The eligibility committee of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has ended widespread speculation about where it plans to plop “Country Strong” at the upcoming Golden Globes. The film about a fallen country singer (Gwyneth Paltrow) attempting a comeback will compete as a drama, not in the comedy/musical categories.
Considering its ample music content, “Country Strong” seems similar to “Walk the Line,” which dealt with the bedeviled career of Johnny Cash and won the Globe for best musical/comedy picture of 2005. Or “La Vie en Rose” starring Marion Cotillard, who won best musical/comedy actress as songbird Edith Piaf in 2007.
However, HFPA has tried to establish more of a distinction between the two sets of categories in the past few years. If a movie is intensely dramatic, it gets placed in drama regardless of major music content. Thus, last year Jeff Bridges won best drama actor for “Crazy Heart.”
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