Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Real (Reel) People win Oscars

  • In 2006 Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth II and won the Oscar for Best Actress.
  • In 2006 Forrest Whitaker played Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and won the Oscar for Best Actor
  • In 2005 Reese Witherspoon played country music celeb June Carter and won the Oscar for Best Actress.
  • In 2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman played author Truman Capote and won the Oscar for Best Actor.
  • In 2004 Jamie Foxx played musician Ray Charles and won the Oscar for Best Actor.
  • In 2003 Charlize Theron played prostitute/serial killer Aileen Wuornos and won the Best Actress oscar.
  • In 2002 Adrien Brody played Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and won the Best Actor oscar.
  • In 2002 Nicole Kidman played author Virginia Woolf and won the Best Actress oscar.
  • In 2000 Julia Roberts plays the unlikely activist Erin Brokovich and won the Best Actress oscar.

The exceptions, Hillary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Denzel Washington (Training Day), Halle Berry (Monster's Ball), Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

So, of the 14 winners of the best actor/actress so far in the 2000's 9 of them (60%) have won for playing real people.

Biographical films and the lead actors and actresses who find them self in central roles in 2007 films:

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Anonymous said...

So it's official. If Kate Winslet wants to win an Oscar, she's going to have to get herself into a biopic of some sort.

jasdye said...

no doubt.

which is why halle berry didn't win for Catwoman.

Anonymous said...

Denzel...was Rueben "The Hurricane" Carter several years back. I don't think he won for that but I think he got a golden globe nomination or something?

Anonymous said...

You make an interesting point here. Maybe this goes hand-in-hand with our interest in reading memoirs. Real stuff is more fascinating to us than fictitious stories.

Anonymous said...

you forgot the great Julianne Moore as Barbara Daly Baekeland in "Savage Grace"... I hope she 'll get nominated for this one as best actress in 2008....

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