Mischa Auer received his only Oscar nomination for playing Carlo the protege in My Man Godfrey.
That one reason, I would imagine is to be funny, the thing is though that he never ever is funny in the film. He certainly tries I will give him that but he never ever succeeds. He does a whole lot of mugging that's for sure, mugging to get laughs is a pretty bad attempt to get laughs and he does not get them. He is mostly just obnoxious particularly with his gorilla act. It is not funny he is just annoying. This is a complete failure of a performance because he does not create a character, which would be fine if he was funny, but he is not. This is a performance I barely ever noticed and when I did it was him being very annoying with his overacting.