“I’ve got ‘Lady Bird’ winning,” says Paul Sheehan in a Golden Globe predictions slugfest with Chris Beachum and Daniel Montgomery to debate Best Film Comedy/Musical (watch above, or listen to the podcast version below). “I think it’s one we’re really underestimating at the Oscars in terms of the Best Picture race, and I think a win here for ‘Lady Bird’ could really boost it. The Golden Globes this year are handed out January 7, and Oscar nominations voting will still be going on … I’m very enthusiastic about ‘Lady Bird,’ but there’s lots of other films.”
The Golden Globes split their Best Picture race between dramas and comedies/musicals, but since awards voters tend to take dramas more, well, seriously, the Globes category for Best Film Comedy/Musical isn’t always a deep field. However, this year looks like an exception. As Beachum notes, “That first seven or eight [contenders] — the quality level is very high. I’m not sure which one or two movies will be left out.” Among the other films with a chance to win the prize, “‘The Big Sick’ could really be up their alley. That’s a movie that made a ton of money for a very low budget. It’s based on Kumail Nanjiani‘s own life story, so that’s someone they can probably really identify with, a foreigner in America.”
There’s also “The Disaster Artist,” which is about Hollywood and for which James Franco — a past Globe winner — has been enthusiastically campaigning. “Get Out” was a major success story, becoming a blockbuster hit and winning over critics with its socially conscious, satirical approach to the horror genre. And speaking of blockbusters, one of the year’s highest grossing films was “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney live-action remake of an animated film that won this very category in 1992.
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