I got in a conversation with someone a few weeks back that consisted, mostly, of her complaining about the lack of comedy recognition come awards season. She's right, of course. We tend to take comedy for granted, though it's something most of us know from experience is very difficult to manage. The Oscars, certainly, are guilty of maligning any number of ballsy comedic performances, and when the stakes come down to a question of whether to recognize a harrowing dramatic role vs. a masterful exercise in comic timing, there's little question on who the victor will be. For a comedy to sneak successfully into the awards lineup it needs to hit us with pathos, but veer away from sloppy melodrama. Its characters need to be comically human, suffering but sparkling, drawing attention to some simple truth in a way that makes us side - laughing- with them. Annie Hall and Little Miss Sunshine stand as comedies that have managed this balance best, and Silver Linings Playbook can be added to their ranks. It's a film that doesn't hit us while we're down, that opts to ignore deep dramatic turns, and which keeps us laughing.