On Wednesday at about 5:36 a.m. Pacific Time, we found out that BIG FISH received four Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), Best Song (Pearl Jam’s “Man of the Hour”) and Best Score (Danny Elfman). We were happy. Sony was happy. The marketing people were delighted: by that evening, they’d already cut a new :30 second TV spot that trumpeted our nominations. God Bless those busy folks.
Is Big Fish a comedy? Ultimately, it was up to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — the people who run the Golden Globes — to decide what category to put us in. It’s certainly not a comedy in the way CADDYSHACK is. But for the most part, it’s pretty funny. And it’s definitely not high drama. It gets emotional at the end, but even if you’re crying, it’s a strange kind of happy tears. So I think the “comedy” label fits as well as any other.
The awards broadcast is live on NBC: Sunday, January 25, 2004. 8.00 p.m. Eastern/5:00 p.m. Pacific.