November 22nd, 2011
02:40 PM ET
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?
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