Art imitating life. Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson and a lot of stars created their marks taking part in real individuals in movies and television shows.
Many won awards for his or her onscreen depictions of each beloved associate degreed debatable figures throughout history.
The American Horror Story actress earned an honor for her portrayal of far-famed prosecutor Marcia Clark in September 2016. Paulson won Best histrion in a very restricted Series or tv moving-picture show for her role on The individuals v O.J. Simpson: yankee Crime Story.
The actress dedicated the win to the “whip-smart, giant-hearted” attorney. Clark later solely told Us Weekly how it felt to check Paulson clear the trophy.
“To have somebody as fantastic as married woman play me and then win?” she aforesaid. “It feels pretty great.”
Three years later, Rami Malek won his first Academy Award for taking part in late musician Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Thank you, Queen. many thanks … for permitting Maine to be the tiniest a part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. i’m forever in your debt,” he said throughout his 2019 Oscars speech when winning Best Actor in a very Leading Role.
Margot Robbie has a history of usurping real-life characters, having delineate figure skater Tonya Harding in 2017’s I, Tonya and Queen Elizabeth I in 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots. the subsequent year, Robbie compete the late Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson transformed into music legend Aretha Franklin in Respect, that hits theaters in August 2021. earlier than her death in August 2018, Franklin handpicked Hudson to fill her shoes within the film.
“I am simply taking it one step at a time, at some point at a time,” the Dreamgirls actress told Sunday Today in Gregorian calendar month 2019 of the massive role. “All i need to try and do is pay tribute to her and meet her requests, you know? Like, ‘Aretha aforesaid do this?’ — ‘Yes, ma’am.’”
Scroll to come back a number of the foremost picture onscreen portrayals of real individuals over the years — including Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers and Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles.
In October 2019, the Emmy winner was nabbed for the role of fake heiress Anna Delvey (born Anna Sorokin) in the Shonda Rhimes adaptation of New York Magazine’s 2018 article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” Filming began one year later — and Garner expertly tapped into her character’s chaotic energy.
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Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp in ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’
The Florida native teamed up with director Ryan Murphy once again for a dramatic retelling of the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. “Linda. American Crime Story: Impeachment has begun principal photography,” Paulson wrote via Instagram in November 2020, channeling the civil servant in glasses and thick bangs.
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Sophie Turner as Princess Charlotte in ‘The Prince’ Series
The Game of Thrones alum will step into the shoes of Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Duchess Kate’s daughter, in the upcoming animated parody The Prince, coming to HBO Max in 2021.
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Christian Serratos as Selena in ‘Selena: The Series’
The Walking Dead alum portrays the late “Dreaming of You” singer in a Netflix show premiering in November 2020 titled Selena: The Series.
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Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’
The Dreamgirls star portrays the iconic singer in the upcoming biopic, Respect, which follows Franklin’s rise from church singer to superstar. The film is set to hit theaters December 2020.
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Rose Bryne as Gloria Steinem in ‘Mrs. America’
The Neighbors star portrayed the acclaimed activist in the Hulu mini-series, which chronicled the political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
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Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in ‘Harriet’
The Color Purple star portrayed the abolitionist and activist in the acclaimed 2019 biographical film.
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Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
The Forrest Gump star stepped into Mr. Rogers’ shoes — and iconic red cardigan! — for the lead role in the 2019 drama, which was based on the 1998 Esquire article “Can You Say … Hero?”
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Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI in ‘The Two Popes’
The Silence of the Lambs star played the retired Catholic prelate in the 2019 Netflix flick opposite Jonathan Pryce (Pope Francis).
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Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
In Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 comedy-drama, the Wolf of Wall Street actress starred as the 1960s movie star and model.
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Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson in ‘Bombshell’
The Oscar winner flawlessly portrays the anchor in 2019’s Bombshell, a film about the takedown of Fox CEO Roger Ailes.
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Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly in ‘Bombshell’
In the same film, Theron “becomes the story” as Kelly when she decides to speak up against Ailes.
