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Golden Globe Surprises: The Revenant, Mr. Robot, Mozart in the Jungle

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A national television audience got its first glimpse of who might be some of the contenders for this year's Oscars when the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out its Golden Globe Awards Sunday night.

The big, and perhaps unexpected winner, was The Revenant, grabbing Globes for best dramatic film, best director and best dramatic actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Other top acting prizes went to Brie Larson, best dramatic actress, for her performance in Room and Jennifer Lawrence for best comedic actress for Joy.

The real head-scratcher of the evening was that the Hollywood Foreign Press lumped The Martian in its comedic categories. As a result, Matt Damon won best comedic actor for The Martian and his film won as the year's best comedy. Supporting performance awards group comedic and dramatic actors together, so the winners were Kate Winslet as best supporting actress in Steve Jobs and  Sylvester Stallone for Creed.

The Golden Globe for best foreign film of 2015 went to Son of Saul and the best animated film was Inside Out. Aaron Sorkin won the best screenplay prize for Steve Jobs.

The Golden Globes also hand out plenty of trophies for television, and Sunday night's big winners were Mr. Robot (USA Network) as best drama and Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) as best comedy. Dramatic acting awards went to Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire), while comedy acting awards went to Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex Girlfriend).

Host Ricky Gervais reminded attendees throughout the NBC broadcast that the Golden Globes were relatively "worthless" prizes: “It’s a bit of metal that some nice, old, confused journalists wanted to give you in person so they could meet you and have a selfie with you."