Magazine article Variety

Golden Globes Short on Laffs

Magazine article Variety

Golden Globes Short on Laffs

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Films including "birdman," "Into the Woods," "Boyhood" and "Unbroken" are surefire picks for Golden Globe nominations Dec. 11. But separating films into either drama or comedy/musical categories feels particularly difficult this year: The lines are blurry, and there are too many candidates for the drama slots, but too few for comedy/musical.

Maintaining the latter category is a smart move for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., inasmuch as it doubles the potential star power of the ceremony, and ensures that these less Oscar-friendly genres get recognized. But there has been some studio jockeying. Several contenders that could have been defined as dramas were submitted as comedies/musicals.

"Get on Up," for example, was seemingly appropriately targeted as a musical, but the Globes voters, who are the final arbiters, deemed it a drama.

It's anyone's guess how the quirky Hollywood Foreign Press Assn, will vote, though members often take a middle-ofthe-road approach despite their colorful rep. They have certain favorites - glamourous figures with international appeal like Angelina Jolie and Clint Eastwood - but few films in the race seem universally embraced: Some fall into the love it/hate it category ("Big Eyes," "Inherent Vice"); others are basically well-liked, with some ardent supporters ("The Imitation Game," "Selma"). …

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