6 Actors Who Bucked the Trend and Won Oscar Gold for Their Comedy Roles

As Good As It Gets, Helen Hunt

With Leonardo DiCaprio taking home the Golden Globe for “Best Actor in a Comedy” for his performance in the film Wolf Of Wall Street, many are placing their bets that he’ll take home the Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. But DiCaprio is not the only one who is receiving honors for a performance in a comedy — Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper have all received Oscar nods for their roles in the comedy-drama American Hustle. While “dramas” tend to take the win at the Academy Awards, every once in a while a performance in a comedy gets the gold. Here are six actors and actresses who have won an Oscar for comedy.

1. Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets

The 1997 romantic comedy As Good As It Gets, proved to be Oscar gold for Helen Hunt who toke home the win that year for “Best Actress.” In the film, Hunt plays a waitress and single mother who falls in love with an obsessive-compulsive author, played by Jack Nicholson. Her candid performance received rave reviews and Hunt became an award season favorite.