Golden Globes: Big Wins for Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and LGBT Allies

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LGBT entertainment may have set a new bar for nominations at the 2016 Golden Globes, but on Sunday night all of those films and TV shows had to settle for the honor of just being nominated. 

Singers Sam Smith and Lady Gaga took home trophies, as did actress and strong LGBT ally Taraji P. Henson for her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire, the Fox TV show co-created by Lee Daniels.  

As music began to play during Henson's acceptance speech and she was signaled to finish, the actress perhaps best known for her role as Queenie in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, insisted she needed more time: "'Please wrap?' Wait a minute, I waited 20 years for this. You're going to wait!"

Backstage, Henson dedicated her award to the "haters" who didn't think a show with a gay plotline could be good. 

"That's nonsense and it's fear," she told The Advocate and other media. "The numbers speak for themselves. We just kind of ignore it. It is what it is, you know? People are dealing with this. It's not a joke. That's why it's in the script. It's not for show, for sensationalism. People are struggling with this."

Adding, "we're always going to have haters," Henson held up her trophy for the cameras and declared: "Here's to all my haters. I'll send you cookies." 

Smith won for the original song, “Writing’s on the Wall,” that he cowrote with Jimmy Napes for the James Bond film “Spectre.” The Advocate's entertainment editor Jase Peeples asked Smith what it means to him, to be an out LGBT person:

"I'm so proud of who I am and overwhelmed every day that people have accepted me for being myself. I feel completely normal and the same as everyone else. You look back on history, 10, 20 years ago, and we’ve come so far, there’s still a ways to go but we’re getting there slowly but surely.” 

Lady Gaga was nominated for her acting performance in American Horror Story: Hotel, on the FX cable network, and won best actress in a limited series or TV movie. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which selects the Golden Globe awards, chose Gaga over Queen Latifah, Felicity Huffman, Sarah Hay and Kirsten Dunst. 

Carol, The Danish Girl and Transparent were passed over, as were their stars, directors, and composers.

The Advocate was also backstage when Oscar Isaac spoke to reporters after winning best actor in a limited TV series or movie. Isaac, best known right now for his role as Poe in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will soon be seen as the villain in X Men: Apocalypse.  He spoke movingly about the need for more diversity in Hollywood casting:

"I'm humbled and honored to have the opportunity I've had, and hopefully that will happen more, that the people who cast films and TV shows will hopefully be able to see past their limited ideas." 

Host Ricky Gervais returned and didn’t hesitate to make disparaging jokes from the stage as is his custom. Within the first three minutes of his monologue. Gervais had insulted Caitlyn Jenner, women drivers, Jeffrey Tambor and transgender people in general. 

As The New York Times pointed out, the toughest job behind the scenes at the Beverly Hilton must have been the poor folks in charge of bleeping out profanity, which was in abundance. And viewers who wondered what it was that Gervais said to Mel Gibson, or want to see it again, can find that here. 

Denzel Washington was recognized for his outstanding talent with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, presented by his Philadelphia costar, Tom Hanks. 

One of the more interesting moments during the show, repeatedly retweeted and Vined, featured Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio. She bumped into the "Revenant" star on her way to accept her very first Golden Globe. Keep your eyes on her hip and his eyes:


It appeared throughout the telecast that no one had given any of the stars a clear idea of how to reach the stage, and that made for some inadvertantly funny moments as well as tweets. 


Another one of the mysteries of the evening remains why The Martian competed in the category of "Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy," and how on earth (or on Mars) it won.

The British newspaper The Independent looks at the anger and confusion that has generated online. 

The twitterverse seemed to be surprised at some of the TV shows chosen as winners, which beat out more popular programs. MSNBC host, journalist and author Janet Mock spoke for many with her tweet that she's got plans to binge:


Watch Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech below, and scroll down for a complete list of winners as well as nominees from NBC News.

Entertainment editor Jase Peeples contributed to this report. 

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Winner: "The Revenant"


"Mad Max: Fury Road"




Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Winner: "The Martian"

"The Big Short"





Best Director, Motion Picture

Winner: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

Todd Haynes, "Carol"

Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Ridley Scott, "The Martian"


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Winner: Brie Larson, "Room"

Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

Rooney Mara, "Carol"

Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Melissa McCarthy, "Spy"

Amy Schumer, "Trainwreck"

Maggie Smith, "Lady in the Van"

Lily Tomlin, "Grandma"


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Winner: Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Jane Fonda, "Youth"

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

Helen Mirren, "Trumbo"

Alicia Vikander, "Ex Machina"


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Will Smith, "Concussion"


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Winner: Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

Steve Carell, "The Big Short"

Al Pacino, "Danny Collins"

Mark Ruffalo, "Infinitely Polar Bear"


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Winner: Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"

Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation"

Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

Michael Shannon, "99 Homes"


Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Winner: Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"

Emma Donoghue, "Room"

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, "Spotlight"

Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight"


Best Animated Feature Film

Winner: "Inside Out"


"The Good Dinosaur"

"The Peanuts Movie"

"Shaun the Sheep Movie"


Best Original Song

Winner: "Writing's on the Wall," "Spectre"

"Love Me Like You Do," "50 Shades of Grey"

"One Kind of Love," "Love & Mercy"

"See You Again," Furious 7

"Simple Song No. 3," "Youth"


Best Original Score

Winner: Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight"

Carter Burwell, "Carol"

Alexandre Desplat, "The Danish Girl"

Daniel Pemberton, "Steve Jobs"

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, "The Revenant"


Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Winner: "Son of Saul"

"The Brand New Testament"

"The Club"

"The Fencer"



Best TV Series, Drama

Winner: "Mr. Robot"


"Game of Thrones"




Best TV Series, Comedy

Winner: "Mozart in the Jungle"


"Orange Is the New Black"

"Silicon Valley"




Best TV Movie or Limited Series

Winner: "Wolf Hall"

"American Crime"

"American Horror Story: Hotel"


"Flesh and Bone"


Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Winner: Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"

Caitriona Balfe, "Outlander"

Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"

Eva Green, "Penny Dreadful"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"


Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Winner: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"

Wagner Moura, "Narcos"

Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"

Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"


Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy

Winner: Gael Garcia Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle"

Aziz Ansari, "Master of None"

Rob Lowe, "The Grinder"

Patrick Stewart, "Blunt Talk"

Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"


Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Winner: Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Jamie Lee Curtis, "Scream Queens"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"

Lily Tomlin, "Grace & Frankie"


Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie

Winner: Maura Tierney, "The Affair"

Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"

Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

Regina King, "American Crime"

Judith Light, "Transparent"


Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie

Winner: Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"

Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"

Damian Lewis, "Wolf Hall"

Ben Mendelsohn, "Bloodline"

Tobias Menzies, "Outlander"


Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Winner: Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero"

Idris Elba, "Luther"

David Oyelowo, "Nightingale"

Mark Rylance, "Wolf Hall"

Patrick Wilson, "Fargo"


Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Winner: Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel"

Kirsten Dunst, "Fargo"

Sarah Hay, "Flesh & Bone"

Felicity Huffman, "American Crime"

Queen Latifah, "Bessie"