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List Rules Vote up the greatest performances that WON the Academy Award, either for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor

Over the years, many great actors and actresses have been awarded the title of "Best Actor" for their portrayal of classic characters in film. Some of these Oscar-winning performances were based on real people, while other performances that won Oscars were based on fictional characters. 

Who are some of the best character portrayals that have earned actors Oscars? Forrest Gump from Forrest Gump made our list. Tom Hanks won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of this multi-talented man. Forrest Gump was based on the 1986 Winston Groom book of the same name. Anthony Hopkins's iconic portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs also made our list. Hopkins took home the Best Actor Oscar in 1991.

Several Best Supporting Actor performances also made the cut. Gregory Peck's performance as Atticus Finch in the film To Kill A Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee, earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1962. Other supporting actor roles that are featured on this list include Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas, played by Joe Pesci, and Rod Tidwell from Jerry McGuire, played by Cuba Gooding Jr.

Which best actor performance is your favorite? Vote up your favorite Oscar-winning character below! 

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump - Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).

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Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia - Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).

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Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird - Gregory Peck - Best Actor (1962).

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs - Anthony Hopkins - Best Actor (1991).

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Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Vito Corleone The Godfather - Marlon Brando - Best Actor (1972).

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Raymond Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Raymond Babbitt Rain Man - Dustin Hoffman - Best Actor (1988).

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Randle McMurphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Randle McMurphy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Jack Nicholson - Best Actor (1975).

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi - Ben Kingsley-Best Actor (1982)

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
The Joker The Dark Knight - Heath Ledger - Best Supporting Actor (2008).

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Jake LaMotta Raging Bull - Robert De Niro - Best Actor (1980).

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Anton Chigurh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men - Javier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).

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Tommy DeVito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Tommy DeVito Goodfellas - Joe Pesci - Best Supporting Actor (1990).

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Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle The French Connection - Gene Hackman - Best Actor (1971).

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King George VI is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
King George VI The King's Speech - Colin Firth - Best Actor (2010).

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Abraham Lincoln Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2012).

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General George S. Patton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
General George S. Patton, Jr. Patton - George C. Scott - Best Actor (1970).

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Terence Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Terence Fletcher Whiplash - J. K. Simmons - Best Supporting Actor (2014).

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Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Truman Capote Capote - Philip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Stephen Hawking The Theory of Everything - Eddie Redmayne - Best Actor (2014).

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Samuel Gerard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard The Fugitive - Tommy Lee Jones - Best Supporting Actor (1993).

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Nick Chevotarevich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Nick Chevotarevich The Deer Hunter - Christopher Walken - Best Supporting Actor (1978).

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Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Maximus Decimus Meridius Gladiator - Russell Crowe - Best Actor (2000).

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Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland - Forest Whitaker - Best Actor (2006).

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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting - Robin Williams - Best Supporting Actor (1997).

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Roger 'Verbal' Kint is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Roger 'Verbal' Kint The Usual Suspects - Kevin Spacey - Best Supporting Actor (1995).

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Ray Charles Ray - Jamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).

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Hans Landa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds - Christoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2009).

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Hugh Glass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Hugh Glass The Revenant - Leonardo DiCaprio - Best Actor (2015).

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Homer Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Homer Smith Lilies of the Field - Sidney Poitier - Best Actor (1963).

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Dickie Eklund is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Dickie Eklund The Fighter - Christian Bale - Best Supporting Actor (2010).

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Lester Burnham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Lester Burnham American Beauty - Kevin Spacey - Best Actor (1999).

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Bela Lugosi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Bela Lugosi Ed Wood - Martin Landau - Best Supporting Actor (1994).

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David Helfgott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
David Helfgott Shine - Geoffrey Rush - Best Actor (1996).

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T. E. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
T. E. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia

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Antonio Salieri is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Antonio Salieri Amadeus - F. Murray Abraham - Best Actor (1984).

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Howard Beale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Howard Beale Network - Peter Finch- Best Actor (1976)

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Wladyslaw Szpilman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Wladyslaw Szpilman The Pianist - Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002).

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Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Alonzo Harris Training Day - Denzel Washington - Best Actor (2001).

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Christy Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Christy Brown My Left Foot

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Melvin Udall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Melvin Udall As Good as It Gets - Jack Nicholson - Best Actor (1997).

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Daniel Plainview is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Daniel Plainview There Will Be Blood - Daniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2007).

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Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Rooster Cogburn True Grit, Rooster Cogburn - John Wayne - Best Actor (1969).

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Aaron Stampler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Aaron Stampler Primal Fear - Edward Norton

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Dr. King Schultz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Dr. King Schultz Django Unchained - Christoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2012).

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Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked

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Rod Tidwell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Rod Tidwell Jerry Maguire - Cuba Gooding Jr. - Best Supporting Actor (1996).

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Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Alvin C. York Sergeant York

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Harvey Milk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Harvey Milk Milk - Sean Penn - Best Actor (2008).

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Rudolf Abel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Rudolf Abel Bridge of Spies - Mark Rylance- Best Supporting Actor (2015)

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Bernardo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked
Bernardo West Side Story - George Chakiris-Best Supporting Actor (1961)