Golden globe awards
By cameron gabb, junior writer
The 2016 Golden Globe Awards was memorable for spicy jokes by host Ricky Gervais, the “comedy” The Martian taking home many awards, and the night Leonardo DiCaprio finally broke through for his role in The Revenant.
The night started off with jokes from Ricky Gervais particularly going after Caitlyn Jenner. He said, “I’m gonna be nice tonight, I’ve changed…not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously”. Ricky later made a joke about Jennifer Lawrence’s speech about men and women getting equal pay. He joked that he’s making just as much as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did when they hosted the Golden Globes together. Taraji P. Henson impersonated her character ‘Cookie’ from the TV series, ‘Empire’, by handing out cookies to the audience while making her way up to the stage to accept her award. The night led to a series of memorable moments, offensive jokes, and heart warming speeches.
Great movies such as “The Revenant”, “The Martian”, “Creed” and “Joy” were nominated for several categories while television series such as “Mad Men”, “Wolf Wall”, and “Empire” were nominated also.
Actresses like, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Winslet and Brie Larson each won an award. Jennifer Lawrence for her amazing performance as the lead actress in the Drama, Comedy film “Joy”. Taraji P. Henson won the award for her lead actress role in the television series “Empire”. Kate Winslet, for being the best supporting actress in the movie “Steve Jobs”. Brie Larson, for her amazing dramatic lead role in the movie “Room”. This year’s Golden Globes has been dominated by female roles. 2015 was for sure a leading year for women.
The Golden Globes host, audience and nominees took part in some laughter over the fact that the Ridley Scott film, “The Martian,” was nominated for a comedy when the film clearly wasn’t much of a comedy at all. Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, was a sarcastic person who brought light to the situation of being left on a deserted planet with not enough resources to survive long enough. Although the film has been nominated for a comedy, it was the most serious comedy film I had ever seen. Matt Damon won the award for Best Actor in a comedy film, but overall it was just the award for Best Actor.
As we all know, Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor but has never received an Oscar for Best Actor, but he did win the award for “Best Actor” in his film “The Revenant”. For Leo, this film was not just any film for him, it was a film based off of “Trust”. The film tells the story behind the 1800’s hunter, Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. It tells the story of how he overcame the Bear attacks, the freezing winter cold, sleeping inside of a Deer, naked, and most of all, how he caught the man that killed his son right in front of his eyes. He gave a humbling speech, stating that all his trust went to his director, Alejandro Gonzalez. In the end, his trust came through for him. This deserves an Oscar.
One of my personal favorites, Brie Larson, won for role in the dramatic thriller film “Room.” Brie Larson plays a single mother who was abducted at the age of 17, and was held captive for years in a shed. There she gave birth to her son, who has never stepped foot outside the walls of that shed and can only imagine the outside world based on imagination instead of memory. Brie has given the performance of her career in this film. Her performance felt as real as if she was actually in that situation. She lost herself in the character and truly sold the story behind her character. As for the young new star, Jacob Tremblay, who played Brie Larson’s son in the film, has a bright future ahead of him. I have always wondered how directors can work with such young kids, but apparently some of these young kids have acting talents that come naturally. Jacob Tremblay was amazing, I see an award in his future.
The Golden Globes has been a night to remember. 2015 was a big year in film, but there is a whole lot more to come from 2016.