The 2013 Academy Award race is still anything but all tied up, meaning that there does remain a very slight possibility that a comedy could take home Best Picture. If that is the case, it could made history, depending on your perspective of what makes a comedy.
Keep in mind that the 2012 was the year that "The Artist" took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. While there is no denying that the first two-thirds of "The Artist" can pretty much inarguably be termed a comedy, the last act is hardly a laugh riot, Alice. But, for the sake of argument, let's term "The Artist" a comedy first and foremost relative to the number of movies that are even just predominantly funny to be recognized come Oscar time. If a movie like "Moonrise Kingdom" can slap the 16th President and Osama Bin Laden upside the head, then that would definitely make a case for the most inarguable pair of back to back comedies to win Best Picture since…well, here's the rub.
The most recent case involves a movie where Kevin Spacey gets shot in the back at the end following up a Best Picture nod to "Shakespeare in Love." One could conceivably make a case for comedy for that movie, but you've got to be really dark to find "American Beauty" a comedy. I could buy it, but that's just me.
The only other possible example where Oscar recognized two comedies in a row would still take us all the way back to a period when the Beatles were basically known by those in Liverpool and Hamburg. And even then, the case is shaky. "Tom Jones" is easily categorized as one of the few flat-out comedies to win Best Picture, but some might argue that the funniest thing about the movie that won Best Picture the next year is the sight of Rex Harrison trying to sing to Audrey Hepburn.
That's pretty much it. If a comedy should happen to be the recipient of a splitting of votes among the more dramatic offerings of 2012, it would, at best, be only the third time a movie arguably categorized a comedy won Best Picture the year after another such a movie.
For most people.
As for me, I think the only time two comedies won Best Picture back to back occurred in 1976 and 1977. "Annie Hall" followed up the unexpected win by "Rocky." And if you don't find "Rocky" to be just as hilarious as "Annie Hall" then you need to educate yourself on movies made prior to 1976.