Thursday, February 22, 2024

Golden Globes Will Take the Year’s Two Musicals– “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”– as Dramas Instead


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!



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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