11 Most Under-The-Radar Celebrity Relationships

Spotlight On Talented, Oscar-Winning Movie Stars

June 23rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Daniel Day-LewisThere are many talented people in Hollywood who have won a coveted Oscar, and there are so many talented winners that it's difficult to just name a few.

Daniel Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry; he's starred in only four movies in the last 10 years. Whenever Day-Lewis has a movie being released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stands up and takes notice. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Actor: His first was in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" and the other in 2007 for his work as Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood."

In 1963, Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role "Lilies of the Field." This achievement paved the way for future Oscar winner Halle Berry, who was the first black woman to win an Oscar, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.

Sean PennSean Penn always gives outstanding performance. But the performance that won him an Oscar was the 2003 intense drama "Mystic River" where Penn played an angry father seeking revenge on the person who murdered his 19-year-old daughter Katie.

Forest Whitaker received praises from both the critics and other actors for his portrayal of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland." The movie is based on the events of the brutal dictator as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. He won a Best Actor Oscar in 2006.

Roberto Benigni gave an amazing performance in his film "Life Is Beautiful." In the movie Benigni plays a Jewish man who uses humor to protect his son in a Nazi death camp. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and Benigni won for Best Actor.

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep has received 14 Academy Award nominations, which is more than any other actor or actress in history. She has been nominated a record 21 times for a Golden Globe, which is second to Jack Lemmon who had 22. Streep and Jack Nicholson are tied for the most Golden Globe wins; each with six. In 1980, Streep won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Kramer Vs. Kramer." She went on to win a Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1983 for "Sophie's Choice."

Sally Field has made moviegoers all laugh and cry, in one movie. Field has a career span that many actors dream about. In 1985 Field won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Norma Rae." Five years later she won her second Oscar in the same category for "Places in the Heart."

Tom HanksHONORABLE MENTIONS:
Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump (1994) and Philadelphia (1993)
Jack Nicholson: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and As Good As It Gets (1997)
Dustin Hoffman: Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988)
Kevin Spacey: American Beauty (1999)
Anthony Hopkins: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Denzel Washington: Training Day (2001)
Julie Andrews: Mary Poppins (1964)
Audrey Hepburn: Roman Holiday (1953)
Shirley MacLaine: Terms of Endearment (1983)
Susan Sarandon: Dead Man Walking (1995)
Marion Cotillard: La Vie en Rose (2007)
Katharine Hepburn: On Golden Pond (1981), The Lion in Winter (1968) and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Vivien Leigh: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Gone With The Wind (1939)

Angie Rentmeester
Story by Angie Rentmeester
Starpulse.com contributing writer


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