As reported late Friday night by Variety’s Kris Tapley and other industry writers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the entity responsible for handing out the coveted Oscar precursor Golden Globes, has made some very interesting rulings in re: Comedy/Drama submissions and Lead/Supporting classification.
The big bombshell of the HFPA’s ruling is that Alicia Vikander of The Danish Girl and Rooney Mara of Carol will BOTH be classified as LEAD for the Golden Globes, after Focus Features and The Weinstein Co., respectively, had announced intentions to campaign both in the Best Supporting Actress race. While yours truly has yet to see either film here in the Sunshine State, nearly every individual who’s seen either film has attested to the foolish categorization. How does this change the Best Actress race? How DOESN’T this change the Best Supporting Actress race?
Recently, the HFPA has looked the other way when some Oscar bloggers have cried foul for alleged/arguable/blatant Category Fraud (see: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained; Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds; Bérénice Bejo, The Artist; Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; etc.). And yet, the HFPA (along with BAFTA) have a small record with calling bull on such “don’t pee on my leg and tell me its raining” campaigns, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago. Nevertheless, given that HFPA has played ball with studios’ campaigns without headline-inducing issues for so long, perhaps this is indicative of the straw breaking the camel’s back. Will the BFCA, SAG, and BAFTA follow?
The HFPA also ruled that the Bryan Cranston film Trumbo has been deemed a Drama after being submitted as a Comedy/Musical, which makes it less funny than My Week with Marilyn, I guess (good luck coming up with five actors in Best Actor – Comedy/Musical now–woof). Also, The Martian has been confirmed as a Comedy/Musical by the HFPA, which seems obvious enough, given it’s hilarious. Jason Segal and (per GoldDerby) Tom Courtenay have been deemed Lead for The End of the Tour and 45 Years, respectively.
Finally, apparently the yet-to-be-finished Joy is angling for a Comedy/Musical classification after earlier reports had pointed towards a Drama designation. Make what you will of that news.
Thoughts on the Vikander and Mara news? Is there a world wherein Best Actress – Drama ISN’T Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Rooney Mara (Carol), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)? And who benefits for the seemingly “open” slots in Best Supporting Actress? Is is Joan Allen for Room…Jane Fonda for Youth?