The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off Sunday night in Los Angeles, a star-studded evening hosted by English comedian Ricky Gervais. The list of nominees was numerous, with no small number of films, television shows and performers in the running to win accolades. Here's your guide to what transpired during Sunday night's prestigious event.
Actors and actresses paraded down the red carpet before the main event began at 8 p.m. Eastern.
"So what's happened this last year in this crazy business we call show?" Gervais asked in his monologue, calling out Jeffrey Tambor from Amazon's hit series Transparent, in addition to the blockbuster journalism film Spotlight, Jennifer Lawrence's number of accomplishments in 2015 and the sci-fi novel-turned-movie The Martian, which sparked a feverish following, as some of the year's standouts.
Early on, Gervais touched on gender equality as a theme for 2015. Jokingly, he said he was being paid just as much as the previous year's hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, though it wasn't his fault if they wanted to split the sum between them.
"The Golden Globes are about excellence," Gervais said in front of a packed audience. "To win one, you have to do something amazing."
The first award of the evening, which was for supporting actress in a motion picture, went to Kate Winslet for her role in Steve Jobs. Winslet thanked both actor Michael Fassbender and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which selects the winners. And in keeping with the theme of girl power, the next award presented was best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie. The Golden Globe went to Maura Tierney for her role in The Affair.
The award for best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical went to Rachel Bloom for her performance in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, marking her first Golden Globe. An impassioned Bloom spoke a mile a minute to express her thanks to all necessary parties. Next, Mozart in the Jungle took home the award for best TV series in the comedy category.
Briefly the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Italian journalist Lorenzo Soria, took the stage to share some thoughts on the significance of the evening and the true spirit of the awards show. Entertainment gives us the chance to escape many the world's darkest challenges, Soria said, and in uniting us in the shared experience of humanity, it offers an entree into exposing critical injustices.
The award for best actor in a limited TV series or TV movie went to Oscar Isaac for his performance in Show Me a Hero.
After Wolf Hall won the award for best miniseries or limited series, Jon Hamm received the award for best actor in a TV series in the drama category, for his role as Don Draper in the beloved AMC series Mad Men. "Thank you for including me in this group of insanely talented actors," Hamm said, expressing gratitude to both Lionsgate and AMC.
Next, Amy Schumer and Lawrence took the stage together, drawing peals of laughter from the audience before presenting clips from their respective films, Trainwreck and Joy. Lamenting the limited 29 remaining seconds of allotted talking time in accepting the award for best actor in a comedy for his performance in The Martian, Matt Damon thanked his family and his children.
The awards continue: The Golden Globe award for animated feature film went to Inside Out, before heartthrobs Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, who recently appeared in the hit film The Big Short took to the stage.
"Honestly, I was told I was presenting alone," Gosling jokingly told Pitt. "Take the high road, I look petty. Classic Brad."
Returning the evening to a reverent tone, Sylvester Stallone brought down the house with his acceptance speech for his role in Creed. "I'm going to try not to get emotional, because I'm the sum total of everyone I've ever met," Stallone said.
Mark Wahlberg and comedian Will Ferrell briefly took to the stage, during which time Ferrell told audience members they were acting like "real assholes" for their collective snickering, and announced Aaron Sorkin as the winner of the award for best screenplay for the motion picture Steve Jobs.
Nearly two hours into the awards show, Gervais dropped a truth bomb. "This show is way too long, isn't it?" Gervais said. "It could be half an hour. The best one was in the writer's strike when they just read the winners."
Yet then, in a milestone moment, Lady Gaga won the award for best actress in a TV movie or limited series, for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel. A tearful Gaga cycled through a list of people she deemed worthy of thanks, addressing the people she's grateful for, "You're all so talented, and because of you, I was able to shine I guess."
"I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first," Gaga added, with a laugh.
Next, English singer-songwriter Sam Smith took the stage to accept the award for best original song in a motion picture. The award-winning track, "Writing's on the Wall," which was created for the film Spectre, was written by Smith and Jimmy Napes.
The award for best TV series in the drama category went to Mr. Robot, which, according to the Washington Post, drew an average of 2 million viewers per week in the United States.
In accepting his speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Denzel Washington brought family members onstage to share in the occasion. "I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting me," Washington said, adding words of gratitude for a number of his agents over the years and for his parents. "I do need my glasses," Washington continued. "Anyway, God bless you all."
Applause exploded when Taraji P. Henson won for best actress in a TV series drama. "I'm taking this home for the entire Empire," she said.
"Cookies for everyone tonight," Henson added, prompting a fair amount of praise from fans on Twitter. "My treat."
Unsurprisingly or not, Lawrence took home the award for best actress in a comedic motion picture for Joy. During her acceptance speech, Lawrence thanked a number of worthy parties, not least of which were her family, fans and friends.
Next, a bearded Jim Carrey took the stage to announce the winner for the best motion picture in the comedy category, eliciting audible applause and laughter from the audience as he cycled through his remarks. With viewers on the edge of their seats, Carrey named The Martian as the winner, and director English director Ridley Scott took the stage to receive the accolade saying, "I'm honored to win this award," before putting the win into perspective considering Star Wars' "majestic success."
The winner for best actress in a motion picture went to Brie Larson for her performance in Room, while the comparable Golden Globe award for best actor in a motion picture was bestowed upon Leonardo DiCaprio for his work on The Revenant. Finally, the award for best motion picture went to The Revenant.
For a full list of Sunday night's 2016 Golden Globe Awards winners, head here.
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