December 29, 2012 at 8:22 am #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)
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
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
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
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 PerfectDecember 29, 2012 at 8:25 am #80447
I would love this to happen. And you’re right, many excellent comedic performances go unnoticed to fact that they are comedic.December 29, 2012 at 8:42 am #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 RolesDecember 29, 2012 at 8:52 am #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.December 29, 2012 at 9:13 am #80450
Not in favor of a new category but it does make more sense to divide the acting categories by comedy/drama than male/female.December 29, 2012 at 9:33 am #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.December 29, 2012 at 9:51 am #80452
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”December 29, 2012 at 10:20 am #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.December 29, 2012 at 11:55 am #80454
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.December 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm #80455
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.December 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm #80456
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 RightDecember 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm #80457
Hands Down Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids EPIC Comedic PerformanceDecember 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm #80458
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.
December 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm #80459
“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).