Posted on January 18, 2011 by


How Johnny Depp invaded the Comedy/Musical Golden Globe categories, without laughter or song.

By Anna Wiegenstein

The Tourist: Sheer hilarity.

Among the things made clear by the release of the 2010 Golden Globe nominees and Sunday night’s show, the most obvious might be that in a year full of notable dramatic releases, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t get around to watching too many light-hearted movies.

I have to blame someone for my disappointment, and this year, I’ve decided to focus on Johnny Depp. I’ve already expressed my lackluster feelings toward The Tourist, a pale North By Northwest imitation without any of the Hitchcock classic’s sex appeal or snarkiness. (Not that James Mason can’t be funny.) Both The Tourist and Red appear to be in place to represent the action-comedy subgenre, while several superior flicks from this summer (Iron Man 2The Other Guys, and—yeah, I said it—Knight And Day) have apparently vanished from memory.

“I think I’ll branch out this time,” director Tim Burton was not quoted as saying. (Photo courtesy of

Given that a kooky Burton take on a fairy tale presented by Disney pushes any number of buttons, I’m willing to accept Alice In Wonderland (particularly given its frankly ridiculous worldwide gross of just over $1 billion.) But the fact remains: Depp took two spots in that acting category, one of which desperately needed to belong to Russell Brand, and was certainly a factor in The Tourist’s nomination for Best Picture.

A final note: While I realize that Animation must consistently work within a separate category in order to win anything, ever, it’s worth mentioning that Toy Story 3 was both the highest reviewed and top grossing film of the year. With How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me sitting on 98% and 81% respectively, as well as equally high box office performance, we would see an animated feature trump everyone in a perfect world. After all, they’re all better than the dismal 37% garnered by Burlesque.

– Anna Wiegenstein