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!
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
Actor: J.K. SimmonsJ. K. Simmons - Best Supporting Actor (2014).
Actor: Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2009).
Actor: Javier BardemJavier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
Actor: George C. ScottGeorge C. Scott - Best Actor (1970).
Actor: Joe PesciJoe Pesci - Best Supporting Actor (1990).
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
Actor: Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
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Actor: Robert De NiroRobert De Niro - Best Actor (1980).
Nick ChevotarevichThe Deer HunterChristopher Walken - Best Supporting Actor (1978).
Actor: Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey - Best Supporting Actor (1995).
Actor: Tommy Lee JonesTommy Lee Jones - Best Supporting Actor (1993).
Actor: F. Murray AbrahamF. Murray Abraham - Best Actor (1984).
Actor: Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2007).
Actor: Christian BaleChristian Bale - Best Supporting Actor (2010).
Actor: Robin WilliamsRobin Williams - Best Supporting Actor (1997).
Actor: Gregory PeckGregory Peck - Best Actor (1962).
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
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Actor: Gene HackmanGene Hackman - Best Actor (1971).
Actor: Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2012).
Actor: Avijit DuttBen Kingsley-Best Actor (1982)
Actor: Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker - Best Actor (2006).
Actor: Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman - Best Actor (1988).
Actor: Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne - Best Actor (2014).