Shocking no one, least of all those of us who might have genuinely teared up by the end of the film, Ridley Scott’s ode to the power of science and the human spirit, The Martian, has taken home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. This is the second win for the film – star Matt Damon took home the prize for best actor in a comedy earlier tonight.
The categorization of The Martian as a comedy instead of a drama prompted plenty of jokes throughout the night, but in the end it seems to have been to the film’s benefit. It competed against much, much lighter fare, and one film built around a more contentious and difficult subject, rather than a potential tougher fight in the drama category.
Accepting the award on behalf of the film production, Ridley Scott kicked his speech off talking about the success of The Martian preceding the much more massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We had success and Star Wars‘ majestic success, it’s inspiring,” he said. “You gotta stay hungry and keep your eyes on the ball.”
Scott went on to thank the crew, the full cast by name, as well as his wife and family.
Based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut accidentally stranded alone on Mars. It tells the story of the efforts by NASA on Earth and by his fellow astronauts in the ship traveling between Mars and Earth to rescue him as he fights to survive in a completely inhospitable environment.
The Martian faced off against a surprisingly diverse slew of competitors, among them David O. Russell’s biopic Joy, Adam McKay’s look at the 2007 financial crisis The Big Short, Melissa McCarthy’s espionage comedy Spy, and Amy Schumer’s smash hit romantic comedy Trainwreck.