Top winner at the Golden Globes was the brutal western “The Revenant,” which took three awards: best picture drama, best actor drama for Leonardo DiCaprio and best director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Sci-fi adventure “The Martian” captured two awards, best motion picture comedy and best actor in a motion picture comedy for Matt Damon.

The star-studded crowd gave Sylvester Stallone a standing ovation for his return as Rocky Balboa in “Creed.” He won best supporting actor in a motion picture.

“Mozart in the Jungle” was the big surprise on the TV side. The newcomer won best comedy series and earned Gael Garcia Bernal honors for best actor in a comedy series. Almost as surprising was winner “Mr. Robot”, which captured best TV drama series and also gave Christian Slater the award for best supporting actor.

Best actress in a motion picture comedy went to Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy”. Brie Larson in “Room” beat out Cate Blanchett in “Carol” for the best actress is a motion picture drama.

Some of the best moments of the Golden Globes show were unscripted. After thanking everyone involved in their productions, winners made some very human comments.

“I’m surprised and proud to have survived this film,” said Iñárritu, “The Revenant” director. Assuredly his star Leonardo DiCaprio would agree. DiCaprio voiced appreciation for his co-star, Tom Hardy, “who would never in real life bury me alive and leave me to die out in the cold like that.”

“The Martian” star Damon said on stage, “it all comes down to Ridley Scott.” Director Ridley Scott made a nod toward the absent 800-pound gorilla, “Star Wars”, when he compared their box-office attendance: “You really raised the bar. “Star Wars” left us in the dust. But you gotta stay hungry. That’s me.”

Winners for two shows that have yet to win wide audience recognition showed a nice degree of humility. “Mozart in the Jungle” executive producer Paul Weitz closed his acceptance by imploring all listening musicians, “We have a signup sheet, and we’d be very lucky to have you.” Of his win for “Mr. Robot”, Christian Slater said, “My agent and publicist are backstage freaking out.”

Genuine surprise was evident in the acceptances of two heavy hitters involved in the move “Steve Jobs”, which hasn’t done well at the box office.

“I thought I had about as much chance of winning screenplay as I had of winning best actress in a musical,” said Aaron Sorkin. “I could not be more proud of this movie.” He won best screenplay motion picture for “Steve Jobs”.

On winning best supporting actress motion picture for “Steve Jobs”, Kate Winslet said, “I’m extremely surprised and overwhelmed.”  She praised the work of fellow actresses as “crammed with skill and integrity.” Winslet later told reporters backstage that she had to cancel a massage that was to follow the show because she was convinced she would not win.

No one matched Rachel Bloom for surprise and exuberance. The winner of best actress in a TV series comedy told the audience how those involved scrambled to save the show after the pilot of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was cancelled. “We got six rejections in one day,” Bloom said before thrusting her Golden Globe into the air as she exited the stage.

Best understatement of the evening might go to Lady Gaga, who said with a slight nervous giggle, “I wanted to be an actress before music. Music worked out first.” Gaga took home the award for best actress in a limited TV series for “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

For complete coverage of Golden Globe winners, go to The New York Times.