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Inside track: Golden Globes' race for best comedy/musical picture

December 5, 2009 | 10:57 am

"Nine" looks like a good bet to win the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical picture. Voters almost always go for successful musicals here ("Sweeney Todd," "Dreamgirls," "Walk the Line," "Chicago," "Moulin Rouge," "Evita"). But wait! They spurned "Mamma Mia" for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" last year, but that tuner wasn't respected by film critics.

Golden Globes comedy/musical picture

"The Hangover" could be a threat, which is surprising. Usually, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. don't take Yankee frat-boy comedies seriously. Globe voters didn't nominate "Knocked Up" or "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," but inside sources say members are toasting "The Hangover" with three cheers.

We don't know yet what their reaction is to "It's Complicated." It's being screened for HFPA members tonight. Most likely they'll love it. Enthusiasm runs high at other early industry screenings and it's packed with the kind of prestige A-list stars whom Globers adore.

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL PICTURE
FRONT-RUNNERS
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"Julie & Julia"
"Nine"
"A Serious Man"
"The Proposal"

POSSIBLE
"(500) Days of Summer"
"Sherlock Holmes"

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Photos: "Nine" (Weinstein Co.), "The Hangover" (Warner Bros.), "It's Complicated" (Universal)

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