The Martian, director Ridley Scott’s survival tale starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Musical or Comedy on Sunday evening.
Accepting the prize, Scott alluded to the mild controversy over his film being classified a comedy. “Comedy?” he said, waving his hand in a so-so motion.
While speaking over an orchestra that tried to play him off several times — prompting Scott to remark “screw you” and “we’re almost done” at various points — the filmmaker thanked Damon, his deep supporting cast, The Martian author Andy Weir, studio Fox, and many others. He ended on a heartfelt note, remembering his late brother Tony Scott.
“My brother Tony would have been here tonight for sure, and I know many of you knew and loved him,” he said. “I miss you, Tony.”
The Martian beat out the entrepreneur story Joy, the espionage spoof Spy, the financial dramedy The Big Short, and the raunchy rom-com Trainwreck.
Adapted by Drew Goddard from Weir’s novel, The Martian stars Damon as a NASA botanist who is accidentally left behind on Mars during a storm and then must use his scientific knowhow to survive long enough to be rescued. Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Chiwetel Ejiofor costar.
Damon won the Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy earlier in the evening, and Scott earned a nomination for director.
While the decision to classify The Martian as a comedy rather than a drama raised eyebrows earlier this awards season, Scott previously told EW that he and Damon felt levity was essential to the movie. “We both felt that the film had to have that humor — the book is funny,” he said. “You can miss that and just concentrate on the heroism.”