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The Giamatti snub is unbelievable. The best performance in a movie full of great performances

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It's not a snub, it's a comedy. I've got about as much enthusiasm for a comedy as I do for Seabiscuit 2. The Academy doesn't usually honor comedies in the Best Acting category. No snub.

-s.

PS Cheadle is going to kick #@ss.

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It's not a snub, it's a comedy.  I've got about as much enthusiasm for a comedy as I do for Seabiscuit 2.  The Academy doesn't usually honor comedies in the Best Acting category.  No snub.

-s.

PS Cheadle is going to kick #@ss.

No, I'd have to agree with Christian that it's a snub. I'll agree with you that Cheadle should win this award - and probably would still win even if Giamatti had been nominated - but the lack of a Giamatti nomination leaves a hole in this category. Who knows, perhaps the Academy voters will see the error of their ways ( laugh.gif ) and do a write-in campaign for Giamatti. It's been 70 years since cinematographer Hal Mohr won on a write-in vote for A Midsummer Night's Dream, so the Academy is kinda overdue for another... unless write-ins are no longer permitted.

As for the Academy not honoring comedies in the Best Actor category, I again must disagree. Actors may have not won for many comedies (only 14 winners in 76 years), but there have been 67 Best Actor nominations for comedies in the past 77 awards years.... (* denotes winner)

Frederich March - The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)

Adolph Menjou - The Front Page (1931)

Jackie Cooper - Skippy (1931)

Clark Gable - It Happened One Night (1934) *

William Powell - The Thin Man (1934)

Gary Cooper - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

William Powell - My Man Godfrey (1936)

Leslie Howard - Pygmallion (1938)

Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator (1940)

James Stewart - The Philadelphia Story (1940) *

Robert Montgomery - Here Comes Mr. Jordon (1941)

William Powell - Life With Father (1947)

Clifton Webb - Sitting Pretty (1948)

William Holden - Sunset Blvd (1950)

James Stewart - Harvey (1950)

Spencer Tracy - Father of the Bride (1950)

Humphrey Bogart - The African Queen (1951) *

Alec Guinness - The Lavendar Hill Mob (1952)

Ernest Borgnine - Marty (1955) *

Jack Lemmon - Some Like It Hot (1959)

Jack Lemmon - The Apartment (1960)

Marcello Mastroianni - Divorce - Italian Style (1962)

Albert Finney - Tom Jones (1963)

Sidney Poitier - Lillies of the Fields (1963) *

Rex Harrison - My Fair Lady (1964) *

Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou (1965) *

Alan Arkin - The Russians are Coming (1966)

Michael Caine - Alfie (1966)

Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate (1967)

Spencer Tracy - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

George C. Scott - The Hospital (1971)

Walter Matthau - Kotch (1971)

Peter O'Toole - The Ruling Class (1972)

Jack Nicholson - The Last Detail (1973)

Robert Redford - The Sting (1973)

Walter Matthau - The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Giancarlo Giannini - Seven Beauties (1976)

Woody Allen - Annie Hall (1977)

Richard Dreyfuss - The Goodbye Girl (1977) *

Warren Beatty - Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Peter Sellers - Being There (1979)

Peter O'Toole - The Stunt Man (1980)

Jack Lemmon - Tribute (1980)

Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond (1981) *

Dudley Moore - Arthur (1981)

Dustin Hoffman - Tootsie (1982)

Peter O'Toole - My Favorite Year (1982)

Michael Caine - Educating Rita (1983)

Tom Conti - Reuben, Reuben (1983)

James Garner - Murphy's Romance (1985)

Jack Nicholson - Prizzi's Honor (1985)

William Hurt - Broadcast News (1987)

Robin Williams - Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

Tom Hanks - Big (1988)

Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man (1988) *

Morgan Freeman - Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Robin Williams - The Fisher King (1991)

Al Pacino - The Scent of a Woman (1992) *

Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump (1994) *

Tom Cruise - Jerry Maguire (1996)

Jack Nicholson - As Good As It Gets (1997) *

Roberto Begnini - Life is Beautiful (1998) *

Sean Penn - Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt (2002)

Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

Bill Murray - Lost in Translation (2003)

All of the above were crossed reverenced with IMDb for classification (e.g. Comedy - Comedy/Drama - Drama/Comedy etc.). I know comedy is subjective, and some folks may not agree with all of the nominations I've listed. In fact there are examples of films that I would consider comedies that aren't recognized as such (I didn't list Nicholas Cage's performances in Adaptation, since that film was classified as a drama). But I feel the Academy has shown much more respect for comedies than may be realized. Comedy has been recognized fairly regularly... the biggest gap I noticed was during the period of 1942 - 1946, the 4 years of WWII and the first post-war year.

P.S. I also have no enthusiam for a Seabiscuit 2

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