Are certain characters more likely to be rewarded with an Academy Award than others? We've looked back at best actor and actress Oscar winners since 1927 to try to find out.
Roles played by Oscar-winning actors and actresses since 1927
- 16% Real Person
- 16% Has mental illness or physical disability
- 13% Single parent or widow/er
- 12% In showbiz
- 8% Suffers from alcoholism
- 7% Royalty, politician or leader
- 7% Military figure
- 6% Works in law and order
- 6% Prostitute or mistress
- 2% Religious figure
Southern belles, frustrated spinsters, power-hungry TV execs, nuns, clergymen and even kings and queens. Over the years Oscar has rewarded actors and actresses for their portrayal of a wide array of characters, both real and fictional.But, patterns have emerged.
There are, it appears, certain types of roles that consistently act as Academy bait.
As a result, we've come up with five ways wannabe Oscar winners could improve their chances of landing an award. Empire magazine's Helen O'Hara helps explain the findings.