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Robert De Niro: Da Comedian?

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Robert De Niro is bleepin' funny.

At least according to comedy performers, who picked Mr. "GoodFellas" as a nominee for the 14th Annual American Comedy Awards, to be presented Feb. 6 in Los Angeles.

De Niro is up for funniest lead actor in a film for his turn as a crying mob boss in "Analyze This." He's up against Jim Carrey ("Man on the Moon"), Mike Myers ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") and Kevin Spacey ("American Beauty").

"Analyze This" is also nominated for funniest motion picture, along with the supposedly side-splitting "American Beauty" and the decidedly off-beat "Being John Malkovich."

Lisa Kudrow picked up a funniest supporting-actress nomination for "Analyze This." The "Friends" star will compete against Joan Cusack ("Runaway Bride") and Cameron Diaz ("Being John Malkovich.")

John Malkovich himself was nominated for funniest supporting actor (for -- what else? -- "Being John Malkovich"), along with Eugene Levy ("American Pie") and William H. Macy ("Happy, Texas").

Competing for funniest actress in a leading film role are: Drew Barrymore for "Never Been Kissed," Annette Bening for "American Beauty," Janeane Garofalo for "Mystery Men" and Reese Witherspoon for "Election."

The American Comedy Awards, by the way, mark the first -- and likely last -- time "American Beauty" and "Mystery Men" will face off in the same race.

Steve Martin will be presented with the event's career achievement award. The ceremony also honors TV.

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