Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.
That’s the old showbiz adage, but it’s one the Academy has never quite learned to appreciate. Comedians and comedies are traditionally ignored by the Oscars, meaning that if a great talent like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey wants the Hollywood hardware and immortality that goes with it, he has to shed the image of the jester that has made him famous in the first place.
In the upcoming romantic comedy Top Five, Chris Rock’s character, a movie star famous for a series of silly comedies about a crime-fighting bear named Hammy, makes a play for respectability by starring in an Oscar-bait film about the Haitian revolution, titled Uprize. It’s funny because it’s true: comedians yearn to be taken seriously. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. READ FULL STORY