FBC 2023 Oscar Coverage, Part II: Does anyone remember laughter (the Academy does not…)

In an earlier article, I mentioned that this was an amazing year for theatrical comedies, and that is a statement that I stand by. Which is why it is so heartbreaking that the pure comedies which were released in 2022 will get the bare minimum amount of love when the Oscars nominations come out in a few weeks. It would be funny if the Academy believed in comedies which, if you haven’t caught on already, they do not.

I do think movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery do have good chances of being recognized, but those movies are not comedies. They are movies that have comedic moments, but the jokes do not drive those films. It’s just sad, which is where the Academy wants us to be because they hate laughing.

I get that it’s easier to look at a dramatic performance of someone yelling or crying or yell-crying or cry-yelling and be able to say, “Wow! There is a lot of quality acting going on in this film.” It’s the real reason why comedy, which can have a very subtle nature, often gets ignored. Well, not by me. Not today.

Listed below are the pure comedies that came out in 2022 and the major Oscars that they should be nominated for. I’m going to ignore the one comedy which will properly be nominated (Turning Red for Best Animated Feature) and comedies, like Bros, which I really loved but wouldn’t have made my personal ballot. So, here we go…

MOVIE: Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe
WHAT IT WILL BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing.
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Animated Feature


MOVIE: Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers
WHAT IT WILL BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Animated Feature


MOVIE: Confess, Fletch
WHAT IT WILL BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing.
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Supporting Actress (Annie Mumolo)


MOVIE: Jackass Forever
WHAT IT MIGHT BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Documentary Feature


MOVIE: Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
WHAT IT MIGHT BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Animated Feature
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Isabella Rosellini)


MOVIE: The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent
WHAT IT WILL BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Actor (Nicolas Cage), Best Supporting Actor (Pedro Pascal)


MOVIE: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
WHAT IT MAY BE NOMINATED FOR: Nothing. No chance of any nominations for the best comedy of 2022.
WHAT IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Evan Rachel Wood)


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