Just to be clear

Posted by · 3:11 pm · November 19th, 2009

Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious ManThere seems to be a bit of uncertainty among several bloggers and commenters about the Golden Globe category placement of a number of titles. What it highlights, rather interestingly, is just how many heavyweight contenders straddle the line between comedy and drama this year.

For the record, then, the following films are all aiming to compete in the Drama races at the Globes: “Up in the Air,” “An Education,” “Inglourious Basterds” and “Crazy Heart.”

“A Serious Man,” however, is on the Comedy/Musical side of things. (Thanks to Tom O’Neil for confirming this.)

I’d say I agree with all these classifications except for that of “Basterds.” Anyway. As you were.




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  • 1 11-19-2009 at 3:39 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    That kinda shocks me. “Basterds” would have been a shoe-in nominee in Comedy/Musical. Now it’ll be lucky to crack that Top 5. I’m kinda surprised, but not completely, in the classification of “Up in the Air”.

    I felt it could’ve been a nice dramedy contender in Comedy/Musical, even giving “Nine” a run for its money (unless the latter is the most-nominated…usually wins).

    My predictions for now:

    DRAMA:
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    The Lovely Bones
    Precious
    Up in the Air

    COMEDY/MUSICAL:
    (500) Days of Summer
    It’s Complicated
    Julie & Julia
    Nine
    A Serious Man

    I could easily see the Drama category fleshed-out with 6 or more nominees, possibly.

  • 2 11-19-2009 at 3:50 pm

    JJ said...

    SINCE this is the Globes (big stars, big films) … I have a small suspicion (though, may be completely wrong) that ‘The Hurt Locker’ may be either shut-out or only get 1 or 2 nods total (not including BP). I see it’s chances greater at SAG, BFCA, and/or Oscars.

  • 3 11-19-2009 at 3:52 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    ^^Forgot about “In the Loop!….Time to revise:

    PICTURE – DRAMA:
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    The Lovely Bones
    Precious
    Up in the Air

    PICTURE – COMEDY/MUSICAL:
    (500) Days of Summer
    In the Loop
    Julie & Julia
    Nine
    A Serious Man

    DRAMA – ACTOR:
    Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
    George Clooney (Up in the Air)
    Colin Firth (A Single Man)
    Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
    Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

    DRAMA – ACTRESS:
    Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)
    Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
    Carey Mulligan (An Education)
    Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
    Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)

    COMEDY – ACTOR:
    Peter Capaldi (In the Loop)
    Matt Damon (The Informant!)
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt [(500) Days of Summer]
    Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)

    COMEDY – ACTRESS:
    Marion Cotillard (Nine)
    Zooey Deschanel [(500) Days of Summer]
    Maya Rudolph (Away We Go)
    Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated)
    Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

    Not gonna bother with Supporting, Director, or Screenplay–too annoying. I feel pretty confident in most of these though. Kinda wondering if Peter Sarsgaard will go lead here or stick to supporting; vice-versa for Gyllenhaal. Its HFPA’s ultimate decision. Also wondering how “Bright Star” will play here. Abbie Cornish could be more likely than Ronan.

  • 4 11-19-2009 at 3:53 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    I think the Lovely Bones misses. Your C/M predictions are spot-on, though. The Globes have shown a tendency recently to nominate more than five films in drama, and with ten BP nominees, the temptation will be great.

    DRAMA
    An Education
    Inglourious Basterds
    Up in the Air
    Precious
    The Hurt Locker
    Invictus
    A Single Man

    Hey, NGNG, right?

  • 5 11-19-2009 at 3:54 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @JJ: I’m scared of that, too. I’m afraid if, assuming the rest of my predix are accurate, “Invictus” could get the spot “The Hurt Locker” has. But I read something on IndieWire about them screening THL for the HFPA, so there’s hope that they’ll love it. They’d be remiss to exclude the best-rated live-action film in the English language this year.

    Then again, they snubbed “Milk”. Who knows?

  • 6 11-19-2009 at 3:58 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @SHAAAARK: NGNG indeed! Thanks, btw =). Perhaps theyre will be 7-8–I’d certainly like to see that. Maybe even throw “Crazy Heart” in with your set, although “The Wrestler” snub makes me think perhaps not.

