Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bridesmaids. Oscar Contender?
Okay. So I didn't like Bridesmaids that much. I should have, considering it is a female-centric R-rated comedy, it doesn't really stick to stereotypes and it is pretty out there...but I just didn't. Back when it came out on DVD I thought I could have my unpopular opinion and then it would be buried in a deep pit of shame. It appears not. Since awards season has begun there has been much hubbub about Bridesmaids' Oscar chances. It has appeared on many influential top ten lists for 2011. While it hasn't been called the best film of the year by many, it has been one of the best, which, considering how weak last year was for films, is enough.
However, it suddenly occurred to me today that Bridesmaids could indeed get a Best Picture nomination.
Before you think I'm a crazy fanboy, hear me out: just remember, I didn't like the film that much.
Basically, all it takes to get a Best Picture nomination is a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, SAG nomination for Best Ensemble and a PGA nomination. Bridesmaids has all of those. It has had plenty of nominations from various critics circles; maybe not for Best Picture, but there's enough of a push for the acting ensemble. As I said, it has appeared on a few top ten lists. If I'm being honest, I am quite surprised that the PGA went for it, considering the films that they left out, like the beloved Drive, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and critics circle darling The Tree of Life. When you think about it, Bridesmaids has just as much of a chance of getting a Best Picture nomination as any other film. The reason we don't want to latch onto the fact is because, well, it is an R-rated comedy.
As the years go on, the Academy is getting younger and we all keep howling on at them to stop being so old-fashioned. We thought we were in for a change when The Social Network displayed a lot of early promise in last year's race, but was ultimately beaten out by British monarchy tale The King's Speech. However, we're not talking about the chances that Bridesmaids has to win the award. There is a chance that this film will get nominated just so the Academy can prove their point that they are finally going with the times. We do live in a time where R-rated comedies can actually be somewhat good. Except, they completely missed the boat with The Hangover, which could have easily have taken The Blind Side's place back in 2010. Strictly speaking, R-rated comedies are as different as Oscar could possibly get.
Quality wise, I definitely don't think that Bridesmaids should get in. But with its overwhelming popularity from critics and some audiences alike, it remains a strong possibility, especially as it is building momentum now (a crucial part of the race). The weird nomination rules will hurt it, as will be the case for a lot of films. I personally don't see the appeal for Bridesmaids, and neither do many other people (mostly guys, go figure) I know. Yet, I have no doubt in my mind that Bridesmaids is a strong contender for the Best Picture race.
Let's just wait and see.
What are your thoughts on Bridesmaids? Do you think it has what it takes?