What's So Funny?
TCM is doing its February tribute to Oscar-nominated films. Going alphabetically, last night they showed Annie Hall. Host Ben Mankiewicz claimed it was one of only six comedies to win the Best Picture Oscar.
I've been over this before--I think their definition of comedy is too pinched. If you go over the list of winners, I'd say you find 17 titles that can be classified as comedies, and that's not even counting several musical comedies.
It Happened One Night
You Can't Take It With You
Going My Way
All About Eve
Terms Of Endearment
Driving Miss Daisy
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Okay, a few may seem like stretching. But hey, if I were feeling really generous I could have included titles like Amadeus and Rain Man.