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  • BrokenFan
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    #111061

    I was just looking up Robin William’s filmography, for who knows why, and I never knew he had so many Oscar nominations. Which led me to thinking, which comedies do you think were overlooked by the academy? I’m talking best picture, director, screeplay, the whole shabang.

    One recently came to mind: Bridesmaids. I would have easily made it a BP nominee in that horrid year for Oscar films.  

    Anything else? 

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    Halo_Insider
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    #111063

    I think one of my favorite comedies – Midnight Run – could have earned a few nominations, maybe for its screenplay or for Charles Grodin in Supporting Actor. Then again, Kevin Kline’s win for A Fish Called Wanda just about makes up for that.

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    RobertoTerra
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    #111064

    Mean Girls for Screenplay. That film became a pop phenomenon and its screenplay is so quotable. Stuff like “Boo, you whore”, “If you’re from Africa, why are you white?” and “Why are you so obsessed with me?” are easily recognizable. And plus, “Academy Award-nominee Tina Fey” sounds really nice!

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    BrokenFan
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    Is ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ a comedy? I’ve been meaning to watch that. 

    I have to agree with Mean Girls. They should have nominated it at least. I’m so embarrassed pulling out of my DVD collection because the cover’s all pink, but it’s a good movie, and quite ‘fetch’.

     

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    Beau S.
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    #111066

    Mean Girls definitely deserved a screenplay nomination. It would have been placed in adapted (even though I’m familiar with the book it’s “based” on, and Fey’s screenplay is 99.99% original) where it would have lost to Sideways anyway.

    Rachel McAdams also deserved Linney’s spot in supporting actress where, frankly, she could’ve won in that weak year for the category. Though my vote would go to Madsen.

    Had it not been such a strong year for lead actor, Steve Carell would have been a no-brainer nominee for The 40 Year Old Virgin, which definitely deserved a screenplay nomination (certainly over SYRIANA). Carell also should have been nominated for supporting actor for Little Miss Sunshine.

    A Fish Called Wanda. Enough said. 

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    nkb325
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    #111067

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I truly think that Emma Stone deserved a Best Actress nomination for Easy A she was incredible in that movie.

    I also agree Mean Girls should have gotten a screenplay nomination it was a phenomenon that has only kept getting bigger and is probably the only really CLASSIC high school movie that has come out in recent memory. I also would have given Ted a best original screenplay nomination but I think there’s probably less support for that one

    I also think Meg Ryan deserved a Best Actress nomination for When Harry Met Sally.

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    BrokenFan
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    #111068

    Hmm…What about “Punch-Drunk-Love”? Would/Should Adam Sandler have been nominated that year?

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    babypook
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    Is ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ a comedy? I’ve been meaning to watch that. 

    I have to agree with Mean Girls. They should have nominated it at least. I’m so embarrassed pulling out of my DVD collection because the cover’s all pink, but it’s a good movie, and quite ‘fetch’.

     

    Overall it’s hilarious. Perfect timing. The marginal follow-up, Fierce Creatures, is one of my favorite comedies as well. Lol. Makes me chuckle thinking about these films. John Cleese is fabulous in both. So glad he got a nomination for Fish.
    Galaxy Quest isnt an Oscary film, but both Sam Rockwell and Alan Rickman are worth the watch. Rickman, is terrific in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, playing “Sheriff George” of Nottingham. Now there’s an actor I’d love to see finally receive some Oscar attention.
     Sigourney Weaver is also, imo, hilarious.
    Eddie Murphy makes plenty of unwatchable films, but I think he’s terrific in Bowfinger. I preferred him in this, over Dreamgirls.

    Bill Pullman made a huge impression on me in Ruthless People, with the divine Ms Bette. That was way back in ’86. Again, he’s worth the watch.     
    So many other examples. So many, talented comic perfs.  

    ETA: This is Sandler’s last, best film. Oscar worthy? Maybe. Last time I saw him give a subtle perf worth watching. I wonder if he had received a nomination for this, which would have been fairly shocking, if his career trajectory would have saved some semblance of his dignity? I doubt it. Punch Drunk Love didnt exactly burn up the box office, which is a shame imo. 

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    Tonbone
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    #111070

    I think 500 Days of Summer easily should have been nominated for best screenplay best director best picture and maybe even best picture; after all the critics said it was the best romantic comedy since Annie Hall and that won screenplay and director and picture and gave both actors nomiminations yet days of summer got nothing it was majorly snubbed

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    #111071

    Hugh Grant in 4 weddings and a funeral… the movie got screenplay and movie…
    Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies. She is amazing there. She got the GG in comedy
    Judy Holliday in a solid Goden Cadillac 
    Marilyn Mornoe in “Something like it hot”
    Mr Williams in Aladdin
    Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo

    more to come 

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    Aunt Peg
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    #111072

    Steve Martin in All of Me and Roxanne. He even won two critics awards for each of those performances and couldn’t snare what would have been well deserved nominations.

    Bill Murray in Groundhog Day is another worthy one, and I’ll second Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies and throw her in too for Freaky Friday. 

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    Shadi
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    #111073

    Charlize Theron should’ve received a nodd for Young Adult. Her performance was really solid. 

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    starfishgirl
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    #111074

    i totally agree with eddie murphy in bowfinger. i watched that again recently and i’d forgotten how incredible he is in that, as the two different guys.

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    #111075

    Arsenic and old lace (1944) is one of my favorite comedies and it was completely ignored by the Academy. They could at least nominate Josephine Hull, she’s riot.
    Harvey (1950), one of great comedies/fantasies deserved more nominations. Eternal sunshine.of the spotless mind as well.
    Many other Cary Grant comedies were overlooked…
    Not sure about acting nominations, but I love Say Anything… (1989) , What’s up, doc? (1972) and Spanglish (2004).

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    Laactingnyc
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    #111076

    Arsenic and old lace (1944) is one of my favorite comedies and it was completely ignored by the Academy. They could at least nominate Josephine Hull, she’s riot.
    Harvey (1950), one of great comedies/fantasies deserved more nominations. Eternal sunshine.of the spotless mind as well.
    Many other Cary Grant comedies were overlooked…
    Not sure about acting nominations, but I love Say Anything… (1989) , What’s up, doc? (1972) and Spanglish (2004).

    YES I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT ARSENIC AND OLD LACE!!! 

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