Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 68
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    24,950
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    90280

    Best actor/actress (lead or support) Oscar winning portrayals of real life characters

    It seems that often when a best actor/actress Oscar nominee portrays a well real life character, the chances of winning are quite high. Of course there are some that don't win, but those seem to be fewer in number. I don't have the stats on it, but here is a list of Best actress/actor Oscar winners that played real life characters (lead or supporting roles). I am sure I forgot a lot of them.

    Men:

    Ben Kingsley - Gandhi (1982)
    Adrian Brody -Wladislaw Szpillman (sp?) in The Pianist -2002
    Jamie Foxx- Ray Charles (2004) in 'Ray'
    Sean Penn- Milk (2008)
    Colin Firth- King George VI in 'The king's speech' (2010)
    George C. Scott - Patton (1970)
    Geoffrey Rush - David Helfgott in 'Shine' (1996)
    Philip Seymor Hoffman - Capote (2005)
    Jeff Bridges- Crazy Heart (2009) (can't remember the name)
    Forest Whitaker- The last king of Scotland (2006) - did he play Idi Amin?
    Jeremy Irons- Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990)

    I am not sure if the actor who played Mozart's character in Amadaeus (sp?) won.

    Will Daniel Day Lewis win this year for playing Lincoln, or will it be Anthony Hopkins for playing Hitchcock?

    Those who did not win:

    Russell Crow - John Nash in 'Beautiful mind' (lost to a fictional character, I think)
    Joaquin Phoenix - Johnny Cash in 'Walk the line'
    Leonardo di Caprio- Aviator
    Denzel Washington - Hurricane (lost to Kevin Spacey's fictional character)


    Women:

    Meryl Streep- Margaret Thatcher in 'The iron lady' (2011)
    Helen Mirren- Queen Elizabeth (2007)
    Charlize Theron - 'Monster' (2004)
    Hillary Swank - 'Boys don't cry' (2000)
    Reese Witherspoon- June Carter Cash in 'Walk the line' (2006)
    Sissy Spacek - Loretta Lynn in 'Coal miner's daughter' (1980)
    Sandra Bullock - The blind side (2010)
    Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich (2001)
    Cate Blanchett- Katherine Hepburn in 'The aviator'? (I can't remember the year)
    Judi Dench - Queen Elizabeth in 'Shakespeare in Love'

    Those who did not win-

    Salma Hayek- Frida Kahlo (I don't remember who she lost to)
    Michelle Williams- Marilyn Monroe (lost to Streep's Margaret Thatcher)
    Cate Blanchett- Queen Elizabeth (lost to Gwyneth Paltrow's fictional character)
    Meryl Streep- Karen Silkwood, Isaac Dinesan(Karen) in Out of Africa, and the Australian woman in 'A cry in the dark'
    Last edited by Vash01; 11-26-2012 at 04:55 PM. Reason: grammar correction

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    5,540
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Also, Robert De Niro for Jake La Motta in Raging Bull. Really great performance that was not afraid to portray its subject unsympathetically.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    4,675
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Forest Whitaker- The last king of Scotland (2006) - did he play Idi Amin?
    He did.

    I am not sure if the actor who played Mozart's character in Amadaeus (sp?) won.
    F. Murray Abraham, who played Salieri, won. Salieri is the more interesting role, or at least the more showy one.

    If you look at supporting actor/actress winners as well, there will also be plenty of portrayals of real people. This is not surprising - winning for playing a real person is an Oscar tradition, going back to the early years of the award: (George Arliss won for playing Benjamin Disraeli back in 1930, Luise Rainer for her role as Anna Held in 1936)). And I think everyone knows that a lot of these biopics are Oscar bait type movies.
    Last edited by Zemgirl; 11-26-2012 at 08:19 AM.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Partying with Oda
    Posts
    4,222
    vCash
    1799
    Rep Power
    31466
    Patty Duke as Helen Keller; Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker.
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Dashing Between Bennetton and Krispy Kreme
    Posts
    2,447
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Susan Hayward as convicted murdered, Barbara Graham in I Want To Live.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Still voting in the icenetwork "It's your move!" contest.
    Age
    33
    Posts
    23,004
    vCash
    80943
    Rep Power
    85977
    Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons
    Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot
    Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood
    Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner in Pollock

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Age
    38
    Posts
    17,611
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    In 1968, there was a Best Actress tie between two women playing real people -- Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, and Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
    Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
    Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible

  8. #8
    From the Bloc
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    California, I wish
    Posts
    17,300
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    10397
    Another that comes to mind is Will Smith in Ali - he was nominated but did not win. He was excellent in the role though.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    City of Blinding Light
    Posts
    15,867
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    10901
    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    In 1968, there was a Best Actress tie between two women playing real people -- Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, and Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
    What do they do in the case of a tie? Do they give the award to the actor with the higher technical score?
    Use Yah Blinkah!

