PS: Favorite Oscar-Winning Best Picture Comedy?

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Which of these comedic Oscar-winning Best Picture movies is the your favorite?

See the partial list of Oscar-winning Best Picture comedic movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls040148213/

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I suggested that a few years ago (before the GS board) and I couldn't resign myself to label "One Flew" or "Terms of Endearments" as comedies, their endings alone should cancel any temptation to consider them as comedies, so I went with that introduction:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls073724575/
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Thanks, I added Rain Man (1988), but didn't add American Beauty (1999) (I thought it might qualify too). I agree, for each movie its somewhat subject to interpretation and not necessarily a question that has a right or wrong answer. I don't find any of these to be stretch and legitimate inclusions nor do I think are just dramas or another genre that has a bit of comedy mixed in. The real question is how of a comedic element does a film have to have to be classified as a comedy, wherever you place that line is debatable and whether it meets it is too.

I decided if IMDb or Wikipedia either classified the movie as falling within the comedy genre, I would include it among the poll answer options. Therefore, it is just not any one person's take and supposedly corroborated from an authoritative source.

I wouldn't disqualify "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)" or "Terms of Endearment (1983) for their endings. I think it is too their credit that they can deal with serious topics and make people still laugh. Plus, this is the Oscar Best Picture category, automatically guaranteeing a different type of film. It is hard to disqualify them for the same thing that got them on the list in the first place. Nor do I expect a movie that is sophomoric or slap-stick to qualify either.

Bottom line, if a poll taker disagrees with the classification, they can choose not to vote for it. Otherwise, it is an available option for those agree and it would be their first choice. Options that are truly debatable will never get any serious traction to contend anyways.
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"Oscar-Winning Best Picture"?
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I am not sure I understand the question?
Oscar-Winning as opposed to [Oscar-Nominated]
Best Picture as opposed to [all other or any other specific Oscar category] with a Oscar win or nomination

To qualify, the movie must be a comedy, win an Oscar and win in the Best Picture category specifically. If it doesn't meet those three requirements, it is not in the pool of answers.
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The phrasing seems redundant, but maybe the contrary such as "Best Picture Winner" would be ambiguous.
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Then how would you know it isn't asking about the best picture from another awards show? Even if the Oscars are "the" award show, they aren't the "only" award show. I don't think it is redundant, I think it is clear and doesn't make any assumptions.

Even so, it can be a good thing, if it better communicates what you are asking and removes any ambiguity. People often need to be told twice to hear it once.
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Speaking for myself, I always say "Best Picture" in the title because it's the usual term of reference for eOscar-winning Best Picture". What are the other awards after all? Golden Globes? Best Drama. Best Comedy/Musical. BAFTA? Best Film. Palme d'Or? Golden Palm Winner. etc etc. 

Of course for the other categories, you would have to mention the Oscars.

That said, I can't use Best Picture in the title and not specify in the introduction that it's about the Oscars, just in case a minority wouldn't get it. I agree it sounds slightly redundant to have Oscar and Best Picture together in a title, but something would be lacking if you didn't mention the Oscars in the text.

So maybe there's no need for "Oscars" in the title.
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Fair point, It is only one of the top awards, who phrase it that way. There are literally hundreds of awards each year for top movie, some do use "Best Picture" as a category. I probably could get away with dropping it. Likewise, I choose to put it the title and question just to keep it straight, locate it easier and to not confuse with other poll suggestions. Plus, it becomes a search keyword that makes it draw more searches to your poll or list.
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You're right but that's why I said "our usual terms of references", in theory, BEST PICTURE can refer to many awards other than the "big one", in reality, more than 95% of the polls deal with the top awards anyway :) so BEST PICTURE is generally understood as the Oscar. I said "generally"
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Thanks for the vote.
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Oscars 2019 bump