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  • Matt Noble
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    Hey guys,

    With Licoln, Zero Dark 30, Argo and I guess Hyde Park on Hudson all in the derby this year I had 2 questions.

    1. What best picture winners have featured or involved real life US presidents?

    JFK, LBJ and Nixon were all featured in Forrest Gump, is that the only one?
     

    2. Who’s been nominated for or won and Oscar for protraying a US president?

     I have Raymond Massey for Lincoln (1940), Alexander Knox for Wilson (1944), James Whitmore for Truman (1975), Anthony Hopkins (1995) and Frank Langella (2008) both for Nixon. And Hopkins for Adams in Amistad.

    If I get some good stuff, hopefully I’ll be able to put a blog item on it together.

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    babypook
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    There’s All the President’s Men (1976), which features actual clips of those jokers, including Gerald Ford.
    There’s The Right Stuff, although, Lyndon was the Vice-president at the time.
    Neither film won BP.

    I think you’ve nailed all the nominees. It’s surprising that, when DDL wins, he’d be the only one who has.

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    Macbeth
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    No one has ever won for playing a US President, however, the following have won for playing politicians  and leaders from other countries:

    Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (as Margaret Thatcher)
    Colin Firth in The King’s Speech (as King George VI)
    Sean Penn in Milk (as Harvey Milk)
    Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (as Idi Amin)
    Yul Brynner in The King and I (as King Mongkut)
    George Arliss in Disraeli (as Benjamin Disraeli)
    Helen Mirren in The Queen (as Queen Elizabeth II)
    Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love (as Queen Elizabeth I)

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    Matt Noble
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    Thanks for the help guys!

    So no best picture winers featuring US presidents other than Gump? 

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    pacinofan
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    Jeff Bridges was nominated for playing a fictional president in “The Contender” as was Lee Tracy for “The Best Man”.

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    babypook
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    Speaking of world ‘leaders’, The Last Emperor won Best Picture, and yet, the two very strong, very good leads were left off the nomination ballot. It won 9 Oscars, winning in every category it was nominated in. Quite an achievement. And yet, two are missing.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Don;t forget Charles Laughton!

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    And as for some Oscar noms for that are President adjacent- Harry Carey was nominated for best supporting actor for playing a fictional Vice-President in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (I don’t remember if the President ever shows up in the film) and Beulah Bondi was nominated for best supporting actress for playing Andrew Jackson’s wife in “The Gorgeous Hussy” though I believe she dies while he is still running for president. Best actress nominee Joan Allen becomes Vice-President at the end of “The Contender”.

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    It’s strange that while Oscar has honored portrayals of four English & British monarchs (both Elizabeths and their dads–I didn’t forget Charles Laughton as Henry VIII) plus two prime ministers (Disraeli & Thatcher), one queen consort (Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of The Great Kate’s four winners) and at least one other high official (Sir Thomas More), the only U.S. politician ever honored in an Oscar-winning role is… Harvey Milk.  (Honorable mention to the Huey Long-inspired, but fictional, role of Willie Stark in All the King’s Men–also once portrayed by Sean Penn.)  In context, it would be a pretty big feat if both DDL as Lincoln & TLJ as Thaddeus Stevens won (Sally Field too, but she can’t beat Anne Hathaway).

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