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  • Andrew Carden
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    Once in a while, the infamously stuffy and serious Academy will nominate, often completely out of left field, a laugh-out-loud comic performance. Some, if not most of my favorites of these have tended to be in the Best Supporting Actress category, where the likes of the supremely talented Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr and Joan Cusack (twice!) garnered nods for broad, funny turns that aren’t typical of the usual Oscar-nominated performance. Some, like Whoopi Goldberg and Marisa Tomei, have even managed to emerge triumphant for their wonderful comedic work.

    Which of these ladies is your favorite?

    (With more options, you could also toss the likes of Dyan Cannon, Lesley Ann Warren, Anne Ramsey, Jennifer Tilly, Kathy Bates and June Squibb, among others, in there too.)

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    Beastialg
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    Whoopi Goldberg, “Ghost”

    Runner Up: Dianne Wiest, “Bullets Over Broadway” 

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    Anonymous
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    Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”. No contest here. 

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    AMG
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    Whoopi Goldberg, closely followed by Melissa McCarthy.

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    Ms. Trunchbull
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    June Squibb <3 

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    jamiepg88
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    1. Madeline Kahn (for either Blazing Saddles or Paper Moon)
    2. Marisa Tomei MCV
    3. Olympia Dukakis Moonstruck
    4. Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids
    5. Whoopi Goldberg Ghost 

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    Rooney Moore
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    Joan Cusack-In&Out

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    OnTheAisle
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    Whoopi Goldberg is perfection in Ghost.

    There are a large number of great comedic performances who won or were nominated for Best Supporting Actress not listed here. Interestingly, two of my favorites not included in the initial list are both from Goldie Hawn vehicles.

    Eileen Heckart won her Oscar for Butterflies are Free as the mother of a blind son who is struggling for independence. Heckart’s deadpan delivery is superb in timing and intonation. The classic moment of repartee with Hawn, “And you’re not Snow White” brings guffaws every time.

    And the underrated Eileen Brennan is simply marvelous as the villainous Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin. Her distaste and sarcasm when addressing the Jewish princess Judy Benjamin is hilarious.

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    Atypical
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    Dianne Wiest in “Bullets Over Broadway” was a master class in comedic timing and overall brilliance. Had to vote for her ever-so-slightly over Whoopi in “Ghost,” who was amazing and one of my favs in this category.

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    Joan Cusack for In & Out and Mira Sorvino for Mighty Aphrodite

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    Andrew Carden
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    Whoopi Goldberg is perfection in Ghost.

    There are a large number of great comedic performances who won or were nominated for Best Supporting Actress not listed here. Interestingly, two of my favorites not included in the initial list are both from Goldie Hawn vehicles.

    Eileen Heckart won her Oscar for Butterflies are Free as the mother of a blind son who is struggling for independence. Heckart’s deadpan delivery is superb in timing and intonation. The classic moment of repartee with Hawn, “And you’re not Snow White” brings guffaws every time.

    And the underrated Eileen Brennan is simply marvelous as the villainous Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin. Her distaste and sarcasm when addressing the Jewish princess Judy Benjamin is hilarious.

    Heckart and Brennan are indeed fantastic!

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    Hubert_K
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    June Squibb was incredible!

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    marcelo
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    I love Marisa Tomei in My cousin Vinny.
     

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    Asgaroth
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    Remove Whoopi Goldberg’s Oda Mae from Ghost, and you’re left with no reason to see the movie at all. 

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    Boidiva02
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    Whoopi for sure! I was just thinking about that perfromance today!

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