The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now officially ruled that “Joy” will compete as a comedy at the Golden Globes. Back in mid-October it was widely reported that 20th Century Fox wished to push the David O. Russell film inspired by the life of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano as a drama, but then studio reps later said they actually submitted it as a comedy. Many HFPA members told Gold Derby they were skeptical of that classification considering how dramatic the film appears to be in its trailer and a 20-minute preview they saw earlier this year. However, after viewing the full film yesterday afternoon, they voted to OK it as a laffer. How will this decision affect “Joy’s” chances at the Globes and the Oscars?
Russell’s films have long straddled the line between comedy and drama. His “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “American Hustle” (2013) competed at the Golden Globes as comedies. “Joy” leading lady Jennifer Lawrence won Best Musical/Comedy Actress for “Silver Linings” (and then repeated at the Oscars) while “American Hustle” won Best Musical/Comedy Picture. But Russell’s “The Fighter” (2010) competed at the Globes as a drama and earned a nomination for Best Drama Picture.
All three of those films went on to earn Best Picture bids at the Oscars. “Joy” is also on track to be a Best Picture contender at the Oscars, especially as it reunites the same major players who made “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” so successful: Writer-director Russell as well as actors Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
The absence of “Joy” from the Golden Globe musical/comedy field had opened up that category to “The Martian,” which took over the top spot in our Best Musical/Comedy Picture predictions, while Lawrence’s top spot in the Best Musical/Comedy Actress race went to Lily Tomlin (“Grandma“). What will happen now?
Be sure to make or edit your Golden Globe predictions below starting with Best Comedy/Musical Picture. You can continue to do so up until the announcement of the nominations on December 10.
Photo: Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy.” Credit: Moviestore Collection LTD/REX