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4. Mel Brooks
Best Performance as an Actor: "High Anxiety" (1977)
Best Film as a Director: "Young Frankenstein" (1974)
Why: Brooks has an amazing sense of comic timing, and when you listen to him do something like "The 2,000 Year Old Man" with Carl Reiner, it is amazing how they both manage to land every joke exactly right. That's something that translated into his work as a director, and when he was on his hot streak from the late '60s to the early '80s, there was no one who could touch him. In "High Anxiety," he plays the perfect parody version of the Hitchcock lead, and with "Young Frankenstein," you can see him playing a comic version of the premise that has always fascinated him as a producer, the story of an outsider desperate to fit into a regular world even though he's seen as a monster. And as far as parody goes, no one has ever done with with more laser-precision than "Young Frankenstein." You set it side-by-side with James Whale's "The Bride Of Frankenstein," and they are identical. It goes well beyond parody, and that's what makes it so brilliantly funny. Many have tried to do what he does, but no one's matched him yet.
- Drew McWeeny