Of the past 18 Lead Actor/Actress winners, 11 of these winners have won for playing real life people. That's 61% of winners since 2000.
- In 2008 Sean Penn played controversial politician Harvey Milk and won the Oscar for Best Actor.
- In 2007 Marion Cotillard played French singer Ediath Piaf and won the Oscar for Best Actress.
- 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.
2008 had only a few bio-pic nominees with only Frank Langella as Richard Nixon and Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, and Sean Penn won.
Through 2009 I will collect the real life stories behind the cinematic performances that actors and actresses will be capturing.
A few previous Real (Reel) People entries include actors who could potentially be 2009 eligible..I'll begin the series listing those films.
2009 Real (Reel) People Performances:
- Reel People: Quinton Aaron is Michael Oher
- Reel People: Amy Adams is Julie Powell
- Reel People: Drew Barrymore is Edith Bouvier Beal (aka Little Edie)
- Reel People: Paul Bettany is Charles Darwin
- Reel People: Emily Blunt is Queen Victoria
- Reel People: Matt Damon is Francois Pienaar
- Reel People: Matt Damon is Mark Whitacre
- Reel People: Johnny Depp is John Dillinger
- Reel People: Jamie Foxx is Nathaniel Ayers
- Reel People: Morgan Freeman is Nelson Mandela
- Reel People: Logan Lerman is George Hamilton
- Reel People: Demetri Martin is Elliot Tiber
- Reel People: Helen Mirren is Sofya Tolstoy
- Reel People: Sophie Okonedo is Sandra Laing
- Reel People: Haley Joel Osment is Helmuth Hübener
- Reel People: Christopher Plummer is Leo Tolstoy
- Reel People: Meryl Streep is Julia Child
- Reel People: Hilary Swank is Amelia Earhart
- Reel People: Hilary Swank is Betty Anne Waters
- Reel People: Audrey Tautou is Coco Chanel
- Reel People: Emily Watson is Evgenia Ginzburg
- Reel People: Ben Whishaw is John Keats