Annal: 1983 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Results of the Golden Globe Award in the year 1983.

Film:Tootsie

Tootsie

Sydney Pollack

One of the touchstone movies of the 1980s, Tootsie stars Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who disguises himself as a dowdy, middle-aged woman to get a part on a hit soap opera. The scheme works, but while he/she keeps up the charade, Hoffman’s character comes to see life through the eyes of the opposite sex. The script by Larry Gelbart (with Murray Schisgal) is a winner, and director Sydney Pollack brings taut proficiency to the comedy and sensitivity to the relationship nuances that emerge from Hoffman’s drag act. Great supporting work from Teri…

Film:Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Colin Higgins

This is an energetic, but ultimately mediocre adaptation of the play, directed on Broadway by Tommy Tune. Burt Reynolds is the town sheriff and a regular patron of a local bordello. He wages a public battle to keep it open after it is targeted as the devil’s den by a television minister. Charles Durning was nominated for a Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and there are some lively song and dance numbers featuring Dolly Parton as the madame of the Chicken Ranch. However, this becomes bogged down in too many serious moments for it to be more than a lightweight…

Film:Diner

Diner

Barry Levinson

Barry Levinson’s debut film as a writer-director nearly got lost in the shuffle before New York critics rescued it from oblivion. Set in his native Baltimore in 1959, it focuses on a group of pals coping with life post high school. Each of them has problems with women, it seems, whether it’s Steve Guttenberg (as a guy about to get married who forces his fiancée to pass a test about the Baltimore Colts), Mickey Rourke (as the womanizing hairdresser with a gambling problem), or Daniel Stern (as the married one who makes his wife miserable with his carefully…

Film:My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

Richard Benjamin

This love letter to the golden days of live television in the 1950s is a thinly veiled depiction of Your Show of Shows, the groundbreaking comedy show that starred Sid Caesar. The story, set in 1954, focuses on one of the writers for the show (Mark Linn-Baker), who is given the task of chaperoning that week’s guest star, a famously ill-behaved movie star named Alan Swann. He’s based on Errol Flynn and played with Oscar-nominated glee by Peter O’Toole. He also happens to be the writer’s movie hero, but proves to be a hilariously drunken party animal, one…

Film:Victor/Victoria

Victor/Victoria

Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards’s delightful Victor/Victoria may be one of the last of the great, old-style movie musical comedies—it is so good, it was turned into a hit Broadway stage musical years later. And both versions starred Edwards’s wife Julie Andrews (the former Mary Poppins) in the title role—as Victor and Victoria. She’s a down-and-out singer who hooks up with a flamboyantly gay theatrical veteran (Robert Preston), and together they become the toast of 1934 Paris by dreaming up a provocative nightclub act in which Victoria assumes the identity of a man in drag.…

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