You know, it strikes me that there are certain movies that tend to be overlooked come Oscar time. Frankly, it’s the comedies that tend not to be Oscar-awarded.
Let me give you a few examples:
Harold and Maude: a morbidly funny movie, that did win Golden Globes for Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort.
Catch-22: awesome adaptation of Joseph Heller’s best novel.
The Cheap Detective: screenplay by Neil Simon, starring Peter Falk, Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, etc., etc. Need I say more?
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid: possibly the best film noir-comedy-pulp fiction mash-up movie ever. Hey, it’s the only one I know.
The Big Lebowski: Here’s the low-down, according to Wikipedia:
The film is loosely inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler. Joel Coen stated: “We wanted to do a Chandler kind of story – how it moves episodically, and deals with the characters trying to unravel a mystery, as well as having a hopelessly complex plot that’s ultimately unimportant”. The original score was composed by Carter Burwell, a longtime collaborator of the Coen Brothers.
The Big Lebowski was a disappointment at the U.S. box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release. Reviews have tended towards the positive over time and the film has become a cult favorite, noted for its idiosyncratic characters, dream sequences, unconventional dialogue, and eclectic soundtrack. In 2014, The Big Lebowski was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Now, I realize you might say …
Well, it is. So, there, I said it! 🙂