The only director/actor to appear on this list is the king of silent films, Mr. Charles Chaplin. Along with his iconic character "The Tramp," Chaplin gained popularity during the silent era, making cinematic classics like City Lights and Modern Times.
He's regarded as a pioneer of early cinema and is credited for developing the comedy genre. All of that success, though, didn't earn him an Oscar until 1972 when he was given an honorary statue. Chaplin may have been one of film's all-time greatest comedic performers, but, in this case, the AMPAS is the real joke.