  10. #10
    Just me
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    no place special
    Posts
    6,760
    vCash
    9350
    Rep Power
    1820
    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Will Daniel Day Lewis win this year for playing Lincoln, or will it be Anthony Hopkins for playing Hitchcock?
    I haven't seen Hitchcock yet, but Hopkins will have to go some to out-do Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Fantastic!
    If this is to end in fire
    Then we will all burn together

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    24,950
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    90280
    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    He did.


    F. Murray Abraham, who played Salieri, won. Salieri is the more interesting role, or at least the more showy one.

    If you look at supporting actor/actress winners as well, there will also be plenty of portrayals of real people. This is not surprising - winning for playing a real person is an Oscar tradition, going back to the early years of the award: (George Arliss won for playing Benjamin Disraeli back in 1930, Luise Rainer for her role as Anna Held in 1936)). And I think everyone knows that a lot of these biopics are Oscar bait type movies.
    I did mention a couple of supporting actress Oscars (Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett for supporting roles). I don't know some of the real life people, so I may not have thought of them. I had not heard of the real life people you mentioned. It's great that the list is expanding with inputs from posters like you and others.

    Couple of supporting winners I did not mention were:

    Christian Bale - The Fighter (his brother)
    Melissa Leo - The Fighter (his mother)

    I did not mention them because I had no idea what the real people were like. The actors were great in their screen roles.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    24,950
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    90280
    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    I haven't seen Hitchcock yet, but Hopkins will have to go some to out-do Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Fantastic!
    I can't imagine anyone out-doing DDL (Lincoln) this year.

    I caught on TV the other day that there is a movie about Teddy Roosevelt. I did not catch the name of the movie or the actor who played him. Does anyone know?

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Age
    38
    Posts
    17,611
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    The Washington Post has an interesting article on Helen Mirren and how she had to find a way to portray Alma Hitchcock when there's only a split second's worth of footage of Alma to be found anywhere.
    Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
    Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    24,950
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    90280
    Talking of those who did not win (but should have):

    Christopher Plummer (supporting role) as Leo Tolstoy in 'The last station'

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    3,503
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I think Cate Blanchett was the first person/only person to win an Oscar for playing someone who won an Oscar.

  16. #16
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,743
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Jeff Bridges- Crazy Heart (2009) (can't remember the name)
    Bad Blake was a fictional character. Although you'd be forgiven for thinking that he was real, and he was based on elements of several real-life musicians including Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    non-winners
    Russell Crow - John Nash in 'Beautiful mind' (lost to a fictional character, I think)
    Denzel Washington - Hurricane (lost to Kevin Spacey's fictional character)
    The fact that these were real-life characters is somewhat moot here, as they're relatively obscure and unknown. So any advantage their "real-lifeness" has in terms of recognition and Oscar-bait is lost.

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    City of Troy, Rensselaer County, NY
    Age
    39
    Posts
    2,524
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Men:

    I am not sure if the actor who played Mozart's character in Amadaeus (sp?) won.
    F. Murray Abraham won the Oscar for playing Salieri. Tom Hulce played Mozart.

  18. #18

    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    7,383
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    4361
    Charles Laughton won "Best Actor" in 1933 for the title role in "The Private Life of Henry VIII"

    Wasn't Helena Bonham Carter nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the Duchess of York (later Queen) in "The King's Speech"?

  19. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,743
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by attyfan View Post
    Wasn't Helena Bonham Carter nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the Duchess of York (later Queen) in "The King's Speech"?
    Yes she was. As was Geoffrey Rush for his real-life role (though there was a lot of talk at the time that the role was too big to be classified as "supporting"). The winners in both supporting acting categories that year were from The Fighter -- Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

  20. #20
    Argle-Bargle-ist
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    Age
    50
    Posts
    8,564
    vCash
    875
    Rep Power
    75121
    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    I think Cate Blanchett was the first person/only person to win an Oscar for playing someone who won an Oscar.
    Wow. Just wait until Hayden Panettiere wins for "The Cate Blanchett Story".
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •