Tributes for iconic singer David Bowie

LONDON (AP) — Tributes have poured in for singer David Bowie, who died Sunday aged 69. Politicians, entertainers, actors and astronauts have expressed their sadness about his passing. Here is a look at some of the reactions:

Bowie’s son, director Duncan Jones, posted a picture of his smiling father on Twitter:

« Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. »


Astronaut Tim Peake, who is aboard the International Space Station:

« Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. »


German Foreign Office:

« Good-bye, David Bowie. You are now among #Heroes. Thank you for helping to bring down the #wall. »


The Rolling Stones:

« The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. »



« Im Devastated! (sic) This great Artist changed my life! First concert i (sic) ever saw in Detroit! »


Iggy Pop:

« David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. »


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

« I wish he could have stayed on earth longer. RIP. »


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC he remembered Bowie’s early rise to stardom:

« I remember sitting listening to his songs endlessly in the ’70s particularly and always really relishing what he was, what he did, the impact he had, » Welby said. « Extraordinary person. »


British Prime Minister David Cameron:

« Genius is an over-used word but I think musically, creatively, artistically David Bowie was a genius. »

« For someone of my age he provided a lot of the soundtrack of our lives. »


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

« From the time I saw his Ziggy Stardust concert as a student, I thought he was a brilliant artist and an exciting and interesting human being. »


London Mayor Boris Johnson:

« No-one in our age has better deserved to be called a genius. »


Comedian Ricky Gervais:

« I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie. »


Rapper Kanye West:

« David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime. »


Singer Pharrell Williams:

« David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace. »


Actor Mark Ruffalo:

« Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always. »

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10 defining moments in the career of David Bowie

Jill Lawless, Associated Press

Updated 5:04 am, Monday, January 11, 2016


10 defining moments in the career of David Bowie


LONDON (AP) — It took years of hard work for David Jones to become David Bowie. The aspiring artist was a teen popster, a hippy-ish folkie and a purveyor of novelty records (« The Laughing Gnome, » best forgotten), before emerging from his chrysalis to become one of the most unpredictable and influential figures in music.

Here are 10 defining moments from the career of rock’s greatest chameleon:

1. « Space Oddity » — Bowie first displayed his knack for seizing the zeitgeist with this out-of-this-world track released in 1969, the year of the first moon landing. Beautiful and melancholy, it told the story of astronaut Major Tom, adrift in space, lamenting « Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do. » Real-life astronauts embraced the song, with Cmdr. Chris Hadfield memorably performing it aboard the International Space Station in 2013.

2. « Hunky Dory » — Bowie appeared on the cover of this 1971 album as an androgynous figure with long golden locks — one in an ever-changing array of styles and personas he would adopt and abandon. The songs explored sexual ambiguity, fame, new fatherhood and more. « Changes » was almost a career mission statement, while « Life on Mars, » the tale of a misfit girl and her wild imagination, became one of his most enduring hits and gave its name to a 2006 TV show set in the 70s.

3. Ziggy Stardust — Bowie adopted the persona of the flame-haired alien rock star for his 1972 album « The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. » A generation of teenagers stopped and stared when the androgynous, seductive character appeared on British TV show « Top of the Pops » performing « Starman. » Ziggy made Bowie a star, but even then he was clear-eyed about the capricious nature of fame and ruthless about moving on: « When the kids had killed the man, we had to break up the band, » he sang on the album’s title track.

4. « Young Americans » — After Bowie killed off Ziggy in 1973, he moved through guises including the edgy Aladdin Sane before going to the United States and immersing himself in the sound of Philadelphia soul. Produced by frequent collaborator Tony Visconti and featuring a roster of funk and soul talent that included guitarist Carlos Alomar and a young Luther Vandross, his 1975 album « Young Americans » was a complete change of pace, and featured the exuberant title track and the acid-tipped dancefloor-filler « Fame, » co-written by John Lennon.

