Which Comedies Scored Golden Globe Nominations This Year

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Today Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater announced the 2019 Golden Globe nominations. Adam McKay’s political comedy Vice tops the motion picture award noms with a big six, and it hasn’t even been released yet.

In the category of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, popular box office leader Crazy Rich Asians is the only pure comedy making the cut. Family flick Mary Poppins Returns makes the list as well as political comedy (a little more political than comedy) Vice, offbeat period piece The Favourite (from the man who brought us The Lobster), and Peter Farrelly’s beloved dramedy about racism, Green Book.  Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman was classified as a drama, and while we would have put it in the comedy category, we’re just glad it was nominated for Best Motion Picture.

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The lead actor and actress categories are mostly from the nominated best films. Best Actress nominees include Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Elsie Fisher grabbing the only nomination from Bo Burnham’s critically lauded Eighth Grade, Charlize Theron from Tully (who would have thought, two Mary Poppins based movies in one year), and Constance Wu for Crazy Rich Asians. In the male lead actor category, Christian Bale gets a nom for his Vice role, Lin Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns, Viggo Mortensen for his lead role in Green Book, Robert Redford for his performance in The Old Man & The Gun, and John C. Reilly for his moving portrayal of Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie.  Side note, John David Washington was nominated for lead actor in a dramatic role  BlacKkKlansman.

In supporting roles, a mixed comedy/drama category both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were nominated for The Favourite, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell for their performances in Vice, Claire Foy for First Man, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Timothy Chalamet for Beautiful Boy, Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, and Richard E Grant for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me.

In the category of best animated motion picture, mostly we’re looking at kids pics, but Isle of Dogs from rolls into that category.

Three of the five nominees for Best Director (which blends comedy and drama films) came from comedy films or at least comedic dramatic films including Peter Farrelly for Green Book, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman and Adam McKay for Vice. And in the Best Screenplay category, Vice, The Favourite and Green Book are all nominated up against two straight dramatic movies.

The big news in the world of comedy television is that the big networks aren’t pulling their weight. Only one comedy from the big three networks was nominated for best television series, and even if you look further for the best performances its still primarily HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon, FX getting the nods.

In the category of Best Television Series, in the category of comedy, the lone network nomination goes to NBC for Season Three of The Good Place. HBO got a very much expected nomination for their dark comedy Barry, Showtime got a nomination for a dark comedy of their own with Kidding. Amazon is back with the just-released-yesterday season two of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Netflix’s newcomer dramedy The Kominsky Method rounded out the list .

Only two nominated series had female leads, so in addition to noms for Kristen Bell for The Good Place and Rachel Brosnahan’s Mrs. Maisal, the list includes Candace Bergen for her return as Murphy Brown, Alison Brie for Netflix’s Glow and Debra Messing gets a nomination for her revival of her Will & Grace role. Bill Hader, Jim Carrey, and Michael Douglas picked up best actor noms for Barry, Kidding, and The Kominsky Method respectively. Sasha Baron Cohen and Donald Glover round out the nominations for Who is America and Atlanta.

Supporting actors and actresses are a mixed category, meaning all performers are eligible regardless of whether their series is dramatic, comedic, extended or limited. Only one supporting actress from a comedy made the cut- Alex Borstein made the cut for Marvelous Mrs Maisel– and two supporting actors, Alan Arkin for The Kominsky Method and Henry Winkler for Barry made the list.

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on January 6th. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will co-host. And far more importantly, look for the Interrobang’s 5th Annual Comedy Award nominations, coming soon to theinterrobang.com.

 

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