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!
- 1Forrest Gump
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: George C. ScottGeorge C. Scott - Best Actor (1970).
Actor: Joe PesciJoe Pesci - Best Supporting Actor (1990).
- 6Inglourious Basterds
Actor: Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2009).
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
- 8No Country for Old Men
Actor: Javier BardemJavier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
- 9There Will Be Blood
Actor: Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2007).
Actor: Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
- 11The Usual Suspects
Actor: Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey - Best Supporting Actor (1995).
Jake LaMottaRaging Bull
Actor: Robert De NiroRobert De Niro - Best Actor (1980).
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis as
Nick ChevotarevichThe Deer HunterChristopher Walken - Best Supporting Actor (1978).
- 15Good Will Hunting
Actor: Robin WilliamsRobin Williams - Best Supporting Actor (1997).
Actor: F. Murray AbrahamF. Murray Abraham - Best Actor (1984).
- 17The Fugitive
Actor: Tommy Lee JonesTommy Lee Jones - Best Supporting Actor (1993).
- 18To Kill a Mockingbird
Actor: Gregory PeckGregory Peck - Best Actor (1962).
- 19The Fighter
Actor: Christian BaleChristian Bale - Best Supporting Actor (2010).
- 20Django Unchained
Actor: Christoph WaltzChristoph Waltz - Best Supporting Actor (2012).
- 21The French Connection
Actor: Gene HackmanGene Hackman - Best Actor (1971).
Actor: Avijit DuttBen Kingsley-Best Actor (1982)
Actor: Russell CroweRussell Crowe - Best Actor (2000).
- 24The Last King of Scotland
Actor: Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker - Best Actor (2006).
- 25Rain Man
Actor: Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman - Best Actor (1988).