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.
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1994).
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
Actor: Kathy BatesKathy Bates - Best Actress (1990).
Actor: Patty DukePatty Duke - Best Supporting Actress (1962).
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
Actor: Charlize TheronCharlize Theron - Best Actress (2003).
Actor: Kirk Douglas, George C. ScottGeorge C. Scott- Best Actor (1970)
Actor: Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman - Best Actor (1988).
Actor: Javier BardemJavier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
Actor: Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
Actor: Helen MirrenHelen Mirren-Best Actress (2006)
Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Actor: Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy - Best Actress (1989)
Actor: Avijit DuttBen Kingsley - Best Actor (1982)
Actor: Meryl StreepMeryl Streep-Best Actress (1982)
Actor: Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel-Best Supporting Actress (1939)
Actor: Sidney Poitier, Billy Dee WilliamsSidney Poitier-Best Actor (1963)
Actor: Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson-Best Actor (1997)
- 296264Eddie Redmayne-Best Actor (2014)
Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
Actor: Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002)
Actor: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007)
Actor: Louise FletcherLouise Fletcher - Best Supporting Actress ( 1975)
Actor: Christian Bale
Christian Bale - Best Supporting Actor (2010)
Actor: Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon - Best Actress (1995).