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!
- 1,1511,041Jack Nicholson - Best Actor (1975).
- 506412Eddie Redmayne - Best Actor (2014).
- 337253Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002).
- 395333Jack Nicholson - Best Actor (1997).
- 287230Matthew McConaughey - Best Actor (2013).
- 395359Denzel Washington - Best Actor (2001).
- 449442Colin Firth - Best Actor (2010).
- 233189Sidney Poitier - Best Actor (1963).
- 216212Peter Finch- Best Actor (1976)
- 1,3691,678Marlon Brando - Best Actor (1972).
- 280252John Wayne - Best Actor (1969).
- 379344Leonardo DiCaprio - Best Actor (2015).
- 232207Martin Landau - Best Supporting Actor (1994).
Lester BurnhamAmerican BeautyKevin Spacey - Best Actor (1999).
Pvt. TripGloryDenzel Washington - Best Supporting Actor (1989).
Rami Malek - Best Actor (2018)
- 1,7913,129Heath Ledger - Best Supporting Actor (2008).
Gordon GekkoWall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Wall StreetMichael Douglas - Best Actor (1987).
- 1,3692,552Anthony Hopkins - Best Actor (1991).
- 238281Sean Penn - Best Actor (2003).
- 200307Sean Penn - Best Actor (2008).
- 168232Nicolas Cage - Best Actor (1995).