As the Cannes Film Festival kicks off the start of conversations for the upcoming awards season, the inevitable discussions about which actors could win their first or second Oscar will also begin. 23 male actors have won more than one competitive acting Oscar. Most recently, Anthony Hopkins picked up his second Best Actor win of 2020.
The current record for most wins by a male actor is held by Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson, with three wins each. But who among those who won their first Oscar deserves to win a second? The following actors delivered excellent performances worthy of awards before and after their wins.
Benicio Del Toro
After breakout roles in The usual suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBenicio Del Toro won awards season for his performance as a police officer in one of the many intertwining drug dealing stories in Steven Soderbergh. Traffic.
Del Toro would go on to deliver famous performances in Alejandro G. Iñáritu 21 gramsby Soderbergh Cheand Ben Stiller’s Showtime limited series Escape to Dannemora. His performance in the Sicario the films also received critical acclaim and commercial success. Del Toro has been long awaiting his next Oscar nomination, which could come from his next crime film Reptilea project of which he is also an executive producer.
Gary Oldman is known for being an on-screen chameleon. The actor rose to prominence in roles such as Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone’s jfk. He finally won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the 2017 film Darkest hour.
Oldman has shown no signs of slowing down since winning the Oscars. He then played Herman J. Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s film malea behind-the-scenes look at the making of Citizen Kane. More recently, he starred in the Apple TV+ series slow horses and will reunite with director Christopher Nolan this year for the highly anticipated Oppenheimer.
Javier Bardem became very popular in American cinema for his villainous turns in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen There is no country for old people and in the James Bond film directed by Sam Mendes celestial fall (he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007 for the former). In 2007 Bardem also won acclaim for a number of Spanish films, including The sea within.
Since There is no country for old peopleBardem has worked with a number of top directors, including his Oscar-nominated collaboration with Alejandro G. Iñáritu, biutilful. He received his fourth Oscar nomination last year for his portrayal of Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s Be the Ricardoswhile his wife Penélope Cruz (also late for her second Oscar) was nominated in the Best Actress race at the same ceremony.
Before Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywoodhe won Best Picture as a Producer for Steve McQueen 12 years of slavery. Pitt was also nominated for performances in 12 monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and silver ball.
Pitt has been one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars since his brief but memorable role in Thelma and Louise. He managed to effortlessly transition from big budget projects like Mr and Mrs Smith to cult classics like fight club to prestige dramas like The tree of life. He is as prolific a producer as an actor. Although he finally won his acting Oscar just a few years ago, Pitt could enter the race again with Damien Chazelle’s next film. Babylon, also starring Margot Robbie.
Like his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio rose to fame for never having won an Oscar until his 2015 performance as Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñáritu. The ghost. DiCaprio had garnered four acting nominations prior to this win for performances in What eats Gilbert Raisin, the aviator, blood diamondand the wolf of Wall Street.
DiCaprio has worked with some of the greatest living directors, from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino. For her work with the latter in the 2019 film Once upon a time in Hollywood, DiCaprio received an additional acting appointment. Most recently, he led the cast of Adam McKay’s Best Picture-nominated Don’t look up, but he missed out on the Best Actor race. He will find Scorsese in his next film, The Moonflower Slayersslated for release this fall.
Often considered one of the best actors of his generation, Joaquin Phoenix only won his first Oscar a few years ago for the memorable origin story of Gotham’s iconic villain in Joker. He had already been nominated for the epic Gladiatorthe biopic walk the lineand brain drama The master.
These roles alone show Joaquin Phoenix’s immense range as an actor. While there’s an undeniable intensity to his work, Phoenix always finds a way to pivot from what he’s already given audiences on screen. Take last year, for example, when he delivered a beautifully sensitive performance in the critical darling go! Go on. If Phoenix continues to make the striking transitions from performance to performance as he is known to do, winning a second Oscar won’t come as a surprise.
Christian Bale started his career in Steven Spielberg Empire of the Sun and grew into an acclaimed and committed actor. Before his notable collaborations with David O. Russell, The fighter and american hustle (he won his Oscar for the former), Bale was widely known for his performances as psychopath Patrick Batemen in American psycho and as Bruce Wayne in the iconic Christopher Nolan film Black Knight trilogy.
The evolution of Bale’s filmography is full of surprising transformations. The actor is often known for the extreme lengths he will go to physically transform for certain characters, as he did in The machinist or like Dick Cheney in Vice. In 2022, he will appear in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder and will reunite with David O. Russell among an impressive cast in the award contender amsterdam.
It’s hard to believe Morgan Freeman didn’t win the Oscars for his performances in The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy. In all fairness, he was in competition with Tom Hanks and Daniel Day-Lewis. Freeman won’t win Best Supporting Actor until a decade later Shawshankwhen he reunited with director/actor Clint Eastwood to Million dollar baby.
Freeman’s performances are varied, yet consistent, and he’s delivered a significant amount of under-recognized work in movies like Glory, Amistadand Se7fr. He’s also managed to maintain a stellar dramatic resume while dabbling in big-budget mainstream films like Almighty Bruce and The black Knight trilogy. For all that Freeman has given to filmmaking across various genres, he’s certainly overdue for a mainline Oscar.
Robert De Niro has two acting Oscars. Just like Dustin Hoffman. But Al Pacino, who comes from the same generation and who helped redefine an era of cinema, has his Oscar for best actor only for The scent of a woman. It was his eighth nomination in a notorious losing streak that included losses to The Godfather, Serpicoand dog afternoon.
Pacino has worked steadily since that first Oscar. He won two Emmys for his portrayals of Roy Cohn and Jack Kevorkian in HBO dramas Angels in America and You don’t know Jackand he played Shylock in The merchant of Venice on the Broadway stage. More recently, Pacino reminded moviegoers what a special actor he was when he took the place of Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s sprawling epic, The Irishman.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson’s Oscar win comes with an asterisk. He received the Governors Lifetime Achievement Award at the last ceremony of 2022. He has never won a competitive Oscar, not even for his perfect performance in Quentin Tarantino. pulp Fictionalthough he was nominated.
Jackson brought gravity to every role he played, big or small, prestige or business. His curriculum vitae is vast and impressive; he is, after all, the highest-grossing actor of all time. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the star wars galaxy, from his signature line deliveries in movies like Snakes on a plane to his unforgettable collaborations with Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson left an indelible impression on American cinema and deserves rightful recognition for his decades of hard work.
NEXT: Samuel L. Jackson’s 10 Greatest Characters, According To Ranker
MCU Phase 2 Secretly Explains Vision’s Madnesslessness Multiverse
About the Author