Mozart in the Jungle? Really?
The Revenant? Maybe.
The Golden Globes saw several surprises today, especially on the television side, and perhaps the biggest was the win for Amazon.com's respected but not-much-talked-about series about a New York City symphony in the best TV musical or comedy category.
In Mozart in the Jungle, the orchestra's charismatic conductor is played by Gael Garcia Bernal, who was also a surprise winner for best actor in a TV comedy or musical.
Another slight curveball was the dominance of The Revenant on the film side, as it picked up the prize for best drama.
Alejandro Inarritu, whose harrowing shoot has become of the stuff of legend, won best director. "Pain is temporary but a film is forever," he said in his acceptance speech.
Leonardo DiCaprio was an unsurprising best actor in a drama winner for the film, as he went to great physical extremes to portray a trapper struggling to fend off death in the harsh 1800s wilderness.
It was his third Golden Globe victory and seems to put DiCaprio on the path to his first Oscar.
What also wasn't a surprise was the caustic commentary from return host Ricky Gervais, who insulted everything, including Hollywood as a whole (calling the crowd "disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum") and the Golden Globes in particular ("That award is, no offense, worthless").
Perhaps his presence had the NBC censors on high alert, because there were at least half a dozen moments deemed bleep-worthy, with Amy Schumer, Jonah Hill and Gervais all getting muted.
The Martian won for best comedy or musical, and the film's star Matt Damon won for best actor, even as Gervais pointed out of the absurdity of the Globes including the sci-fi spectacle in the comedy or musical category. (Backstage, Damon quipped, "It's a musical.")
The wins for Mozart, along with those for Mr. Robot (for both best drama series and for Christian Slater for best supporting actor), were in line with the Globes' history of honoring first-year shows.
Rachel Bloom, of the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is the sixth of the last seven winners for best actress comedy or musical to be a rookie.
Other eyebrow-raisers included Lady Gaga's win for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for American Horror Story: Hotel, and Maura Tierney for best TV supporting actress in The Affair.
Ditto the two wins for the biopic Steve Jobs - Aaron Sorkin for screenplay and Kate Winslet for supporting actress, for her role as Jobs confidante Joanna Hoffman.
The film received positive reviews but was thought to be non-factor in the awards season, in part because of its disappointing earnings.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won two recent Globes (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook), but whose Joy was considered a lesser film, picked up an award for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy.
More expected were Jon Hamm, fresh off his Emmy win for Mad Men, taking best actor in a drama series here, plus Taraji P. Henson winning best actress in a drama series for Fox's hit Empire.
Brie Larson won best actress in a motion picture drama for Room, confirming her as an Oscar favorite.
Sylvester Stallone took best supporting actor for the Rocky reboot Creed, thanking "my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had."
But he raised some eyebrows by failing to thank Creed director Ryan Coogler and co-star Michael B. Jordan during his acceptance speech.
(After realizing his mistake, he ran back onstage to do just that, but the show had already cut to commercial.)
- Washington Post