You'll be surprised who didn't make the list
6. Christopher Guest
Best Performance as an Actor: "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984)
Best Film as a Director: "Best in Show" (2000)
Why: Guest established himself as the king of the mockumentary (admittedly, a term he hates, as it suggests mocking) early on. As Nigel Tufnel in "This Is Spinal Tape, he embodies one of the greatest rock 'n' roll dimbulbs to grace the silver screen, and while Guest's ability to play stupid may not register as a great performance, it shouldn't be underrated. Under his shag wig and rocker gear, he is fully committed. Nigel is a sweetly sympathetic loser, not a joke, and it's no surprise that some viewers actually believed Spinal Tap was a real band after watching the mockumentary. Behind the camera, he hit the bullseye with "Waiting for Guffman," another mix of sharp parody with soft edges. Some may have grumbled that "Best in Show" wasn't as strong as "Guffman," but I'd argue that it was more pointed (yet never cruel) in its parody of the world of dog devotees. The cast, including Guest regulars Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Jane Lynch, is inspired, and Fred Willard's turn as the worst color commentator ever is somehow completely insane and yet absolutely recognizable.
- Liane Bonin Starr