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    Dan Backslide
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    Most of the time when a comedy performance gets in at the Oscars, it also doubles as a dramatic one as well, such as those in Birdman or The Favourite, and so on. What are some Oscar nominated performances that are purely comedic? The first ones that came to my head were:

    Madeline Kahn, Blazing Saddles

    Robert Downey Jr, Tropic Thunder

    Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

    Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda; a performance that managed to pull off a straight up win

    What are some other examples that I’m missing?

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    Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
    Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over
    Mary Steenburg, Melvin & Howard

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    This is hard because, in my opinion, there is always a glimpse of drama even in comedy. But the one that comes the closest to what you are describing is probably Vanessa Redgrave in Morgan!…Really bizarre and puzzling, I hate it.

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    Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda; a performance that managed to pull off a straight up win

    And a very deserving win.

    I’d add Dean Stockwell in Married to the Mob (who ironically got nominated the same year Kevin Kline won in the same category). Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine gave both comedic and dramatic performances in the film (which whilst classified as a comedy I consider it to be a dark comedy/dramedy just like I consider Killing Eve) but Stockwell was 100% comedic from the beginning to the end.

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", ANTHONY HOPKINS FOR "THE FATHER", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    Just remembered Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan got nominated for Private Benjamin. Those definitely count.

    Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria, too. She has some dramatic moments but the careless and playful nature of the character kind of gives it a comedic side.

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    Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove.

    Pantheon of acting: Uta / Elizabeth / Richard / Sandy (Virginia Woolf), Bibi / Liv (Persona), Sandrine (La Ceremonie), Brie (Short Term 12), Jodie (Silence of the Lambs), Jodie (Killing Eve), Nicole (The Others), Eva (Penny Dreadful), Timothée (CMBYN), Lupita (Us)

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    Diane Keaton and Woody Allen-Annie Hall

    "We will always have Paris"

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    Joan Cusack got in for both In & Out and Working Girl!

    Winners:
    Marisa Tomei – My Cousin Vinny
    Lee Marvin – Cat Ballou
    Maggie Smith – California Suite

    Nominees:
    Gene Wilder – The Producers
    Maggie Smith – Gosford Park

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    Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street) and Alan Arkin (Argo), kinda? Both are in dramatic films but their performances and character arcs are 100% based on being the comic relief of their respective films.

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    Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite
    Anne Ramsey – Throw Momma from the Train

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    DiCaprio in Wolf doesn’t count, right?

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    I’d say Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost.

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    Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, that’s a very comedic performance that most of the time revolves around exaggerating female stereotypes at the time. I really enjoyed his performance, although it’s very hammy.

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    Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (and, yes, she deserved the win over Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard).

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    Gene Wilder – The Producers

    Gene Wilder’s nomination for The Producers was incredibly deserving. He should have been in Lead and not Supporting though: he was the co-lead of that film for sure.

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