    I don’t completely agree about TLB, although I think it still can miss at Oscar. They love novels adapted into films. (See: “Revolutionary Road”, “The Reader”, “Little Children”….Okay, maybe it’s just Kate Winslet fanaticism.) It’ll be mighty interesting if you’re right though.

  • 7 11-19-2009 at 4:17 pm

    Chris said...

    Just so you know, I predict “Bright Star” to get six Globe noms. I’d be surprised if the HFPA don’t eat it up.

  • 8 11-19-2009 at 5:12 pm

    Suzanne said...

    Love the picture of Gopnik for this post,

  • 9 11-19-2009 at 5:12 pm

    Suzanne said...

    Love the picture of Gopnik for this post.

  • 10 11-19-2009 at 5:16 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    this is where inglorious basterds will go big

  • 11 11-19-2009 at 5:22 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    I actually would have put A Serious Man in Drama because, as funny as it is, it doesn’t really feel like a comedy. It feels a bit too weighty to be a comedy (the weight of it anf the themes are part of what I loved about the movie, but it;s hard for me to see it as a comedy). Inglorious Basterds on the other hand, definitely a comedy. I think most of what Tarantino does should be labelled a comedy, because it’s hard for me to take him seriously most of the time (not that he’s not really good, but his films have a very sick sense of humor that keep them away from Drama for me). Just to be clear, I loved Inglorious Basterds, but it’s not a Drama.

  • 12 11-19-2009 at 6:14 pm

    Maxim said...

    Did Coens themselves put “A Serious Man” in the “Comedy” slot? I somehow doubt that.

    Well, it’s just as well I guess.

  • 13 11-19-2009 at 7:02 pm

    "Julianstark" said...

    My predictions:

    BEST PICTURE – DRAMA
    An Education
    Inglourious Basterds
    The Lovely Bones
    Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
    Up in the Air

    BEST PICTURE – MUSICAL/COMEDY
    (500) Days of Summer
    The Hangover
    It’s Complicated
    Nine
    Sherlock Holmes

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
    James Cameron (Avatar)
    Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones)
    Rob Marshall (Nine)
    Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

    BEST ACTOR – MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
    Jeff Bridges (The Wrestler’s Country Singing Cousin… I mean Crazy Heart)
    George Clooney (Up in the Air)
    Colin Firth (A Single Man)
    Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
    Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)

    BEST ACTRESS – MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
    Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)
    Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
    Carey Mulligan (An Education)
    Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
    Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire)

    BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL/COMEDY
    Matt Damon (The Informant!)
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
    Robert Downey, Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer)
    Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)

    BEST ACTRESS – MUSICAL/COMEDY
    Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
    Marion Cotillard (Nine)
    Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer)
    Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated)
    Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Matt Damon (Invictus)
    Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes)
    Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
    Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
    Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Penelope Cruz (Nine)
    Kate Hudson (Nine)
    Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
    Mo’Nique (Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire)
    Julianne Moore (A Single Man)

  • 14 11-19-2009 at 8:41 pm

    Kyle said...

    I too think “The Hurt Locker” is on its way to a shut-out…just a gut feeling I have, that’ll probably be wrong, but still…

  • 15 11-19-2009 at 10:14 pm

    Danny K. said...

    I think the categorizations were about as good as they could have been. Basterds is so mixed that it could have gone either way, but I have no problem with it being in the Drama category.

  • 16 11-20-2009 at 2:19 am

    david said...

    Golden Globe to Michelle Pffeifer, please. She is the best of this year¡¡

  • 17 11-20-2009 at 5:55 am

    Encore Entertainment said...

    I’m assuming that Pfeiffer and production of Cheri will participate in the Musical/Comedy section. That could be a big help to her cause.

  • 18 11-20-2009 at 6:27 am

    "Julianstark" said...

    Yeah. If Pfeiffer goes Musical/Comedy, she’d likely take Deschanel’s spot

  • 19 11-20-2009 at 7:58 am

    Pat said...

    Glad to see that ‘A Serious Man’ was put in the right category… because it was laughably bad!!!

  • 20 11-20-2009 at 11:58 pm

    Maxim said...

    Every time Coens make a great movie and every time someone comes out, misses the point and says something like the guy above.