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Final Golden Globe classifications: 'W.' is no joke, it's a drama

December 2, 2008 |  9:47 am

Gold Derby got a sneak peek at the reminder list sent to voters of the Golden Globes, which reflects the final category-placement decisions made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's eligibility committee. I only spotted one shockeroo. Although "W." was submitted as a comedy, it was placed in the drama categories.


Otherwise, it seems like the eligibility committee has deferred to most studios' wishes. All of the following performances, for example, were placed in the supporting races, even though that's dubious in some cases: Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Doubt") and Ralph Fiennes ("The Duchess," "The Reader").

My fingers will fall off if I try to type all of the movie titles entered, so, to keep things simple, here are the pix competing in the musical/comedy categories. If you don't see a movie listed here, that means it's in drama — or wasn't entered for competition: "27 Dresses," "Baby Mama," "Be Kind, Rewind," "Bedtime Stories," "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "Bottle Shock," "The Brothers Bloom," "Burn After Reading," "Cadillac Records," "Charlie Bartlett," "Choke," "Definitely Maybe," "Disaster Movie," "Drillbit Taylor," "Extra Ordinary Barry," "Fool's Gold," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Four Christmases," "Get Smart," "Ghost Town," "Hamlet 2," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "High School Musical 3," "House Bunny," "In Bruges," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "Last Chance Harvey," "Leatherheads," "Longshots," "The Love Guru," "Mad Money," "Maid of Honor," Mamma Mia!," "Marley and Me," "Married Life," "Meet Dave," "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," "Nim's Island," "Noble Son," "Nothing Like the Holidays," "Over Her Dead Body," "Pineapple Express," "A Previous Engagement," "The Promotion," "Repo! The Genetic Opera," "The Rocker," "Rocknrolla," "Role Models," "Run, Fat Boy, Run," "Semi-Pro," "Sex and the City," "Smart People," "Son of Rambow," "Soul Men," "Stepbrothers," "Swing Vote," "Teeth," "Tropic Thunder," "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "The Wackness," "What Happens in Vegas," "What Just Happened," "Witness Protection," "The  Women," "Yes Man," "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Zach and Miri Make a Porno."

In the TV categories, 109 programs were entered, 67 in drama, 42 in comedy/musical. Here are the comedy submissions . . . .

Golden Globe comedy/musical TV contenders: "30 Rock," "According to Jim," "American Dad," "Big Bang Theory," "The Bill Engvall Show," "Californication," "Chuck," "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "Eureka," "Everybody Hates Chris," "Family Guy," "The Game," "Gary Unmarried," "Hannah Montana," "Head Case," "House of Payne," "How I Met Your Mother," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Kath and Kim," "King of the Hill," "Life and Times of Tim," "Monk," "My Boys," "My Name Is Earl," "New Adventures of Old Christine," "The Office," "Privileged," "Pysch," "Pushing Daisies," "Reaper," "Rita Rocks," "Rules of Engagement," "Samantha Who?" "The Simpsons," "The Starter Wife," "'Til Death," "Two and a Half Men," "Ugly Betty," "Weeds," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Worst Week."

Photos: Fox Searchlight, Weinstein Co., Miramax

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Tom, I do not know if it is right that BIFTA not elect as best actress Sally Hawkins, the question is whether this can affect their race to the other awards.
But I think, that at least should win the Golden Globe, comedy actress, but it should also be nominated for an oscar

Animated films are no longer allowed in any category besides Best Animated Feature.

Is Secret Diary of a Call Girl not eligible because it aired in the UK, or is it a drama? I think Billie Piper deserves a nom.

Why isn't WALL-E on the list for comedy/musical? Why does it have to be ghettoized into the animated feature category? I really don't get it...
I remember when the Globes gave more respect to animation, with wins in the best picture category by the likes of Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story 2.
No animation has even been nominated since The Incredibles, including last year's excellent Ratatouille, which was snubbed. One would think that having the comedy/musical category would make things somewhat fair. Well, apparently not...

Best Comedy:
- In Bruges
- Happy-Go-Lucky
- Last Chance Harvey
- Cadillac Record
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Well that's easy. It's happygoluck v. vickychristina. nothing else is even worthy of a nomination.

In Bruges
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
Tropic Thunder
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I think it's been a good year for comedy.

So "Rachel Getting Married" is competing as a Drama, then? I thought Anne Hathaway's searing performance was going to be considered as Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical? Or can she still be considered there if the picture is a drama???

really no wall-e? this would have won had it been entered...

I can only see these ten contenders making it to the final five...

Mamma Mia!
In Bruges
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tropic Thunder
Pineapple Express
Nick and Norah
Ghost Town
Burn After Reading
Cadillac Records

Wow this is a dismal list...

Go Pushing Daisies! Show ABC they made a mistake cancelling this fantastic series.



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