, that’s why we have the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press for that.”

When introducing Matt Damon…

“He’s also the only person that Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to…”

When introducing Ken Jeong and Kevin Hart…

“When Brad and Angelina see Kevin Hart and Ken Jeong, they’re gonna want to adopt them.”

Most Worthy Award of the Night


Amazing body of work this man had… and he’s one of the classiest actors in Hollywood.


Leo vs Gaga


Leo’s expression just cracks me up every time!

Taraji P. Henson winning Best Actress in a Drama Series in Empire




As if Channing Tatum’s horrifying hairdo wasn’t enough, Jonah Hill was poking fun at the bear in The Revenant.

“I’m a two-year-old bear from the Sierra Mountains, and you took a chance on me”

Jane Fonda was NOT impressed.

Quentin Tarantino was elated when Ennio Morricone won Best Score for The Hateful 8, but in comparing him to Mozart, Beethoven, and other classical composers, he pretty much said he doesn’t deserve to be stuck in the “ghetto” of film scorers. WOW!


When Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling tried to be funny whilst introducing The Big Short. Meh.

Same with these guys. Their schtick just falls flat.


Gender inequality is no laughing matter, and Gervais poking fun at the huge pay gap between men & women in Hollywood is such poor taste. “I’m being paid the same as Tina and Amy last year. It’s not my fault if there’s two of them, and they want to share the money!” Oh and that jab about the Ghostbusters’ all-female remake isn’t funny either.

But nothing is more cringe-worthy than the whole exchange between Gervais and Mel Gibson. The whole thing just reeks of mean-spiritedness, ugh.


In any case, now we’ve got the Oscar nominations coming Thursday. All I’m hoping for is for Fury Road and Spotlight to get their chance to shine this time!


So, what are YOUR thoughts on the 2016 winners & best/worst moments of the night?

61 thoughts on “2016 Golden Globes Coverage: Thoughts on the Winners + Best & Worst Moments of the Night

  1. That one of Leo and Oscar is great, really made me laugh. I’m really behind on the movies of last year, I’m such a bad movie critic. I just had a lot on, hopefully I can see a lot more in cinema this year.

    1. That one made me LOL too, Vin! That one and the bit w/ Leo and Gaga, hilarious!!

      Hey don’t beat yourself up, I think catching up on films on VOD is just fine. Cinema viewing isn’t always possible at times.

    1. Ooops!! Thanks for letting me know Izzy, I’ve added it to the post. So what are your thoughts about last night’s winners/losers? Did any of your faves win?

  2. Leo definitely deserves that Oscar for The Revenant. No other lead performance from a man has come close to what he did in that film, IMO.

    I haven’t seen Joy, but I’m not thrilled with Lawrence winning because she’s so overrated and was insanely rude last night. I become less of a fan each day.

    I have no idea what Cate Blanchett was thinking with that My Little Pony Dress. Good lord.

    1. Yeah I predicted he’d win and glad he did. Haven’t seen The Revenant yet but sounds like it’s a tough role. I feel that Hardy deserved a supporting actor nomination for his role too, from the reviews I read.

      I’m not thrilled about J-Law winning either, I can’t imagine she’s the best of that bunch, I mean seriously?? Yep I’m so bored w/ her already. Blanchett’s dress was godawful, which is odd as she’s usually got fashion sense.

  3. Tossed together a few thoughts myself and noticed we share many of the same feelings. I thought Gervais was a mixed bag. Had some funny moments but also was so pompous at times. Wouldn’t miss him if he didn’t return next year.

    1. Hey Keith, I’ll be right over and catch up on your post. I’m just not a fan of the mean-spirited Gervais. I think pompous is a good word to describe him. I’d love to see more women host GG, someone mentioned maybe America Ferrara & Eva Longoria to host, I kind of like that idea! Or Oscar Isaac who can do no wrong in my book!!

      1. I would watch Ferrara and Longoria. To be honest I don’t need all of the mean-spirited roasting of celebs. Sure some of it is funny, but a lot of it makes him look like a drunken jerk.

        1. Yep exactly! Well Gervais IS a drunken jerk, though he thinks he’s so high and mighty, I mean that jab against Mel, yes so he misbehaved but who hasn’t? And it’s been a long time so Gervais came across like a grudge as well, which is just poor taste in general.

