The battle of the Nixons! There have been others that have depicted Nixon briefly but let’s focus on the ones that were the stars of their movie. Both Hopkins and Langella earned Oscar nominations.
Though I loved Hopkins’ performance, Frank Langella got both the voice and the look down. He really was captivating during those interview scenes and if it wasn’t for Sean Penn, I would have 100% wanted Langella to win for this magnificent performance
I think Nixon is a very underrated movie, but Langella wins this easily.
He was absolutely my choice for the win that year.
Honourable mention to Dan Hedaya’s hilarious Nixon in 1999’s very funny Dick