|Statham is relentlessly funny, but he won't be part of the awards race.|
Actors, especially comedians, often get awards recognition for playing against type. Comedians Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy are Oscar nominees for choosing different roles, and Jonah Hill has even netted two nominations. Mo'Nique and the late Robin Williams even won Oscars for dramatic performances.
However, action stars get even less respect than comedians when it comes to awards. Action stars, it seems, don't act (much), so they're ignored during awards season. It's unfair, but not entirely unjustified in most cases.
In Spy, Jason Statham gives a brilliant comedic performance as a macho CIA agent. He steals the movie with a lovable performance of self-parody that's foul, witty and completely staggering. He's hilarious, turning in effortless work that sadly won't be recognized. If you haven't seen Spy, see it for Statham's scene-stealing performance. (Though, the film is solid elsewhere, too.)