I laughed, I cried -- but is it a comedy?
Let's ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. The Golden Globe nominees in various "comedy or musical" categories suggest that comedy is the serious theme explored via satire or the personal story that features the cutting edge of self-regard.
Or, alternatively, movies the group just wanted to praise but had to admit weren't as important as, say, "Atonement."
So the Hollywood Foreign Press calls them comedies, bear-hugging "Charlie Wilson's War" (politics) "Juno" (pregnant teen), "The Savages" (dying parent), "Lars and the Real Girl" (guy and doll), and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (biopic parody) in some manner of major nomination.
"It's just such a unique, special film," said Ryan Gosling of "Lars," for which he earned a nomination for best performance by an actor in a motion picture comedy or musical.