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Monday June 21, 2021

Is a Good Comedy Better than a Good Drama?

OK, nerd alert: I keep a spreadsheet of movie awards, guild and otherwise, and how they match up against the Oscars, and update it each season. Mostly best picture stuff. Anyway, in the last Oscar crush, my eyes wandered over to the Golden Globe Awards for Drama and Comedy/Musical, and I kind of idly scanned the list. And then not so idly I began to realize that generally I preferred the GG winners for Comedy/Musical (usually thought of as a frivilous category) over the GG for Drama (serious and important).

Here they are since 1970. My preferences are in yellow. If there's no yellow, it's a wash (“Nomadland,” “Borat”), or I haven't seen one of the movies ('Beauty and the Beast,“ ”Green Card,“ ”Arthur,“ ”The Turning Point,“ ”Fiddler on the Roof“).

YEAR DRAMA COMEDY/MUSICAL
2020 Nomadland Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
2019 1917 Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Green Book
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Lady Bird
2016 Moonlight La La Land
2015 The Revenant The Martian
2014 Boyhood Birdman
2013 12 Years a Slave American Hustle
2012 Argo Les Miserables
2011 The Descendants The Artist
2010 The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
2009 Avatar The Hangover
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 Atonement Sweeney Todd
2006 Babel Dreamgirls
2005 Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
2004 The Aviator Sideways
2003 Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
2002 The Hours Chicago
2001 A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge
2000 Gladiator Almost Famous
1999 American Beauty Toy Story 2
1998 Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic As Good As It Gets
1996 The English Patient Evita
1995 Sense and Sensibility Babe
1994 Forrest Gump The Lion King
1993 Schindler's List Mrs. Doubtfire
1992 Scent of a Woman The Player
1991 Bugsy Beauty and the Beast
1990 Dances with Wolves Green Card
1989 Born on the 4th of July Driving Miss Daisy
1988 Rain Man Working Girl
1987 The Last Emperor Hope and Glory
1986 Platoon Hannah and Her Sisters
1985 Out of Africa Prizzi's Honor
1984 Amadeus Romancing the Stone
1983 Terms of Endearment Yentl
1982 E.T. The Extraterrestrial Tootsie
1981 On Golden Pond Arthur
1980 Ordinary People Coal Miner's Daughter
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Breaking Away
1978 Midnight Express Heaven Can Wait
1977 The Turning Point The Goodbye Girl
1976 Rocky A Star is Born
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Sunshine Boys
1974 Chinatown The Longest Yard
1973 The Excorcist American Graffiti
1972 The Godfather Cabaret
1971 The French Connection Fiddler on the Roof
1970 Love Story M*A*S*H

I would've assumed a landslide for Drama, but it's18-15 in favor of Comedy/Musical. Your mileage may differ.

Love that the raunchy Burt Reynolds prison/football comedy ”The Longest Yard“ got a Golden Globe. There should be more of that. And paired with ”Chinatown"? That's a fun year. If you had to do a double-feature, which year would you go with? I like '72, '74, '82, '14 and '17.

Posted at 07:00 AM on Monday June 21, 2021 in category Movies - Awards  
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