5. « The Man Who Fell to Earth » — Bowie was perfectly cast as an alien adrift in the New Mexico desert in Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 film, which opened up a parallel career path as an actor. He went on to play parts including a World War II prisoner of war in « Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, » a vampire in « The Hunger, » Pontius Pilate in « The Last Temptation of Christ » and Andy Warhol in « Basquiat. » On Broadway, critics praised him as disfigured Victorian John Merrick in « The Elephant Man » in 1980.

6. « Heroes » — Exhausted by work and too much cocaine, Bowie holed up in West Berlin in 1976, and — working with synth pioneer Brian Eno — produced three of the most remarkable albums of his career. « Low, »  »Heroes » and « Lodger » fused electronic experimentation and Cold War anxiety into a sound that inspired a new crop of musicians. The 1977 single « Heroes, » a defiant shout of love in the face of potential armageddon, became an anthem for a generation.

7. « Ashes to Ashes » — « Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom’s a junkie »: The first single from Bowie’s 1980 album « Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) » is a bittersweet sequel to « Space Oddity » that Bowie called his epitaph for the 1970s. It also saw him looking to the future and embracing the new art form of music videos, with an eerie clip in which Bowie appeared as a spectral Pierrot alongside figures from London’s emerging New Romantic scene.

8. « Let’s Dance » — Bowie embraced the mainstream — or the mainstream finally caught up with him — in 1983 for one of his biggest albums, considered by many to be the last flourish of his golden period. « Put on your red shoes and dance the blues, » Bowie sang, and the fans obeyed, flocking to shows on a monster North American tour.

9. After a decade of public silence, Bowie took fans and music critics by surprise in 2013 with a new album, « The Next Day. » It saw the musician looking back on songs such as « Where Are We Now, » which referenced his 1970s Berlin days. Fans hoped — in vain — that the new songs meant Bowie might return to live performance.

10. « Blackstar » — Another surprise album was released Jan. 8, Bowie’s 69th birthday — a jazz-inflected journey that saw Bowie continuing to explore new sonic worlds. In the video for the title track, a blindfolded Bowie offered enigmatic incantations on life and death. Two days later, Bowie died aged 69, following a battle with cancer. Music writer Graeme Thomson captured the shock felt by many: « We were so thrilled to have him back, we failed to notice he was saying goodbye, » he tweeted.

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Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69


NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.

Bowie, whose hits included « Fame, »  »Heroes » and « Let’s Dance, » died « peacefully » and was surrounded by family, representative Steve Martin said early Monday. The singer had fought cancer for 18 months.

Long before alter egos and wild outfits became commonplace in pop, Bowie turned the music world upside down with the release of the 1972 album, « The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars » which introduced one of music’s most famous personas. Ziggy Stardust was a concept album that imagined a rock star from outer space trying to make his way in the music world. The persona – the red-headed, eyeliner wearing Stardust – would become an enduring part of his legacy, and a touchstone for the way entertainers packaged themselves for years to come.

Bowie turned 69 on Friday, the same day as he released a new album called « Blackstar. »

« While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief, » said a statement issued via his social media accounts. No more details were provided.

The singer, who was born David Jones in London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. He had a striking androgynous look in his early days and was known for changing his appearance and sounds. After Ziggy Stardust, the stuttering rock sound of « Changes » gave way to the disco soul of « Fame, » co-written with John Lennon, to a droning collaboration with Brian Eno in Berlin that produced « Heroes. »

He had some of his biggest successes in the early 1980s with the bombastic « Let’s Dance, » and a massive American tour. Another one of his definitive songs was « Under Pressure, » which he recorded with Queen; Vanilla Ice would years later infamously use the song’s hook for his smash hit « Ice Ice Baby. »

« My entire career, I’ve only really worked with the same subject matter, » Bowie told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. « The trousers may change, but the actual words and subjects I’ve always chosen to write with are things to do with isolation, abandonment, fear and anxiety – all of the high points of one’s life. »

Bowie lived in West Berlin in the late 1970s and Mayor Michael Mueller said Monday that « Heroes » became « the hymn of our then-divided city and its longing for freedom. »

