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    Dan Backslide
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    What are hilarious performances from actors primarily known for their dramatic chops?

    The first that comes to mind for me is Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. His delivery there is absolutely sublime and kills be every time.

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    Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids!

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    Marlon Brando in A Countess from Hong Kong
    mandy patinkin in the princess bride
    james caan in elf

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    Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky

    Anticipate "Hold My hand".

    Lady Gaga is a genius

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    I quite enjoyed Jon Hamm’s performance in Baby Driver and how he juxtaposed the intensity of the tense scenes of the film whilst matching Wright’s comedic water-cooling beats. I hadn’t really seen him in a comedic role before then (apart from in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

    Other performances that come from the top of my mind are Tom Hollander and Vanessa Kirby in About Time, Holly Hunter in The Big Sick, Amy Adams in Enchanted, Pauline Collins in Shirley Valentine, Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada , Dean Stockwell in Married to the Mob and Michelle Yeoh in Crazy Rich Asians. Bette Davis in Death on the Nile too!

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    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    Cate Blanchett as Izabella Barta in Documentary Now!

    She is hilarious!

    2023 Oscar
    Best Picture: The Way of The Wind
    Best Director: Decision to Leave
    Best Actress: TAR
    Best Actor: The Whale
    Best Supporting Actress: The Whale
    Best Supporting Actor: Poor Things

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    Kidman in To Die For.

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    Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids!

    YESSSSSSSSSS

    And Byrne in Neighbors.

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    Huppert in Elle. Just great timing, incredible balance of tone.

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    Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride (along with much of the cast)

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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    But the correct answer has to be Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

    Bill Hader and Barry in everything (2 babka)
    The Great - Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and comedy writing and directing

    Severance in drama series, writing, Adam Scott for best actor, Ben Stiller for drama directing, and the whole cast in supporting.

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    Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys
    Juliette Binoche in Let the Sunshine in

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    YESSSSSSSSSS

    And Byrne in Neighbors.

    And Byrne for Spy for which she should have been nominated

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