Friday, November 25, 2011

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:
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

After last year’s nutty lineup, I’m not sure what to expect. I noted in the corresponding drama category that it’s possible that The Artist, The Descendants, and The Help could all be classified there rather than here, but I’ll stick with them in this race for now. Presuming they all get in, that leaves two spots, but I suspect there will need to be room for three. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is a strong contender, as is Roman Polanski’s Carnage. A fresh and likely popular choice is Bridesmaids, and it should beat out other contenders like The Hangover Part II and Horrible Bosses. Relationship comedies Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached will likely cancel each other out. Crazy Stupid Love will garner some votes, and indie comedies Beginners and Cedar Rapids might have an outside shot as well. Jason Reitman’s Young Adult and Tom Hanks’ Larry Crowne may also contend.

Current predictions:
The Artist
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris

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