Golden Globes: Weighing the Odds in the Best Comedy-Musical Category

1:30 PM 11/26/2019

by Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the nomination chances for six comedies and musicals in the running to win the coveted award.

From left: 'Hustlers,' 'Rocketman,' 'Jojo Rabbit'
From left: 'Hustlers,' 'Rocketman,' 'Jojo Rabbit'
Courtesy of Films

  • 'Booksmart'

    'Booksmart'
    'Booksmart'
    Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures

    Most fans of Olivia Wilde's coming-of-age high school comedy are probably quite a bit younger than the average Hollywood Foreign Press Association member, but I wouldn't rule out nominations for one or both of the Annapurna pic's leading ladies, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein — or its screenplay, either.

  • 'Dolemite Is My Name'

    Courtesy of TIFF

    Craig Brewer’s Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic of the black comedian Rudy Ray Moore (who became famous under an alter ego that factors into the film's title), stars Eddie Murphy, a longtime favorite of the HFPA (and a Golden Globe winner for Dreamgirls), in one of the strongest performances of his career.

  • 'Hustlers'

    'Hustlers'
    'Hustlers'
    Alison Cohen Rosa/STX

    The true story of a group of strippers who banded together to enrich themselves was a surprise hit out of the Toronto International Film Festival, thanks in large part to Jennifer Lopez's showstopping turn as the ringleader. There's no way the HFPA won't invite her (and A-Rod) to its party.

  • 'Jojo Rabbit'

    'Jojo Rabbit'
    'Jojo Rabbit'
    Kimberley French/Fox Searchlight

    It's been 21 years since a Holocaust film was pushed as a musical or comedy. With real Nazis on the march again, not everyone is responding to Taika Waititi's satire, but it captured the TIFF audience award, which Green Book also won en route to three Globe trophies.

  • 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
    'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
    Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures

    Some voters may take issue with a film somewhat about the Manson family being labeled a musical or comedy, but most will support this Quentin Tarantino pic wherever it goes — not least because it boasts one of the most star-studded casts in recent memory.

  • 'Rocketman'

    'Rocketman'
    'Rocketman'
    David Appleby/Paramount Pictures

    This musical biopic about the legendary Elton John, a Golden Globe winner in 1995, is sure to resonate with a voting body that loves anything with music — dramas and musicals or comedies — and not only in the best original song category, where John himself is on the ballot.

  • 'Uncut Gems'

    'Uncut Gems'
    'Uncut Gems'
    Courtesy of Netflix

    The Safdie brothers make polarizing films, none of which has heretofore been embraced by the HFPA. But this one features a star turn from Adam Sandler that's unlike anything audiences have seen him do before, and it is well within the realm of possibility that he will be nominated.

    This story first appeared in a November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.