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Romantic comedies often get the stigma of being lightweights during awards season, but there are plenty of rom-coms that have cleaned up, particularly at the Academy Awards. Here is a rundown of films from the 2010s that were nominated for Academy Awards. Winners are underlined.
Into the Woods – The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical retells classic fairy tales in a fresh way, from Cinderella to Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.
Best Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep
Best Production Design – Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
Best Costume Design – Colleen Atwood
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is a darker shade of romantic comedy where the central couple are two people struggling with mental illness.
Best Director – David O. Russell
Best Adapted Screenplay – David O. Russell
Best Editing – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Best Actor – Bradley Cooper
Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor – Robert De Niro
Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver
Before Midnight – The conclusion to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy takes Jesse and Celine to Greece.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Artist – This tribute to the silent era of Hollywood cleaned up at the Oscars and introduced American audiences to the charismatic Jean Dujardin.
Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin
Best Supporting Actress – Berenice Bejo
Best Original Screenplay – Michel Hazanavicius
Best Original Score – Ludovic Bource
Best Art Direction – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
Best Cinematography – Guillaume Schiffman
Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges
Midnight in Paris – Owen Wilson’s character Gil falls in and out of love in Midnight in Paris, but audiences fell in love with the city of Paris and its famous inhabitants.
Best Director – Woody Allen
Best Original Screenplay – Woody Allen
Best Art Direction – Anne Seibel and Helene Dubreuil
Bridesmaids – Paul Feig’s female-led comedy explored friendship, old and new, in the midst of a wedding.
Best Supporting Actress – Melissa McCarthy
Best Original Screenplay – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo