Steve Carell is back in the Oscar race with “Battle of the Sexes,” the latest collaboration between the actor and “Little Miss Sunshine” directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Based on a true story, the film recounts the 1973 tennis match between World number one champ Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell). In recognition of the new film opening this week, take a tour through our photo gallery above featuring Carell’s 12 greatest films, from “The Big Short” to “Foxcatcher” to “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Carell first came to prominence as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” appearing as a regular cast member from 1999 to 2005. He left the nightly news satire to play bumbling boss Michael Scott in “The Office,” and role which brought him six Emmy nominations as Best Comedy Actor and a Golden Globe win in 2006 (he competed at the Emmys as a producer on the series in 2009, 2010, and 2011).
After supporting roles in such films as “Bruce Almighty” (2003), “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), “Melinda and Melinda” (2004), and “Bewitched” (2005), Carell moved into leading man status playing a middle-aged man seeking to have sex for the first time in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005). He received wide critical acclaim the very next year for playing a gay Proust scholar in the Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine.”
Carell became an Oscar nominee himself in 2014 for playing eccentric billionaire John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s true life sports drama “Foxcatcher.” He reaped a Golden Globe bid the following year for playing a hot-headed hedge fund manager in “The Big Short,” which reunited him with “Anchorman” director Adam McKay.
The actor has two shots at nominations this year with both “Battle of the Sexes” and Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” hitting theaters. Click through our photo gallery of a dozen of Carell’s best movie roles, and see if your favorite made the cut.
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