Monday, June 17, 2024

Golden Globe Nominations Will Be Crazy Because of their Odd Categories


The Golden Globe nominations are going to be weirder than ever on Thursday morning. Brace yourselves. Almost nothing they do will correlate with the Oscars no matter how many ‘prognosticators’ bloviate on this subject. The reason is the Hollywood Foreign Press has two divisions: drama, and comedy/musical. But do you remember any musicals this year? “Chicago”? “Dreamgirls’? No. Exactly. So they’ve shoved what should be dramas, but with light touches into comedy/musical.

In this category we now have “American Hustle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Nebraska,” “Her,” “August: Osage County.” None of these were comedies. “AOC” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “Wolf” is about vile people who wrecked their lives and those of others, and went to jail. “Nebraska” is a family drama, just like “AOC.” “American Hustle” is funny, but comedy? “Her” is science fiction, and is somber mostly.

The comedies should be “Enough Said,” “Walter Mitty,” “The Heat,” “This is the End,” and “Anchorman.” Those are comedies.

This makes the whole process you witness on Thursday morning sort of moot. And it’s kind of insulting to the people who makes comedies. Comedy is hard. It’s tricky. The five I just mentioned are top notch and deserve their own category. Oh wait: they had their own category. But now it’s stuffed with dramedies because they’ll have a better chance of winning instead of competing with “12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” and so on.

But it’s what I’ve been saying right along. There are too many movies this year. “Wolf” could easily have waited for 2014. The Globes are going to be a calamity. If you want to know about the Oscars, look at SAG and the AFI. The Globes are just for fun, and nothing else.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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