Between Lady Bird, The Big Sick, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Disaster Artist, Comedy Is Being Taken Seriously This Awards Season

Yes, Lady Bird just set a new record for Rotten Tomatoes for being the best reviewed movie in the site’s history, which comes as no surprise to us for how much it really does live up to its own hype.

Yet, Lady Bird is not the only comedy movie receiving heaps of praise as well as multiple award nominations and award wins (Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, National Board of Review).

Comedy, just like horror, is having a banner year in movie theaters.

The Disaster Artist has won at The Gotham Awards and the Hollywood Film Awards as well as gained nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has won at the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Awards, British Independent Film Awards and been nominated in multiple categories for both British Independent Film Awards and the Spirit Awards.

The Big Sick has won at The Gotham Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, and SXSW and is also nominated at The Spirit Awards.

Nominations have been handed out to the likes of Ingrid Goes West and Beatriz at Dinner as well. You should also not forget that Ruben Östlund’s The Square, a hilariously scathing satire of the high art world, landed the Palme d’Or at Cannes, a rare honor for something so funny.

Normally, drama dominates film awards across the table and maybe, just maybe, one comedy like In The Loop or Grand Budapest Hotel will satisfy some genre diversity at such prestigious institutions like the ones named above or The Oscars. 

In fact, we can’t even remember a year where such a plethora of comedy that is unequivocally identifiable as comedy (as opposed to The Martian or Nebraska) getting so much distinction in the film world. 

However, we’re certainly not the first to tell you that this year is anything but normal.