On the eve of tomorrow's Oscar nominations, some of the finest minds in the country have declared something that even some of us without Ph.D.s have long suspected: Actors in dramas are more likely to get Oscar nominations than actors in comedies. The joint Harvard-UCLA study found that when a film was classified as a drama by IMDb, its actors were nine times more likely to receive an Oscar nomination than actors in other types of films.
That study might be a little skewed — IMDb calls Fargo a drama, for instance, and even Little Miss Sunshine is listed as both a comedy and a drama. But even so, it does seem harder for comedies to really break through at the Oscars. Are the comedies being unfairly ignored? Or is dramatic work just more award-worthy?