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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen
Release date: Nov. 3
Worldwide B.O. (through Nov. 20): $135.4 million
Why it will be nominated: It may be a nonstarter in the realm of former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic states. But garnering nearly 40% of its box office dollars in foreign lands over its first two weeks in release, and starring a U.K. comic sensation, “Borat” is more familiar to HFPA members than most films. And for the exception of “The Devil Wears Prada,” no other contender in the comedy-musical realm comes in with as much critical juice.
Why it won’t: Except for Baron Cohen’s exceptional comic gifts, “Borat” is light on traditional awards-worthy performance and craftsmanship, falling somewhere between documentary and comedy film. Alas, there is no category anywhere for “mocumentary.”
What Variety said: “Lead character invented by Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen retains an innocent sweetness that mollifies offense his decidedly un-PC remarks might cause.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Universal
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
Release date: June 2
Worldwide B.O.: $203 million
Why it will be nominated: Next to Brangelina, there’s no bigger tabloid couple than Vaughniston, and when they weren’t fighting, they were very funny. The fascination with the pair translated to a healthy box office of $118 million — a figure the HFPA has to respect.
Why it won’t: You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but the film was very dark and meanspirited at times. Not exactly the laugh riot some made it out to be.
What Variety said: “Misleadingly marketed as a boisterous comedy, ‘The Break-Up’ may be the first ‘last-date movie’ — the one you see with someone that you’re about to dump. Sporadic rays of sunshine emanate from the broad and gifted supporting cast, but the core story is almost relentlessly unpleasant, like sitting through a dinner party where the host couple does nothing but bicker.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Paramount
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Kathy Bates, Steve Buscemi
Release date: Dec. 15
Worldwide B.O.: N/A
Why it will be nominated: It’s a classic children’s fable, and voters might be feeling generous in giving such a well-told tale a kudos boost. Plus, Julia Roberts voicing the the eight-legged star doesn’t hurt.
Why it won’t: Probably a bit too kid-oriented for the older-skewing HFPA, which will have a slew of adult-skewed comedies and musicals to choose from.
What Variety said: N/A
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Sony
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Release date: June 23
Worldwide B.O.: $231.6 million
Why it will be nominated: Sandler and Coraci’s latest collaboration generated more than $94 million at the foreign box office, a surprisingly strong pull for a comedy.
Why it won’t: The Globes haven’t recognized Sandler for anything yet.
What Variety said: “Helmer Frank Coraci employs clever visual-aural strategies to illustrate the universal remote’s powers as Michael becomes increasingly addicted. The screenplay carefully lays the groundwork for Michael’s undoing as he uses the remote to manipulate his way into a big promotion. … One of Sandler’s more restrained roles, closer to the likable average Joes of ‘Anger Management’ and ’50 First Dates.'”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studios: DreamWorks and Paramount
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy
Release date: Dec. 15
Worldwide B.O: N/A
Why it will be nominated: A prestigious drama with a rousing musical number is right up the alley of Globes voters. “Dreamgirls” has many of the same qualities and prestige potential as previous nom “Ray” and winner “Chicago,” and will be a hard act for the HFPA to resist.
Why it won’t: The bar has been set very high for a very long time for this pic, and if it fails to deliver in a major way, its star could fizzle out quickly. The thinly fictionalized account of Motown legends the Supremes also faces possible backlash and criticism for its portrayal of real people.
What Variety said: N/A
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 1 (Paramount), Dec. 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Dec. 2 (NY: Paramount), Dec. 3 (Paramount), Dec. 4 (NY: Paramount), Dec. 6 (Paramount), Dec. 8 (NY: Dolby), Dec. 9 (Paramount), Dec. 9 (NY: Paramount), Dec. 10 (Paramount), Dec. 10 (NY: Broadway), Dec. 15 (Clarity), Dec. 15 (NY: Dolby), Dec. 16 (Paramount), Dec. 18 (Paramount), Dec. 26 (DGA), Dec. 27 (DGA), Dec. 27 (NY: Paramount), Dec. 28. (DGA), Dec. 29 (NY: Paramount), Dec. 30 (DGA)

