Zero Dark Thirty. Lincoln. Les Miserables. Notice a trend here? Other than Silver Linings Playbook and, depending on your tolerance of the excessive use of the N-word, Django Unchained, this year's nominees for the Best Picture Oscar® are seriously lacking a sense of humor. But then again, aren't they always? Let's take a look at some of 2012's standout comedies snubbed out of the Best Picture category.
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Chris Miller)
Let's be real here: 21 Jump Street should not have been good. Based on the trailer alone, I had no interest whatsoever in yet another comedic cash grab based on a popular (and dramatic) TV series. But then they went and hired Scott Pilgrim screenwriter Michael Bacall to pen the script and landed Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as the lead cops posing undercover as high school students. Making such a smart, self-aware and hugely entertaining TV adaptation is a massive feat -- and Johnny Depp's cameo only makes the flick more worthwhile.