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Academy Awards Hate Funny Movies

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One has to wonder who exactly determines what movies are worthy of Academy Award nominations. Is it based on box office performance? This year’s (2020) Oscar nominations were either box office winners or had a populist revolution theme.

Below is a full list of Best Picture nominations and their box office grosses (as of Jan. 14) for 2020 Oscar best picture nominees:

“Ford v Ferrari” Domestic box office: $111 million Global box office: $211 million

“The Irishman” Domestic box office: N/A Global box office: $961,224

“Jojo Rabbit” Domestic box office: $21.9 million Global box office: $30 million

“Joker” Domestic box office: $334 million Global box office: $1.06 billion

“Little Women” Domestic box office: $74 million Global box office: $107 million

“Marriage Story” Domestic box office: N/A Global box office: $317,060

“1917” Domestic box office: $39 million Global box office: $60 million

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Domestic box office: $141 million Global box office: $372 million

“Parasite” Domestic box office: $25 million Global box office: $132 million

Review of Monday’s most notable Oscar snubs and you’ll see a common disqualifying factor (no comedians or comedy actors): Eddie Murphy in “Dolemite Is My Name,” Adam Sandler in “Uncut Gems” and Awkwafina in “The Farewell.” Despite recognition of their respective performances, no nominations for them.

Sandler was named best actor by the National Board of Review, Murphy was nominated for a Golden Globe and won a handful of prizes from critics’ groups, and Awkwafina won best actress in a comedy at the Golden Globes.

In my opinion, past Academy Awards slights include two broadly comic performances: Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”, Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”, Tiffany Haddish in “Girls Trip,” and Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids,” just to name a few.

Use post holidays and back to work doldrums of January to catch up on the Oscar nominated movies you may have missed over the past year. But don’t skip “Uncut Gems,” “Dolemite Is My Name” and the sublime “The Farewell.” You’ll see these movies got the last laugh on the Oscars.

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