Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender and Caitriona Balfe missed out on big wins at the Golden Globes in the US on Sunday night, but Brie Larson won Best Actress for her performance in the Irish co-production “Room.”

Carlow actress Saoirse Ronan had been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in Brooklyn. Emma Donohue, author of the novel Room, was nominated for Best Screenplay but lost out to Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs. Room had also been nominated for Best Picture.

The Revenant the adventure thriller - which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass, a man on a desperate bid to be reunited with his family after being left alone in the wilderness following a bear attack - picked up the big prize of the night, Best Picture (Drama).

There was also an award for film's director Alejandro González Iñárritu whilst leading man Leonardo also picked up a gong for Best Actor (Drama).

In his acceptance speech, the 41-year-old told the crowd: "I want to share this award with all the First Nations peoples represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world.

"It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands and corporate interests. It is time that we protected this planet for future generations."

Other big winners at the ceremony - which was hosted by Ricky Gervais - included 'The Martian', which picked up the Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) award, whilst the film's star Matt Damon took home the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) gong.

Kate Winslet secured the fourth Golden Globe of her career, this time the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, for her portrayal of Joanna Hoffman in the 'Steve Jobs' biopic.

In her speech, she spoke of the "girl power" in Hollywood and praised fellow actress and Golden Globe nominee Cate Blanchett for her distinguished and long-running career.

She shared: "I really am so shocked right now. So shocked! I’m never ever going to get used to it. I’m standing here, thinking really this is not happening. I honestly, truthfully did not expect this at all.

"A lot of us out there still in the game. I’ve been doing this for 23 years, Cate Blanchett probably longer. There’s a real sense of girl power this year."

Other notable winners were pop sensation Sam Smith, who received the Best Original Song award for his 'SPECTRE' theme 'Writing's on the Wall', and Lady Gaga, who won Best Actress (Limited Series or TV Movie) for 'American Horror Story: Hotel'.

Full list of winners at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture (Drama) - 'The Revenant'

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) - 'The Martian'

Best Director (Motion Picture) - Alejandro G. Inarritu, 'The Revenant'

Best Actress (Motion Picture Drama) - Brie Larson, 'Room'

Best Actor (Motion Picture Drama) - Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Revenant'

Best Actress (Motion Picture Comedy) - Jennifer Lawrence, 'Joy'

Best Actor (Motion Picture Comedy) - Matt Damon, 'The Martian'

Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture) - Kate Winslet, 'Steve Jobs'

Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture) - Sylvester Stallone, 'Creed'

Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) - Aaron Sorkin, 'Steve Jobs'

Best Foreign Language Film - 'Son of Saul'

Best Animated Feature Film - 'Inside Out'

Best Score (Motion Picture) - Ennio Morricone, 'The Hateful Eight'

Best Song (Motion Picture) - 'Writing’s on the Wall' from 'SPECTRE' by Sam Smith

Best TV Series (Drama) - 'Mr. Robot'

Best Actress (TV Series, Drama) - Taraji P. Henson, 'Empire'

Best Actor (TV Series, Drama) - Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'

Best TV Series (Comedy) - 'Mozart in the Jungle'

Best Actress (TV Series, Comedy or Musical) - Rachel Bloom, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

Best Actor (TV Series, Comedy or Musical) - Gael Garcia Bernal, 'Mozart in the Jungle'

Supporting Actress (TV Series, Miniseries or Limited Series) - Maura Tierney, 'The Affair'

Supporting Actor (TV Series, Miniseries or Limited Series) - Christian Slater, 'Mr. Robot'

Limited Series or TV Movie - 'Wolf Hall'

Best Actor (Limited Series or TV Movie) - Oscar Isaac, 'Show Me a Hero'

Best Actress (Limited Series or TV Movie) - Lady Gaga, 'American Horror Story: Hotel'

Ricky Gervais took swipes at Caitlyn Jenner, Mel Gibson and Ben Affleck as he returned to host the Golden Globe Awards for the fourth time.

The 54-year-old comedian took charge of proceedings at the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday (10.01.16) and proved that no one was safe from him yet again.

During his opening monologue, Ricky singled out transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner - previously known as Bruce - who was involved in a fatal car accident in Malibu in which one person died.

He said: "I've changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she's had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn't do a lot for women drivers, but you can't have everything, can ya?"

When Mel Gibson tried to poke fun at Ricky by saying: "I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy," the host countered by asking: "What the f**k does sugar t**s even mean?", referencing the insult Gibson hurled at a female police officer during his arrest for drunken driving in 2006.

He later added: "I'm in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I'm sure it's embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames ... we know who Mel blames."

While introducing Matt Damon, Ricky referred to him as "the only person who Ben Affleck hasn't been unfaithful to," leaving Matt to shake his head uncomfortably.

US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump came under attack as Ricky introduced presenters Eva Longoria and America Ferrera as "two people your future president Donald Trump can't wait to have deported".

Jennifer Lawrence's essay on the pay gap in Hollywood was another target with Ricky noting the support for it and adding that people wondered "how a 25 year old can live on $52 million".

Even the network NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes, did not escape his wrath.

He quipped: "It's only right that NBC hosts this awards show. They're the only network that's truly fair and impartial, and that's because they're the only network with zero nominations. So ... nothing in it for 'em tonight. They don't care, obviously."

And regarding the HFPA, he added: "One publication said me hosting would mean some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from a chance of getting a Golden Globe - particularly if their film company has already paid for it."

Referencing the Globes ceremony, he added, it is "a bit of metal that some nice, old, confused journalists want to give you to meet you and take a selfie with you".