Vince Vaughn has never been nominated for a Golden Globe, so, granted, he’s a long shot to break through for ” Delivery Man.” But it could happen. The category for Best Comedy/Musical Actor is wide open, albeit jam packed with superstars led by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street“) and Ben Stiller (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“) who have the best odds in our predictions center.
And there’s something very different about his newest role. Yes, he’s an idiot again, but not all the time and – blast trumpets here – we see Vince Vaughn finally grow up.
In “Delivery Man,” Vaughn is crashing a wedding again, but it’s his own. He desperately wants to wed his pregnant girlfriend, who’s wise to him. She can count on him to forget important things and show up late for everything. Including the births of his own kids. All 533 of them.
You see, Vaughn once donated more than 600 deposits to a sperm bank and now many of his seeds are all grown up and suddenly they want to meet daddy. Collectively, they sue the sperm bank to learn his identity, but Vaughn is protected by a confidentially agreement. Should he enforce it? Failing to do so will cost him a fortune. Will the news of 533 offspring torpedo his current relationship? Those are the dramas Vaughn must navigate on screen and he does so with notable sensitivity and warmth. He pulls it off.
Globe voters don’t usually go for crude fratboy humor. They didn’t nominate “Knocked Up” (2007), “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), “American Pie” (1999) or, heck, “Animal House” (1978). But then something curious occurred in 2009 when “The Hangover” pulled off a shocking victory as Best Comedy/Musical Picture. Three years earlier Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Comedy/Musical Actor for “Borat,” which was also nominated for Best Picture. Does this mean HFPA members are now more hip?
Or maybe it’s more accurate to describe “Delivery Man” as a goofball romantic comedy. Lots of those nab noms and Globe wins – like Notting Hill” (1999). Some are even quite crude (“Bridesmaids,” 2011). And maybe it doesn’t matter that Vaughn is widely regarded as a goofball actor. Consider Jim Carrey – he’s won two Golden Globes: “The Truman Show” (1998) and “Man on the Moon” (1999).
Vaughn presses valiantly on. Recently, he gave a press conference about “Delivery Man” to HFPA members. That’s a crucial step in courting a Golden Globe nomination.