Golden Globes Best Picture Comedy or Musical Winner Prediction: A Silent Movie

Golden Globes Best Picture Comedy The ArtistGolden Globes predictions 2012: Best Picture - Comedy or Musical 'The Artist' (image: Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in 'The Artist')

(See previous post: “Golden Globes 2012 Best Picture - Drama Winner Prediction.”) Jonathan Levine's 50/50, Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn are the five contenders in the 2012 Golden Globes' Best Picture - Comedy or Musical category. The winner here should be no surprise.

If any other movie but The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius' French-made ode to silent American cinema, gets the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, more eyebrows will be raised – and raised so high they'll reach people's nape of the neck – than when it was discovered that movie celebrities were treated to golden-leafed dishes at the Golden Globes' luncheon last Saturday. Vertigo's Kim Novak may cry rape (or bloody murder or robbery or whatever she wishes), but The Artist is unbeatable.

Well, unless Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris … But no. If the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants to honor Allen – and we believe they likely will – that'll happen when they announce the year's Best Screenplay winner.

Worth pointing out is that if The Artist does indeed win the Best Picture - Comedy or Musical Golden Globe, it'll be the first production solely from a non-English-speaking country (mostly France) to win a Best Picture Golden Globe. It'll also be the first “silent film” to take home a Golden Globe statuette. (Mel Brooks' silent comedy Silent Movie was nominated in 1976, but lost to the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson A Star Is Born remake.)

Recent Golden Globe winners in the Best Picture - Comedy or Musical category include Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, Todd Phillips' The Hangover, Woody Allen's Spanish-American co-production Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, James Mangold's Walk the Line, Alexander Payne's Sideways, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, Rob Marshall's Chicago, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous.

Photo of Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in likely Best Picture - Comedy or Musical Golden Globe winner The Artist: The Weinstein Company.

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