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Golden Globes draw comedy, drama lines

H'wood Foreign Press decides for 'middle' pics

The line between comedies and drama are now drawn for the films competing for the top film honors at the Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced on Thursday how they are categorizing the 185 films that are eligible for noms.

There were few surprises among the classifications, with most of the highly touted films falling clearly into either the drama or comedy/musical camps. Only true tweener was Universal’s biopic “Ray,” which will land as a musical. Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” distribbed by Fox Searchlight, is also in the comedy category, though his 2002 pic, “About Schmidt,” was deemed a drama.

Other “middle” pics that landed in the comedy and musical category include Sony Pictures Classics’ “Being Julia,” Focus’ “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Disney’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and Sony’s “Spanglish.”

Animated pics like Disney and Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and DreamWorks’ “Shrek 2” are both in the comedy category.

Some of the most head-scratching classifications were for pics that are, to say the least, longshots for awards.

For example, “The Chronicles of Riddick” will both vie for noms as dramas, while “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” and “Catwoman” are comedies.

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