If you were to imagine the perfect Oscar bait movie, it would probably involve some sort historical tragedy played by the best thespians of our time from all over the world, directed by the most revered helmers in this generation, and based on either a true story or a book that was based in a true story.
The two big winners at this year’s Oscars couldn’t be further from that stereotype. Birdman of (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel, together, took home 8 Oscars, and are both comedies that are shot from original screenplays set in fictional worlds both satirical and exquisitely delightful. Both do have fantastic writer/directors in Wes Anderson and Alejandro González iñárritu as well as fantastic casts led by Ralph Fiennes and Michael Keaton.
So, it’s an atypical year for comedy at The Oscars in that the genre was actually shown some appreciation rather than being relegated to the Best Writing sometimes.
In the end:
Birdman won Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, and Best Writing-Original Screenplay.
The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Music-Original Score, and Best Production Design
See the rest of the Oscars winners here.
Last year saw a big win for diversity and this year was for genre and hopefully the two will continue make headway at The Academy in the years to come.