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Comedic Performances That Got Oscars Credit
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Cinema is no stranger to comedy. We’re sure we don’t have to tell you twice. Here is a list of comedic performances that went on to get nominated or win an Academy Award for acting.

1

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1964

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Considering Stanley Kubrick’s classic is ranked No. 3 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time, it’s no surprise that Dr. Strangelove would be on this list. For his lead role, Peter Sellers was nominated for Best Actor.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1964
93 Mins | PG
President Muffley and his advisers man the Pentagon war room, as bombs head toward Moscow.


2

Blazing Saddles

1974

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Madeline Kahn was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mel Brooks’ acclaimed comedy, Blazing Saddles, a satirical take on Westerns.

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Blazing Saddles
1974
93 Mins | R
Gucci-saddlebagged Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) teams up with the drunken Waco Kid (Gene Wilder).


3

Private Benjamin

1980

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Goldie Hawn received a nomination for Best Actress in 1980 for her role as Judy Benjamin, a woman in her late 20s who joins the U.S. Army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. You know, that familiar tale.

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Private Benjamin
1980
109 Mins | R
A pampered Jewish woman (Goldie Hawn) joins the Army after her husband dies on their wedding night.


4

A Fish Called Wanda

1988

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Perhaps more eccentric than outright comedic, Kevin Kline’s performance in A Fish Called Wanda earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1988. The film, written by John Cleese and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, follows a pack of diamond thieves who continue to cross one another in order to find stolen diamonds hidden by the gang leader.

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A Fish Called Wanda
1988
107 Mins | R
A crook's girl (Jamie Lee Curtis) flirts with a barrister (John Cleese) for diamonds.


5

City Slickers

1991

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Jack Palance won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1991 for his role as Curly in this comedic gem about a group of friends who visit a dude ranch. Nearly as memorable as Palance’s performance? His impromptu one-armed push-up on the Academy stage when he won his Oscar.

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City Slickers
1991
112 Mins | PG-13
Three vacationing men (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby) go on a dude-ranch cattle drive.


6

My Cousin Vinny

1992

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My Cousin Vinny gives us Joe Pesci at his finest, which made it even more impressive when Marisa Tomei stole the show. Tomei plays Pesci’s sharp, savvy girlfriend whose automotive expertise helps him win his first big court case as a lawyer and stop his younger cousin from being falsely accused of murder. She won Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for her unforgettable performance.

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My Cousin Vinny
1992
119 Mins | R
A Brooklyn lawyer (Joe Pesci) defends his cousin (Ralph Macchio) in Alabama.


7

Little Miss Sunshine

2006

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Little Miss Sunshine is a character-driven story that makes us laugh and cry—possibly both at the same time. The star-studded cast (Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell) has perfect chemistry as the Hoover family, thanks in large part to the two actors that played the family’s youngest and oldest characters. Abigail Breslin (Signs) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her adorable take on Olive, and Alan Arkin won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his legendary role as the insatiable grandfather.

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Little Miss Sunshine
2006
102 Mins | R
A dysfunctional family takes a road trip to enter a daughter in a children's beauty pageant.


8

Tropic Thunder

2008

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If you were to ask somebody which movies Robert Downey Jr. has been nominated for an Oscar for, his controversial Tropic Thunder performance might not come to mind. But perhaps that’s because they did not recognize Downey as Kirk Lazarus—an Australian method actor attempting to play a Black American soldier in (what was supposed to be) Hollywood’s next battlefield blockbuster. Downey was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

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Tropic Thunder
2008
107 Mins | R
A pampered actor and his co-stars become part of a real war in a Southeast Asian jungle.


9

Bridesmaids

2011

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Melissa McCarthy repaved the way for award-worthy comedy performances in Bridesmaids. McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Megan, and the comedy’s writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo were nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

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Bridesmaids
2011
125 Mins | R
A woman's life unravels as she helps the bride, her lifelong friend, prepare for the wedding.


10

Nebraska

2013

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Alexander Payne (Sideways) directed and Bob Nelson wrote this heartwarming tale about an old man named Woody Grant who claims he’s won $1 million. Bruce Dern was nominated for Best Actor for his role as Woody, and June Squibb received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for playing his sassy, hilarious wife.

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Nebraska
2013
114 Mins | R
A man sets out on a road trip with his aging father to claim a cash prize that may not really exist.


11

Juno

2007

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Diablo Cody won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the real-world brilliance told in Juno. But did you know the alternative dramedy was nominated in three other major categories, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actress for Ellen Page, who played the pregnant teen at the heart of the movie? Well, now you do.

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Juno
2007
96 Mins | PG-13
Complications arise when an unwed teen chooses an upscale couple to adopt her unborn baby.


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