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  • Renaton
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    #231758

    I was talking to a friend of mine today, who truly loves “Lost” like crazy, and told me he thinks it’s unfair that Jorge Garcia was never nominated for any awards because he was funny.

    While I don’t think Hurley ever deserved to be nominated in Supporting Actor Drama (not because he wasn’t good, but because his competition was simply better), I started to wonder if there were any cases of comic characters that got nominations in Drama categories, and I could only think of Masi Oka for the first season of “Heroes”.

    Can you think of other ones that were nominated? Or ones that were snubbed but very very deserving? And also, what do you think about a mostly comedic performance being nominated (or maybe even win) in Drama?

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    adamunc
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    #231760

    Allyce Beasley was nominated twice in Supporting Actress Drama for Moonlighting.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (though he is not 100% comic relief, most of the humor on the show is provided by him)
     

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    Jake
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    #231762

    Masi Oka probably tied for 5th spot with T.R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy” and he also was a comic relief of his show, although he had a dramatic tape and “Grey’s” are light drama anyway. Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson also got multiple comedic performances on the show.

    John Slattery is a comic relief of “Mad Men” and got nominated for every single season but has yet to win.

    William Shatner of “Boston Legal”. 

    “Moonlighting” as a whole would pass in a comedy section.  

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    Renaton
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    I would agree on the William Shatner mention. Don’t know why I forgot about him.
    And Allyce Beasley was a great catch, didn’t know that.

    However, I don’t see Peter Dinklage as comic relief. Sure, he’s funny, but it feels to me like that’s more of a character trait instead of being the reason he’s in the story.

    Not sure about T.R. Knight, but he may be bordeline comic relief from what I remember. 

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    Choice Chayawat
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    #231764

    Joan Cusack for Shameless
    Actually half the characters on this show are comic relieves. It should have competed in comedy categories.

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    TV12
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    Alan Cumming for The Good Wife. When he had his little freak attacks, he could provide for some giggles.

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    Renaton
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    Maybe I should have titled it “Bordeline Comedic Performances in Drama”. 

    Because as much as someone characters in drama can be really funny (such as John Slattery), they are not necessarily comedic performances.

    I do believe William Shatner, Masi Oka and Allyse Beasley (what was Moonlighting doing in Drama anyway?) fit the profile though. 

    EDIT: BUT I do like where the discussion is going, and you all remembered some great performances.  

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    adamunc
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    Today Moonlighting would probably compete in Comedy, but the notion of an hour-long comedy back in the ’80s was a mindblower. The show did very well with nominations, though–even scoring several writing nods. And Bruce Willis won as Best Actor in a Drama (albeit for a dramatic episode).

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    Renaton
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    Yeah, I see your point. It probably felt less like an anomaly in Drama than in Comedy, that used to be nothing but multi-camera sitcoms.

    If it were today, it would probably even be the frontrunner to win Best Comedy for one of their seasons. 

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    Alan Shore in The Practice

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    Chris Beachum
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    #231770

    Almost all of the cast members of “Northern Exposure” were pretty funny.

    Ed Begley, Jr. for “St. Elsewhere”

    Bruce Weitz for “Hill Street Blues”

    Dean Stockwell for “Quantum Leap”

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    “Moonlighting” was actually entered in the Comedy categories for its initial season (1985).  It garnered a Directing for a Comedy Series nomination for Robert Butler, who lost to Jay Sandrich for “The Cosby Show” (interestingly, the award was presented by Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd).  Starting the next year, it was entered in the Drama categories.  However, the show was classified under “Musical or Comedy” by the Golden Globes throughout its entire run.

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    Matt Noble
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    G’Day

    As long as there’s depth and some kind of dramatic element I don’t have a problem with comedic performances winning. The great respect I have for actors being able to pull of a believeable and real comedic performance in a dramatic series makes me probably more likley to support them. 

    One of Allisons Janney’s tape submissions for season 1 was puerly comedic and I don’t mind because the other tape showed she had another layer to her performance. The most prominant example that came to mind was two time winner Peter Falk for Columbo. But here’s a quick list of comedic performances nominated in the drama categories more recently.

    Hugh Laurie, House
    James Spader, Practice/Boston Legal
    Denis Leary, Rescue Me
    Simon Baker, The Mentalist   (not sure about him havn’t seen the show)

    John Slattery, Mad Men
    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
    William Shatner, Boston Legal
    Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal  
    Masi Oka, Heroes 
    Oliver Platt, Huff
     
    Robin Weigert, Deadwood
    Mary-Louise Parker, The West Wing   
    Sharon Gless, Burn Notice (not sure about him havn’t seen the show) 

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    Chris Beachum
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    How could I forget Fyvush Finkel from “Picket Fences”?  And Ray Walston some of the time.

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