Dying is easy, comedy is hard, and getting one Oscar because that doing comedy is downright impossible. For various reasons, the Academy go not favor to recognize actors act comedic roles, regularly preferring somber, heavy dramatic transforms in “Oscar Bait” jobs that overlook how much craft goes right into a comedic role. This might adjust this year (temporarily, ns guarantee) if either Sacha Baron Cohen or Maria Bakalova earn much-deserved Oscar nominations because that their occupational in Borat: subsequent Moviefilm. But even those nominations can’t consist of for the number of times Eddie Murphy provided awards-worthy performances in a comedy and also got snubbed.

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Eddie Murphy has one Oscar nomination come his name, and it’s for appearing in invoice Condon’s musical, Dreamgirls. Even he has actually admitted in interviews the he doesn’t think he acted as hard in that film together he walk in many of his comedies. The performance the gets the most analysis, in hindsight, is The Nutty Professor, wherein Murphy supplied makeup and also prosthetics come play the whole Klump family. The does a comparable bit in the Coming come America films, particularly in the barbershop scene.

When Coming 2 America manager Craig Brewer came on the ReelBlend podcast come talk around Murphy and also their movie, we pointed out his tendency to gain snubbed by the Academy, and also Brewer offered his opinions ~ above why this keeps happening. That said:


It yes, really bothers me. And I feel that it"s even more stilted versus Eddie since the difficulty that i think people have with Eddie is that they think the it"s simple for him. I"m certain there are countless things in Eddie"s life that feel easy. However what civilization don"t understand is what i see, i beg your pardon is him sit in his chair, in makeup, he"s putting on music, he"s acquiring into a place, he"s rehearsing these lines -- you view him whereby he doesn"t fool about on set. Once you"re in between takes, he goes come his chair and also you check out him acquire into this trance wherein he is working and working and also working. There"s craft there. And also I issue that civilization think the like, ‘Oh, well, Eddie"s just showing up and also being funny, choose he"s constantly done.’ and also that"s just not true. Yes, he"s showing up and also being hilarious, yet it"s not prefer he"s just flipping a switch.

This is an unfair assessment leveled in ~ comedians, and also Eddie Murphy isn’t the first or just funny human being to get shafted since the Academy doesn’t want to completely shine its irradiate on comedic performances. Craig Brewer bring up the year that Kevin Kline won best Supporting Actor because that A Fish referred to as Wanda, however for every victory, there space tremendous comedic performances by Kristen Wiig or Jim Carrey that obtain left out of the race.


You take every dramatic gibbs or actress, and also they will all say the same thing. Comedy is so much harder. There"s no one in the room laughing. Everyone"s obtained to be very quiet. You"re handling timing, v an audience who is no there. … ns think that it entails so much an ext awareness and also so much an ext craft, in ~ times, relying on the material, then some of these duties where world are kind of simply screaming and also yelling, doing points that feel right on a human being level, that are sort of easier to do.

It walk feel prefer this year, Maria Bakalova will certainly make the Academy failure and realize the craft the goes right into a comedic performance. But her Borat 2 co-star, Sacha Baron Cohen, more than likely will gain nominated for The trial of the Chicago 7, whereby he’s comedic in a much more serious movie. Together is life in Hollywood.

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