“The Help” competing as a Comedy at the Golden Globes?

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I’m not sure how many of you caught this yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I shared it regardless.  My colleague Scott Feinberg tweeted this little ditty about ‘The Help’ submitting itself for consideration to the Hollywood Foreign Press: ” THE HELP has been submitted for Golden Globe consideration… in the musical/comedy categories?! I’m sorry but that’s outrageous…”.  I obviously agree with Scott, but this is hardly the first time that a drama that would barely count as a dramedy has chosen to go the easier route for nominations/wins, so I won’t get too upset about this or curse the skies o anything.  It does make me wonder if the people behind the flick feel like its chances are fading/moment has passed and want to tip the tide back in its favor to avoid just being a limited to the acting categories…hmm.  In fact, I wonder how many other films this year might decide to try and do the same thing in order to boost its chances.  Could ‘The Artist’ claim it’s a musical in some way?  Is ‘Moneyball’ witty enough to label itself a comedy?  Maybe even a kid’s movie like ‘Hugo’ can be deemed a “comedy”?  The HFPA has long been really bad at making their Musical/Comedy categories match up with their Drama ones, so this is a way they can also balance the scales in their eyes.  With films like ’50/50′, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’, ‘Midnight in Paris’ (the odds on favorite to win the Globe in this category in my eyes), ‘We Bought a Zoo’, and ‘Young Adult’ likely the main contenders for a nomination (though many of them will be snubbed, probably for the likes of ‘Larry Crowne’, ‘Win Win’…a dramedy at best, and maybe ‘The Hangover: Part II’, or even ‘Rango’), they don’t lack for strong film choices, but they might still manage to mess it up as usual.  I’d all but bet on it, actually.  It’s rare that the Musical/Comedy category doesn’t have at least one odd choice, but as long as we can avoid last year’s debacle with the likes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Burlesque’, and inexplicably ‘The Tourist’ getting nominated (I didn’t have an issue with ‘Red’ getting a filler nod, but it’s just odd that all the slots except for ‘The Kids Are All Right’ seemed like filler), then we’ll be on the right track.  Perhaps even ‘The Help’ might see itself get snubbed by going this route.  That’s incredibly unlikely, but it would have a little bit of poetic justice to it, and I’m never opposed to that,  I wonder what’s next this season…

I put it to you now.  Knowing all that we know, what odd choices will the Golden Globes make this year when they announce their nominations?  Do you agree with the submission of ‘The Help’ as a Comedy?  Hell, what under the radar comedy and drama hopefuls do you wish the Hollywood Foreign Press remembers to honor?  I have my list, but I’m more interested in yours…

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