    1. Hi Chip! It’s mind boggling isn’t it? But GG’s categories are just bonkers. The Martian does have comedic elements but that doesn’t automatically made it a comedy [shrug]

  4. PrairieGirl

    Very happy for Sly, he’s the only one I was hoping for that won. And great for Denzel. I love Cate B, but this is not the first time her choice in gowns failed, I’m afraid it’s beginning to become a habit. I hate when I have to look up the name of a movie in the dictionary (The Revenant). If it was based on a true story I’m surprised they didn’t mention the man who’s story it was. Ha ha, funny seeing Gerry again, it’s been a long time. And finally, could they push those tables together any tighter? It was like watching an star-studded obstacle course all night 😉

        1. How is she overrated? She’s really, really good actress, especially for her age. I’m quite sure that Maggie Smith at least is better in that category Lawrence won and perhaps Lily Tomlin too but I’ve seen Schumer and McCarthy’s films and even though they’re funny, they’re more slapstick funny than really acting. Schumer comes closer to do actual, fleshy role. But then again, putting Joy to comedy is there and there… I understand that Lawrence is everywhere and people are getting sick with her but that doesn’t mean she’s not good. 🙂

          When it comes to the Oscar nominations, I’m sure that both, Mad Max and especially Spotlight will get nominations but will they win, that’s another story. And I kinda like it that this year it’s hard to tell who will win. 🙂

          1. Hi Satua! I think there are a ton of other great actresses in Hollywood who barely got the coverage J-Law does. Yes she is talented and mature beyond her years, but I think Carey Mulligan, Jena Malone, Saoirse Ronan (who’s only 21), and even fellow nominee Alicia Vikander, just to name a few, are all excellent and versatile, but they may not be as bold/confident in interviews as J-Law is.

            I sure hope Fury Road and Spotlight will indeed get nominated. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow! 🙂

            1. That’s true but I guess it has a lot to do with the way they want to handle the press. It’s a pity that being quieter ones they also get less paid…

    1. Hi Becky! I’m happy for Sly too! And Denzel is always classy. Hanks had a cold but still came to present the award for his friend, that’s so cool! I’m baffled by these actresses who have access to every gown they could ever want and they pick the ugliest piece!

      I think The Revenant was based on a famous book but I don’t even know what it is, ahah. I know that it’s taught in history class though.

      Kinda surprised to see Gerry as he hasn’t been in anything worth watching [shrug] I don’t really care for him anymore, plus he’s just awkward there w/ Dame Mirren.

      Ahah yeah, it does look like an obstacle course for the high-flying celebs!

  5. Hey Ruth… been busy so I haven’t been posting much lately.

    Personally I like Ricky Gervais. British humor is so different from ours and I would know as I watch a lot of British TV. We think of the Brits as stuck up but their humor is so much less PC than ours has become. Nothing is off limits there. The Queen, the royals, David Cameron, the politicos, their sports stars… especially footballer Wayne Rooney, their “other” royalty Becks and Posh Spice, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, etc. Just watch any British panel show and you’ll see what I mean. They’re not so full of themselves like we are and can actually take a joke. I didn’t find the gender equality joke in poor taste at all. Notice you only ever hear the actresses of Hollywood talking about the pay gap but when was the last time you heard a actor talk about it? Or be willing to stand up for his female costar. Other than the cast of Friends and the supporting players of Seinfeld banding together to get equal pay I can’t think of that ever happening in Hollywood. To me Ricky was pointedly calling Hollywood on the carpet on a national stage through his joke.

    BTW do you think it was an accident that the HFPA had Mel present with Ricky hosting? It’s not like Mel has been relevant in quite some time to warrant a presenters spot. The HFPA has to know there would be sparks up there so shame on them for arranging this train wreck just waiting to happen.

    The Martian in the comedy category in just laughable. I think Ridley and Matt were almost embarrassed to win.

    Glad to see Leo get some props.

    Did anyone notice Tarantino say that Ennio Morricone had never won an award before even though he won two previous Golden Globes for The Mission and The Legend of 1900. Doh! Now true he’s never won an Academy Award (other than an honorary Oscar) but Quentin in trying to pump himself up as “the only director to win an award under his direction” just looked like an egomaniac up there. Not that should be a surprise to anyone. LOL.

