Nominees revealed for Oscars of comedy

The nominees for the inaugural Comedy Awards for film, television and stand-up comedians were announced by Comedy Central, MTV Networks' satellite channel, on February 15. Looking to be the Oscars of the comedy world, the awards will be presented on the network's channels April 10.

Three films lead with four nominations each: comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage; the high school comedy Easy A, starring Emma Stone; and comedy Cyrus with Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly.

Actors nominated include Helen Mirren ( Red), Anne Hathaway ( Alice in Wonderland, Love & Other Drugs), Steve Carell ( Date Night, The Office), Russell Brand ( Get Him to the Greek), Will Ferrell ( Megamind, The Other Guys), and Zach Galifianakis ( Dinner for Schmucks, Due Date).

In television, 30 Rock leads with seven nominations, followed by The Office and Golden Globe winner Modern Family. Late night talk shows hosts are also nominated, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Comedians nominated include Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais and 2010's MTV Movie Awards host Aziz Ansari, both for their stand-up television specials.

At http://www.thecomedyawards.com, fans can submit their own picks for funniest original viral video, and in March the public will vote for the winner.

Board members who selected the nominees include Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Joan Rivers. Winners will be selected by almost 1,000 members from the comedy community.

Select highlights of nominees follow:

Comedy Film:
Cyrus
Easy A
Get Him to the Greek
Kick-Ass
The Other Guys

Comedy Actor:
Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek
Will Ferrell, The Other Guys
Zach Galifianakis, Dinner for Schmucks
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jonah Hill, Cyrus

Comedy Actress:
Tina Fey, Date Night
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Helen Mirren, Red
Chloë Moretz, Kick-Ass
Emma Stone, Easy A

Animated Comedy Film:
Despicable Me
Megamind
Shrek Forever After
Toy Story 3

Comedy film director:
Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Cyrus
Will Gluck, Easy A
Adam McKay, The Other Guys
Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass
Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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