The Comedy/Musical category at the Golden Globes always engenders some level of controversy. Last year, “Get Out” was placed in Comedy/Musical despite the objections of many in the film community. The same happened a couple of years prior when “The Martian,” a sci-fi film about an astronaut struggling for survival, was categorized as a comedy. The Best Picture split at the Globes can be used to reward diverse and fun performances. However, when studios take advantage of the system, they can score easy wins. That’s what makes the news that both “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” plan to compete in Drama rather Earth-shaking.
According to Anne Thompson of Indiewire, the two films are choosing to submit in the Drama categories, rather than jump into the Musical/Comedy races. “A Star Is Born” can likely compete in many of the Drama categories regardless considering the heavy subject matter. However, “Bohemian Rhapsody” contains a lot of comedic elements (at least in the early trailer). The sell for Comedy/Musical should have been an easy sell for the biopic of Queen. This would also have positioned Malek as a potential Globe winner.
The move will also open up those races on the Comedy/Musical considerably. Fan favorites like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Paddington 2” now stand real chances of breaking into the Globes. “Hearts Beat Loud,” could easily follow in the steps of “Sing Street” and “Once” and capture a Best Picture nomination here. The news will certainly make fans happy that both “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” will push for the tougher nominations and likely shows theirs studio’s confidence in each film.