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Friday, February 24th, 2012

Yeah, Why Don't Comedies Win More Oscars?

Well, the Oscars are this Sunday and it's starting to look like Bridesmaids really isn't going to get that surprise last-minute Best Picture nomination we were all counting on. So the New York Times has put together a thorough examination of why the Academy continually snubs comedies when it comes to the night's highest honor. In addition to great clips from some of the funniest movies of the past century, the debate includes sentences like this one: "Comedy by its very nature is a mirror into the unruly, anarchic soul lurking behind the monocle." The New York Times on poop jokes, ladies and gentlemen.

  • Daniel Liddle@twitter

    There are a good number of questions here, not the least of which is how we want comedy to be evaluated? Do we want this group of judges to evaluate comedy? What does their opinion mean to the art of comedy?

    As a comedy fan I don't give much respect to any of the award shows because, as the Gervais incident a few years ago demonstrates, these award shows don't really care about good comedy.

    That's why a truer form of the comedy award show is the roast. There's no trophy to show how far you've come. There's no facade of everlasting notoriety. And while there is a speech of thanks and appreciation, it only comes after the progression of being mocked. Comedy applied to the very kernel of the award show leads not to the mark of excellence, but in the recognition that you've become large enough to have your bubble burst.

  • Just One Thing

    This is true unless you count the unintentionally hilarious winners, like "Crash."

    Having seen every Best Picture winner and most of the nominees from 1927 to present, and I can tell you definitively that it is a sorry lot indeed. For every "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" you have three or four mediocrities on the level of, say, "The Greatest Show on Earth." It's for the best that the Oscars leave our beloved comedies alone.