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  • Macbeth
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    #80445

    I am sure a thread like this already exists. Apologies for making another one if it does exist

    After 85 years, I am doubtful the Academy would want to change tradition, but I seriously feel that a category needs to be included for comedic performances. So many performances go unnoticed purely because they are comedic in nature. Yes, there are many actors who may not be on the Daniel Day-Lewis level of acting, but they are still excellent.

    If this category did exist, who should have been nominated? There is no need for two actor/actress categories to exist. To make it fair, the Academy could nominate 3 actors and 3 actresses in the category. Here are my predictions for the past four years (winners highlighted)

    2009
    Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover
    Joseph Gordon Levitt – 500 Days of Summer
    Amy Adams – Julie and Julia
    Matt Damon – The Informant
    Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated
    Ricky Gervais – The Invention of Lying

    2010
    Ben Stiller – Greenberg
    Helen Mirren – Red
    John C. Reilly – Cyrus
    Emma Stone – Easy A
    Jim Carrey – I Love You Philip Morris
    Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs

    2011
    Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
    Owen Wilson – Midnight in Paris
    Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
    Kevin Spacey – Horrible Bosses
    Julianne Moore – Crazy Stupid Love
    Steve Carrell – Crazy Stupid Love

    2012
    Sascha Baron Cohen – The Dictator
    Meryl Streep – Hope Springs
    Seth MacFarlane – Ted
    Emma Watson – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Frank Langella – Robot and Frank
    Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

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    Max 2.0
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    #80447

    I would love this to happen. And you’re right, many excellent comedic performances go unnoticed to fact that they are comedic.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    #80448

    Well, i disagree about a new category just for comedic performances
    what about voice-over?

    Oscars nominated and sometimes give some awards to true comedic perfomances

    In 1950, both female acting awards went to comedic
    In 1934 both acting awards went to comedic perfomances 

    Whopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Margaret Rutherford, Marisa Tomei, Maggie Smith (Hotel California) are comedic perfomances. They used to give them more to Supporting Roles 

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    Gabriel
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    #80449

    I’m confused, are you basically suggesting the Oscars should split the acting categories like the golden globes? Because the suggestions you’ve given are more “Best performance by an actor/actress in a comedy” rather than “best COMEDIC performance”, though.”. For example, Anne Hathaway’s performance in “Love and Other Drugs” is dramatic, not comedic. (Just using her as an example, many others too.)

    If there’s gonna be a category introduced then it should be for a comedic performance, regardless of whether the actual film is a comedy or drama.

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    Matt Noble
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    #80450

    G’Day,

    Not in favor of a new category but it does make more sense to divide the acting categories by comedy/drama than male/female.

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    Laactingnyc
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    #80451

    Eww no. The whole point of the acting categories at the oscars is to award the best performance of the year. Not the best performance in just drama or just comedy.

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    AroundU
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    Yeah i’d rather it be how it is, but it would be good to include more comedy in the oscars as a whole. I loved the whole Bridesmaids inclusion last year.

    My favourite comedy performances this year 

    Jennifer Lawrence in SLP, she made me laugh.
    Edward Norton and the kids in Moonrise. “I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about”

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    WaltEagle
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    #80453

    Comedic performances just need to become more universally recognized as potential forms of incredible acting.  Bill Murray in Groundhog Day?  One of the greatest performances of all time.

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    I think the Oscars doing a comedy category is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I hate the idea so much. I despise it.

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    babypook
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    Hey where’s Mark Wahlberg this year for Ted?

    Seems to me that there’s always this push back at any idea of adding a category. (anyone object to the Stunt category?), citing the ‘cheapening’ of the Oscars by ‘diluting’ it by additions blahblahblah. Really? The Oscars are prestigeous? Perception is often everything.

    People generally balk at the notion of adding a category. Anyone object to the addition of the Stunt category btw? Blahblahblah ‘cheapens’ the Academy blahblahblah People’s Choice yadayada. Well I suppose perception is everything.

    The fact that this is being talked about is a clear indication of the bias which exists.
    Life’s not fair it seems. I hate when cliche’s are true.

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    theproblemdog
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    I personally think that this could work, but it would have to be very clear that this award would be for best comedic performance, rather than best performance in a “comedic” film, as is the case with the Golden Globes. For example, James Spader could potentially be under consideration for his comedic role in Lincoln, which is clearly a drama. At the same time, Annette Benning could not have been under consideration for her very dramatic role in the mildly-comedic-at-best (but still great) The Kids Are All Right

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    MiggyV
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    Hands Down Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids EPIC Comedic Performance

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    It’s not like the Academy never awards comedic performances. Sure, Bill Murray and Gene Wilder have given some of the best ever, but I pray the Oscars will never add a category like best comedic anything ever!

    Though it’s best suited for a different thread, I hope no more categories get added. The show is long enough as it is.
     

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    theproblemdog
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    “Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy- and a much better training, I think. It’s much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.” -Vivien Leigh, who I believe gave two of the finest female performances of all time. Sure the Oscars sometimes award comedic performances, but they’re really a different type of role, as Ms. Leigh states, and thus I believe they deserve an extra category (but I don’t see it happening).

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