If we analyze the possibilities of someone winning an Oscar, we realize that the Academy has their eyes set on lively, transgressors and, crazy roles. The role is quite challenging for any actor or actress because not only do they need to get the attention of the audience, but also the critics.
With that said, here are seven actresses that have won the Oscar for playing women with mental illnesses.
1. Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Moore's character in this poignant film is the world's sanest until she's hit with a premature Alzheimer's disorder. It's a great interpretation by Moore.
2. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook )
We went from seeing Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games to Tiffany, the widow-bipolar-nymphomaniac of Silver Lining Playbook. Not only did the audience enjoy her acting in this film, but it also garnered her the Oscar in 2013.
3. Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
One of our favorite performances of recent years is due to the magnificent Portman, winner of the 2011 Oscar for her role as Nina, a dancer whose preparation for the Swan Lake ballet includes same-sex love, family pressure, passionate betrayals and even feathered monsters.
4. Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Cruz portrays Maria Elena, a schizophrenic painter addicted to vodka. She is one of the many actresses who has won the Oscar thanks to the director of Annie Hall.
5. Charlize Theron (Monster)
The attitude of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed in 2002 for killing six men, can be conceived as a distortion of reality. Charlize Theron's interpreting this woman required a brutal transformation in both physical and interpretive terms.
6. Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
Many continue to think that Kidman's physical transformation to play writer Virginia Woolf was one of the motives that led her to win the Oscar. However, we continue to admire the performance of the actress, in a total state of grace with her other two partners, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. A paper that allowed us to know the decadence and genius of the English writer, suffering from a bipolarity that led to her death in 1941.
7. Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted)
It was in 2000 when Jolie won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress after kissing her supposed brother. Her win was thanks to the role of Lisa, the queen of McLean Hospital, a psychiatric center of the '60s in which she's hospitalized for sociopathy.
These Oscar-winning actresses were rewarded for a job that marked a new era in their careers. Kudos to them for nailing their roles and big wins!
Which of these interpretations captivated you more?
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