Before winning their Best Picture Oscars, “The Apartment” (1960), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989) and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) first picked up Golden Globes for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. While such prestigious, serious-minded comedies still dominate the Globe nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has begun to also embrace a more tawdry breed of laughers. VIEW GALLERY
This year’s naughty “Bridesmaids” nabbed two nods — Best Comedy/Musical Picture and Comedy/Musical Actress (Kristen Wiig). Surprisingly, Melissa McCarthy was overlooked in the catch-all supporting category. The gross-out humor of “Bridesmaids” is a far cry from rival nominess “The Artist” and “Midnight in Paris.”
“Bridesmaids,” which grossed $169 million domestically and rated an 89 among the top critics at Rotten Tomatoes, has been described as the distaff version of “The Hangover” which overtook frontrunner “Nine” to claim the Globe for Best Comedy/Musical Picture in 2009.
In 2006, the crude and lewd “Borat” had contended for the top prize; it lost to “Dreamgirls.” But writer/performer Sacha Baron Cohen did win Best Comedy/Musical Actor. He was following in the footsteps of Billy Bob Thornton, whose performance in “Bad Santa” got the boorish ball rolling with a nod back in 2003.
Since then, the parody “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007) and stoner comedy “Pineapple Express” (2008) reaped Best Comedy/Musical Actor bids for John C. Reilly and James Franco respectively. Both those films were produced by Judd Apatow, the captain of crude cinema, who also oversaw “Bridesmaids.” As a director, he was rebuffed by the Globes for his hits “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005) and “Knocked Up” (2007).
In 2008, “Tropic Thunder” earned two Globe supporting nods: Tom Cruise as a foul-mouthed film executive and Robert Downey Jr. as an intense Method actor who dons blackface to play an African-American soldier in the Vietnam War. They both lost to Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) who also prevailed over Downey at the Oscars.