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: Charlton HestonCharlton Heston -- Best Actor (1959)
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
Actor: Louise FletcherLouise Fletcher - Best Supporting Actress ( 1975)
Actor: Christian Bale
Christian Bale - Best Supporting Actor (2010)
Actor: Sidney Poitier, Billy Dee WilliamsSidney Poitier-Best Actor (1963)
- 285261Eddie Redmayne-Best Actor (2014)
Actor: Russell CroweRussell Crowe - Best Actor (2000).
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
Actor: Meryl StreepMeryl Streep-Best Actress (1982)
Actor: Frances McDormandFrances McDormand - Best Actress (1996).
Actor: Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews -- Best Actress (1964)
Actor: Charlize TheronCharlize Theron - Best Actress (2003).
Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Actor: Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy - Best Actress (1989)
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
Actor: Javier BardemJavier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (2004).
Actor: Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
Actor: Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer - Best Supporting Actress (2011).
Actor: Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett - Best Supporting Actress (2004).
Actor: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007)
Actor: Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel-Best Supporting Actress (1939)
Actor: Jessica Lange, Vivien Leigh, Ann-MargretVivien Leigh-Best Actress (1951)
Actor: Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman - Best Supporting Actor (2004)