Stars who won Academy Awards for biopics
by Ana Walia | Wed, 06 Oct 2021 21:40:38 GMT
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Oscars are one of the most prestigious honors given to artists to acknowledge their outstanding cinematic achievements. They are given by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences and Oscars are now recognized around the world as emblems of accomplishment in the entertainment industry. The Academy was founded in 1927 with just 36 members, and now there are more than 6,000 members.

Biopics or Autobiographical movies are one of the most popular film genres since they are not only entertaining to watch, but also provide the audience and performers with insight into the legendary character they are portraying. These films are eye-openers in terms of being compelling reminders that are occasionally stepping into someone else's shoes can help us learn things and experiences that we wouldn't have learned if we were on our own.

Actors give their all to play a character because they want to be relatable and close to the real one, and when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognizes their efforts, they are ecstatic.

There are a few of the performers who not only acquitted themselves admirably in the biography, but were also honored by the Academy. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the Oscar winners that are both skilled and experienced.

Barbra Streisand played ‘Fanny Brice’ in Funny Girl.

Barbra Streisand made her Hollywood debut in William Wyler's musical "Funny Girl," in which she played the leading lady, Fanny Brice and wowed audiences. She had already wowed the audience with her performance on Broadway. The film is based on the life and career of Broadway and film comedian Fanny Brice, as well as her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Barbra reprised her part in the film, and the camera adored her so much that she became an instantly fascinating personality. For her performance in the film "Funny Girl," she received an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Barbra Streisand played ‘Fanny Brice’ in Funny Girl. Image Source: Tribeca Film Festival 

The New York Times commented, "Since Fanny herself cannot be brought back, the next best thing is to have Barbra Streisand to sing and strut and go through hilarious routines à la Brice."

Ben Kingsley played 'Mahatma Gandhi' in Gandhi.

There have been many depictions of Mahatma Gandhi, but none have come close to Ben Kingsley's performance in 'Gandhi.' The British actor not only played Mahatma Gandhi, but also elevated the part to new heights, and the 1982 picture was, in the actor's words, "the golden door to the film industry." The film is based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian freedom fighter who terrorized the British Raj with 'satya' and 'ahinsa' (truth and non-violence).

Ben Kingsley as' Mahatma Gandhi' in Gandhi. Image Source: SBS

In 1982, Ben Kingsley received the Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture-Male.

Cate Blanchett played 'Katharine Hepburn' in The Aviator.

Cate Blanchett featured as Katharine Hepburn alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in the 2004 film "The Aviator." The film was directed by Martin Scorsese, a well-known director. The film is based on Charles Higham's nonfiction book Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, and it depicts the life of Howard Hughes, an aviation pioneer, from 1927 until 1947. Hughes became a successful film producer and an aviation mogul during this time, but his mental health deteriorated due to severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).

Martin's original option for the character was Cate Blanchett, who did her homework by watching all of Hepburn's first 15 films, watching Hepburn's 1973 interview with Dick Cavett, reading a memoir about her, taking golf and tennis lessons, and bathing in cold water like Hepburn. "She had such a fantastic life, and then with her passing, she was even more present in everyone's consciousness," Blanchett said of Hepburn.

Cate Blanchett played 'Katharine Hepburn' in The Aviator alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Image Source: The Oscar Buzz

For her depiction of Katharine Hepburn, the actress won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005. Cate Blanchett is the first actor in history to win an Academy Award for portraying another Academy Award-winning actor after winning her first Oscar. She gave the Australian Center for the Moving Image her prize statuette.

Eddie Redmayne played ‘Stephen Hawking’ in The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is a biographical romance drama film based on Stephen Hawking's life as a theoretical physicist. Eddie Redmayne and James Marsh directed the film. The film was based on Jane Hawking's book Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, which Felicity Jones portrayed. The role allowed Redmayne to meet Hawking and his family, tracing Hawking's early academic life, his diagnosis with motor neuron illness, and his connection with his first wife Jane.

Eddie Redmayne as ‘Stephen Hawking’ in The Theory of Everything. Image Source: NPR

"It was horrifying," Eddie said of meeting Stephen Hawking for the first time. "I'd spent six months reading and watching everything, and then you meet him, and I just ended up telling him everything I knew about him.”  The physicist himself, as well as the crowd and critics, praised the actor's performance. Eddie was nominated for his first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Eddie added when he accepted the medal, "I am well aware that I am a very fortunate man. This is for all the folks fighting ALS around the world."

Meryl Streep played 'Margaret Thatcher' in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep is regarded as one of Hollywood's most iconic actors, having portrayed former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the film "The Iron Lady." Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Meryl recalled Margaret Thatcher when she died of a stroke, saying, "Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, voluntarily or reluctantly, for the role of women in politics." It's difficult to conceive a period of modern history that hasn't been influenced by the policies she championed in the United Kingdom at the end of the twentieth century. She was a figure of admiration to me because of her own fortitude and strength. It took a great achievement for her to rise properly through the ranks of the British political system, class-bound and gender-phobic as it was, in the time she did and in the manner she did."

Meryl Streep as 'Margaret Thatcher' in The Iron Lady. Image Source: Baltimore Sun

Meryl Streep received her 17th Academy Award nomination for her outstanding acting in 2012, and she went on to win the award for Best Actress. Her third Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama and her second BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role were also given to her.

Rami Malek played 'Freddie Mercury' in Bohemian Rhapsody 

The striking similarities between Rami Malek and Queen's lead vocalist Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the world. The actor expressed his gratitude for being cast as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, and said that his immigrant roots aided him in recognizing the part.

He revealed that Freddie, too, fought to define himself, and that "all of his passion, virtue, and everything else burning within him allowed him to look at everyone else and say, "Hey, I see you." It's not about being from a specific location or resembling a specific race. Any of the above. Every single one of us is a human being. And please forgive me for saying this, but we are all champions as a team."

Rami Malek as 'Freddie Mercury' in Bohemian Rhapsody. Image Source: The Quint 

"I never imagined I'd be able to play Freddie Mercury until I learned his real name was Farrokh Bulsara... And it has been the most profound message delivered to me from the start, " said the Academy Award winner.

The actor, who rose to stardom thanks to his hit television series Mr. Robot, was first hesitant to play the renowned character but eventually persuaded himself to do so. The actor explained, "'Listen, if you're going to play a man who [would] rock this thing out like nobody's business... you better own this,' I told myself." Rami Malek took home the Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the first actor of Arab descent to win the award. He was highly appreciated for his portrayal of the vocalist across the world.

Daniel Kaluuya played 'Fred Hampton' in Judas and the Black Messiah

In 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' Daniel Kaluuya, who was also featured in 'Black Panther,' played fiery Fred Hampton, who was assassinated in an FBI raid in 1969. He was most likely doped the night before.

"To Chairman Fred Hampton, what a man," Daniel exclaimed after winning his Academy Award. "How fortunate we are to have lived during a time when he was alive. He spent 21 years on this planet and overcame all odds to feed them breakfast, educate them, and provide free medical treatment."

Daniel Kaluuya as 'Fred Hampton in ’Judas and the Black Messiah’. Image Source: The Hindustan Times

As the United States and other countries continue to grapple with the same racial difficulties that the Panthers did, the actor stated that he hoped to become a "vehicle" for Hampton's spirit.

For the performance, he also received a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Bafta. "Thank you, God, thank you, God; I couldn't be here without your protection and guidance." "I'd like to thank my mother," the actor continued, "for pouring into me, for giving me everything, for giving me your factory settings, so I can stand at my utmost height. Love to my sister, niece, friends, and family, everyone that I love from London to Kampala," he continued.