Revenge drama The Revenant and space adventure The Martian won the top movie prizes at the Golden Globes on a night of surprises, laughter and barbed comments from fourth-time host Ricky Gervais.

In a closely-contested men’s field, Leonardo DiCaprio won for his lead role as a fur trapper seeking retribution in The Revenant while Matt Damon’s astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian won the comedy acting award.

The Revenant also brought a directing prize for Alejandro Inarritu, who recalled the long arduous shoot in sub-zero temperatures.

“Pain is temporary, but a film is forever,” Inarritu said.

Jennifer Lawrence won best comedy movie actress for her portrayal of the Miracle Mop inventor in Joy, while Brie Larson, 26, beat veteran Cate Blanchett to take home her first major award for playing a young woman who is abducted and locked up for years in the movie drama Room. Lesbian drama Carol and Wall Street comedy The Big Short, which had led nominations going into the ceremony, came home empty handed, as did admired Catholic Church sex abuse probe Spotlight.

Other popular winners includes Sylvester Stallone, 69, who received a standing ovation as best supporting film actor for reprising his iconic role as boxer Rocky Balboa in Creed, beating presumed frontrunner Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. “I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had,” Stallone said.

Jennifer Lawrence is full of joy after winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her role in Joy. Photo: Reuters

Jennifer Lawrence is full of joy after winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in Joy. Photo: Reuters

Steve Jobs, a controversial look at the late Apple co-founder that floundered at the box office despite warm reviews, took home Golden Globes for supporting actress Kate Winslet, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

The Golden Globes were handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at a glitzy Beverly Hills dinner packed with A-list celebrities. – Reuters

Winner’s List

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Revenant

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Martian

Best TV Series – Drama: Mr. Robot

Best TV Series – Comedy: Mozart in the Jungle

Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Best TV Movie or Limited-Series: Wolf Hall

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language: Son of Saul

Best Director – Motion Picture: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Brie Larson (Room)

The Revenant won three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio). Photo: Reuters

The Revenant won three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio). Photo: Reuters

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Matt Damon (The Martian)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama: Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama: Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy: Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy: Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex Girlfriend)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie: Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie: Maura Tierney (The Affair)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie: Christian Slater (Mr Robot)

Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie: Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero)

Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre