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12 January 2005



Hey, is that you, Charles "pomposity is my middle name" Taylor?


Aaron brings up a point that bears further discussion. When Liz P and I arrived at the Globes as a good enough device to launch this conversation, I had no idea who'd been nominated. Imagine my surprise when I realized I'd seen all of the musical/comedy best picture noms save Phantom, cuz, c'mon, it's Phantom of the Opera, people. I got sock drawers that need rearranging. But I had to spend an afternoon at the multiplex this Sunday to rack up even two of the six best picture/drama nominees. And keep in mind that usually I go for seeing some pretty dismal, snobby, sad-bastard shit.

The Globes' somewhat arbitrary division of comedy and drama is one of its strong points, simply because it means more movies, more performances, are recognized and discussed. But I don't know what to make of the strength of the so-called comedy field this year. Could it be that the world was so shitty and divisive we needed more escape?

None of the comedy nominees, I would argue, is especially funny. Could we finally have hit "for your consideration," inert prestige-pic, eat your vegetables, hectoring fatigue?

These are not rhetorical questions. Those of you who go in for "top 10" and "best of" lists, which mask is your scale weighted toward this year: comedy or tragedy?


Pete: You think I sound like Charles Taylor? Why would you insult me like that? What did I do to you? No, this is not Charles Taylor. I don't much like Charles Taylor. I suggest you consider the distinction between opinionated and pompous.

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