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

The 73rd edition of the Golden Globes kicked off with a predictably astringent opening monologue from Gervais, who happily played the part of beer-sipping villain to the starry crowd that he labelled "pill-popping sexual deviant scum."​

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, penned by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue 

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence won best actress in a film, comedy or musical for her role in Joy at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

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Brie Larson win the Golden Globe for best actress in a dramatic film for her role in Room. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

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Matt Damon poses backstage with the award for best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical, for his role in The Martian. The sci-fi thriller also won best film in its category. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Lesbian drama Carol and Wall Street comedy The Big Short, which had led nominations going into Sunday's 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 front-runner 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.

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Kate Winslet poses with her award for best supporting actress in film for her role in Steve Jobs. (Lucy Nicholson/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. 


2016 Golden Globe winners

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Leonardo DiCaprio holds the award for best actor, motion picture, drama, for The Revenant at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout/Reuters)

Motion pictures

  • Best picture, drama: The Revenant
  • Best picture, musical or comedy: The Martian 
  • Best actor, drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Best actress, drama: Brie Larson, Room
  • Best director: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
  • Best actor, musical or comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Best actress, musical or comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Best supporting actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
  • Best supporting actress, motion picture: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
  • Best foreign language: Son of Saul.
  • Best animated film: Inside Out
  • Best screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs
  • Best original score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Best original song: Writing's on the Wall music and lyrics by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, Spectre

Television 

  • Best series, drama: Mr. Robot
  • Best actor, drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Best actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Best series, comedy: Mozart in the Jungle.
  • Best actor, musical or comedy: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
  • Best actress, musical or comedy: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Best movie or limited series: Wolf Hall
  • Best actor, limited series or TV movie: Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
  • Best actress, movie or limited series: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Best supporting actor, series, limited series or TV movie: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
  • Best supporting actress, series, limited series or TV movie: Maura Tierney, The Affair

With files from CBC News