Last night's Golden Globes brought tears, cookies, censoring, shushing, and Ricky Gervais vs Mel Gibson
Despite the Irish being nominated in a number of categories at last night's 73rd Golden Globe Awards show at the Beverly Hilton in LA's Beverly Hills, it was not to be. The closest thing to an Irish nod was American actress Brie Larson, who beat out stiff competition from Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan, to claim the 'Best Actress (Drama)' award for Room, directed by Irishman Lenny Abrahamson (not nominated) and written by Emma Donoghue (whose adaptation of her own novel lost out to Aaron Sorkin in the screenplay category.)
Seen as a strong indicator for how Thursday's Oscar nominations will fare, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continued its streak of awarding new shows a number of gongs in its television prizes. Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle took two (Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy for Gael García Bernal). And Rachel Bloom, who made a name for herself on YouTube with a self-written parody song, took home the prize for 'Best Actress in a Comedy' for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The most outlandish part of the night came when host Rickey Gervais, whose take-no-prisoners schtick proved a hit, introduced Mel Gibson, whom he had lambasted when presenting an award in 2012. Saying a number of unflattering things about the troubled actor and director, Gibson replied with a retort that seeing Gervais reminded him he needed a colonoscopy.
And that's when Gervais came back on stage, only to be completely silence by the NBC censors when he leaned into the microphone to ask Gibson, as Twitter worked out in about 30 seconds, "What the f*** does s******** even mean?" in reference to a comment Gibson reportedly said to a female police officer in 2006 when caught driving while intoxicated.
In the offstage drama departments, Jon Hamm took his final award for his years as Don Draper on Mad Men with 'Best Actor in a Drama', and Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie in the popular music industry melodrama Empire, started off her walk to the stage by handing out biscuits to the stars surrounding her.
Fargo, American Crime, Transparent, and Outlander, popular with critics and viewers, all went home empty-handed, despite leading the nominations charge with three apiece.
Some surprise winners on the night included Lady Gaga ('Best Actress in a Mini-Series' for AHS: Hotel), Matt Damon ('Best Actor in a Comedy' for The Martian), and the red planet rescue drama, directed by Ridley Scott, claiming the 'Best Picture Comedy' award over actual comedies Trainwreck and Spy.
There was some love for Steve Jobs, with a shock win for Kate Winslet as 'Best Supporting Actress', while The Revenant took home three gongs, including 'Best Picture Drama', 'Best Director', and 'Best Actor', making it look like 2016 might finally be Leo's year to take home the Academy Award.
No TV show nor movie was the runaway winner of the night, leaving things very much in the air for Oscar night on February 28th. The full list of winners at this year's Golden Globes can be seen below: