While the general atmosphere at this year's Golden Globes is humorous thanks to Ricky Gervais' on-screen jokes, the runaway winners are those that invoke emotions on the opposite side of the spectrum. Instead of portraying bliss, the two dominating movies are about surviving near-death experiences. It's also the shining moment of under-the-radar TV series like Mozart in the Jungle, which spearheaded the list of small screen awardees.
Here’s a list of our favorite 2015 Golden Globe awardees (in no particular order):
1. Aaron Sorkin (for the screenplay of Steve Jobs)
While there are a good number of documentaries and movies telling the story of the iconic tech entrepreneur, Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for Steve Jobs stood out. Its unique factor? The movie focused on aspects that we do not know about Jobs’ life and career, which include his personal problems and early frustrations with Apple and NExT.
2. Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (for the soundtrack of Spectre)
A trademark of any James Bond film is its opening soundtrack, and Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes’ contribution to Spectre is no less than spectacular—in fact, “Writings on the Wall” is the first Bond theme song that reached number one in the UK charts.
3. Matt Damon (for The Martian)
We all know how versatile of an actor Matt Damon is, but his role as Mart Watney in The Martian, which tackled surviving in Mars with a limited supply of necessities, is a welcome challenge for Damon’s career and definitely one of his best performances to date.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio (for The Revenant)
DiCaprio proved once more that he is indeed one of the best actors in his generation with his portrayal of hunstman Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Considering what DiCaprio went through to pull off the role, which included eating bison meat and risking hypothermia, his dedicated performance in The Revenant is just as good (or even better!) than his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
5. Inside Out
Pixar has been known to craft great animated movies with stories that move its audience, both young and old. Through Inside Out, Pixar took their storytelling skills to another level by making use of feelings as actual characters.
6. Lady Gaga (for American Horror Story: Hotel)
We all know Lady Gaga as the singer with polarizing performances that are always both viral and controversial, but did you know that her first dream was to actually be an actress? Her role as Elizabeth Johnson in American Horror Story: Hotel proves that Lady Gaga is not just an excellent singer and songwriter, but that she's also got killer acting skills.
(BONUS: Leonardo DiCaprio's reaction to Lady Gaga receiving her award? Priceless.)
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Photographs (except Inside Out) from instagram.com/goldenglobes; Inside Out photo from Disney Pixar