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Winners and losers from the 2016 Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais hosted the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Denzel Washington headlined a star-studded affair. There were tears, laughs and a bit of controversy.

The Golden Globes are a more casual version of the Academy Awards. As USA Today reported, the laid-back atmosphere and adult beverages make the event a more fun and unpredictable showing than other award shows, and the 2016 Golden Globes saw a good deal of unscripted and NSFW moments.

Still, the event has tremendous import for actors, writers and producers trying to make a name for themselves, and some folks walked away from the Golden Globes with big smiles and shiny trophies. Others weren't so lucky, however. Here's how the night shook out:

Leonardo DiCaprio: Winner
Despite being one of Hollywood's most beloved actors, Leo has yet to win an Oscar, according to Bustle. Many folks believe that DiCaprio's unbelievable performance in the film "The Revenant" is his best shot yet at walking away with an Academy Award, especially now after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

The Huffington Post reported that the director of the film, Alejandro González Iñárritu, summed up Leo's chances very well, saying, "This pain is temporary, but the film is forever." DiCaprio shares a piece of his soul in "The Revenant," and hopefully winning the Golden Globe is a precursor to his success at this year's Oscars.

Mel Gibson: Loser
Ricky Gervais received  a lot jeers following the Golden Globes for a few outlandish comments and ill-placed jokes, but Ricky had the last laugh when it came to introducing Mel Gibson.

Gibson and Gervais had a passive-aggressive but entertaining exchange, which ended with a censored quip from the host, earning gasps and laughs from the crowd. As if to rub salt in the wound, Gibson was introducing "Mad Max: Fury Road" as a nominee for best picture, a remake of a film Gibson originally starred in in 1979 that was not as well-received.

Taraji P. Henson: Winner
Henson was awarded for her role as Cookie on the hit show "Empire" and gave one of the best acceptance speeches of the night.

Henson started by handing out cookies as she walked on stage, an homage to her character on the show. Later, in response to a request to wrap-up her speech, she said, "Uh, 20 seconds? I waited 20 years for this, y'all gonna wait."

Denzel Washington: Winner
According to United Press International, an online poll in 2015 selected Denzel as America's favorite actor, and at the Golden Globes he was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Denzel brought his family on stage and although he embarrassingly forgot his reading glasses, his speech was heartfelt and well-received. A video montage recapped some of the star's best performances, and in a night of casual affairs, it was one of the most touching moments of the entire Golden Globes.

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