‘Green Book’ officially drives into the comedy derby races at the 2019 Golden Globes

The fate of “Green Book” at the 2019 Golden Globes has been speculated for several weeks: would it be campaigned in the drama or comedy/musical categories. Our Gold Derby predictions center has been offering it as a comedy based on early reviews, and Universal now confirms that the true-life road trip film is indeed driving over into that genre. Hollywood Foreign Press members will consider the studio’s request and ultimately make a final placement.

The decision must have been a tough one because the movie dives deep into the dramatic racial tensions of the early 1960s, especially in the Midwest and Deep South. But it also has a nice complement of funny moments, especially anything dealing with Viggo Mortensen and food. Some would compare it to “Driving Miss Daisy,” the 1989 Best Picture Oscar winner and also a comedy film winner at the Globes.

Peter Farrelly (minus brother Bobby) directs the film, which will be released to the mass public in America on November 21. He is also a co-writer along with Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga, son of the main character Tony played by Mortensen. The plot has Tony Lip, an Italian bouncer from New York City, driving a famous African-American pianist (Mahershala Ali) for a full month across many states unwelcoming to both of them. Linda Cardellini plays Tony’s patient wife Dolores.

Prior to today’s announcement, we had already confirmed a campaign for Mortensen as a lead actor, Ali as a supporting actor and Cardellini as a supporting actress. According to our current Gold Derby combined odds for Best Film Comedy/Musical, “Green Book” is in second place at the Globes with 5/1 odds, behind “The Favourite” at 9/2. For Film Comedy/Musical Actor, Mortensen trails with 11/2 odds behind only Robert Redford (“The Old Man and the Gun”) at 5/1. For Film Supporting Actor, Ali has 5/1 odds trailing Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”) at 9/2.

“Green Book” has already been popular among the few who’ve seen the movie, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Middleburg Film Festival. Nine of the past 10 films winning this Toronto prize have gone on to Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards (the only miss being “Where Do We Go Now?” in 2011). Three of those films during the past decade actually won for Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The King’s Speech” (2010) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013).

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on December 6. And join in the fierce debate over the 2019 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our movie forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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