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci
Release date: June 30
Worldwide B.O.: $288.5 million
Why it will be nominated: Nobody does diva like Streep, and her delicious take on a fictional magazine czar — known to be based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour — struck chords with worldwide auds. The contributions of Hathaway, Tucci and Emily Blount, as Streep’s snotty, overworked Blighty assistant, shouldn’t be ignored either.
Why it won’t: Not a true comedy, in the strictest sense of the word. Actually, there were tinges of sadness in the last act, about how much of her life Streep’s Amanda Priestly had dedicated to the office, at the expense of everything else.
What Variety said: “Streep single-handedly elevates this sitcomy but tolerably entertaining adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s bestselling 2003 roman a clef about a personal assistant’s year of chic hell under the thumb of the dragon lady of the fashion world.”
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 1 (NY: Broadway), Dec. 3 (Wilshire), Dec. 9 (Fox), Dec. 13 (Raleigh), Dec. 19 (NY: Broadway), Dec. 20 (NY: Dolby), Dec. 22 (Wilshire), Dec. 27 (NY: Fox), Dec. 28 (Universal), Dec. 30 (Wilshire)

Studio: Warner Independent
Director: Christopher Guest
Cast: Guest, Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer
Release date: Nov. 17
Worldwide B.O.: N/A
Why it will be nominated: Guest and his merry rep company skewer moviemaking and the zaniness of awards season, in the same way they’ve taken shots at heavy-metal musicians, small-town legit productions and dog competitions.
Why it won’t: This one’s not a documentary and, like “A Mighty Wind,” which was a cut below Guest’s other sendups, “Consideration” doesn’t provide 90 minutes full of belly laughs, only the occasional chuckle (the exception being each time Fred Willard and Jane Lynch appear, as blithering idiot hosts of a syndicated entertainment news program). Maybe the bar was set so high before, though, it’s tough for Guest to create something as good as “Guffman” or “Spinal Tap.”
What Variety said: “The story of a ‘prestige’ film comically roiled by kudos buzz, ‘Consideration’ is too heavy on ethnic humor and industry in-jokes to attract many in flyover territory.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Sony
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black
Release date: Dec. 8
Worldwide B.O.: N/A
Why it will b
e nominated:
This pic has star power both in front of and behind the camera. It’s also a more traditional romantic comedy, a subgenre popular with Globes voters in this category.
Why it won’t: With little attention being paid to it, the film and its performances need to show some serious sparks to jump to the front of the line. Of late, the Globes have preferred more drama and music than comedy in their romantic stories.
What Variety said: N/A
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 4 (DGA), Dec. 7 (Raleigh), Dec. 9 (Aidikoff), Dec. 12 (Aidikoff), Dec. 14 (NY: Bryant Park Hotel), Dec. 15 (NY: Sony)

Studio: Universal
Director: Bryan Barber
Cast: Andre Benjamin, Antwan A. Patton, Terrence Howard
Release date: Aug. 25
Worldwide B.O.: $12.6 million
Why it will be nominated: Exuberant musical numbers could charm the hearts and minds of the HFPA into giving this low-profile film a high-profile berth. Its inventiveness in taking the film musical forward while respecting its past makes this a choice that will appeal to a wide swath of voters.
Why it won’t: Film’s strong style may not be enough to overcome a weak story. Outbursts of violence and the sensibilities of rap music may turn off traditionalists.
What Variety said: “Given the sense of enchantment with which Barber sets up his film — with the playful manipulation of archival photos, notation dancing across pages of music, a talking whiskey flask and various effects-driven visual pranks — he has created a universe in which rap, swing, Ma Rainey-style blues (as performed by Macy Gray) and special effects might very well co-congregate in a place like Church, the Georgia speakeasy where so much of ‘Idlewild’ unfolds.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin
Release date: July 26
Worldwide B.O.: $80.1 million
Why it will be nominated: Take away “Borat,” and “Sunshine” might just be the film that put a post-multiplex smile on more moviegoers than any other. A winning ensemble in which every actor never tries to steal a scene, but just make it pitch perfect, there may be no more likable and well-reviewed pic to come out this year. From older statesman Arkin to youngster Breslin, this one’s a winning road trip.
Why it won’t: While there’s no such thing as a sure thing, this one comes pretty close; maybe the hype could turn off some, as might Arkin’s vulgarity or Breslin’s “look at me” final number, but only true cynics will have a hard time not marking this one on their ballots.
What Variety said: “Veteran husband-and-wife musicvideo and commercials team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris make a disarming segue into features with ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ a quietly antic dysfunctional family road trip comedy that shoots down the all-American culture of the winner and offers sweet redemption for losers — or at least the ordinary folks often branded as such.”
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 2 (Fox), Dec. 7 (NY: Fox), Dec. 16 (Fox), Dec. 18 (Aidikoff)

