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 3,824 711 Forrest Gump Forrest Gump Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).
2 3,231 695 Andrew Beckett Philadelphia Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
3 1,595 2,761 The Joker The Dark Knight Heath Ledger - Best Supporting Actor (2008).
4 1,212 2,117 Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins - Best Actor (1991).
5 807 352 Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird Gregory Peck - Best Actor (1962).
6 991 1,036 Randle Patrick McMurphy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson - Best Actor (1975).
7 1,203 1,690 Vito Corleone The Godfather Marlon Brando - Best Actor (1972).
8 689 675 Raymond Babbitt Rain Man Dustin Hoffman - Best Actor (1988).
9 661 467 Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
10 531 483 Jake LaMotta Raging Bull Robert De Niro - Best Actor (1980).
11 660 441 Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds Christoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2009).
12 582 373 Tommy DeVito Goodfellas Joe Pesci - Best Supporting Actor (1990).
13 411 322 Tom Islava added Mahatma Gandhi Ghandi Ben Kingsley-Best Actor (1982)
14 393 233 General George S. Patton, Jr. Patton George C. Scott - Best Actor (1970).
15 577 333 Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting Robin Williams - Best Supporting Actor (1997).
16 425 275 Terence Fletcher Whiplash J. K. Simmons - Best Supporting Actor (2014).
17 470 375 Paul Stewart0 added Abraham Lincoln Lincoln
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