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Have the Oscars ever given out an acting award to someone who started as a comedian?

comedian, comedic actor or sketch show actor?

best I can come up with is Whoopi Goldberg.

they've nominated a bunch, but none have won to my recollection.
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Robin Williams
Jamie Foxx
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haha shit. oh yeah.
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Roberto Benigni
Tom Hanks
Sally Field
Goldie Hawn
Marisa Tomei
Mo'Nique
Red Buttons
George Burns
Tim Robbins

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Tom Hanks, Roberto Begnini, Nicolas
Cage, Sean Penn (counting Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Gina Davis.
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Art Carney beat a Corleone.
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guess I should have researched a little more.
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Bob Hope

Although he was never nominated for a competitive Oscar, Hope was awarded five honorary awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
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The guy from the Artist is apparently a big comedian in France. Believe thats the most recent one
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Kevin Spacey and Emma Thompson. They both started out in stand-up comedy before diving into acting.
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Woody Allen
Charlie Chaplin
Harold Lloyd
Buster Keaton
Stan Laurel
Jack Lemmon
Art Carney
Red Buttons
Walter Matthau
George Burns
Jennifer Lawrence
Goldie Hawn
Geena Davis
Mo'Nique
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
Woody Allen
Charlie Chaplin
Harold Lloyd
Buster Keaton
Stan Laurel
Jack Lemmon
Art Carney
Red Buttons
Walter Matthau
George Burns
Jennifer Lawrence
Goldie Hawn
Geena Davis
Mo'Nique
When were Jennifer Lawrence and Geena Davis comedians?
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
When were Jennifer Lawrence and Geena Davis comedians?
Jennifer Lawrence's first big gig was as a regular on the sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (although you could argue it wasn't actually funny) and Geena Davis started out mostly in comedy, including "Tootsie," "Family Ties" and "Buffalo Bill."

Though they weren't stand-up comics, the OP did qualify the question as "comedian, comedic actor or sketch show actor."
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
Jennifer Lawrence's first big gig was as a regular on the sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (although you could argue it wasn't actually funny) and Geena Davis started out mostly in comedy, including "Tootsie," "Family Ties" and "Buffalo Bill."

Though they weren't stand-up comics, the OP did qualify the question as "comedian, comedic actor or sketch show actor."
By this logic, Leonardo DiCaprio is a comedian...so when he wins, we can add him to the list.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
Charlie Chaplin
Harold Lloyd
Buster Keaton
Stan Laurel
Honorary Oscars.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty View Post
Woody Allen
Allen hasn't received an Oscar for acting. According to Wikipedia (which is hardly ever wrong (except when it's not right)), Allen was only nominated for acting once (Annie Hall, 1977). He lost to Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...by_Woody_Allen
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For an example of the opposite, look at Kevin Kline. After years of dramatic credentials, he finally won an Oscar for a comedic role in A Fish Called Wanda.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
For an example of the opposite, look at Kevin Kline. After years of dramatic credentials, he finally won an Oscar for a comedic role in A Fish Called Wanda.

After decades of serious roles on TV, Leslie Nielsen only got Emmy nominations for his comedy roles (in 1982 and 1989, no wins).
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Not quite the same, but Sean Penn won for "Mystic River" following the comedy "I Am Sam."
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I'm waiting for Carrot Top or Paulie Shore to emerge as the next Oscar hopeful
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
By this logic, Leonardo DiCaprio is a comedian...so when he wins, we can add him to the list.
He was the best part of Growing Pains by the time he arrived.

Helen Hunt works well in this respect.

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