Magazine article Variety

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Magazine article Variety

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

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This field is considered wide open, especially since the HFPA has admitted as many as seven titles to its top categones in the recent past.

BERNIE

Classic precursor: '89 winner "Driving Miss Daisy," except the guy winning the cranky Southern biddy's heart is young, white and murders her.

If not the big one: With 18 nominations and seven wins, Shirley MacLaine could easily slip into the supporting category.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Classic precursor: Oldsters gain new lease on life in magical overseas setting, a la '92 nominee "Enchanted April."

If not the big one: Maggie Smith is outstanding as cranky bigot who learns brotherhood.

HOPE SPRINGS

Classic precursor: To find another Globe nominee taking late-middle-age romance quite so seriously, you have to go back to 1960's "The Grass Is Greener.'

If not the big one: Would anyone be surprised if Meryl Streep racked up nomination #27, in comedy field?

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

Classic precursor: Picks up where '60 nominee "Sunrise at Campobello" leaves off, concentrating on FDR's ebullience and minimizing the portrait's warts.

If not the big one: Bill Murray should garner a lot of votes.

LES MISERABLES

Classic precursor: '04 nominee "The Phantom of the Opera" was another cinemadaptation of a world-famous, Paris-set, through-sung musical smash.

If not the big one: As Jean Valjean, popular Hugh Jackman could bring it home.

MAGIC MIKE

Classic precursor: Together with '97 nominee "The Full Monty," pretty much covers men's motivations for stripping for pay.

If not the big one: His amusing turn jump-started Matthew McConaughey's career resurgence.

MOONRISE KINGDOM

Classic precursor: '03 nominee "Big Fish": similar twee magical realism; similar late-inning emotional shift.

If not the big one: Bruce Willis plays against type in puppydog supporting role.

NOT FADEAWAY

Classic precursor: "The Commitments," '91 nominee celebrating the joys and sorrows of garage band-dom. …

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