The Golden Globes is a tricky beast.
Besides a preference for headline-making hosts and unlikely award snubs, its voting structure - which sees less than 100 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided the award winners - can produce some baffling results.
Case in point: last night's winner for 'Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy' was... The Martian.
Twitter was understandably befuddled.
But the funniest Ridley Scott movie is still the one about the alien— Lindsay Zoladz (@lindsayzoladz) January 11, 2016
The Martian is much deserved as best comedy. When he ran out of oxygen I was on the floor.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) January 11, 2016
I haven't seen "The Martian" yet, but I constantly overhear young comedy nerds quoting wacky lines from it on the subway.— Brian Stack (@BrianStack153) January 11, 2016
So long as the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association deem a film to fit the category of 'Comedy or Musical', they can vote for it.
The Martian isn't the first film to have benefited from this blurring of genre boundaries: 2008's decidedly unfunny Vicky Cristina Barcelona won the award over Mamma Mia!, while other dramas (some possibly black comedies at a push) to have received nominations include 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street and Her and 2011's My Week with Marilyn.
While the Golden Globes continue to lack clear definition on how a film can qualify as being a comedy, the presentation of the award itself may prove funnier than the winning movie.