We finally got to a year with two big musicals– “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” So will they be deemed Comedy/Musical by the Golden Globes?
Uh, no. They will compete as dramas. That’s Lady Gaga and Queen, respectively, with big soundtrack albums and some laughs. The two, er, musicals, will go up against the likes of “First Man,” “BLackkklansman,” and “The Hate U Give.” It’s a topsy turvy world.
The studios, they say, requested this categorization. Maybe they’re scared of “Crazy Rich Asians” in the comedy (but not musical category). Hard to say.
This will put the actors — Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek– in drama, not comedy. That’s also where they’d go in the Oscars. At least in the Globes they’d be in their own section.
The Golden Globes, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press, are often a mystery unto themselves. A few seasons ago, they considered “The Martian” a comedy. It was a drama about leaving an astronaut behind in space. No one sang, and no one cracked a joke. It won.
As for comedy/musical now? “Crazy Rich Asians” will compete with “Mary Poppins 2.0.” Anyone who complains can just go fly a kite!