Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes ( www.vox.com )

Both films are nominated for Best Picture — Drama, even though they are two of the year’s most musical films.

Two of the year’s most musical films are nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes — but not in the category that recognizes musical films.


To the casual observer, the fact that A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody both landed in the Best Picture category for “drama” might seem like an error. (The Golden Globes split their film categories between drama and musical or comedy.)

Bohemian Rhapsody, which focuses on Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, is full of the band’s songs. And its best scenes are musical — including one in which Queen records “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and one that culminates in an electric recreation of the band’s famous performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

A Star Is Born, the third remake of a classic Hollywood film, has a long history of being considered a musical. Its predecessor in 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, in fact won Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, along with four other awards. And the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason won two Golden Globes for its leads in the musical and comedy acting categories. This new 2018 version is loaded with original songs; one of them, “Shallow,” was nominated for Best Original Song.

But both of these films showed up in the drama category, not musical or comedy. And there’s a reason for that.

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