Ricky Gervais’s lewd humor. J-Law and Schumer hugging it out. Brad Pitt’s wrinkle-free face. These are just a few of the exciting details you might have missed during the 2016 Golden Globes.
1) Under-the-radar TV shows dominated.
Ever heard of “Mr. Robot”? “Mozart in the Jungle”? “Show Me a Hero”? “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”? Clearly they’re favorites of Globes voters. USA’s tech thriller “Mr. Robot” scored a best drama win over monster hits “Game of Thrones” and “Empire,” and star Christian Slater netted a best TV supporting actor trophy. “Mozart in the Jungle” helped Amazon take home its second consecutive Globes prize for best comedy (after last year’s “Transparent”), and the show landed a best TV comedy actor win for Gael Garcia Bernal. Many surprise winners were indeed shocked, including Rachel Bloom, unable to say anything except “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!” at first when she won the best TV comedy actress award for CW’s little-watched “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
2) “Spotlight” got shut out.
The drama was considered the front-runner for best dramatic picture for its understated portrayal of how the Boston Globe uncovered the priest sex scandal within the Catholic Church. And yet… the movie got no love. Instead, “The Revenant” dominated, taking home best director, best picture and best actor, for Leonardo DiCaprio.
3) Sylvester Stallone’s acceptance speech faux pas
Sly got visibly emotional when he was named best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in “Creed,” so much so that he forgot to thank…well, anyone from the movie. He thanked a long list of people, including his agents and fictional character Rocky Balboa “for being the best friend I ever had.” Twitter worked itself into a frenzy immediately (uh, hello, how about director Ryan Cooger?) but apparently after the show cut to commercial, Stallone rushed back to the microphone to thank Coogler, the cast and his co-star Michael B. Jordan.
4) Leonardo DiCaprio’s reaction to Lady Gaga
The most Vine-able moment of the night, for sure, was when Gaga confidently walked by Leo to pick up her best TV supporting actress trophy for “American Horror Story,” and he got unnecessarily freaked out when she bumped his elbow.
5) “The Big Short” gained steam, then petered out.
The financial crisis comedy (or “comedy”) seemed to be one of the darlings of the Hollywood Foreign Press, scoring a surprising four nominations. But the movie took home no prizes. At least the nominations ensured that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell would appear as presenters.
6) Brad Pitt might be aging in reverse.
7) There were a record number of bleeps.
Probably? There’s probably no official record, but NBC censors probably passed out from exhaustion. They bleeped Jonah Hill during a bit about the bear in “The Revenant”; Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg joking around about something scandalous; Amy Schumer on her vulgar celebrity nickname; Ricky Gervais asking Mel Gibson to elaborate on his infamous slur; and many more.
8) Ricky Gervais was offensive, as usual.
The Globes were one of the first places to award Amazon’s groundbreaking “Transparent,” but that didn’t stop Gervais from launching into several jokes about transgender people, with digs at Caitlyn Jenner, Jeffrey Tambor’s “Transparent” character and Eddie Redmayne’s performance in “The Danish Girl.” His other cruel jab? He introduced Matt Damon as “the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”
9) There’s only one good way to deal with that pesky wrap-it-up music.
“Screw you, okay?” Ridley Scott said when the music started during his speech accepting the award for the best motion picture, comedy, for “The Martian.” Even as it grew louder, he soldiered on, taking occasional breaks to point in the sound guy’s general direction and say, “No!”
10) Baking cookies is the new writing an acceptance speech.
Nominees never want to admit they’ve planned a speech, because then the cat’s out of the bag — they think they might win. Humility (faux though it may be) is so important. Well, Taraji P. Henson went the other direction. Not only did she plan her speech but she brought cookies, in honor of her character Cookie on “Empire,” to hand out on her way to the stage.
11) Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence confirmed they are best friends.
Sure, there have been Instagram pictures to prove that the Internet’s two favorite celebrities became besties this year, but the actresses confirmed it when they presented as a duo with a bit about finding a nickname. The pals also sat next to each other while the best movie actress in a comedy category was announced, and shared a hug when J-Law won.
12) Mel Gibson and Ricky Gervais
Gervais insulted Gibson many times in the past, and the pair had a bizarre reunion on stage. “A few years ago on this show, I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things….but now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again,” Gervais said. “Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us and I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames — we know who Mel blames.” When Gibson came out, he said, “I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” and Gervais asked him, “What the f— does sugar—s mean?” — a reference to Gibson’s insult of a female cop in 2006.
13) Aaron Sorkin is “crazy” like a fox.
When Kate Winslet took the stage to accept the award for best supporting actress for “Steve Jobs,” she called Sorkin, the movie’s screenwriter, “crazy.” After all, what kind of monster gives actors that many lines? Well he must be doing something right, because a little while later he was onstage, too, accepting the screenwriting prize. Unlike his verbose characters, Sorkin kept it brief, ending by telling his daughter that he does everything to impress her. Also: “boys are bad.”