The concept of dividing awards into drama on one side and comedy/musicals on the other is designed to prevent a comparison of the proverbial apples and oranges. But this year, what more diverse projects and perfs could be imagined than Johnny Depp slitting the throats of dozens in unquestionably the darkest, bloodiest tuner ever written, “Sweeney Todd”; Ryan Gosling as a severely disturbed romantic in the fantasy “Lars and the Real Girl”; Tom Hanks playing a real-life congressman in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” a dramedy about the 1980s Afghan conflict; Philip Seymour Hoffman as a son who cares for his dementia-beset father in “The Savages”; and John C. Reilly doing a sendup of rockers in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”?
“Sweeney Todd” is definitely a musical, but are some of these other films even laffers? Obviously, the old lines of where one genre begins and another ends continue to blur in the still-young second century of the movie medium.
Surprisingly, the most GG-nommed actor on this list is Depp (with eight nods) and not Hanks (with seven). Hanks, however, has won four times and Depp never. Hoffman won for “Capote” and Reilly got nommed for his featured turn in “Chicago,” making Gosling the only GG first-timer in this group.