The Academy is always blamed for rewarding only certain “types” of movies with the Oscar. So, the question arises: Is that true? Do the Academy shun genre movies? Well, there certainly seems to a good statistical basis to that argument. After all, when was the last time you saw a thriller winning Best Picture? We analyzed the history of Oscars, and found that in more 90% of the cases, the Best Picture winner fall under one of the following categories.
10. Comedies That Rise Above the Genre
Factually speaking, Comedy movies had a high probability to win Oscar before 1980s. We are not talking about mindless comedies, but comedies that rise above the genre and tell us about life and relationships — and not just make us laugh. From1929 to 1980, six so-called comedy films have secured Best Picture Oscars. Filmmaking used to happen mostly in studios during that period and comedies were the most compatible genre to the prevalent shooting conditions.. But, ever since drama and emotions were injected into movies, Comedy movies doesn’t stand to win a Best Picture Oscar anymore.
Examples: ‘It Happened One Night (1934)’, ‘Annie Hall (1977)’
9. Women-Centric Movies