Annal: 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Results of the Golden Globe Award in the year 1982.

Film:Arthur

Arthur

Steve Gordon

When you get lost between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you’ll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minelli) who doesn’t care about his money, but unfortunately Arthur’s stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna. The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as…

Film:The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

Alan Alda

Actually, this comedy is one of the more enjoyable films to examine midlife crisis in the 1980s. Written and directed by Alan Alda, it examines the effects of middle age on a group of married couples who are longtime friends. Each season they go away on a vacation together, but the dynamic gets skewed when one of the men dumps his wife for a younger woman. Though some may find the characters’ self-satisfaction and upscale neuroses a shade cloying, they are more than matched by Alda’s solid, often funny writing. The couple with the biggest laughs: the hilariously…

Film:Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Herbert Ross

Steve Martin plays Arthur, a ‘30s-era traveling sheet-music salesman whose marriage is bleak and who embarks on a fateful affair with a teacher (an amazing Bernadette Peters). Arthur’s dreary world is juxtaposed with Busby Berkeley-styled musical production numbers that showcase Martin’s and Peters’s versatility. Arthur’s world is desperate, sad, and only the more so when directly compared to the musical numbers. But it does work and it is affecting.

This dark, yet simultaneously ebullient film written by Dennis Potter is capable of presenting such…

Film:S.O.B.

S.O.B.

Blake Edwards

It’s been years since Blake Edwards made a funny film, and this 1981 effort may have been one of his last consistent laugh producers. Richard Mulligan plays a Hollywood producer who realizes that his career may be over when the public sees his latest film: a big-budget musical that lands on test audiences with a thud. In a moment of madness, he hits upon the idea of reediting it to include soft-porn reshoots—including a shot of his movie-star wife (Julie Andrews), who has a squeaky clean public image, baring her breasts (which the squeaky clean Andrews actually…

Film:Zoot Suit

Zoot Suit

Luis Valdez

This is a filmed play, rather than a stage piece reimagined for the movies, which is probably why the general audience never cozied up to this intense picture. But Zoot Suit has a couple of significant attractions. First, it’s a landmark Latino work from the pre-indie period, directed by Luis Valdez, an important figure in Chicano theater. Valdez based his acclaimed play on the zoot-suit riots of 1940s Los Angeles, when a group of young Chicano men were railroaded into jail on a murder charge. The director later found a mainstream audience with his juicy…

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