On December 30, we did our official DGA preview with charts and whatnot that you can see here. I thought we should revisit the subject since Alejandro G. Iñarritu beat the competition last night at the Golden Globes. Does it change anything? The key to The Revenant’s win last night and the thing to remember is that the HFPA did not award Iñarritu for Birdman last year except for screenplay. They were the first to anoint him and welcome him into the Oscar race in 2006 (back when the Globes really did have an impact on nominations) with Babel. But he only won Best Picture then, not Director. He next won Screenplay, but not Director or Picture for Birdman. With The Revenant, it was their chance to go “full Iñarritu.” That’s something the industry already did last year. If the Globes had awarded Birdman and then The Revenant back-to-back, that would make me sit upright in my seat. As it is, their picking The Revenant isn’t so out of the realm of believability and doesn’t really shift the race that much except in one significant way. If we are really heading into a split year — which I still don’t think we are, but it’s possible — the mismatch recipient of Best Director hasn’t yet been decided. Maybe George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, maybe Ridley Scott for The Martian. Maybe Todd Haynes for Carol. No one has been thinking Iñarritu as a stand-alone Best Director winner.
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The 2016 Golden Globes was one to remember, The Big Short, Carol and front runner Spotlight were all shut out. In their respective Drama and Comedy categories, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon won Best Actor, Brie Larson and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress,  The Revenant and The Martian took Best Picture. Iñárritu won for Best Director. In case you missed it, the full list of winners can be found here:

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David Bowie was a walking art installation, each eye a different color, hair that could transform his sexual identity with gel and a hair dryer. A face that was born to wear makeup. He could turn around and look like the golden god of 1930s cinema. No other musician before Bowie was able to so fluidly transform his gender identity and his musical styles. Madonna borrowed much from him, she readily admits, but there isn’t any musician who doesn’t, in some way, acknowledge an influence.

Bowie made such an enormous impact on music, art, fashion, cinema, sexuality, bi-sexuality, transgender identity and most of all, on a fairly uneducated drama geek in Nordhoff High School, California, in 1982. David Bowie was a religion back then. He was so much more than just an icon and musician. He really was a whole identity. He starred in films like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Hunger, as Warhol in Basquiat, even in Zoolander.
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The Golden Globes were held after the Oscar ballots were turned in so there would be no way to measure that enthusiasm translated to an Oscar nomination, which is how the Globes used to be placed way back when. In an effort to boost their own ratings (I think) the Academy changed their deadline to being before the Golden Globes hold their telecast – they did this last year, I think, and this year. It would have been nice to ride the wave of momentum from Sly’s win to a potential Oscar win.

After his long list of thank yous, Sly did thank director Ryan Coogler and co-star Michael B. Jordan but the cameras had already pulled away for commercial break by then. It was a great moment for the film Creed that will be sullied by internet hysteria for the next couple of days over this – the think pieces, the clickbait. Unless you write down names you are going to forget the most important people when you’re standing up there trying to remember everyone.

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Best Picture (Drama)

  • The Revenant

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • The Martian

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Brie Larson – Room

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)

  • Matt Damon – The Martian

Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)

  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

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