• Golden Globe nominations reveal absurd choices in comedy

    Normally, when it comes to comedy during awards season, a big issue of contention is the categories that comedy is thrown into. Within the Golden Globes nominations announced earlier this morning, many comedy noms come from the musical and/or comedy category. However, if you look at the nominations of said Golden Globes, there’s a bigger issue at hand.

    First off, it’s great that Bridesmaids is getting nominated for Best Comedy/Musical and Kristen Wiig gets a nod as Best Actress. Also, 50/50 is in Best Comedy/Musical along with its star Joesph Gordon-Levitt, which is well deserved as are Amy Poehler, Christopher Plummer, and Charlize Theron‘s performances, respectively, in Parks and Recreation, Beginners, and Young Adult. Lastly, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and 30 Rock get their rightful share of Golden Globe nominations, also respectively, in Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy (Alec Baldwin), and Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy (Tina Fey). Of course, uber-popular Modern Family got its due as well with Best TV Comedy/Musical, Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Miniseries, and Made-for-TV Movie (Sofia Vergara), and Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Miniseries, and Made-for-TV Movie (Eric Stonestreet).

    Outside of Zooey Deschanel getting recognized for her new Fox series New Girl, the rest of the comedy nominations come completely out of left field– to the point where left field is at an entirely different ballpark. My Week With Marilyn, the biopic about Marilyn Monroe, and The Artist are thrown in the field of Best Comedy/Musical with Bridesmaids and 50/50? Ryan Gosling got nominated, not for his drooled-over performance in Drive, but for his turn in Crazy, Stupid, Love? Does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association likes Gosling with his shirt off? (Note: Gosling did not take his shirt off in Drive).

    The most stunning nominations, beyond all the obvious snubs of Louie, Nick Offerman on Parks and Recreation, Community, Beginners (I mean beyond Plummer’s performance), The League and more, are the nominations of both TV series Episodes and Enlightened. It took me a full two minutes to remember what those shows even were before I remembered the billboards of Matt LeBlanc posing weirdly and Laura Dern snarling. To be fair, I haven’t seen either, but, then again, I write about every single day and have not heard much about either.

    They haven’t gotten the type of attention (probably for good reason) that all the snubbed shows have gotten. Is the new mission statement of the HFPA to point out TV and movies that need to be seen, but have been virtually passed over or is still this: “To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden Globe® Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television?”

    The whole process is incredibly frustrating and more proof to Apatow’s claim of the bias against comedy in awards with specific regard to the Oscars. In fact, the only “comedy” category that seems to make any sense at all is the Best Animated Film with Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Rango, Puss in Boots, and The Adventures of Tintin. Not all of those movies are the best, but at least, there’s genre coherence. As for the rest of it, I’d imagine most Laughspin readers must be scratching their heads.

    At least we still have a host in Ricky Gervais, who tweeted this earlier today: “Many of you people are outraged and disgusted by some of the Golden Globe nominations. You want justice. Chill out. Leave it to me. BWAHAHA!”

    You can check out a full list of the nominations here. And be sure to tell us what you think in the comments section!

    Jake Kroeger

    Jake Kroeger has dedicated his life, for better or probably worse, to comedy. Starting and continually running the Comedy Bureau, a voice for LA comedy, by himself, he also writes and performs stand-up comedy in LA and watches more live comedy than is probably humanly tolerable. He's been a daily contributor to Punchline Magazine, now Laughspin.com because he loves and believes in comedy so much. Said of Kroeger, "...without his dangerously insane, unhealthy work ethic, certain comics would not have any press at all."

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