The nominations for both The Oscars and The DGA Awards were just recently released and while it isn’t coming as much of a surprise, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel have kept on sweeping up honors left and right this awards season.
For The Oscars, Birdman is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Original Screenplay.
The Grand Budapest Hotel racked up Best Picture, Best Score, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, and Best Original Screenplay.
On top of that, Wes Anderson and Alejandro González Iñáritu both were nominated by The DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.
That’s 9 Oscar nominations each for the pair, which, above all else, should be noteworthy because they both are comedies, especially in contrast to the rest of the nominated fare. Traditionally, comedy goes generally overlooked during awards season unless it’s in its own category, especially at The Oscars.
Maybe this genre glass ceiling has been broken with two comedy powerhouse frontrunners? We certainly hope so.