Germany’s Foreign Ministry added Bowie was « now among heroes » and thanked him for « helping to bring down the wall. »

Bowie’s performance of « Heroes » was also a highlight at a concert for rescue workers after the 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

« What I’m most proud of is that I can’t help but notice that I’ve affected the vocabulary of pop music. For me, frankly, as an artist, that’s the most satisfying thing for the ego, » Bowie said.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, but he didn’t attend the ceremony. Madonna, another artist who knew something about changing styles to stay ahead of the curve, accepted for him and recounted how a Bowie concert changed her life when she attended it as a teenager. David Byrne, of the art rockers Talking Heads, inducted Bowie and said he gave rock music a necessary shot in the arm.

« Like all rock ‘n’ roll, it was visionary, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse, it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy and it was confusing, » Byrne said.

Bowie kept a low profile in recent years after reportedly suffering a heart attack in the 2000s. He made a moody album three years ago called « The Next Day » – his first recording in a decade which was made in secret in New York City. « Blackstar, » which earned positive reviews from critics, represented yet another stylistic shift, as he gathered jazz players to join him.

He released a music video on Friday for the new song « Lazarus, » which shows a frail Bowie lying in bed and singing the track’s lyrics. The song begins with the line: « Look up here, I’m in heaven. »

Tributes poured in for the singer after the announcement of his death. British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted about his sadness from outer space aboard the International Space Station, saying « his music was an inspiration to many. »

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that Bowie’s death is « a huge loss. » He wrote he had grown up listening to and watching Bowie and called the singer a « master of reinvention » and a pop genius who kept on getting it right.

The Rolling Stones wrote they were « shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. »

Bowie felt uneasy about some of his greatest material, once embarking on a « greatest hits » tour saying it would be the last time performing much of his old material. He later relented, however.

« I’m not a natural performer, » he said in the 2002 interview. « I don’t enjoy performing terribly much. Never have. I can do it and, if my mind’s on the situation, do it quite well. But five or six shows in, I’m dying to get off the road and go back into the studio. »

Bowie was married twice, to the actress and model Mary Angela « Angie » Barnett from 1970-80, and to international supermodel Iman since 1992. He had two children – Duncan Jones and Alexandria Zahra Jones – one with each wife.

AP entertainment writer Dave Bauder in New York and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.

This story has been corrected to show the accurate spelling of Bowie’s daughter’s first name is Alexandria, not Alexandra; that he co-wrote the song « Fame, » not « Young Americans » with John Lennon; and to show the correct title of the album is « The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. »


Décès de David Bowie, pluie d’hommages à une légende du rock

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

La légende du rock britannique David Bowie est décédée dimanche à 69 ans d’un cancer, deux jours après la sortie de son 25e album, une nouvelle qui a surpris et déclenché une pluie d’hommages à travers le monde.

« David Bowie est mort paisiblement (dimanche) entouré de sa famille à l’issue d’un courageux combat de 18 mois contre le cancer », affichaient lundi les comptes Twitter et Facebook de la star britannique.

« Désolé et triste de dire que c’est vrai. Je serai déconnecté pendant un moment. Je vous aime tous », a confirmé son fils Duncan Jones en postant sur Twitter une photo en noir et blanc de lui bébé, juché sur les épaules de son père.

L’annonce a supris le monde entier car la star avait réussi à tenir quasiment secrète sa longue maladie, s’abstenant de paraître en public depuis des mois sans éveiller trop de questions.

Le décès du chanteur « aux mille visages », pour sa propension à muer et adopter de multiples personnalités, est intervenu deux jours après la sortie de son 25e album « Blackstar », le jour de son 69e anniversaire.

Véritable artiste caméléon, qui a vendu 140 millions d’albums selon les estimations, il montrait dans cet album qu’il était toujours décidé à surprendre, en se laissant aller à de séduisantes expérimentations jazz.

