Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Golden Globe Musings: Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anything important. A reminder that the Globes are wildly unpredictable and that it is still a bit early to gauge the reception or awards potential of a number of the so-called “contenders” at this point.

Last year’s nominees:
500 Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia

Last year’s race demonstrated that voters can be hip to current trends when they nominated “500 Days of Summer” and shockingly chose “The Hangover” over more traditional romantic comedy and musical fare. That kind of sentiment could definitely help a film like Easy A that might otherwise not be recognized in this category (ditto It’s Kind of a Funny Story). This year, however, does have a decent amount of standard fare contenders, so voters can choose from that pool. The Kids Are All Right is the indie frontrunner, and if Made in Dagenham and Somewhere end up classified as comedies, they’re probably in too. Love and Other Drugs seems like an above-average romantic comedy with a backbone, and Morning Glory could be a nice way for voters to honor the still-working Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, who among the two of them have twelve Golden Globe nominations, five of which are for comedies. Though it didn’t do well critically, Alice in Wonderland could place here as the token fantasy film. Barney’s Version might succeed here as well, as could the Robert Duvall drama Get Low (which may ultimately be classified a drama). A few other contenders: Burlesque, Casino Jack, Due Date, Eat Pray Love, Red, and How Do You Know.

Predicted nominees:
The Kids Are All Right
Love and Other Drugs
Made in Dagenham
Morning Glory

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