Golden Globe Awards

'Before Midnight' a Comedy, 'Blue Jasmine' a Drama at 2014 Golden Globes

Oh well, at least Blue Jasmine is a drama

before-midnightI previously speculated on what films may or may not be considered comedies at the 2014 Golden Globes after Scott Feinberg over at THR listed the likes of August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Frances Ha and Nebraska. This isn't to pretend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has ever been particularly discerning when it comes to their Comedy/Musical category, but it's always a little befuddling to see what is considered one or the other and it appears this year will be no exception.

Paul Sheehan at Gold Derby is reporting that while Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine will be considered a Drama, which is to say Cate Blanchett can begin prepping her Best Actress in a Drama speech now, another Sony Pictures Classics title will compete in the Comedy/Musical category... that being Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, which is arguably the most dramatic installment in the trilogy.

Fans of the film, myself being one of the biggest, will at least have a new horse to cheer for in the race as Before didn't have much of a chance in the Drama category, but now it opens the door to a possible Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke nomination. The film also has a strong chance at a screenplay nod, though I'm not sure I would count on it this early in the game.

Nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards will be announced on December 12. You can check out my full 2014 awards schedule right here.

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  • Driver

    Before Midnight is far from a comedy. It's like they want to keep that stupid category alive by calling any film with two or three laughs a comedy. I agree with you Brad that we may see a best film award for it, and that is not so bad, even if it is a Golden Globe Comedy/Musical.

  • Art

    Any word on what category Wolf of Wallstreet will be running on? Goldderby has is it under Drama.

    Also Brad, are the Critic's Choice Awards keeping their new categories from last year?

    • Newbourne

      It's moving to 2014.

      • Art

        Thanks newbourne, yea that's what I've heard. Rumors are that Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker are working hard to try to release it by Christmas (cinemabelend, screenrant, and others).

  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    The near-disintegration of a once enchanted relationship. Ha ha. Ha.

  • Steffen

    There's obviously no logic in this, nevermind. My question is: Does anyone really get excited about the Golden Globes? Before Midnight is a really intelligent enjoyable movie. And as much as I like it, if people like Delpy, Linklater and Hawk are recognized - does it make a difference? And does it make a difference to them? It's a little bit sad that it made only 11 millions world wide. I think it really hat problems to get a decent number of screens. But I guess it will be big on DVD sales.

  • Anna

    What?! This doesn't make any sense...

  • Travis

    I'd believe that Blue Jasmine was a comedy over Before Midnight. There was a lot of dark comedy in that one, even if I do believe it is a drama

  • andyluvsfilms

    *shakes head* goddamn people!

  • Gautam Anand

    Before Midnight, undoubtedly is more drama than comedy. But having said that, it is also the funniest among the three films in trilogy.

  • Ian

    Yeah Before Midnight is a drama. Blue Jasmine is at best a dark comedy, but it's obvious there that they're trying to keep Blanchett separate from Dench (and maybe Meryl too is August Osage County goes comedy as well).

  • SeenSome

    Before Midnight definitely isn't a comedy. It's funny at some points, in the way that life is, but the whole arc of the film and the core story is a drama.

    Frances Ha has the structure of a comedy so that should certainly be in the comedy category and earn Best Picture and Best Actress nominations at the Globes.

  • Josh P.

    Blue Jasmine is definitely one of those films that can straddle the line between comedy and drama, like a lot of Allen's films. In my heart, it's a drama, but I could have seen the case made for the latter. With Before Midnight, however, the only way I can see a justification in the comedy section is if you saw one trailer for it and haven't seen the entire movie, and you're guessing it's a generic romantic comedy. There is no way you could convince me that movie is anything but a dramatic piece of work.

    • Ian

      I wouldn't be surprised if most of the HFPA (and the Academy for that matter) have only seen the trailer and not the actual film.

    • Newbourne

      Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Annie Hall, Scoop... Woody's movies are clearly comedies. Haven't seen Blue Jasmine but I was expecting another Comedy nomination.

  • ghislaine

    The Globes are fun in that there are 10 nominees in the leading acting categories, not 5. And when it works out that there actually is a musical or a comedy, it's nice to see some attention paid.

    But sometimes - - it seems like they pick their 10 and then shuffle them into the Drama or Comedy/Musical as is convenient, with not much justification.

    That just leaves me with a bunch of questions.
    So Delpy and Dench are supposed to be Comedy? Along with possibles Lake Bell, Debra Mailman, Juliette Binoche, Rachel McAdams?
    Blanchett and Bullock are supposed to be drama? Along with possibles Brie Larson, Adele Echarpoulos?
    Is Amy Adams in a comedy then, or Greta Gerwig? Is Emma Thompson in a drama?

    I guess that's why we don't take the Golden Globes that seriously.

  • Hudsucker

    Ah, the Golden Globes. Every move they make leads to even more ridicule.

  • Matt Poke

    I have not seen 'Before Midnight' but can understand those thinking it's a drama having seen the other two films.

    'Blue Jasmine' however is a through and through a Drama. Sure there were some funny moments but as a whole I'd personally label it a tragedy. Really pretty bleak.

  • Halo_Insider

    Glad about that news for Blue Jasmine, which is definitely a Drama. The only unfortunate thing is that it will mean Blanchett and Bullock will have to go at each other when they could've each gotten prizes.

    Also heard about Nebraska going Comedy. Good news for Bruce Dern.

  • http://n/a rich clarkson

    This news means that The Lone Ranger could do a Tourist.