Ce n’était pas un album d’adieu mais « un album tourné vers le futur, de quelqu’un qui redevient maître de son destin, à la fois expérimental et pop, loin du repos du guerrier, un album de battant, de casse-cou … le plus audacieux depuis presque trente ans », a déclaré à l’AFP Jean-Daniel Beauvallet, rédacteur en chef au magazine Les Inrockuptibles, basé à Brighton.

Les hommages à sa carrière pleuvaient lundi sur les réseaux sociaux, provenant aussi bien de ses fans, du monde de la musique que de personnalités politiques, générant ainsi plus de 3 millions de tweets en quelques heures.

« Au revoir David Bowie. Tu es maintenant parmi les #Heroes. Merci d’avoir aidé à faire tomber le Mur » de Berlin, a tweeté le ministère allemand des Affaires étrangères, en référence à son titre Heroes, chanson phare de la Guerre Froide.

Cette chanson avait été écrite alors que Bowie vivait à Berlin à la fin des années 1970 pour fuir sa gloire et sa dépendance aux drogues.

« L’amitié de David était la lumière de ma vie. Je n’ai jamais rencontré quelqu’un d’aussi brillant. Il était le meilleur », a tweeté Iggy Pop, 68 ans, qui a collaboré avec lui pendant sa période berlinoise et notamment sur la chanson China Girl.

– ‘Génie absolu’ –

« David Bowie était l’une de mes principales sources d’inspiration, tellement courageux, tellement créatif, il nous a donné de la magie pour toute une vie », s’est exclamé le rappeur vedette Kanye West, tandis que la chanteuse Madonna se disait « effondrée ».

Le styliste britannique Paul Smith, 69 ans, a rendu hommage à son ami en présentant lundi sa collection masculine automne-hiver 2016 à Londres. Les deux hommes avaient travaillé ensemble récemment sur un tee-shirt portant l’étoile noire du dernier album du musicien.

« De nos jours, plein de gens sont considérés comme des célébrités alors que leur célébrité ne remonte qu’à un ou deux ans. Mais lui, il était une star depuis des décennies, son talent était évident, très impressionnant », a-t-il dit.

Né David Robert Jones le 8 janvier 1947 dans une famille modeste de Brixton, quartier populaire du sud de Londres, David Bowie avait quitté l’école dès l’adolescence et accédé à la notoriété en 1969 avec « Space Oddity », une balade devenue mythique sur l’histoire de Major Tom, un astronaute qui se perd dans l’espace.

Il avait ensuite multiplié les albums, les changements musicaux et de personnages, s’amusant à se transformer en s’appuyant sur sa formation de mime et son goût pour le costume, la mode ou encore le théâtre kabuki. Bowie avait également fait plusieurs incursions dans le cinéma.

Il avait enchaîné disques et tournées jusqu’au début des années 2000 mais un accident cardiaque en juin 2004 sur la scène d’un festival allemand avait mis fin à cette période très productive.

Contraint à un long repos, il s’était fait rare les années suivantes mais avait récemment multiplié les projets: générique de série, comédie musicale, quelques apparitions comme sur le dernier album de The Arcade Fire, semblant redevenir celui qui dictait la mode dans les années 1970.

Après « The Next Day » sorti en 2013, son 25e et dernier album est placé sous le signe d’une mystérieuse étoile noire. Fait exceptionnel, le visage de l’artiste n’apparaît à aucun moment, ni pendant la promotion de l’album, ni sur sa pochette.

« C’est quelqu’un qui a inventé ou réinventé 15, 20 mouvements musicaux, la musique se nourrit depuis 40 ans de ce qu’il a donné en pâture, a souligné Jean-Daniel Beauvallet. On parle de génie absolu pour sa qualité de passeur mais aussi de mélodiste et chanteur, il n’a jamais stagné ».

Source: Décès de David Bowie, pluie d’hommages à une légende du rock

2016 Golden Globes: Complete Winners List

Trophies were handed out at the 73rd annual Golden Globes Sunday night with Ricky Gervais serving as the award show host.

