Scoop: In upset, ‘The Revenant’ wins best film at Golden Globes

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller “The Revenant” swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale “The Martian” answered with a pair of its own.

At a bleep-filled, irreverent Beverly Hills ceremony on Sunday, Ricky Gervais presided over a Globes that seemed to risk unraveling before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s show coalesced its support for “The Revenant” and “The Martian.”

In an upset, “The Revenant” won best film, drama, as well as best director for Inarritu and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio. Though Inarritu had a similar run at the Academy Awards last year with the best-picture winning “Birdman,” he won only a share of best screenplay at last year’s Globes.

Referring to the film’s arduous shoot in the Canadian Rockies, Inarritu said: “Pain is temporary. A film is forever.”

The real deal

A producer for ABC’s new sitcom “The Real O’Neals” wanted a gay actor for the role of a teenager who comes out to his shocked Catholic family but was prevented by a law designed to protect gays and lesbians from asking those auditioning about their sexual orientation.

“It was very important to me and I was in a panic,” said Todd Holland, an executive producer for the series that debuts March 2 before settling into a regular Tuesday time slot a week later.

Holland got his wish. Noah Galvin, the 21-year-old actor selected to play the Kenny character, is not only gay but eager to be an advocate for gay rights and defender of a show that took political heat even before ABC decided to pick up the pilot to make a series.

The story is loosely based on the upbringing of Dan Savage, author of the “Savage Love” sex advice column. His very involvement infuriated conservative groups, who regard Savage as an anti-religious bigot. They launched an unsuccessful campaign last spring to convince ABC executives not to pick up the show.

Quick take

In a promotional video for today’s Dr. Oz episode, Charlie Sheen says of AIDS: “This disease chose the wrong person.”

Happy birthday

Actress Aja Naomi King (”How to Get Away With Murder”) is 31. … Actress Amanda Peet is 44. … Singer Mary J. Blige is 45. … Guitarist Vicki Peterson of The Bangles is 58. … Country singer Naomi Judd is 70. … Actor Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”) is 79.

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