James Corden’s ‘The Prom’ Golden Globe Nomination Dragged on Twitter: “That’s Why It’s the Comedy Category”

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Welcome to 2021, a world where James Corden is nominated for a Golden Globe, and Meryl Streep is snubbed. On Wednesday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shocked film buffs everywhere when it honored James Corden with a Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy nomination for his performance in The Prom, Ryan Murphy’s take on the hit Broadway show. Corden was the only  The Prom star to earn a Golden Globe nod, prompting an, uh, passionate response from fans. As one viewer put it, “James Corden getting nominated for a Golden Globe but not Meryl Streep … that’s why they call it the comedy category!”

In The Prom, Corden stars as Barry Glickman, a gay Broadway star who travels to a small town in Indiana with his three co-stars (Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Andrew Rannells) to throw a prom for a student who has been banned for taking her girlfriend to the prom. Reviews for the film were mixed (it currently boasts a 56% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but critics seemed united in their disappointment with Corden’s performance, which was described as “gayface” and “insulting” by the likes of AwardsWatch’s Erik Anderson and Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson, respectively.

Shortly after the film’s release, Decider Senior Film Reporter Anna Menta waded into the controversy. “[Corden] was… fine. It’s certainly not the best performance I’ve ever seen, but I was expecting something much worse,” Menta wrote, adding that Murphy should have cast original star Brooks Ashmanskas instead. “It’s not that James Corden sucks, it’s just that Ashmanskas was perfect. And he was right there. It’s a glaring casting blunder, and director Ryan Murphy did both men a disservice by using Corden over Ashmanskas.”

However, HFPA voters clearly disagreed with these assessments, and this morning, Corden claimed one of the film’s two nominations. In addition to The Prom‘s Best Picture – Musical or Comedy nod, Corden was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, a category that also features Borat 2  star Sacha Baron Cohen, Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dev Patel for The Personal History of David Copperfield, and Palm Springs star Andy Samberg.

While he’s by no means the frontrunner in this category, Corden’s nomination didn’t sit well with Twitter users, who made a point to call out the HFPA for the perceived slight.

Will Corden’s detractors be vindicated at the 78th Golden Globe Awards, or will the Hollywood Foreign Press win out? Tune in Sunday, February 28 on NBC to find out!

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