Some nods beg head scratching

'Squid,' 'Pluto,' 'Pride' cause confusion with comedy noms

While some of Tuesday’s nominations brought applause, a few of them also caused head-scratching.

Sure, “The Squid and the Whale,” “Breakfast on Pluto” and “Pride & Prejudice” had some laughs and nice music. But many in Hollywood were surprised at the films’ placement of in the musical or comedy category.

But then, if TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is considered a drama while “Desperate Housewives” is a comedy, it’s clear that there’s no such thing as easy classifications.

That was also true in the acting races.

Maria Bello, who on Monday was named top supporting actress for “A History of Violence,” was saluted by the Globes as lead actress for the same role.

Other noms brought a different kind of confusion. Even hardcore filmgoers on Tuesday had a hard time recalling the film “Christmas in Love.”

The Neri Parenti-helmed pic, in Italian and English, earned a best-song nom for its title tune. It left in the dust such higher-profile songs from other films like “North Country” (by Bob Dylan, no less), “Get Rich or Die Trying” (Fifty Cent), “Corpse Bride” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Danny Elfman) and a bunch of songs from “Hustle and Flow.”

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