The 2014 Oscars nominees and some of the comedies they appeared in

Oscar Pic photo credit Davidlohr Bueso (flickr)
Oscar Pic photo credit Davidlohr Bueso (flickr)

With Oscar season coming up, people thought that it was a bunch of serious actors. Yet these serious actors has dabbled in comedy. Bar Lupita Nyong’o and Barkhad Abdi who made their big film debuts this year, here a list of this year’s nominees and the comedies they were in.

Christian Bale

A serious method actor, Bale has not been  in anything comical. Granted some of his dramas like American Hustle and The Dark Knight had scenes with witty lines yet the closest film that he would have appeared in would be Metroland. Below is the trailer.

Leonardo diCaprio

After some hilarious scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street, you’d think that diCaprio would a regular comedy actor. However, his only comedies were in his early days. His debut movie  was horror comedy Critters 3 while also made an appearance on hit sitcom Roseanne as one of Darelene’s classmates.

Picture of a younger Leonardo DiCaprio Photo credit: Ribzy Tron (flickr)
Picture of a younger Leonardo DiCaprio Photo credit: Ribzy Tron (flickr)

Bruce Dern

A veteran actor, Bruce Dern has appeared in some comedies in his career. As well as Nebraska, he stared in The Burbs with Tom Hanks and Communications Officer Link Static in Small Soldiers. The video below will tell you exactly which member of the Commando Elite he was.

Chiwetel Ejiofor 

The Bafta award winning actor has appeared in many great dramas from Children of Men to American Gangster.  He has acted in a lot of things seriously but has appeared in  Spike Lee’s dramedy She Hate Me and played Peter aka Keria Knightley’s husband in romcom Love Actually.

Chiwetel Ejiofor picture photo credit: David Shankbone (flickr)
Chiwetel Ejiofor picture photo credit: David Shankbone (flickr)

Matthew McConaughey 

Before he appeared in serious stuff like Mud and Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey was known for two things: random shirtless scenes and comedies. Comedies he would be most well known for would be How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, The Wedding Planner and Failure to Launch as well as having supporting roles in Tropic Thunder and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Matthew McConaughey picture Photo credit: WDPG share(flickr)
Matthew McConaughey picture Photo credit: WDPG share(flickr)

Amy Adams

Before appearing in serious roles in Doubt, The Master and American Hustle, Amy Adams made her name through comedy. From family fun pieces like Enchanted and The Muppets to more adult comedies like Cruel Intentions 2 and Talladega Nights, Adams can appeal various demographics through laughter. In fact her TV and movie debuts were both comedies. She appeared on That 70s Show as Hyde’s make out partner Kat Peterson and was cheerleader Leslie Miller in Drop Dead Gorgeous. Below is a collection of scenes from that movie featuring Adams.

Cate Blanchett 

Oscar winning Cate Blanchett is best known for her dramatic roles be it be an Elven queen in the Lord of Rings, Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth or Veronica Guerin in Veronica Guerin. Yet she has dived into the genre of comedy on multiple occasions. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, An Ideal Husband and Thank God He Met Lizzie are to name a few. Below is a trailer for another comedy she was in called Bandits

Judi Dench 

She may be known as the stern boss of 007, M but even in the dramedy Philomena, Dame Judi Dench shows that she can make us laugh as well as cry. Mrs Henderson Presents, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and  Jack and Sarah are to name a few. Her other most famous roles are in comedies as well as she played the scene stealing Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love and Jean Mary Hardcastle in long running series As Time Goes By.

Judi Dench Photo credit: Sam Beckwith (flickr)
Judi Dench Photo credit: Sam Beckwith (flickr)

Meryl Streep

Another well known actress with an impressive resume, Meryl Streep has wowed us in powerful films like Sophie’s Choice and  Out of Africa. However she can make us laugh too whether she is playing the paranoid aunt Josephine in A Series of Unfortunate Events or the bitchy Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. She has been in a lot of comedies in the later stages of her career but probably her most famous one was playing the mother Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia. The trailer is below for all you ABBA fans.

Sandra Bullock 

Before flying in space in Gravity or showing kindness in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock  was Miss Congeniality on two separate occasions. Other comedies that Bullock appeared in included Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant, The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and The Heat with Melisa McCarthy.

Sandra Bullock picture Photo credit:  Thomas Lewis (flickr)
Sandra Bullock picture Photo credit: Thomas Lewis (flickr)

Jared Leto

From the cocky businessman Paul Allen in American Psycho to heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream, Jared Leto likes to keep things serious in films even in drag like in Dallas Buyers Club. However, he has appeared in two comedies. The first is an uncredited cameo in Sol Goode. The second is the dramedy Sunset Strip where he plays country rocker Glen Walker The trailer is below to watch.

Bradley Cooper

He has shown great dramatic performances in films like The Place Beyond the Pines, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle yet Bradley Cooper is most well known as the suave Phil from The Hangover trilogy.  Other comical roles that Cooper is known for include the egotistical Sack Lodge in Wedding Crashers, Jim Carrey’s best friend in Yes Man   and the title character in All about Steve. He will also voice Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Hangover picture Photo credit: Ben Sutherland (flickr)
Hangover picture Photo credit: Ben Sutherland (flickr)

Michael Fassbender

Whether it’s playing the powerful mutant  Magneto in  X Men First Class or playing Bobby Sands in Hunger, Michael Fassbender has portrayed from fantastic dramatic characters. This year he takes his first proper shot at comedy as he plays the title character in Frank. Below is the trailer of this odd yet funny film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeHSU-Oq-B4

Jonah Hill

These two little letters are synonymous with comedy. Superbad. 21 Jump Street. Knocked Up. He has appeared in a lot of the best modern comedies today. He even a smug version of himself in This is the End highlighting his previous Oscar nod for Moneyball. Now as the corrupt Donnie Azorff in the Wolf of Wall Street, Hill along DiCaprio have become the modern Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro: criminals we love to watch and laugh with.

Jonah Hill picture Photo credit: Guise Archives (flickr)
Jonah Hill picture Photo credit: Guise Archives (flickr)

Jennifer Lawrence

At just 23, Jennifer Lawrence has made such an impact as a dramatic actress either through fighting for survival in The Hunger Games or fighting depression in Silver Linings Playbook. Yet Lawrence saves her humour for interviews and photo ops and she shows she can indeed make us laugh. Like Hill and Cooper she has hosted the hit comedy show Saturday Night Live even making fun of her own material as seen below.

Sally Hawkins

Before her Oscar nodded role in Blue Jasmine, this British actress was know for her roles Rita O’Grady in dramedy Made in Dagenham and Poppy in Happy Go Lucky. She also played hypnotist Kenny Craig’s wife in sketch comedy Little Britain.

sally hawkins and rupert penry-jones  Photo credit: Owen Benson (flickr)
sally hawkins and rupert penry-jones Photo credit: Owen Benson (flickr)

June Squibb  

Before Nebraska, June Squibb has appeared in various as supporting cast in both dramas and comedies.  As well Nebraska and the upcoming season of Girls, Squibb has appeared in About Schmidt, Just Add Water and The Big Year. Below is a trailer for another comedy In and Out where Squibb play Howard’s cousin Gretchen.

Julia Roberts

Some of Julia Roberts’ most famous roles came from comedy. There was her fantastic performance as Vivian Ward the harlot with heart and actress Anna Scott in Notting Hill. Other comedies that she was in included Ocean’s Eleven,  My Best Friend’s Wedding and Eat Pray Love.

Julia Roberts picture Photo credit: David Shankbone (flickr)
Julia Roberts picture Photo credit: David Shankbone (flickr)

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