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When The Martian was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, the world started to wonder if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is taking Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi blockbuster seriously. Considering the film's two big wins for Best Actor, as well as that very Best Picture nod it was given, it looks like they're not only taking it seriously – but they could be signaling that the film is a force to be reckoned with when to comes to this year's Academy Awards.
If Matt Damon's win was the only accolade The Martian won tonight, we would say that the film had a strong chance of being nominated for an Academy Award. But on the strength of one win alone, which just happens to be an Acting win out of all categories, it wouldn't have the steam needed to take the top prize. However, seeing as Andy Weir's brilliant novel turned into Drew Goddard's stellar screenplay has now won a prize for the film in general, it's starting to look rosier than we expected.
The best reason we could give for Ridley Scott and his tremendous film from last year winning the top prize at the Academy Awards is that the performance, as well as the film, were rewarded at the Golden Globes. Even if The Martian managed to win Best Motion Picture – Musical / Comedy without Matt Damon's Best Actor win, we'd be worried about the film's chances. Considering how split the voting pool is in the Golden Globes, all thanks to the Musical/ Comedy and Drama halves of the film trophies, it takes more than one win to keep you in the conversation for the Oscars.
As luck would have it, two films walked away with a plurality of wins that included Best Picture: The Martian and The Revenant. Going by trophies, again, the latter film's three trophies outrank the former film's two, which gives Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu some hope in their film's corner. But just as Mark Watney beat the odds during his time on the surface of Mars itself, his odds could surpass those of Hugh Glass' journey of survival – all thanks to one big booster: The Martian made tons of money.
The Academy loves a winner, and The Martian was a mega hit with audiences throughout the closing months of 2015. If you look really hard, you might even find some theaters still showing it, which is saying something considering most other films released at that time have already been pulled. With a crowd pleaser, as well as an award winner both residing in The Martian, the film has proven it has the steam to be the front-runner for this year's Academy Awards. However, as previous front-runner Spotlight will tell you, it's not over until the envelope is opened, and there are plenty of candidates waiting to take your place.