Thursday, October 11, 2007

(Early) Golden Globe Comedy Actor Top 10 in a Not Funny Year

In less than two months Golden Globe nominations will be announced. And besides helping spring the critical award season into action, it'll be interesting to see what potential nominees for the Academy Awards begin to be identified.

After writing about all the violent films coming out this year, I began thinking about the Golden Globes. Why?

Because unlike most awards, they differentiate between actors in dramas vs. actors in comedies/musicals.

Yet, there is no Little Miss Sunshine or Dreamgirls that seems like the clearly cinematic comedy/musical. In fact, I'm sure some films that fall between drama and comedy will be differentiated as comedy.

I'm by no expect a golden globe expert, but I thought I'd try by luck at figuring out who might get shortlisted for a globe nomination in the best comedy/musical category.

1. Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2. Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
3. Ryan Gosling - Lars and The Real Girls
4. Phillip Seymore Hoffman - The Savages
5. Steve Carell - Dan in Real Life
6. Jack Black - Margot at the Wedding
7. Seth Rogen - Knocked Up
8. Dustin Hoffman - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
9. John Travolta - Hairspray
10. Glen Hansard - Once


Anonymous said...

"[I]n a Not Funny Year"!?! Are you nuts? What's wrong with you? What was so funny last year? Here are a list of comedies that prove your title wrong: Hot Fuzz; Knocked Up; Superbad; Be Kind Rewind; The Darjeeling Limited; Juno; Lars and the Real Girl; Margot at the Wedding; Run, Fatboy, Run; and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I don't know a lot of people who would say that it's not a good year for comedies when films are released by directors Edgar Wright, Judd Apatow, Michel Gondry, Wes Anderson, Jason Reitman, and Noah Baumbach.

And sure, Little Miss Sunshine was great. Why they didn't come out with Little Miss Sunshine 2 this year, I don't know (read: facetious). But, Dreamgirls was way overrated. Hairspray was a superior film. And, my bet is that Sweeney Todd will turn out to be an even better movie-musical.

I just don't understand how this Golden Globe category is any worse this year than in previous years.

Anonymous said...

I just want to add one more thing. This category should also be especially competitive this year (contrary to your suggestions) because of the musicals. You have the traditional musicals in Hairspray and Sweeney Todd (of course, what's typical when directed by Tim Burton). Then, you have the more modern movie musicals of Once and Across the Universe (Julie Taymor). So, it's definitely a competitive category.

RC said...

@ jeremy - i stand corrected.

I guess part of my comment is related to the fact that many of these potential nominees will not be cross-polinating themselves into the Oscar Race and other critical contest. While Hot Fuzz is definitly one of my favorites of the year, I can't see the star studded golden globes nominating Simon Pegg, and I also don't see NYFC or BFCA sortlisting Pegg, Seth Rogan, or Steve Carell this year.

In addition, while Hairspray was a strong musical, it captures the spirit of the musical, but doesn't have the same "award friendly" roles like Dreamgirls or Chicago had. Sweeney Todd is positioned better for award friendly roles.

Perhaps my title is inaccurate, but the heart of the post is that it is very hard to tell who the Globes will peg as the best.