The iconic physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76, and like many important historical figures, he’s been portrayed in film.
However, not every depiction of real-life figures yield accolades, but in the case of these 16 actors, they did. In honor of Hawking’s life, here are 16 actors who won Oscars for playing real people.
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (Best Actor, 2015)
Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (Best Actress, 2001)
Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi (Best Actor, 1983)
Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (Best Actress, 2003)
Leonard DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in The Revenant (Best Actor, 2016)
Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster (Best Actress, 2004)
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote (Best Actor, 2006)
Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (Best Actress, 2010)
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk (Best Actor, 2009)
Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (Best Supporting Actress, 2005)
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray (Best Actor, 2005)
Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (Best Actress, 2007)
Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist (Best Actor, 2003)
Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (Best Actress, 2006)
Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (Best Actor, 2007)
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (Best Actress, 2012)
Blogger Erica Banas has a weird affinity for award shows and acceptance speeches. If she is ever in need of a good cry, she watches Tom Hanks’ Oscar acceptance speech for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in ‘Philadelphia.’
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