The first big winner of the night was Kate Winslet, who accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in « Steve Jobs. » Her « Titanic » co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, also took home an award and received a standing ovation for his role in « The Revenant. »

One of the biggest wins of the evening was Sylvester Stallone, who took home the Golden Globe award for his role in « Creed. » The actor was last nominated for a Globe in 1977.

Other stand-out moments included the acceptance speeches by Lady Gaga, who compared her win to « Cher in … ‘Moonstruck,' » along with actress Taraji P. Henson, who passed out cookies to the crowd as she made her way to the stage; a nod to her winning the Best Actress in a TV Series award for her role as Cookie Lyon in « Empire. »

Denzel Washington took home the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The actor brought his entire family onstage to receive the lifetime achievement honor.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


  • Jane Fonda – Youth
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  • WINNER: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie
  • Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
  • Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
  • Regina King – American Crime
  • WINNER: Maura Tierney – The Affair
  • Judith Light – Transparent
  • Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
  • WINNER: Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Jamie Lee Curtis – Scream Queen
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie
  • Best TV Series, Comedy
  • Casual
  • WINNER: Mozart in the Jungle
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Veep
  • Best TV Movie or Limited-Series
  • American Crime
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Fargo
  • Flesh and Bone
  • WINNER: Wolf Hall
  • Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • WINNER: Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero
  • David Oyelowo – Nightingale
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall
  • Patrick Wilson – Fargo
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie
  • Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
  • Damian Lewis – Wolf Hall
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
  • Tobias Menzies – Outlander
  • WINNER: Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Revenant
  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • WINNER: The Hateful Eight
  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
  • WINNER: Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Wagner Moura – Nacros
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Steve Carell – The Big Short
  • WINNER: Matt Damon -The Martian
  • Al Pacino – Danny Collins
  • Mark Ruffalo – Infinitely Polar Bear
  • Best Animated Feature Film
  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • WINNER: Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun and the Sheep Movie
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
  • Paul Dano – Love and Mercy
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • WINNER: Sylvester Stallone – Creed
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
  • Emma Donoghue – Room
  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer – Spotlight
  • Charles Randolph & Adam McCay – The Big Short
  • WINNER: Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs
  • Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful 8
  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
  • Aziz Ansari – Master of None
  • WINNER: Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
  • Rob Lowe – The Grinder
  • Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • WINNER: Son of Saul
  • Mustang
  • The Fencer
  • Brand New Testament
  • The Club
  • Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie
  • WINNER: Lady Gaga – American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone
  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime
  • Queen Latifah – Bessie
  • Kirsten Dunst – Fargo
  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture
  • Love Me Like You Do – 50 Shades of Grey
  • One Kind of Love – Love and Mercy
  • See You Again – Furious 7
  • Simple Song. No. 3 – Youth
  • WINNER: Writings on the Wall – Spectre
  • Best TV Series, Drama
  • Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • WINNER: Mr. Robot
  • Narcos
  • Outlander
  • Best Director – Motion Picture
  • Tom Haynes – Carol
  • WINNER: Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
  • Eva Green – Penny Dreadful
  • WINNER: Taraji P. Henson – Empire
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van
  • Lily Tomlin – Grandma
  • Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • The Big Short
  • Joy
  • WINNER: The Martian
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • WINNER: Brie Larson – Room
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
  • Brian Cranston – Trumbo
  • WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
  • Will Smith – Concussion
  • Best Motion Picture, Drama
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • WINNER: The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight



Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments

Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments

Raja Sen’s favourite bits from what was, overall, a glitzy but forgettable awards show.

Look, it’s not like the best films won. (Clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not watch, or did not understand The Big Short.)

The Golden Globes, however, are not seriously considered awards.

They are less about who wins than who makes the most memorable face or who says the most outrageous thing.

