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10 Comedy Films That Won Screenplay Oscars - And 10 Great Comedy Films That Didn't

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It's that time of year again - Oscars time, that is.

Comedy films normally get short shrift from the Academy - it's rare for one to be nominated for Best Picture, let alone win. They're more likely to be recognised in the screenwriting categories - indeed, half of this year's nominees are comedy screenplays - and with that in mind, here's your Oscar trivia for the day:

10 comedy films that won Oscars for best screenplay (original or adapted):

  • 1
    It Happened One Night (1934)
  • 2
    The Lavender Hill Mob (1952)
  • 3
    The Apartment (1960)
  • 4
    The Producers (1968)
  • 5
    Annie Hall (1977)
  • 6
    Moonstruck (1987)
  • 7
    Sideways (2004)
  • 8
    Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • 9
    Juno (2007)
  • 10
    Midnight In Paris (2011)

And 10 great comedies that were nominated for best screenplay - but didn't win:

  • 1
    The Ladykillers (1956)
  • 2
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • 3
    The Odd Couple (1968)
  • 4
    Manhattan (1979)
  • 5
    Tootsie (1982)
  • 6
    A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • 7
    When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
  • 8
    Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
  • 9
    The Full Monty (1997)
  • 10
    Bridesmaids (2011)

And one final piece of trivia: which comedy film is 30 years old this year, widely regarded as a classic - and was completely overlooked by the Academy, not garnering a single Oscar nomination? Two words: "Hello Cleveland!"


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