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).
Rudolf AbelBridge of SpiesMark Rylance-Best Supporting Actor (2015)
Actor: Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey - Best Supporting Actor (1995).
Lester BurnhamAmerican Beauty
Actor: Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey - Best Actor (1999).
Actor: Javier BardemJavier Bardem - Best Supporting Actor (2007).
Actor: Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman - Best Actress (2010).
Actor: Joe PesciJoe Pesci - Best Supporting Actor (1990).
Jake LaMottaRaging Bull
Actor: Robert De NiroRobert De Niro - Best Actor (1980).
Actor: Tom HanksTom Hanks - Best Actor (1993).
Actor: Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman - Best Actor (2005).
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (1999).
Actor: Frances McDormandFrances McDormand - Best Actress (1996).
Actor: Rita MorenoRita Moreno, Best Supporting Actress (1961)
Actor: Hilary SwankHilary Swank - Best Actress (2004).
Actor: Charlize TheronCharlize Theron - Best Actress (2003).
Daisy WerthanDriving Miss Daisy
Actor: Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy - Best Actress (1989)
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Mildred HayesThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand - Best Actress (2017)
Actor: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard - Best Actress (2007)
Actor: Sidney Poitier, Billy Dee WilliamsSidney Poitier-Best Actor (1963)
Actor: Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis - Best Actor (2007).
Actor: Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman - Best Supporting Actor (2004)
Actor: Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx - Best Actor (2004).
Actor: Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody - Best Actor (2002)
Actor: Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett - Best Supporting Actress (2004).