The entertainment award season is upon us. Question: Why don’t more comedies get nominated for the big awards?
Answer: Because the people voting for the awards are stricken with Adultitis.
The Golden Globes actually consider comedies (maybe that’s colored by the fact that they also include television shows in the mix) but most of the funny movies never stand a chance when it comes to the biggest prizes. That’s why Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Will Ferrell have to take on dramatic roles in order to even be looked at for major film awards. But even then there’s a prejudice because of the comedic background. Just once I’d like to see a movie like Dumb And Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, or Anchorman mentioned in the list for best picture.
But that will never happen. The voters, in their Adultitis-laced clouds of pretension, are above such a consideration. They like their films serious. Artsy. Dramatic. Nuanced. High-brow. To them, comedies are the bubble gum on the shoe of great cinema.
What’s interesting is that many dramatic actors (like Robert Deniro, Meet The Parents) will tell you that comedy is harder to pull off than drama. Not to mention that funny movies are actually better for you, at least according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The study found that funny films increased the flow of blood to the heart, creating a result similar to a bout of aerobic exercise.
Hmmm…so laughing is good for you. Maybe the Academy should try more of that. It’s too bad we can’t acknowledge more of the films that expertly pull those heart friendly laughs out of us.
Curtis Jackson says
I agree 100%! Look at even TV comedy. It took Seinfeld four seasons to even get a single award, and even then they didn’t get a major award, just the award for best comedy…any comedy show (except for Scrubs) can get a best comedy award! Even Fraiser got a best comedy award, and that show was only being watched by 5% of the population, and 2% actually understood it. Comedy isn’t getting the recognition it deserves. Maybe they should create an award show for just comedy… Now that’s a million dollar idea.
And a nod to Paul Rudd for best supporting actor in both Anchorman AND The 40 Year Old Virgin, huh? Brilliant work. ;)
I think it’s okay like that… Sure, there’s rarely a movie who’ll win an oscar for Best Picture. I prefer a movie like Lord of the Rings for that kind of award… If I wanna see awards for funny blockbuster, I’ll watch MTV Movie Award.
oups… read “there’s rarely a FUNNY movie that’ll win an oscar for Best Picture” or even best actor or actress…