Here, thus, are my favourite bits from what was, overall, a glitzy but forgettable awards show:


Ricky Gervais speaks up for equal wages for men and women

Image: Host Ricky Gervais. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Gervais’ opening monologue wasn’t much to write home about, the comedian trying desperately to shock his way to laughter by talking about Caitlyn Jenner and Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor. But the one gag that struck a chord was when he spoke about how he believed completely in men and women getting paid exactly the same to do exactly the same job.

‘I’m getting paid exactly as much as Amy and Tina were last year,’ he tittered smugly, and while it was a fine line, he didn’t come close to doing the same job as Poehler and Fey.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s eye-roll

Image: Lady Gaga walks up to receive her award. Photograph courtesy: Golden Globes

Leonardo DiCaprio’s surprised eye-roll after Lady Gaga brushed by his arm on her way to accept her trophy became a rage on the social network.

The moment left everyone guessing about his peculiar expression and whether the nudge by Gaga was intentional.

Gael Garcia Bernal strolling smilingly onto the stage, utterly dazed

Image: Gael Garcia Bernal accepts the award for Best Actor – TV Series, Comedy for Mozart in the Jungle. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Mozart In The Jungle, an uneven but quirky Amazon show about classical musicians, has a great cast and that might be one of the reasons why the HFPA picked it as the best comedy series of the year.

The idea Mozart beating out fellow nominees Transparent, Veep and Silicon Valley, all stunningly good, is patently ridiculous, which was reflected in the priceless expression Bernal, one of the show’s lead actors, wore on his face as he stumbled incredulously onto stage behind the rest of the pack.

Later in the night, he won a Best Actor trophy for the show.

Standing ovation for Sly

Image: Sylvester Stallone accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for  Creed. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Sylvester Stallone has been a frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor race this year for his terrific work in Creed but the minute presenter Patricia Arquette took his name, the floor erupted.

Stallone walked to the stage and there was a hearfelt standing ovation for the 69-year-old actor and also, as Sly acknowledged, for the character of Rocky Balboa who has, over seven films, been one of the screen’s most enduring best underdogs.

It was a touching moment which would have been perfect had Stallone not forgotten to thank Creed director Ryan Coogler or leading man Michael B Jordan.

All those knocks to the head, eh Rocky?

Aziz Ansari reading a book

Image: Aziz Ansari. Photograph: People Magazine/Twitter

As sight gags go, Master Of None star Aziz Ansari nailed it.

As his name was being called as a nominee for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Ansari — in deference to the rightful category frontrunner (who happens to be, alas, in the wrong category) — hid behind a mocked-up hardcover book titled Losing To Jeffrey Tambor With Dignity.

As it turns out, Tambor didn’t win — but this gag sure did.

Alan Cumming’s googly-eyed dumbstruck reaction to the Mel Gibson joke

Image:  Host Ricky Gervais and presenter Mel Gibson speak onstage. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Gervais, in 2010, took an infamous (and elegantly timed) dig at the Australian actor: ‘I drink as much as the next man,’ Gervais said, beer in hand, ‘unless the next man is Mel Gibson.’

At which point Gibson, cued to present an award, strode out looking foolish, having been openly mocked about his many, many drunken transgressions.

This year Gervais introduced the Mad Max star with a feeble Bill Cosby joke, but later, standing next to him, asked him what ‘sugart**s’ (a weird and inappropriate term Gibson had, while intoxicated, used for a female police officer during his scandal) really meant.

It was a shocking moment, certainly, but for me, more than the bleeped out line itself the magic lay in the effect it had on Alan Cumming in the audience, his big round glasses nearly flying off his face, rendered dumbstruck by utter awe.

Tom Hanks and his impression of Denzel Washington

Image: Tom Hanks speaks onstage. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Hanks can do anything, and as he presented the Cecil B De Mille Lifetime Achievement award to his Philadelphia co-star Washington, he started out with a great Denzel impersonation before going on to herald the actor as one of the finest leading men of all time.

Washington, looking either very overwhelmed or very sheepish, brought his family up on stage to accept the award, couldn’t read his speech because he didn’t have his glasses, but, in a rare moment of applause for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, thanked them sincerely and said ‘They’ve always made me feel like a friend, or like part of the party.’

