Matt Damon’s hilarious, laugh riot The Martian — about a man stranded on Mars for an extended period of time — has been categorized in the comedy category at the Golden Globes this eyar (along with David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence). Why? REASONS. Because the studio believes that by being in that category, they have a better shot at winning a Golden Globe and by virtue of that, a better shot at winning an Oscar.
It’s silly. It’s even sillier for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to allow the movie to be categorized as a comedy based on that one funny line in the trailer where Damon says he’s going to Science the shit out of this. It looks like 20th Century Fox is trying to science the shit out of the globes.
Twitter is expectedly appalled.
A comedy's a film whose #1 goal is to make people laugh. If that wasn't the filmmakers' top goal, it's not a comedy. https://t.co/ikuWK14FJh— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) November 13, 2015
The Martian. That comedy about a guy who accidentally abandoned on Mars using botany to survive starvation. https://t.co/DfMCyTL3bD— Nic Alderton (@nldrtn) November 13, 2015
According to Golden Globes, "The Martian" is a comedy. Apperently I must have missed all jokes when I watched it— Mats Karlsson (@matsmz) November 13, 2015
The Martian is now a comedy for the Golden Globes. I'd like to resubmit McHale's Navy for drama based on this poster pic.twitter.com/AEX8fCc439— Simon Miraudo (@simonmiraudo) November 13, 2015
The Martian competing in the comedy categories at the Globes is the funniest thing about The Martian.— Chris Hanna (@Chris_Hanna) November 13, 2015
great to see THE MARTIAN competing for best comedy/musical at the globes, dignity/general respectability is overrated imo— dan (@DannyAston1) November 13, 2015
THE MARTIAN!! Everyone's favorite space laugh-riot of the fall!! http://t.co/ZmeA6y76Li— Jacob (@MercuryMN) October 15, 2015
This came from Judd Apatow — whose Trainwreck will compete in the category — last month.
Trying to dominate the comedy category when you are really a drama afraid of dramatic competition is a punk move. https://t.co/wIzGHCmeGx— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 7, 2015
Punk move, indeed.