Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

This category doesn’t have much consistency, often going for R-rated humor like “Bridesmaids” and “The Hangover” and other times concentrating on more serious fare. Two films that should dominate here are The Martian and Joy. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. The Big Short seems like a safe inclusion, and then we get to contenders like Trainwreck, The Intern, and Spy, as well as more sophisticated fare like Grandma and The Lady in the Van. I’m not sure Globe voters are ready for Tangerine, but they might be more into Our Brand is Crisis. I’m hoping for what would be the best nominee ever: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Current predictions:
The Big Short
The Martian
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Our Brand is Crisis

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