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.
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.