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.
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.
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.
Lady Bird Is Definitely The Best Coming of Age Comedy This Year (and Is Expanding Nationwide This Weekend)
It’s nice to see that a year that had horror do so well (Get Out, It, Trump), that something so sweet, tender, honest, and so, so, so damn funny can find its way into your local multiplex this Thanksgiving weekend.
Apparently, we’ve all still got a bit of humanity left in us and Greta Gerwig, in her writer-director debut, not only knows how to coax it out, but also make you enjoy getting teary-eyed while doing so.
The whole cast makes the movie feel so real, as if you almost know all of them or facsimile thereof, whether you grew up in turn-of-the-millennium Sacramento, CA or not.
If it wasn’t clear already, go see it whenever and wherever you can.
Also, being a fan of Saoirse Ronan, we enjoyed imagining that her character in Atonement grew up to be Lady Bird.