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Golden Globes crowd cheers wins for 'The Revenant,' 'The Martian'

"The Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio accepts his Golden Globe on Sunday. | Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller “The Revenant” swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale “The Martian” answered with a pair of its own.

At a bleep-filled, irreverent Beverly Hills, California, ceremony on Sunday, Ricky Gervais presided over a Globes that seemed to risk unraveling before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s show coalesced its support for “The Revenant” and “The Martian.”

In an upset, “The Revenant” won best film, drama, as well as best director for Inarritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Though Inarritu had a similar run at the Academy Awards last year with the best-picture winning “Birdman,” he won only a share of best screenplay at last year’s Globes.

Referring to the film’s arduous shoot in the Canadian Rockies, Innaritu said: “Pain is temporary. A film is forever.”

This award season has lacked definition and two of the top critical picks — the journalism procedural “Spotlight” and Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” — went home empty-handed.

Instead, it was “The Revenant,” made with the same seamless cinematography of “Birdman,” that emerged triumphant, on the same weekend it nearly toppled the box-office juggernaut “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with a $37 million opening. Continue reading here.