Dear Members of the Academy,
Although I am excited about this Sunday’s telecast of the 77th Annual Academy Awards, I am putting forth a last ditch effort for your consideration of a film that I believe was grossly overlooked during this Awards Season. That film is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring the incomparable Will Ferrell.
Co-written by the SNL alum, the movie is a period piece with a political message. It’s not simply a goofball comedy, with the occasional, yet well-placed boner joke. It speaks about the women’s equal rights movement of the ’70s, and in particular the plight of news anchor Veronica Corningstone, played with incredible moxie by Christina Applegate.
While the cinematic innovations in comedies are often brushed aside when the trophies are handed out, I ask you to reconsider in this case. This is Will Ferrell in the performance of a lifetime. He entices loud belly laughs and tearful sobs as the hardheaded Burgundy. He smacks you in the face with a ferocious and, dare I say, feral passion, and reminds us all to “stay classy,” in the tradition of the legendary Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable (two people, I should point out, I know virtually nothing about).
Most of you have quietly grumbled about this year’s crop of films being less than stellar. So I beg you, members of the prestigious Academy, to reconsider. Stop the presses, and demand another vote. You owe it to yourself.