Former Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were reunited at the Golden Globes and both were honoured with big prizes.
The pair, who embraced in the ballroom at the glamorous Los Angeles ceremony, first starred together in James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, in 1997, and again teamed up for Revolutionary Road, in 2008.
Winslet, the first winner of the night, looked shocked as she was named best supporting actress, for her portrayal of Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs.
She said: “I am extremely surprised and overwhelmed. I just want to start by saying what an incredible year for women in film.
"These categories are so crowded and crammed with incredible integrity and skill, and I feel prouder than ever to be included.”
DiCaprio was named best actor in a motion picture drama for his portrayal of fur trapper, Hugh Glass, in revenge epic, The Revenant. The win puts him one step closer to the coveted Oscar that has eluded him.
Arriving at the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, after a standing ovation, DiCaprio said: “This film was about survival, adaptation and the triumph of the human spirit and, more importantly, it was about trust.
"There is nobody more deserving of that trust than our director, Alejandro Inarritu. I’ve never had an experience like this in my entire life. The depths he went to are unfathomable.”
The Revenant was later named best drama, and Alejandro G Inarritu best director, while Ridley Scott’s The Martian won in the musical or comedy category.
Scott collected the gong saying “comedy?” before adding: “But, anyway, I’m very grateful for this.” He paid tribute to his late brother and fellow director, Tony, saying: “I love you and miss you.”
The best actress in a drama award was presented to Brie Larson, for Room, as her young co-star, Jacob Tremblay, stood on a chair to give her a standing ovation.
Room was directed by Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson.
Commenting on the win, Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey said “her much-deserved win is a credit to the entire team behind the Irish Film Board-funded film, Room, which will be released in Ireland this week.
"I urge Irish audiences to go and see this film.”
Room was also nominated for best motion picture. Its writer, Emma Donoghue, was nominated for best screenplay, which she adapted from her own award-winning book.
Other Irish nominees included Saoirse Ronan, for her performance in Brooklyn, Michael Fassbender, for his performance in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, and Caitriona Balfe, for best actress in a TV series, for Outlander.
Sam Smith and his songwriting partner, Jimmy Napes, won best original song for Writing’s On The Wall, for the James Bond, film, Spectre.
The show opened with a monologue from host, Ricky Gervais, who addressed the crowd of famous faces as “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual-deviant scum”.
He added: “I’m going to do this monologue and then go into hiding. Not even Sean Penn will find me.”
Matt Damon won best actor in a musical or comedy, for The Martian.
Sylvester Stallone won best supporting actor for Creed.
Ricky Gervais wasted no time insulting the great and the good of Hollywood as he hosted the Golden Globes for the fourth time.
During his opening monologue, he warned the celebrities in the Beverly Hilton Hotel that he would disappear after delivering his barbs.
“Not even Sean Penn will find me!” he joked in a reference to the Oscar-winning actor’s recent interview with Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo”.
Easily the most awkward moment of the night was the reunion between Gervais and Mel Gibson. When The Office creator hosted the ceremony in 2010, he had introduced the Braveheart star with the words: “I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
Gibson had been arrested in 2006 for suspected drink-driving. He had also made anti-Semitic remarks to a police officer, for which he later apologised. But Gervais poked fun at the 60-year-old’s well-documented drinking problems, and just about everyone else at this year’s event.
Here are some of his most cutting remarks.
On Mel Gibson: “I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames ... we know who Mel blames. Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently. That’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out so ... I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”
On Matt Damon: “The only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to — Matt Damon!”
On Caitlyn Jenner “I’ve changed, not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?”
On Spotlight, a film about paedophile priests: “Roman Polanski called it the best date movie ever.”
On Jennifer Lawrence: “How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?”
On Eva Longoria and America Ferrera: “They aren’t just beautiful, talented actresses. They’re also two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport.”:
On Kevin Hart and Ken Jeong “When Brad and Angelina see these next two adorable little presenters, they’re going to want to adopt them. Please welcome Kevin Hart and Ken Jeong!”
On Eddie Redmayne “Our next presenter is an actress who is both beautiful and talented. Born in England she came to America and has taken Hollywood by storm. Please welcome the nominated star of The Danish Girl, it’s a dude, Eddie Redmayne!”
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