The time the stoic presenter broke form to laugh

Image Taraji P Henson, winner of Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama for Empire. Photograph Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Best Actress in a Drama Series award went to Taraji P Henson for Empire, and, because she won for playing a character named Cookie, she took two handfuls of cookies and started handing them out to people around her and on the way to the stage.

The Globes presenter, who normally robotically mentions the number of nominations and wins per person, seemed to only get the joke when reading out the name of her character, at which point he couldn’t help chuckling.

No matter what else was staged, this certainly wasn’t rehearsed.

David O Russell and his red cheek

Image: Director Ridley Scott, winner of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Martian. Photograph: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Ridley Scott won Best Picture (Comedy) for The Martian, beating out David O Russell’s Joy, but that didn’t stop Russell from warmly congratulating veteran director Scott while himself proudly wearing a big scarlet kiss-mark on his cheek given by his Joy star Jennifer Lawrence.

J Law, winning the Best Actress (Comedy) award for Russell’s film, professed her undying gratitude to the director and said she’d like to be buried next to him.

The moment of the night

Image:  Quentin Tarantino accepts the award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture for  The Hateful Eight on behalf of Ennio Morricone. Photograph: by Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

The best score this year is, without question, Ennio Morricone’s sweeping and majestic theme that holds Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in place, and it rightfully won Best Score.

Morricone wasn’t around but Tarantino picked up the award for the composer, and immediately declared Morricone the greatest composer of all time.

‘And I don’t mean movie composers, that ghetto. I’m talking Mozart, I’m talking Beethoven, I’m talking Schubert.’

It was a ludicrous, poorly-worded statement coming from a giddy fan, but it hit Leonardo DiCaprio hard and the actor — who played a memorable slave-owner villain in Tarantino’s Django Unchained last year — couldn’t help giggling at the director’s insane bombast, shoulders shaking with mirth.

That one beautiful quote

Image: Alejandro G Inarritu accepts the award for Best Director – Motion Picture for The Revenant. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Getty Images

Alejandro González Iñárritu is on a roll.

The Mexican filmmaker swept the awards season just last year with the miraculous Birdman, and now won big for The Revenant, which picked up Globes for Best Director and Best Picture (Drama).

During his acceptance speech, the director acknowledged the famously gruelling winter schedule the film forced onto him and his crew but then brushed it off with the line of the night.

‘Pain is temporary but a film is forever.’

Source: Golden Globes 2016: The Best Moments


List of winners of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards

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Kate Winslet poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for Steve Jobs at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

List of winners of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, California:


–Picture, Drama: « The Revenant. »

–Picture, Musical or Comedy: « The Martian. »

–Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, « The Revenant. »

–Actress, Drama: Brie Larson, « Room. »

–Director: Alejandro Inarritu, « The Revenant. »

–Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, « The Martian. »

–Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, « Joy. »

–Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, « Creed. »

–Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Kate Winslet, « Steve Jobs. »

–Foreign Language: « Son of Saul. »

–Animated Film: « Inside Out. »

–Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, « Steve Jobs. »

–Original Score: Ennio Morricone, « The Hateful Eight. »

–Original Song: « Writing’s on the Wall » music and lyrics by Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes), « Spectre. »


–Series, Drama: « Mr. Robot. »

–Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm, « Mad Men. »

–Actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, « Empire. »

–Series, Comedy: « Mozart in the Jungle. »

–Actor, Musical or Comedy: Gael Garcia Bernal, « Mozart in the Jungle. »

–Actress, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Bloom, « Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. »

–Movie or Limited Series: « Wolf Hall. »

–Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Oscar Isaac, « Show Me a Hero. »

–Actress, Movie or Limited Series: Lady Gaga, « American Horror Story: Hotel. »

–Supporting Actor, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Christian Slater, « Mr. Robot.

–Supporting Actress, Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Maura Tierney, « The Affair. »