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20 Comedic Actors Who Have Been Nominated for Oscars

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Several famous comedic actors and actresses have been nominated for Oscars and a few of them have even taken home the award. Several veterans of "Saturday Night Live" went on to have award-winning careers as dramatic actors, writers, and directors. This list of comedic actors who have been nominated for Oscars has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous comedic actor who has been nominated for an Oscar? Will Smith tops our list. Smith first entered the world of acting on his comedic sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the early 1990s. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role in 2002 for his performance in Ali and again in 2007 for The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith didn't win either award, but he has gone on to star in such films as I am Legend and Hancock.

Robert Downey Jr. was a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" in 1985. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1993 for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2009 for his hilarious performance in Tropic Thunder. Downey Jr. has since gone on to star in the Iron Man films. Several comedians have even won Oscars including Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jim Rash.

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  • Steve Carell is best known for playing Michael Scott on the NBC comedy The Office, his hilarious stint as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and comedic film roles in movies including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Evan Almighty. In 2015 he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

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  • Stand-up comedian Robin Williams was nominated for four Academy Awards. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), and The Fisher King (1991). He also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997).

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    Will Smith first entered the world of acting on his sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the early 1990s. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading role in 2002 for his performance in Ali and again in 2007 for The Pursuit of Happyness. Smith didn't win either award, but he has gone on to star in such films as I am Legend and Hancock.

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  • Bill Murray appeared on "Saturday Night Live" from 1977-1980 and in the comedies Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Stripes. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for Lost in Translation (2003), and his later career has included both funny and dramatic roles.