In Review

Golden Globes 2016: the winners, the highs and the lows

The Revenant and The Martian triumph and Ricky Gervais offends everyone in Hollywood

This year's Golden Globes saw The Revenant lift the night's most coveted prize, while its lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio had Twitter buzzing and host Ricky Gervais's sour wit raised eyebrows.

The 73rd annual awards ceremony, honouring the year's best film and television, were held last night in Beverly Hills and adventure drama The Revenant was its biggest winner, picking up best drama film, best director (Alejandro Inarritu) and best drama actor (DiCaprio).

Its leading man also had a starring role on Twitter after being caught pulling a face when he was bumped into by Lady Gaga as she went to collect a prize. The moment inspired countless gifs and memes, though DiCaprio later told ET he had just been surprised because he didn't know who was behind him.

Ridley Scott's sci-fi hit The Martian was named best comedy or musical film, which allowed the director to joke that he expected to receive that honour posthumously, and its star Matt Damon picked up the best actor award in that category.

Brie Larson was named best actress in a drama for The Room, while Jennifer Lawrence won best comedy actress for Joy.

British winners included Kate Winslet, who scored best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, singer Sam Smith, who lifted the trophy for his Bond theme tune Writing's On The Wall, and the BBC's adaptation of Wolf Hall, which was named best mini-series.

British nominees Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Dame Helen Mirren (Trumbo), Dame Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) and Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), however, missed out on awards. Hopefuls Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Danish Girl also failed to win a statue.

British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the event for the fourth time (he previously emceed 2010-12), but not everyone was a fan of his spiky humour.

The comedian called the Hollywood crowd "sexual deviant scum" and took aim at the organisers, network hosts NBC, Sean Penn, the Catholic Church, Roman Polanski, Caitlyn Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence and the previous hosts.

He also warned winners not to take their prizes too seriously. "No one cares about that award as much as you do," he said. "That award is - no offence - worthless."

He started with "a searingly offensive opening monologue that spectacularly and predictably divided opinion on social media", says Ben Hoyle in The Times, adding that Gervais showed "his savage and irreverent approach to the role had not mellowed with his absence".

Yes, Gervais upheld his reputation "as one of the most shameless awards show emcees in recent memory", says Caroline Framke on Vox. But "he was, to be frank, not very good".

No surprise there, says Vulture. "When Ricky Gervais hosts an awards show, you pretty much know what you're gonna get. And that's what we got."

We had, continues Vulture, transphobic jokes, old Charlie Sheen jokes and recycled Mel Gibson material, but the question is "why are we back here?"

It adds: "After a delightful and genuinely funny, but still often edgy, run with Amy [Schumer] and Tina [Fey]… why did the Globes revert back to Gervais and his stale, antagonistic shtick?"

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