Studio: Universal
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Robin Williams, Laura Linney, Christopher Walken
Release date: Oct. 13
Worldwide B.O.: $37.3 million
Why it will be nominated: Williams is a favorite — he has four Globes, a special achievement honor and won the Cecil B. DeMille Award two years ago — and his dominating performance here may be all the help this movie needs. HFPA voters also may gravitate to this film as a mild political statement.
Why it won’t: Film floundered in trying to find an audience and failed to make much political hay even in this year’s contentious political contests. The real-life power shift blunts any political point voters may make.
What Variety said: “A curious hybrid — a political/action/comedy/thriller in which Robin Williams becomes president of the United States. A movie as uneven as it sounds, ‘Man’ is less laugh-out-loud funny than topical and suspenseful.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Paramount
Director: Jared Hess
Cast: Jack Black, Hector Jimenez, Ana de la Reguera
Release date: June 16
Worldwide B.O.: $99 million
Why it will be nominated: Directed by “Napoleon Dynamite” helmer Hess, with a light-handed touch and relying completely upon Black’s innocence and understated charm, “Nacho” delivered the small-scale intended goods. Quickly digestible afterward but joyful and quirky, the pic’s fun comes at the expense of Black, though he’s completely OK with that, so why shouldn’t everyone else?
Why it won’t: While “Napoleon” became a cult hit — and hugely profitable, with a $44 million take on a $400,000 budget) — “Nacho” never developed must-see status.
What Variety said: “‘Nacho Libre’ strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney
Release date: Dec. 20
Worldwide B.O.: N/A
Why it will be nominated: The film was written by an emerging comedy-scribe power duo in Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, and it features an impressive ensemble of performances.
Why it won’t: Except for the animated hits such as “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles,” big American ensemble-comedy pics haven’t garnered many noms from the HFPA of late.
What Variety said: N/A
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Disney
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy
Release date: July 7
Worldwide B.O.: $1.06 billion
Why it will be nominated: It’s no stretch to imagine Globes will be in the same boat as the millions who made the pic the year’s top grosser. As one of the rare mega-franchises to compete in this category, it has an advantage with profile and excitement that few competitors can match.
Why it won’t: Despite its financial success, the charm and nimbleness of the original may have dimmed too much between installments. With the original pic failing to earn a nom, it’s unlikely the sequel will fare better.
What Variety said: “Inevitably, the effect of (Depp’s) wild makeup and costume, mincing manner and carefully calculated unpredictability proves less arresting the second time around. The surprise is gone, but so is the nearly faultless comic timing, not to mention any good lines.”
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 1 (WGA), Dec. 3 (Disney), Dec. 10 (Pacific Design Center), Dec. 19 (Disney)

