The Martian wins 'Best Comedy' Golden Globe and totally confuses Twitter

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David Cornish

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. 

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.

(Image: Rex)


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