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Actors Who Won Oscars For Playing Real People

Feb 8 2015 - 7:00am

The Oscars [1] are fast approaching, so you better start making your winner predictions! While you're filling out your ballot [2], there's one thing you should keep in mind: roles based on real life. It seems that whenever an actor takes on a famous face in history — or even a lesser-known person with a great true story — it only ups the chances of taking home Oscar gold. There's a long list of Hollywood elite who have won a statue for spot-on portrayals of real people (so many that we can't even list them all here!), but take a peek at this short list of memorable performances.

— Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal

Adrien Brody, The Pianist

Charlize Theron, Monster

Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Jamie Foxx, Ray

Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Nicole Kidman, The Hours

Sean Penn, Milk

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Ben Kingsley, Gandhi

Geoffrey Rush, Shine

Cate Blanchett, The Aviator

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Helen Mirren, The Queen

Source: Miramax [4]

Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

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