Leonardo DiCaprio won the Golden Globe for lead actor in a drama for his performance as 19th century outdoorsman Hugh Glass in "The Revenant," a film made in the most arduous conditions that had the actor enduring intense cold -- and eating raw animal entrails.
"This film was about survival," DiCaprio said after a long ovation as he took the Beverly Hilton stage Sunday night. "It was about adaptation, it was about the triumph of the human spirit but more than anything it was about trust. And there's no one more deserving of that trust than our director Alejandro Inarritu."
DiCaprio wrapped up his speech by speaking powerfully to themes in the movie that intersect with his off-screen charitable and environmental work.
"I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in the film," DiCaprio said, "and all the indigenous communities around the world. It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time that we heard your voice and protect the planet for future generations."
This was DiCaprios’s 11th Globes nomination. (One year he had two nominations in the same category.) He previously won in the drama category for “The Aviator” and more recently in the comedy category for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The rest of the field was made up of recent Globes favorites, all of whom also played characters based on real people.
Bryan Cranston was nominated for his role as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in "Trumbo." While this was Cranston’s sixth Globe nomination, it was his first in a film category, as he had previously been recognized for his work on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Breaking Bad.” He won for “Breaking Bad” in 2014.
Michael Fassbender was nominated for playing the tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs in the unconventional bio-pic "Steve Jobs." This was Fassbender’s third globe nomination, having previously been recognized for “Shame” and “12 Years a Slave.”
Eddie Redmayne was nominated for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the earliest known recipients of sex reassignment surgery. This was Redmayne’s second Globe nomination. He won the category last year for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
Will Smith was nominated for playing Dr. Bennet Omalu in a story that addressed the issue of brain damage on NFL players. This was Smith’s fifth globe nomination overall and third in the film acting categories. He was twice nominated for TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and also recognized for his film work in “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
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