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Director Judd Apatow Thinks There Should be a Comedy Category Added to the Oscars

I know the Academy Award is a very prestigious award in the film industry.  Millions of people flock to their TVs each year to see what the stars are wearing to the event and to see which of their favorite actors and actresses take home Oscar.  However, most of the time, it is the artsy films and the actors in those films that take home the gold.  In a way that is a big YAWN for me.

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Director/Producer Judd Apatow best know for bringing us movies like Anchorman, Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old VirginTalledega Nights, and most recently Bridesmaids, tweeted about adding an Comedy Oscar Category.

Since comedies are rarely up for Oscars it does make sense to have a comedy category. It would just add more fun categories.

According to the Huffington Post:

In the last decade, only six films, outside of Pixar movies, that could be considered comedies were nominated for Best Picture. Last year, “The Kids Are All Right” got a nod, in 2007, Jason Reitman’s “Juno” got consideration, while in 2006, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s “Little Miss Sunshine” was nominated. As for the other three, they were more serious films with funny elements; in 2009, Reitman’s “Up in the Air” received a bid, Alexander Payne’s dramedy “Sideways” got a nomination in 2004, and Sofia Coppola’s film, “Lost In Translation” earned a slot on the ballot in 2003.

So what are your thoughts?  Would you like to see a Best Comedy Category at the Oscars?  Do you think that would take the prestige away from the Awards Ceremony, or make it more fun?

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