'The Revenant' and 'The Martian' take top Golden Globes

Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:03am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy and Nichola Groom

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - Revenge drama "The Revenant" and space adventure "The Martian" took the top film awards at Sunday's Golden Globes, setting them up as formidable Oscar contenders after a night of surprises and stinging barbs from return host Ricky Gervais.

Pioneer-era tale "The Revenant" won three awards including best drama film, beating out front-runners "Carol," a lesbian romance, and investigative journalism drama "Spotlight." "Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio won best drama actor and Alejandro Inarritu was named best director.

"This is the most difficult journey I've embarked on," said Inarritu, who last year won directing and best picture Oscars for "Birdman."

"We struggled in low temperatures and difficult conditions to make this film happen, but we all know in this room that pain is temporary but a film is forever, so who cares?"

In a closely-contested men's field, DiCaprio prevailed over "The Danish Girl" star Eddie Redmayne and "Concussion" lead Will Smith, to win best actor for his role as a fur-trapper seeking retribution.

DiCaprio, 41, who has yet to win an Oscar, received a standing ovation and said he shared his award with indigenous people around the world.

"It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations," the actor, an environmental activist, said.

The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are the first major film honors of the Hollywood awards season that culminates with the Oscars on Feb. 28. They can give much-needed momentum to films in a crowded field, and in recent years, top Globes have gone to movies that went on to win the Oscar for best picture.   Continued...

Leonardo DiCaprio holds his award for Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama, for "The Revenant", at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout For editorial use only.