Globes rule ‘Rachel,’ ‘W.’ are dramas

Posted by · 6:09 pm · December 2nd, 2008

For those of you puzzling over whether certain titles will fall into the drama or musical/comedy categories at the Golden Globes, Tom O’Neil has a handy list to clarify matters.

Most significantly, “W.” has not been accepted by the HFPA as a comedy, despite the film being submitted as one. This isn’t exactly new information — Dave Karger confirmed the film’s status a couple of weeks ago — but I know some were confused since the film was nominated in the comedic fields at the Golden Satellite Awards. It’s the right call, in my opinion: witty as the film was in some isolated instances, it wasn’t remotely a comedy.

“Rachel Getting Married” will compete in the dramatic fields, too — again the correct classification, I think. Anne Hathaway will now have to face feisty competition even to get nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama race. Meanwhile, bar an upset by Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins looks to have a clear run to victory in the comedy/musical category for “Happy-Go-Lucky.”

Looking down the list of films eligible for comedy/musical consideration, it becomes difficult to spot the potential winners between the gruesome parade of dross such as “Disaster Movie,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “The Love Guru.” (Seriously, why do they bother entering?) At a guess, I’d say it’ll come down to “Burn After Reading,” “Cadillac Records,” “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” with Woody Allen looking a good bet to claim his first Best Picture gong in a couple of decades.

Suffice to say this category doesn’t look likely to have much impact on Oscar’s Best Picture slate this year.

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  • 1 12-02-2008 at 6:39 pm

    Mr. F said...

    why would Lionsgate take the time to submit “Disaster Movie”? They should have learned from Fox and The Weinsteins who didn’t submit “Meet the Spartans” and “Superhero Movie”

  • 2 12-02-2008 at 6:41 pm

    Mr. F said...

    and why isn’t WALL-E on the list. I know that now there’s an animated movie category, but can’t they be nominated also?

  • 3 12-02-2008 at 7:03 pm

    Graham said...

    “Zack & Miri Make a Porno”. The foreign press loves them some sex comedies. That film is my darkhorse in the Comedy category for the Globes.

  • 4 12-02-2008 at 7:04 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The right move, and frankly I’m a little bit surprised they actually got it right for once. “Rachel” is nothing but drama.

    And “WALL-E” seems like it would classify as comedy, too, so what’s up with that? “The Incredibles” was nominated in ’04…

  • 5 12-02-2008 at 7:47 pm

    Matthew said...

    Pineapple Express. That’ll hopefully be in there.

  • 6 12-03-2008 at 3:16 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Everyone notice how Indiana Jones is a comedy :D? Fun stuff there.

  • 7 12-03-2008 at 12:19 pm

    Ryan said...

    And did anyone else notice how Iron Man isn’t a comedy? Anyone else think it just wasn’t submitted? I really don’t think it would be considered a drama.

  • 8 12-03-2008 at 12:21 pm

    Ryan said...

    Okay, so I just checked IMDb, among other sites, and it seems like I was the only one thought Iron Man was more of a comedy than a drama.

  • 9 12-03-2008 at 5:57 pm

    Glenn said...

    This just frees up one more spot so Anna Faris can get that Musical/Comedy nomination for “House Bunny”. I am so not joking btw. It needs to happen.