Golden Globes shocker: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ will compete in drama races (Exclusive)

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Never mind all of that original music in "Straight Outta Compton." At the upcoming Golden Globes, it will not compete alongside other musicals like "Ricki and the Flash." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed "Straight Outta Compton" to be a drama.

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For Universal, that's disappointing kudos news considering "Compton" would've faced less hefty competition in the alternative classification — comedy/musical — but that's where things get murky. "Compton" isn't a comedy, of course, but the category definition is widely interpreted by award-watchers as comedy or musical. Many other dramas with music have competed in that race in the past, including "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and "Ray" (2004). Heck, "Walk the Line" won in 2005.

However, last year "Get On Up" was classified to be a drama despite a music-heavy score. Ten years ago, rap-laden "Hustle & Flow" was deemed to be a drama.

This year the HFPA has not yet decided where to put other musical dramas like "Love & Mercy." Their fate at the Globes could end up having huge impact on the films' hopes at the Oscars.

One thought on “Golden Globes shocker: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ will compete in drama races (Exclusive)

  1. I ordinarily love the Globes, but their classifications are sometimes nutty. For example, remember when Bjork was nominated for Best Actress for “Dancer in the Dark”? In the DRAMA category. If “Dancer in the Dark” doesn’t count as a musical, how does “Walk the Line”? Very confusing. But at least the Globes had the guts to nominate “Breaking the Waves” and “Mulholland Dr.” for Best Picture (Drama) though the Oscars chickened out.

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