The sci-fi epic "The Martian" has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards — including, a bit confusingly, for Best Comedy.
"The Martian," which stars Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet, earned nods for Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Actor (Damon) and Best Motion Picture —Musical or Comedy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today (Dec. 10).
This last nomination has generated a fair amount of discussion, as well as some head-scratching; "The Martian" has some funny moments, but most viewers would probably agree that it is at heart a dramatic film. (After all, it is about the harrowing struggles of an astronaut left to survive by himself on Mars.)
However, there's no real reason that such a film can't be regarded as a comedy, Clarisse Loughrey, of the British newspaper The Independent, noted today.
"There's sometimes an assumption that a film could only possibly qualify for the 'comedy' category if it's absolutely goofy and hilarious throughout; there's no notion that a film which still contains strong elements of tragedy and despair could possibly be considered as part of the comedy genre," Loughrey wrote. "If anything, this arbitrary delineation of genres just proves how pointless that delineation is in the first place."
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place Jan. 10, 2016.