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Austin Butler as Elvis Presley
The Carrie Diaries alum landed the role in the Baz Luhrmann film, which will follow the late Presley’s journey from poor singer to icon, through the view of his manager Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks). Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles were also in the running for the title role.
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Taron Egerton as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’
The Kingsman star not only portrayed the music icon in the 2019 biographical film, he also sang live for the musical numbers (unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Rami Malek lip-synched as Freddie Mercury). “Our movie is a musical,” Egerton noted to Variety. “It requires an actor who can sing in the lead role. For a biopic, that’s not necessary.”
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Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’
The Chicago star completely transformed into icon Judy Garland for Judy, the film that follows the actress’ life and what happened 30 years after The Wizard of Oz.
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Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’
The Academy Award winner underwent an unnerving transformation for The Loudest Voice, the Showtime miniseries about the rise and fall of late Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
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Connie Britton as Debra Newell in ‘Dirty John’
Britton wowed audiences when she took on the leading role in Bravo’s adaptation of the popular L.A. Times podcast “Dirty John.” Newell told Us Weekly in November 2018 that the Friday Night Lights alum’s interpretation “was pretty spot-on. The way she spoke, her hand gestures and the way she dressed.”
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Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’
The Glee alum took home an Emmy for his scary turn as the man who killed Gianni Versace. “The whole thing is a shocking experience!” he told Us of his win in September 2018.
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Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’
Bale was unrecognizable after adding 40 pounds to his frame for his role as George W. Bush’s vice president. “I had more fun gaining the weight than losing it!” he told reporters in December 2018.
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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
The Mr. Robot star earned rave reviews (and an Oscar!) playing Queen’s lead singer in the 2018 film.
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Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in ‘The Aviator’
The Titanic star’s first best actor Oscar nomination stemmed from his role as eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in the 2005 movie. However, he would not get his hands on the trophy until 2016 for The Revenant.
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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week With Marilyn’
The Dawson’s Creek alum garnered a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical and an Academy Award nomination for her work in the 2011 flick, in which the actress spent a week traveling around London with Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne).
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Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso in ‘Genius’
Banderas took the reins from Geoffrey Rush — who played Albert Einstein during season 1 — in season 2 of the National Geographic series.
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Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’
Season 1 of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series was filled with standout performances from Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer. Paulson racked up the most awards, including a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, for her 2016 role as lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. “To have someone as phenomenal as Sarah play me and then win?” Clark told Us of the actress’ Emmy Award in September 2016. “It feels pretty great.”
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Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in ‘The Crown’
The actress won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work as the longest-reigning British monarch, which spanned two seasons of the Netflix show.
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Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in ‘Ray’
Foxx earned the best actor Oscar in 2004 after portraying the blind musician in the biopic.
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Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in ‘I, Tonya’
The Wolf of Wall Street actress revisited Harding’s 1994 attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. Robbie received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination following the 2017 movie.
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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in ‘The Darkest Hour’
Oldman disappeared beneath a mountain of prosthetics that made him more Churchill-esque. The actor took home the trifecta of statues for the 2017 film: a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award.
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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’
Though Streep has been nominated for an Oscar 21 times, she took home only her third trophy in 2012 for portraying the late British prime minister.
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Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in ‘Lincoln’
Day-Lewis won over critics in his part as the 16th president in the 2012 film. The actor won his third Academy Award before announcing his retirement in June 2017.
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Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in ‘Confirmation’
The Scandal alum starred as Hill to Wendell Pierce’s Clarence Thomas in the 2016 HBO movie based on the Supreme Court justice’s confirmation hearings.
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Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash in ‘Walk the Line’
A brunette Witherspoon won her first Oscar playing Johnny Cash’s wife and frequent collaborator in the 2005 film.
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Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in ‘Diana’
The Australia native took on the role of the late princess for the 2013 biopic, which depicted Diana’s final two years before her death. However, the movie was not well received.
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Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in ‘Jackie’
Portman was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and more accolades after she played the titular character in the 2016 flick.
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Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan in ‘Hidden Figures’
Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe all received recognition for their roles as African American women who overcame the odds to become integral to NASA’s operations.
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