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.
- 8,803446Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).
Lester BurnhamAmerican BeautyKevin Spacey - Best Actor (1999).
- 6,909385Tom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
- 133106Sidney Poitier-Best Actor (1963)
- 141114Liza Minelli - Best Actress(1972)
Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Jessica Tandy - Best Actress (1989)
Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
- 291273Frances McDormand - Best Actress (1996).
- 205172Hilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002)
Meryl Streep - Best Actress (2011)
Marion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007)
- 189165Patty Duke - Best Supporting Actress (1962).
- 420399Charlize Theron - Best Actress (2003).
- 153130Reese Witherspoon - Best Actress (2005).
- 236212Philip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
Morgan Freeman - Best Supporting Actor (2004)
- 267248Ben Kingsley - Best Actor (1982)
- 403393Javier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
- 281260Jamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
- 308288Hattie McDaniel-Best Supporting Actress (1939)
- 133107Matthew McConaughey-Best Actor (2013)
- 250233Daniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2007).
- 236216Charlton Heston -- Best Actor (1959)
Pvt. TripGloryDenzel Washington - Best Supporting Actor (1989).