It’s not the dramas that are in the spotlight for the 2014 Golden Globes.
It’s the comedies.
On Thursday, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 2014 Golden Globes that will be presented on Jan. 14. And the biggest competition is between the comedic films, according to The Los Angeles Times.
"Studios usually want to be in the comedy category (because) it's easier, but this year comedy is quite competitive," said Marlene Von Arx, chairwoman of the association's eligibility committee, to the Los Angeles Times.
It’s actually spurred a new buzzword for a cross between a drama and a comedy: “dramedies.”
The films competing in the comedy or musical category include: "American Hustle," "Her," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Nebraska" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Films like “American Hustle” (starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (headlined by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, with Martin Scorsese as director) top the list of comedy contenders, though they aren’t necessarily straight-forward funny films, the Times said.
All comedies for the 2014 award show “will compete in the comedy category, though each to one degree or another has dramatic elements,” wrote Rebecca Keegan for the Times. She also wrote that “many of the filmmakers behind this year's bumper crop of dramedies say they were influenced by a golden age in the form in the 1970s and early '80s.”
The experts at Gold Derby, a website about show business, wondered how the award season culture shifted by including more top comedy films than dramas.
“This year there seems to be an unprecedented glut of these dramedies clogging up the musical/comedy categories, so much that some of them might have been better off as dramas, where there's suddenly a lot of available real estate,” wrote Gold Derby's Daniel Montgomery.
Montgomery also wrote that because the group is filled from top to bottom with dramatic comedies, the pure comedy films — like "Enough Said" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" — might not get the recognition they deserve. Neither of the two were nominated for either the best comedy or musical award.
The Wire ran through the list of potential nominees, and said which comedy film might not make it to the nomination ballot for next month’s award show.
“There are so many major Oscar contenders in this category, at least one of them is going to have to be left out,” wrote Joe Reid for The Wire.
Gray also wrote that this year’s award season draws a connection to Shakespearean literature. Even though some comedies are dramatic, they have sad endings, much like Shakespeare plays, Gray wrote.
“See, this is just one reason why I love awards season,” Gray wrote. “You get to debate the definition of drama, and to use 'We’re the Millers' and Shakespeare in the same column. That’s a notion that is both serious and comic.”
The growth in comedy might not be solely about the films, though. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who are both comedians across multiple mediums and hosted this year’s award show, are set to host the 2014 award show. And, according to The Latin Post, the pair signed on for an extra two years for hosting because of their connection with fans.
To offer a preview of what they’ll be doing at the Golden Globes, Fey and Poehler released their first commercial, according to The Huffington Post.
In the short promotion, “Fey and Poehler hang out around a piano and attempt to harmonize,” wrote The Huffington Post. “It's not exactly pretty, but it sure is funny.”
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