The Golden Globes Changed The Rules So Movies Like ‘The Martian’ Can’t Win Best Comedy

The funniest thing about the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy is what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association considers a “comedy.” Nicholas Nickleby, but not Jackass: The Movie; The Tourist, but not Easy A; and most egregiously, The Martian, but not Spy, or Trainwreck, or The Duff, or even Magic Mike XXL. Matt Damon’s Trapped In Space Again is a fine film, but the laughs were few and far between. Not only was it nominated for the Golden Globe, though, it won.

Judd Apatow (whose The 40-Year-Old Virgin wasn’t nominated in 2005, but Mrs. Henderson Presents was) said it best at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, when he joked-but-no-seriously, “I got Matt Damon staring at me right now, after that whole ‘Golden Globe comedy’ thing. We only have one award Matt, that’s all we get. I’m like a nerd on the schoolyard and you stole my milk money.” So it’s no wonder the Golden Globes have fine-tuned the difference between a comedy, and a drama with “comedic overtones.”

Motion pictures shall be entered in the category [Best Motion Picture – Drama or Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy] that best matches the overall tone and content of the motion picture. Thus, dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas. (Via)

It’s a necessary tweak (for an unimportant, if fun, award show), but it still doesn’t make up for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind being considered a comedy, and subsequently losing to Sideways. Ha?

(Via Golden Globes)