Over the years, there have been so many great actors and actresses who have won Oscars for portraying classic characters. Some of these best actor Oscar performances were for roles based on real people, while others were based on fictional characters.
Who are some of the best characters to win an Oscar? Randle Patrick McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest made our list. Jack Nicholson won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of this not-so-crazy patient in 1975. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was based on the 1962 Ken Kesey book of the same name. Marlon Brando's iconic portrayal of Vito Corleone in the film The Godfather also made our list. Brando took home the Best Actor Oscar in 1972.
Several Best Actress performances also made this list. Julia Robert's portrayal of Erin Brockovich in the film of the same name, earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in 2000. Other Best Actress roles that are featured on this list include Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) from Black Swan and Clarice Starling (Jody Foster) from The Silence of the Lambs. Halle Berry was the first African American woman to win an Oscar for her performance as Leticia Musgrove in Monster's Ball.Which best actor Oscar-winning performance is your favorite? Vote up your favorite role, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Forrest Gump
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
Actor: Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness - Best Actor (1957)
- High Noon,
Actor: Gary Cooper,Gary Cooper-Best Actor (1952)
Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
- La Vie En Rose
Actor: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007)
Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Actor: Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy - Best Actress (1989)
- The Pianist
Actor: Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002)
- Lilies of the Field, Christmas Lilies of the Field
Actor: Sidney Poitier, Billy Dee WilliamsSidney Poitier-Best Actor (1963)
- The Iron Lady (2011)
Actor: Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep - Best Actress (2011)
- Million Dollar Baby
Actor: Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman - Best Supporting Actor (2004)
- Walk the Line
Actor: Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon - Best Actress (2005).
Actor: J.K. Simmons
J.K. Simmons - Best Supporting Actor (2014)
- Dallas Buyers Club
Actor: Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey-Best Actor (2013)
- My Left Foot
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O'Conor
Daniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (1989)
- 12 Years a Slave
Actor: Lupita Nyong'oLupita Nyong'o-Best Supporting Actress (2013)
Actor: Peter FinchPeter Finch-Best Actor (1976)
- The Untouchables
Actor: Sean ConnerySean Connery - Best Supporting Actor (1987)
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix - Best Actor (2019)
- Million Dollar Baby
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (2004).
- Bohemian Rhapsody
Actor: Rami Malek
Rami Malek - Best Actor (2018)
Actor: Liza MinelliLiza Minelli - Best Actress(1972)
- Boys Don't Cry
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
- The Miracle Worker
Actor: Patty DukePatty Duke - Best Supporting Actress (1962).