Judd Apatow: Why no comedy category, Oscars?
November 22nd, 2011
02:40 PM ET

Judd Apatow: Why no comedy category, Oscars?

As industry observers ponder whether this summer's hit "Bridesmaids" will pick up an Oscar nod or two thanks to its stars, producer Judd Apatow is arguing that its time for the Academy to have a comedy category.

At a forum hosted by the Los Angeles Times, Apatow (also behind comedies "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Superbad," "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin") talked more about a tweet he sent out last week, in which he remarked that "since comedies are rarely up for Oscars it does make sense to have a comedy category. It would just add more fun categories."

He expounded on the idea for the L.A. Times, saying, "I was commenting that there should be a comedy category at the Oscars, because, why not?

Apatow went on, " It's been like five times in a zillion years that [a comedy] has won best picture...It doesn't seem like it's screwing up 'Schindler's List' for 'The Hangover' to have its own category."

But, he acknowledged, there is a bias that "comedy's easy to do [and] seriousness is hard." He joked, "I so wish we could not have jokes in these movies. I would have so much less to do if all it was was characters in conflict."

What do you think, is it time for the Oscars to start handing out statuettes for the year's best comedy work?

Filed under: Awards Season • movies

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Oscar-Man

    Because the Academy doesn't separate films based on style. This way all the primary film award categories (Directing, Cinematography, Screenplay, Editing, Music, Best Picture) apply to every type of film, be it an animated piece, a comedy, a drama, or whatever...

    November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hey tracie

    don't let them keep u down I love reading about turds

    November 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. madhater

    Dewey Cox is classic. But Judd is a sell out.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. carrieanne

    Sorry SKY, but I'm not starrfire. Try someone else.

    November 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SKY

    @starrfire i dont think eddie cares if u troll him..lmao. im guessing ur carrieanne now also? guess u didnt leave the house angain 2day. bedridden bc ur 2 fat?

    November 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guest

    Award shows are stupid

    Why should a bunch of pretentious a***holes tell me what to like?

    November 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Ed

    You are right carrieanne. We are sophisticated and think funny stuff is dum. Or gay.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. carrieanne

    When Judd Apatow makes something funny we can revisit this idea. Ive tried, I just dont find him funny.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Ed

    Amd anyone who thinks stuff is funny must be in middle school. Us high schoolers are more sofisticated. We got tattoos and sometimes get to smoke.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Ed

    I think comedy is stoopid. It is called comedy like comode. The first 3 letters match so they are just alike. Comedy is for dumb peoples who are dumb.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @tracie

    They're trying to tell u to STFU!!

    November 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jillmarie

    I couldn't agree with Judd more. As a true comedy fan, I feel these types of films get slighted.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I say no

    OK, so will there also be an action category? horror? drama? best cop movie?

    How about we just stick with "Best", since that's what it should be anyway.

    Stupid idea, and quite self serving, Apatow.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |

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