The 78th Golden Globes arrive on Feb. 28, continuing the esteemed tradition of recognizing the best in film and television. The awards show was delayed by two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to change the usual rules of eligibility, allowing films to go straight to streaming in acknowledgment of theaters shuttering and the continued danger of public moviegoing during the pandemic.
The category for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1951, with the exception of 1953 when there was no award given. This year's nominees for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy are "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," "Hamilton," "Music," "Palm Springs," and "The Prom." Whichever film takes home the award, it will be preceded by a long line of mostly iconic winners in the category of Best Musical or Comedy. Some represented major upsets while others were predicted well in advance. Each one was chosen by a board of just 88 members, meaning it’s inevitable that there will be total misfires in any given category. On the flip side of that coin, numerous Golden Globe winners have gone on to earn similar honors at the Academy Awards. Will that happen during this upcoming awards season?
Today, Stacker is looking backward instead. With more than seven decades of history behind it, the Golden Globes has a vast well of previous winners to explore and enjoy. Stacker has compiled a list of all winners of the Golden Globe Award for "Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" over the years and organized them chronologically. One will notice right away that musicals dominated the ceremony’s early era, eventually giving way to comedy’s ongoing reign. That said, a Hollywood musical still rears its head every now and then, such as it did when “La La Land” took awards season by storm. This year, "Hamilton," "Music," and "The Prom" are all musicals. And while Leslie Odom Jr. starred in both "Hamilton" and "Music," he's been nominated for his work in a third movie—"One Night in Miami," for which he garnered nominations for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song.
A quick note: From 1959 to 1963, the HFPA divided Best Musical and Best Comedy into two separate categories. We’ve included the Best Comedy winners, making mention of the Best Musical for that same year. We’ve also listed films by the year they were released, rather than the year they won the award. (For example, our winner listed for 1951 was released that year, but is listed by the Golden Globes as the winner in 1952.)
Without further delay, here are the Best Musical or Comedy winners from the year you were born.
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