Earlier today, The Golden Globes were announced and like usual, it’s a mixed bag for comedy. The definition of comedy is always so loose when it comes to movies as real legitimate comedies are never well represented in this category. Often opting for dramatic movies with moments of levity in them. While last year all you needed was to be shot in a foreign location to be considered a comedy movie, this year it appears that the trailer for the film needed to have a joke in it and they’re in.
Compared to movies, the television category does a better job with its selections. Because they, for the most part actually select funny shows. While some usual suspects have returned for another go ’round, there are some new names in the mix for TV honors.
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Sure! Why not!?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
AMY ADAMS – AMERICAN HUSTLE
JULIE DELPY- BEFORE MIDNIGHT
GRETA GERWIG – FRANCES HA
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS – ENOUGH SAID
MERYL STREEP – AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Help us Julia Louis-Dreyfus! You’re our only hope!
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
CHRISTIAN BALE – AMERICAN HUSTLE
BRUCE DERN – NEBRASKA
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
OSCAR ISAAC – INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
JOAQUIN PHOENIX – HER
This Wolf of Wall Street film better be funny as sh*t!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2
I’m into the Despicable Me movies, like those.
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BIG BANG THEORY
PARKS AND RECREATION
While it’s not really a surprise to anyone that TBBT, Modern Family, as they pulled in noms last year. But Parks is back and it’s really awesome to see the work that FOX is doing with Brooklyn Nine-Nine as it’s currently the best new comedy on TV.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ZOOEY DESCHANEL- NEW GIRL
LENA DUNHAM – GIRLS
EDIE FALCO – NURSE JACKIE
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS – VEEP
AMY POEHLER – PARKS AND RECREATION
No Modern Family nominations this year bu this category is best representative of all the great ladies in good comedies on TV.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JASON BATEMAN – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
DON CHEADLE – HOUSE OF LIES
MICHAEL J. FOX – THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
JIM PARSONS – THE BIG BANG THEORY
ANDY SAMBERG – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Another category with a good representation of the men currently on great TV comedies. New nominations from Michael J. Fox and Andy Samberg are great, and it’s exciting that the revival of the cult show Arrested Development getting a nod.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JACQUELINE BISSET – DANCING ON THE EDGE
JANET MCTEER – WHITE QUEEN
HAYDEN PANETTIERE – NASHVILLE
MONICA POTTER – PARENTHOOD
SOFIA VERGARA – MODERN FAMILY
Sofia, you are our only hope.
And there you have it. A solid mixed bag in the comedy representation department for this year’s Golden Globe nominations. The upside of all of this is that we’ll once again get to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the night for us. We’ll have to tune in on January 12th to see who brings home the statue.