{random film-ness} Golden Globes Comedy Watch List

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The Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13th. Take a look at the nominees and then get in the mood by watching recent winners!

Five nominees will duke it out for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (rent for $3.99 on Amazon Instant), Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom (rent for $3.99 on Amazon Instant), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (rent for $3.99 on Amazon Instant) and Silver Linings Playbook. Bet smart by looking at recent years’ comedy/musical winners.

2012: The Artist

A smile-making tribute to silent films, The Artist charmed critics and audiences alike. Who says ‘Mericans don’t like black and white and reading captions stuff by the French? Written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius; starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. If you want a dose of happy ASAP, watch it on Netflix Streaming now.

2011: The Kids Are All Right

One couples’ concurrent mid-life crises and the introduction of their kids’ biological father throws their family into chaos. It’s funny and touching and far from farce. And, yes, kid actors Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) do more than all right here. The Kids Are All Right was directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon, High Art), written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg (Keeping the Faith), and starred Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

2010: The Hangover

Wow. The Golden Globes were uber-populist in 2010, huh? The hugely popular gross-out flick made tons of money at the box office and tons of people laugh. Some in spite of themselves. Ahem. The Hangover won over the rom-com favorite 500 Days of Summer, but we won’t hold that against it. Too much. Directed by Todd Phillips (Old School), written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. Get your guffaw on now by watching it on Amazon Instant ($1.99 to rent).

My two cents: The Golden Globes has trended more high-minded in the past two years, and their nominees reflect that. Not a slapstick in the bunch. I’m thinking comedy lovers will split their vote on this one, and the shamelessly emotional Les Miserables will get to belt a victory song.

Who gets your Golden Globes best comedy/musical vote?

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Sarah Magill

Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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