Monday, April 22, 2024

Golden Globes Pick One Comedy-Musical and 4 Dramas for That Category


Amy Poehler and Tina Fey should have a good time explaining this on the Golden Globes. In the category of comedy-musical, the Hollywood Foreign Press has chosen exactly 1 comedy-musical and 4 dramas.

The actual comedy-musical is the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It’s a comedy, with songs. Fair enough. Oscar Isaac was also nominated.

But the four other nominees are dramas with humor. And no songs, although “American Hustle” has an outstanding soundtrack of 70s hits. “Wolf of Wall Street” is a tragedy of epic proportions, with laughs. “Her” is a sci-fi fantasy with few laughs. It’s sardonic. “American Hustle” is a satire, and a drama. Again with humor to punctuate it. “Nebraska” is a melancholic, wry family drama. If that’s a comedy, Buster Keaton is running around in heaven, screaming.

The Globes missed “Enough Said,” Nicole Holofcener’s gem of an actual comedy. They also bypassed James Gandolfini’s fine work in that film. At least they also ignored “We’re the Millers,” the atrocious wanna be comedy.

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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