    I thought the America Ferrera and Eva Longoria bit was really funny.

    Really glad to see Mr. Robot win. Take one 3 parts Kubrick, 1 part Fincher and 1 part American Psycho and you have one of the smartest, most audacious debuts in years. On the USA network no less. The show was so prophetic that the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, which was a just a story line mentioned in passing during the pilot, “actually happened in real life” during the filming of the show and was brilliantly incorporated into the final episode. Talk about life imitating art!

    I initially thought it was odd that Sly thanked his ‘imaginary friend’ Rocky, but didn’t thank his costar Michael B Jordan or director Ryan Coogler during his speech. I understand he thanked them during the commercial break later on. Coogler said all is good and had nothing but good things to say about Stallone. Class act.

    Would have liked Spotlight get some love and The Big Short was one of the most entertaining movies this year for me. Not the greatest GG show but there’s always the Oscars coming up with Chris Rock. So there’s that.

    1. Hello Dave, always great seeing you here man.

      I like British humor too but he’s especially spiteful I think, but maybe that’s just me. I think there have been some comments from male actors about the pay gap, I suppose it’s not a bad thing that Hollywood gets a ‘reminder’ if you will about gender equality issue, but his joke comes across self-congratulatory instead of an actual desire to create a discussion on the issue.

      As for Gibson, well I think he’s presenting Mad Max which is appropriate as he helped launched the franchise. I thought Gibson took it pretty well as he came back w/ the colonoscopy thing but Gervais had to have the last word by asking about the NSFW thing to him. The exchange should’ve been funny instead of cringe-worthy.

      Ahah yeah, The Martian in comedy category is probably the funniest thing about that film. I think the most egregiously shameless and egotistic presenter went to QT. I mean, calling the film composers ‘ghetto?!’

      Hey, did you get my email from a while ago about Mr Robot review? If you have time that is, I’d love for you to do a guest review of that 😉

      I think Sly was just so baffled he even won, I think many people left out those to thank, but so long as they did it later on their own I don’t think it’s that big a deal.

      Glad to hear you love Spotlight and The Big Short too! I wish Bale and Carell had presented instead of Gosling/Pitt, they’re the ones who made the film for me anyway.

  6. Ruth, nice post and wrap up of last night. Crass and insulting is not funny to me. The best was Mel Gibson stabbing back with the colonoscopy comment. I’m curious if Tom Hardy will be nominated for supporting actor and I need to catch up on a few like Spotlight and Steve Jobs.

    1. Hi Cindy! “Crass and insulting is not funny to me” Exactly! And can we get a host who’s actually excited to be there?? I thought Gibson’s comeback at Gervais was funny, and wish it had ended there. I’m really hoping Hardy will not come up empty again at Oscars.

  7. That thing about Amy and Tima was not that great but I loved that he put Lawrence and all of them really in their place but talking about the nurses and actual people who won’t ever get such millions. The worst thing by far was them not planning ahead and leaving 2 minutes for the final category. That was the most awful thing I’ve seen on Globes. Gaga went on an on, as did Scott, yet Ford got 15 seconds and Inarittu barely had time to give half a speech

    1. I think the bit about the female Ghostbusters and how studios won’t have to spend too much money on the cast is terrible too. Very true about regular folks who’d never get such millions but the same applies to guys, even more so w/ their astronomical salaries compared to female performers doing the exact same job.

      Yeah, the rush at the end is horrible!! I blame Ridley who went on and on and on! At least Taraji was funny in trying to get a bit more time in. Heh, not only did they not nominate Hardy (hence his absence), they barely gave Ford any time on stage, very disappointing!

  8. I agree lots of the shtick was just not that funny. SO BLAH. I left out so much on my post because really I was just not that interested. Call me crazy but I loved Cate Blanchett’s dress. I am probably the only person who did, what does that say about me? haha. Glad you mentioned Oscar Issac too, he’s so damn cute and smart. I also wondered why Tom Hardy didn’t get any love, how sad! Overall an okay night with some interesting moments and like Gervais said and you mentioned, no one else really cares about the night, but the actors. LOL.

