Two movies about desperate men left for dead and fighting for survival took top honours at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, which celebrate achievement in film and TV.
"The Revenant," Alejandro González Iñárritu's harrowing drama about a 1820s trapper who survives a bear attack to seek revenge on the men who left him for dead, won the Golden Globe for best movie drama. The movie also collected awards for star Leonardo DiCaprio and for Iñárritu's direction.
"The Revenant's" sweep surprised some Hollywood pundits, who had expected the critically acclaimed "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal, to take the drama prize. It also marks another triumph for Iñárritu, the Mexican-born filmmaker whose "Birdman" won the best picture Oscar last year.
In the comedy/musical category, best picture went to "The Martian," Ridley Scott's saga about an astronaut forced to use science and his wits to survive for years after being left alone on Mars. Matt Damon also won best actor in a comedy for his role in the hit film -- which many don't consider a comedy.
Some see the Golden Globes, voted on by the 90 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as predictors of the more prestigious Academy Awards. Oscar nominations will be announced Thursday, with the show following on February 28.
After "The Revenant" and "The Martian," Golden Globe voters spread recognition among a handful of other movies.
Newcomer Brie Larson won best actress in a movie drama for her role as a resourceful young mother in "Room." Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted by Emma Donohue from her novel, the film is the story of a woman who must adapt to a horrific new life after being kidnapped, imprisoned in a garden shed and impregnated by her abductor.
Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence won best actress in a comedy film for David O. Russell's "Joy," based on the true story of a single mom who overcame poverty and a chaotic family by inventing an innovative mop that was sold on the Home Shopping Network. It's Lawrence's third collaboration with Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper, after "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle."
In a sentimental win that earned a standing ovation from fellow actors at the Beverly Hilton, veteran actor Sylvester Stallone was named best supporting actor in a movie for "Creed." Stallone has drawn praise for reinventing his iconic Rocky Balboa character as an aging, vulnerable ex-fighter who comes out of retirement to train an unproven young boxer.
The best supporting actress prize went to Kate Winslet for "Steve Jobs," Danny Boyle's portrait of the late Apple co-founder. Winslet played Apple marketing exec Joanna Hoffman, a member of Jobs' inner circle and one of the few people at the company who stood up to his famous bullying.
"Steve Jobs" also was named best screenplay for Aaron Sorkin's talky script, a surprising show of strength for a film that tanked at the box office and has faded somewhat as a top Oscar contender.
As expected, Pixar's critical and commercial smash "Inside Out," about the emotions fighting for control of an 11-year-old girl, won best animated movie.
Best foreign film went to "Son of Saul," a Holocaust drama from Hungary about an Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner trying to give a proper burial to his son.
Jon Hamm, on the heels of his first Emmy win in November, won best actor in a TV drama for his defining role as the tormented, womanizing Don Draper in AMC's "Mad Men," which wrapped its final season last year, according to CNN. -abdullah