Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Will the comedies get some love from Oscar?

The Oscars have expanded their list of movies to be nominated for best picture from five to ten. Will this mean that some comedies will actually get some love?
The move clearly solves some significant problems. Comedies, which are always among the year’s top-grossing films, never get a trip to the best picture party — Judd Apatow has always been a bystander when it comes to that storied walk to the dais. And well-made big movies — think “Iron Man,” not just “Dark Knight” — rarely get invited into the exclusive tent. And animated films that break through to become plain old great movies — “Wall-E” and “Ratatouille” come to mind — often end up in the animated category, which is viewed as the little kids’ table at the big show.
Who woulda thunk?
Rogen is attached to and developing a road (trip?) comedy called Mother's Curse that he'll co-star in with Barbra Streisand. Yep, you heard that right, the same Barbra Streisand that brought us "Happy Days Are Here Again" and played Mrs. Focker in Meet the Fockers.

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