Justice for Buddy (Picture: Getty / REX)
Almost 20 years on, Richard Curtis is still fuming that Will Ferrell didn’t land an Oscar nomination for his role in the film Elf.
Director Richard, who didn’t have anything to do with the production of Elf but is clearly a huge fan, pointed out that comedy has never been recognised as much at key awards ceremonies like the Oscars.
‘I always get very antsy about the fact that Will Ferrell didn’t get nominated for Elf,’ he said at the Oscar Wilde Awards (according to the BBC).
‘Or that Peter Sellers didn’t get nominated for Inspector Clouseau. But it’s the price you pay, as it were. Comedies tend to make a bit of money, and then you don’t get the prizes.’
Richard insisted he would have voted for Elf had it been nominated (he may very well have been the only one) in 2003, when it was released.
The Love Actually director added: ‘I think it’s a real issue that comedy isn’t respected as much… but I do try and push for comedy performances whenever I can.’
Richard spoke at the Oscar Wilde Awards (Picture: Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance)
It’s an incredibly valid point…but Elf?!
The Jon Favreau-directed flick is, of course, a Christmas classic, telling the story of Buddy, (played by Will), who was transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves, as he starts to feel like he doesn’t belong.
However, it’s divided viewers for years, with some declaring it the best Christmas movie of all time and others simply not seeing the hype.
The Oscars have often faced criticism over comedy seemingly not being as celebrated as much as drama.
This year, only one comedy is nominated for best picture – Netflix’s Don’t Look Up.
However, the front-runners for the award seem to be The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and CODA, starring Emilia Jones.