When it was announced yesterday that the Academy Awards were going to extend their Best Picture nominees list from 5 to 10 films, In Contention Senior Editor Kris Tapley and I got into a debate (you’ve got to understand, Kris and I were roommates once, have a really great friendship… but man, when it comes to movieswe argue all the time… I’m always right obviously… but that doesn’t stop him from arguing with me) about if the move was a good or bad one. I think it is a great move… Kris disagrees. Anyway….
Kris made an interesting comment in that debate that I actually got to thinking about today. He asked “You ready for “The Hangover,” Best Picture nominee?”
At first I just tossed his statement aside as being just silly… but hold the phone… COULD “The Hangover” get a best picture nomination with the field being expanded to 10?
The answer is “probably not” considering we’re still very very very early in the movie year (remember, most awards type movies don’t get released until closer to the end of the year and even though its done VERY well both financially and critically… it hasn’t done THAT well critically. The Hangover holds a 78% over at Rotten Tomatoes. But who knows… “The Reader” was rated lower than that and got an nomination.
Regardless if The Hangover gets a nomination, the reality is that with the expanded field there is a much larger possibility that a COMEDY could actually get a nod this year… Hangover or another.
So what do you think? Could a movie like “The Hangover” actually get some Academy love this year or is it simply not good enough?