For Your Consideration – The Hangover
I had this thought that perhaps The Hangover should win Best Picture at the Oscars this year.
Surely it will get one of the ten nominations – it’s exactly the reason the Academy opened up the race to ten. It’s popular with critics and audiences alike. It did amazingly well at the box office – made on a budget of roughly $35 mil it has grossed almost $300 mil. The characters are likable and fresh. The screenplay has garnered nominations at both the BAFTAs and the WGA.
The Film’s director Todd Phillips practically re-invented the Bro-comedy genre with 2003’s Old School and now with The Hangover winning Best Comedy at the Golden Globes, it seems he has perfected it.
A straight up comedy hasn’t even been nominated since 1994, when the romantic comedy Four Wedding and a Funeral was up for the top prize. To clarify, I consider Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty and Jerry Maguire dramadies and Chicago and Moulin Rouge! are musicals, thus not what I mean by comedy.
What I’m saying is maybe it’s time for the Academy to lighten up a little bit and honor a movie that (almost) everyone loved. A movie that people will return to time and time again. A movie that has its inspiring moments and has its ridiculous moments and has its tender moments. A movie that is an escape in the best sense of the word.
Perhaps this is asking too much of the Academy. It could also be the best idea they never had.
Posted on January 24, 2010, in FYC, the Academy Awards and tagged As Good As It Gets, BAFTAs, Best Picture, Chicago, Four Wedding and a Funeral, FYC, Jerry Maguire, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Moulin Rouge!, Old School, the Academy Awards, The Full Monty, The Hangover, The Oscars, Todd Phillips, WGA. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.