13 Surprises, Highlights and Shocks from this Year’s Golden Globes

Lets be honest about this year’s Golden Globes: This was the year of surprises and shocking wins with a handful of highlight wins. While some categories initially seemed obvious with who would win, this year’s ceremony stands as proof that there is never any guarantees during award season.

Shock: Spotlight no longer the Best Picture frontrunner

The Revenant
Critics and pundits had universally predicted Spotlight would not only be the Golden Globe winner in the Drama category, but that it was the presumptive frontunner at this year’s Oscars. With The Revenant pulling off the penultimate upset over Spotlight, it is now the frontrunner with this year’s Oscar season.

Shock: Mr. Robot defeats Game of Thrones

Rami MelekDespite Game of Thrones being fiercely popular and having recently won the Emmy for Drama Series, it lost to newcomer Mr. Robot. Many may cry foul over this considering Game of Thrones, five seasons in without a Golden Globe win for Drama Series, was the most talked about show this year.

Surprise: Jon Hamm wins for the final season of Mad Men

Don DraperIt was expected that Jon Hamm would walk away empty handed after the Golden Globes snubbed Mad Men’s final season, but Jon Hamm’s Mad Men career went full circle with a final Golden Globe win for his incredible performance as Don Draper.

Shock: Fargo out, Wolf Hall in

Wolf HallFargo’s second season was much talked about and critically acclaimed, but voters opted for the historical and astonishing BBC mini-series Wolf Hall instead.

Highlight: Kate Winslet wins Supporting Actress

Kate Winslet Steve JobsAlicia Vikander seemed to be the likely winner in this category with her astounding performance in Ex Machina that seemed to be reinforced by her double nomination this year, but Kate Winslet’s showy and strikingly human performance in Steve Jobs won over it.

Shock: Transparent denied a second win

Mozart in the ParkTransparent was the supposed guarantee of the night with its second season gaining both critical praise and continued love from fans, but Amazon’s newest comedy series dethroned the comedy fan-favorite.

Highlight: Sylvester Stallone’s comeback

Sylvester Stallone CreedEveryone loves a comeback and Sylvester Stallone is the latest Hollywood comeback story. 40 years after Rocky won Best Picture at the Oscars, Stallone stood victorious with a Golden Globe win for portraying Rocky Balboa in Creed.

Shock: Ridley Scott loses Best Director

DiCaprio The RevenantRidley Scott was seemingly the guarantee in this category for his work directing The Martian, but Alejandro González Iñárritu, after being snubbed last year for his directing achievement for Birdman, stood as tonight’s winner.

Highlight: Lady Gaga wins her first Golden Globe

Lady Gaga HotelDespite heavy competition in her category, Lady Gaga won her first Golden Globe for American Horror Story: Hotel for her frightening and vicious performance as The Countess.

Shock: Sam Smith defies the odds

Sam Smith SpectreDespite a vocal film community expressing their hatred and discontent with the latest Bond Song, Sam Smith was shocked to hear his name as the winner. Regardless of the sentiment behind his win, Sam Smith offered the most precious acceptance speech of the night.

Surprise: Maura Tierney wins in the Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Maura Tierney The AffairThe battle seemed to be Regina King versus Judith Light in this category, but both remained seated when Maura Tierney won for last year’s Golden Globe winning drama. Tierney was underestimated because of The Affair’s massive snub this year in the Drama category, but clearly voters still had some love for the show.

Shock: Jeffrey Tambor stays seated

Mozart in the Park Lead ActorNobody anticipated anyone having the chance of defeating Jeffrey Tambor in the comedy category, but Gael Garcia Bernal was clearly shocked when his name was announced instead.

Surprise: Spotlight denied the Screenplay Golden Globe

Steve JobsSpotlight was a guaranteed win in this category with nobody else supposedly having a chance. However, Aaron Sorkin and his witty and complex script for Steve Jobs took home the win instead.




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