Studio: Picturehouse
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline
Release date: June 9
Worldwide B.O.: $22.6 million
Why it will be nominated: This ode to times past from Globes favorite Altman, who died Nov. 21, is a disarmingly charming piece of Americana. Pic’s excellent ensemble of well-loved performers only improves the film’s chances.
Why it won’t: Talent can’t keep the pic from feeling like a disjointed series of sketches that fail to add up to enough of a story. Indy effort also came and went with astonishingly few summer filmgoers bothering to check it out.
What Variety said: “Rib-ticklingly funny at times and genial as all get-out, Robert Altman’s take on Garrison Keillor’s three-decades-old Minnesota institution is about nothing mor
e or less than the privileged musical and behavioral moments created by the engagingly diverse cast.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Sony
Director: Ryan Murphy
Cast: Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Cross
Release date: Oct. 20
Worldwide B.O.: $6.8 million
Why it will be nominated: Golden Globe voters have never hid their thirst for big-time talent, and the “Scissors” cast has six Oscar nominations (and one win) among its three women — Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow and vet thesp Jill Clayburgh, whom voters might want to acknowledge for her lengthy body of work. The comedy is very dark, much like what director Murphy uses on TV’s “Nip/Tuck,” and two years ago voters made that series the best drama on television, so there’s little doubt they like his work.
Why it won’t: While Murphy’s off-center characters work for “Nip/Tuck,” they didn’t translate well to “Scissors.” Too much dysfunction, in too small a setting, felt claustrophobic. Augusten Burroughs’ memoir was tough to adapt to the bigscreen and, try as he might, Murphy wasn’t up to the challenge.
What Variety said: “Writer-director Ryan Murphy strives mightily to capture the bracing hilarity, pathos and surreal incident of Burroughs’ bestselling memoir, but this rudderless adaptation never gets a firm grip on the author’s deadpan tone or episodic narrative style.”
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 4 (Wilshire), Dec. 6 (NY: Bryant Park Hotel), Dec. 19 (Sony)

Studio: Sony
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman
Release date: Nov. 10
Worldwide B.O.: $23.5 million
Why it will be nominated: Ferrell proves once again that he doesn’t need to be running naked down the street to be quite effective. His nuanced perf along with great supporting turns from the rest of the stellar cast make “Fiction’s” enchanting and whimsical storyline something along the lines of Charlie Kauffman lite.
Why it won’t: It could fall in the cracks, not being a flat-out comedy and with overtones of death hanging in the pic’s balance. And if a film such as “Talladega Nights” is on voters’ minds, they may not want to have Ferrell compete against himself.
What Variety said: “This first comedy from the unpredictable, hot-and-cold director Marc Forster sometimes becomes too self-consciously clever, and it doesn’t entirely resolve its own central dilemma, but it remains inventive and funny to the end.”
Upcoming screenings: Dec. 5 (Raleigh), Dec. 6 (Sony), Dec. 12 (Sony)

Studio: Sony
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
Release date: Aug. 4
Worldwide B.O.: $162.8 million
Why it will be nominated: A tour de force of comic perfs, with U.K. star Baron Cohen’s turn as a gay Frenchman upstaging star Ferrell at times.
Why it won’t: The American phenomenon of NASCAR — even in the context of satire — doesn’t play big in the native lands of HFPA constituents. “Talledega” earned only a fraction of its worldwide take at the foreign box office.
What Variety said: “Simultaneously teasing and loving a subject doesn’t make for easy comedy, but writer-star Will Ferrell and director/co-writer Adam McKay pull it off with good-ol’-boy good nature.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Maria Bello, Robert Duvall, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Elliot, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy
Release date: March 17
Worldwide B.O.: $38.3 million
Why it will be nominated: Critically acclaimed comedy from seasoned awards getter earned more than a third of its global box office take overseas.
Why it won’t: The film was released a full nine months before serious Globes campaigning.
What Variety said: “Slick, stylish and sharp-witted, ‘Thank You for Smoking’ is an entertaining satire on contemporary morality that skewers corporate spin culture, political correctness and that most rhetorical of concepts in Bush’s America, personal freedom.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A

Studio: Universal
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Cast: Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, Matt Dillon, Michael Douglas
Release date: July 14
Worldwide B.O.: $127.9 million
Why it will be nominated: For a comedy, “Dupree” did well in the international realm of the HFPA, earning more than 40% of its box office dollars overseas.
Why it won’t: Silly slapstick comedies have been pushed aside in recent years by films like “The Squid and the Whale.”
What Variety said: “Wilson’s amiable slacker charm masks a wholly alert sense of comic delivery and, crucially, a knowledge of how to play annoying without annoying the audience. The character Dupree is smarter and more complicated than he looks — selfish but selfless, irresponsible but resourceful, clueless but sensitive, mediocre but inspiring.”
Upcoming screenings: N/A