CameronDiaz_theressomethingaboutmaryComedians can often get a bad rap for not branching out into more serious films.  For years, Jim Carrey was passed over after venturing off, and I’d say quite successfully, into dramatic efforts like “The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”  Who says that comedians can only get nominated for dramatic performances?  If it wasn’t for the tour de force of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, Robert Downey, Jr. would have made an admirable Oscar winner for “Tropic Thunder.”

This edition of Top Ten Tuesday will focus on ten comedy performances that were worthy of an Oscar nomination.  No laughs about it.

Without getting people too angry, and to offer some focus, I will be keeping the list from 1990’s and on. What tends to happen with comedic performances when they are noticed, they are regulated to a supporting nomination.  My list will focus on performances I believe were either worthy or in need of more consideration for lead nominations.  Some of them I would replace any of the nominated from their group, some of which required a little more thinking.

Let’s take a look.