The first Oscars were held in 1929 had 13 categories which grew to 24. While some actors’ wins were groundbreaking, others surprised and mystified audiences. Think you know the greatest academy award winners of all time? Take this quiz to find out.
Known for his iconic portrayal of Joker in the movie Batman, Jack Nicholson won an Academy award for the movie in which he plays a role of an obsessive-compulsive man who falls in love with a waitress (Helen Hunt). Nicholson is a three-time academy award winner. An interesting trivia: his female costars won an academy award every time Nicholson won for his in the same movie.
Meryl Streep was nominated in 2012 for the 21st time, which makes her the most nominated actor in the history of the Academy awards. She has bagged an Academy award thrice, which is just 2 short of breaking Kathrine Hepburn’s record of four. Meryl Streep won the award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in the movie The Iron Lady.
Robert De Niro
Apart from winning an Academy Award for “Raging Bull” in 1980, he also bagged one as a supporting actor for the movie “The Godfather II.” Quick fact: The filming for “Raging Bull” was delayed mid production because Robert De Niro had to gain weight to depict Jake LaMotta in his later years.
Although Marlon Brando won the best actor award for his portrayal of the ruthless don of 1940s- Vito Corleone, he refused the award and sent a native American at the award function to represent him. The movie grossed around $135 million worldwide and was labelled one of the most iconic movies of all time.
Tom Hanks is known for his consistently great performances. He won back-to-back awards for the Best Actor for the movies “Forrest Gump” and “Philadelphia.” He has been a five-time nominee for the category of Best Actor and has bagged the award twice for the same.
Christopher Waltz the best supporting actor award for this movie and won another in the same category for Django Unchained. Largely unknown to the audience, the Austrian actor portrayed the role of the cunning colonel Hans Landa who was notoriously called “The Jew Hunter” in the movie.
The eight-time nominee Denzel Washington won the Academy Award in 2002 for the best actor for his role as detective Alonzo Harris. He won his first Academy Award for the best supporting actor for the movie Glory in the year 1990.
In the movie Cate Blanchett plays the role of Katharine Hepburn. The movie is about Howard Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-term relationship with Katharine Hepburn.
Daniel Day Lewis
Retired English actor Daniel Day Lewis is a three-time Academy award winner for the Best Actor and has been nominated for the same category for a total number of six films. Released in 2012, the movie directed by Steven Spielberg shows how Abraham Lincoln bought an end to the Civil War and slavery through the 13th amendment.
American actor, singer, and producer won the Academy award for the best actor for the movie in which he played a role of an ordinary tele sales operative who gets disillusioned with his existence and seeks excitement in his life. The critically acclaimed movie won Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Film.
This was the Rami Malek’s first ever win. Bohemian Rhapsody is a movie about the struggles and journey of Freddie Mercury as the front man of the iconic band: Queen. The title of the movie is named after one of Queen’s most popular songs.
The English actor won the Best Actor Award for his role as Winston Churchill. The Darkest Hour is about Winston Churchill’s struggle to a negotiate peace treaty with the Nazis as they moved ahead to conquer Western Europe.
Two-time Academy award winner Hilary Swank won the best actress for her role as Maggie Fitzgerald - A working class woman who wants to be a professional boxer. She shares screen space with Clint Eastwood who plays the role of Frankie Dunn a veteran trainer.
Casey Affleck won the Academy award for Best Actor in 2017. The movie is about Lee Chandler who has to leave his job in Boston and look after his orphaned nephew Patrick who lives in Manchester-by-the-sea: A fishing village. The movie was released in November 18, 2016 and was directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
The six-time nominee finally won the Best Actor award in 2017. The movie is about Hugh Glass played by Leonardo DiCaprio who finds his way back to civilization from the wilderness after being attacked by a bear.
He won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the legendary late physicist Stephen Hawking. “The Theory of Everything” movie narrates the love life of Stephen Hawking and his relationship with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).
This Texas actor won the Best Actor award for his role as Ron Woodroof who has contracted AIDS and has just 30 days left to live. Woodroof along with Rayon (Jared Leto) set out to smuggle illegal medications to treat their condition and help other people suffering from the same disease.
Colin Firth was nominated twice for the category of Best Actor. He won an Oscar for his role as England’s prince Albert.
The two-time nominee won the Best Actor award for the movie “Ray.” It is a biopic of the legendary musician Ray Charles showcasing his struggling journey from childhood to drug addiction days and how he rose above them to redefine and inspire a generation.
The two-time academy award winner and five-time nominee won best actor award for the movie. Mystic River is about Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) an ex-con who carries out his own investigation of the murder of his own daughter. The movie was released in October 2003 and was directed by the legendary actor Clint Eastwood.
Released in May 2000, Gladiator is the story from the Roman times where, a once powerful general (Russell Crowe) is forced to become a gladiator by the emperor’s son. Apart from Russell Crowe winning for Best actor the movie won a total of five Academy awards - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design.
Leaving Las Vegas is about the unconventional relationship between Ben Sanderson (Nicholas Cage), an alcoholic screenwriter and Sera (Elizabeth Shue) a prostitute and how they offer each other support. The movie is adapted from a novel by John O’ Brien.
Scent of a Woman is about Frank - a retired Lt. Col in the US Army who is blind and cantankerous. Charlie, who needs to fund his trip home for Christmas agrees to look after Frank over Thanksgiving and discovers that the job is not at all what he thought it would be.
Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie. Released in February 1991, Silence of the Lambs is about Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) a psychiatrist imprisoned on account of several acts of murder and cannibalism. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) appoints Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to interview Lecter as he believes Dr. Hannibal Lecter may have an insight into a case.
The movie revolves around Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) who is ambitious and wants to make it to the top of Wall Street. He plans to do so by convincing Gordon Gekko, a ruthless businessman to provide insight on insider trading.
Ben Kingsley plays the role of Mohandas Gandhi in this acclaimed biographical drama. The movie was released in December 1982 and was directed by Richard Attenborough and has won eight Academy awards.
Dustin Hoffman plays the role of Raymond an autistic man who takes a road trip with his younger brother Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) - a cross-country trip that will change their lives forever.
The movie is about socialite Sunny von Bulow who slips into an irreversible coma and Claus (Jeremy Irons). Police suspect Claus of foul play and arrest him.
Directed by Anatole Litvak, the movie was released in December 1956 and is the story of a Russian businessman who tries to pass off a woman as the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Released in December 1967, the movie won two Oscars for best original screenplay and Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn) and was nominated for a total of 10 categories.