Top Ten Tuesday – Lead Comedic Performances That Oscar Snubbed


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.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.