    1. I know you really like Gosling and Pitt but as you know I can’t stand them. I’d rather see Carell and Bale introducing The Big Short as they’re the best performers in that film anyway. Plus Bale seems to be in a good mood, he looks really happy when Damon won, maybe so that he didn’t have to accept a win in a *comedy* category? 😀

      I have a mild crush on Oscar, he’s just sooo talented and gorgeous! I saw a couple of folks from Outlander nominated, oh if only Stanley would get a nomination in Best Supporting Actor in season 2. A girl can dream!!

      1. I know you are not a Gosling and Pitt person :(, I honestly can’t stand Carell lately. Ever since I saw him do an interview and he was so pretentious and stand-offish that I have started to not like him. I love Bale as an actor, but I have also heard first hand accounts of him being an ass so I am kind of turned off by him. My husband was actually his server back in the day in Philadelphia and he was a complete jerk, so I always think of that about him. LOL. I have a major crush on Oscar yay he’s so cute! I know right I wondered if Stanley would be there, seeing that Outlander peeps were there. Maybe next year!!

        1. Oh no, not a fan of Carell? I find him so adorable and even shy. I think sometimes ppl who are shy can appear stand-offish.

          Hmmm, I suppose yeah Bale seems like he’s a difficult guy in real life. But I like that he seems real y’know, flawed and all, instead of being overly concerned about a certain image.

          As for my Stanley, well he’s not a star yet, just a working actor. So I doubt he’d be invited to major awards like this even if he’s on the show. He was a jury in a small film fest in France back in the Fall, which I think was a milestone for him. It’s ok though, I prefer my crush to be more obscure anyway 😀

          1. I know I love that we have our discussions about actors. No one else cares about this stuff but us. hahaha I know I hope Stanley doesn’t get too big, otherwise every girl will fall in love with him too. Ummm…no way José! He’s your man!

            1. Well I think once Outlander season 2 comes out he’ll gain many fans. That’s why I need to email him soon to get an interview. He sort of *knows* me as he frequently likes my tweet, ahah, so hopefully he’d be willing to be featured on the blog. He’s supposed to have like 3 films out this year!!

  9. I don’t care much for award shows and the only part I watched was Ricky Gervais’ monologue. I’m a massive Gervais fan and even though I liked a majority of his material he seemed kind of unenthusiastic to me.

    1. He doesn’t seem to want to be there at all! I wish he’d just turn the offer down, I’d rather see someone who’s at least glad to have been asked to host.

  10. Brie Larson was a vision. She really turned her A-game up, and she’s proven me wrong in every respect. I was unsure about her Oscar chances, but now I’m convinced that it’s hers! I loved all the WTF moments…that was basically the night in a nutshell/my post on the night. lol

    1. Brie was a vision indeed, her dress was fabulous and she has such poise & grace wearing it. I think she’s certainly a frontrunner for Oscar now.

  11. I was thrilled that Stallone won for Creed, he thoroughly deserved it.

    And the thing about Gervais talking about the Hollywood pay gap – it seemed more that he was highlighting the ridiculousness of it and calling out Hollywood producers. It was pure satire.

    I love that gif of Leo and Gaga, he looked so frightened!

    Great roundup Ruth, really fun to read

    1. Hey Mikey, always thrilled to see you stop by! Yes for Sly and now Creed’s director is helming Black Panther movie, yay!

      I think he meant it as a satire but Gervais’ mean-spiritedness made the joke comes across self-congratulatory.

      Yeah, that Leo & Gaga meme is really the best bit in a while.

  12. I didn’t see anything and I’m glad I didn’t. I’m just happy that Leo, Kate, Sly, Brie, Oscar, and the Maestro won awards. Boo on J-Law. I’m sick of that bitch. Yeah, I’m a shitty mood and you probably know why… 😦

    1. Yeah, it looks like something she made herself out of some left-over curtains! Those dudes look good don’t they? I guess it’s easier for guys to pick on something to wear.

  13. Overall, it was a solid group of winners. I haven’t seen Maggie Smith’s performance yet, but I actually would’ve voted for Jennifer Lawrence, since I think she gives her best performance yet in Joy (and I’m not even a huge JLaw fan).

    1. Ah I see. I dunno Josh, I’m really tired of her, it’s J-Law fatigue I think, she’s so overexposed. That’s why I prefer the more *obscure* actors, right now I’m REALLY into Sam Riley!

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