Oscars: 55 Comic Book Actors Who've Won Academy Awards

Three Batmen, three Jokers, two Jor-Els and two Lex Luthors have won Oscars.
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From left: Jennifer Lawrence in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight' and Marlon Brando in 'Superman'

Come Oscars night, Michael Keaton could become the fourth big-screen Batman to win an Oscar. Christian Bale (Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) already has one to his name, while George Clooney (Batman & Robin) and Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) have two each.

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Comic book movies may struggle to get best picture nominations, but they are far from Oscar poison for their stars.

This year, Keaton's Birdman co-stars Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man films) are nominated in the supporting categories. Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson himself, J.K. Simmons (the original Spider-Man trilogy), is a supporting actor frontrunner for Whiplash and Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy) is nominated in the best actor category for American Sniper. Cooper's soon-to-be Marvel Cinematic Universe cohort Benedict Cumberbatch (2016's Doctor Strange) is a best actor nominee for The Imitation Game.

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Below find 55 actors from comic book adaptations who have won at least one Oscar. In addition to four Batmans, you'll find two Lex Luthors (Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey) two Jor-Els (Marlon Brando and Russell Crowe) and three Jokers (Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto).

Ben Affleck

Comic book movies: Daredevil (2003) as Matt Murdock/Daredevil; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Oscar wins: Good Will Hunting (1997), best original screenplay; Argo (2012), best picture (as producer)

Alan Arkin

Comic book movie: The Rocketeer (1991) as Peevy

Oscar win: Little Miss Sunshine (2005), best supporting actor

Christian Bale

Comic book movies: The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Oscar win: The Fighter (2010), best supporting actor

Kathy Bates

Comic book movie: Dick Tracy (1990) as Mrs. Green

Oscar win: Misery (1991), actress

Kim Basinger

Comic book movie: Batman (1989) as Vickie Vale

Oscar win: L.A. Confidential (1997), best supporting actress

Halle Berry

Comic book movies: The X-Men franchise (2000-2014) as Storm; Catwoman (2004) as Catwoman

Oscar win: Monster's Ball (2001), best actress

Marlon Brando

Comic book movies: Superman (1978) as Jor-El

Oscar wins: On the Waterfront (1954), best actor; The Godfather (1972), best actor

Jeff Bridges

Comic book movies: Iron Man (2008) as Obadiah Stane; R.I.P.D. (2013) as Roy Pulsipher

Oscar win: Crazy Heart (2008), best actor

Nicolas Cage
Comic book movies: Two Ghost Rider films (2007, 2011) as Johnny Blaze; Kick-Ass (2010) as Big Daddy

Oscar win: Leaving Las Vegas (1995), best actor

Michael Caine

Comic book movies: The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) as Alfred

Oscar wins: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), best supporting actor; The Cider House Rules (1999), best supporting actor

George Clooney

Comic book movie: Batman & Robin (1998) as Bruce Wayne/Batman

Oscar wins: Syriana (2005), best supporting actor; Argo (2012), best picture (as producer)

Jennifer Connelly

Comic book movies: The Rocketeer as Jenny (1991); The Hulk (2003) as Betty Ross

Oscar win: A Beautiful Mind (2001), best supporting actress

Sean Connery

Comic book movie: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) as Allan Quatermain

Oscar win: The Untouchables (1987), best supporting actor

Kevin Costner

Comic book movie: Man of Steel (2013) as Jonathan Kent

Oscar wins: Dances With Wolves (1990), best picture (as producer) and best director

Marion Cotillard

Comic book movie: The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Talia al Ghul

Oscar win: La Vie en Rose (2007), best actress

Russell Crowe

Comic book movie: Man of Steel (2013) as Jor-El

Oscar win: Gladiator (2000), best actor

Benicio del Toro

Comic book movies: Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as the Collector; Sin City (2005) as Jackie Boy

Oscar win: Traffic (2000), best supporting actor

Michael Douglas

Comic book movie: Ant-Man (2015)

Oscar wins: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), best picture (as producer); Wall Street (1987), best actor

Faye Dunaway

Comic book movie: Supergirl (1984) as the villain Selena

Oscar win: Network (1976), best actress

Sally Field

Comic book movies: Two The Amazing Spider-Man films (2012, 2014) as Aunt May

Oscar wins: Norma Rae (1979), best actress; Places in the Heart (1984), best actress

Colin Firth

Comic book movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) as Harry Hart

Oscar win: The King's Speech (2010), best actor

Jamie Foxx

Comic book movie: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) as Electro

Oscar win: Ray (2004), best actor

Morgan Freeman

Comic book movies: The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-12) as Lucius Fox; Wanted (2008) as Sloan

Oscar win: Million Dollar Baby (2004), best supporting actor

Whoopi Goldberg

Comic book movie: Monkeybone (2001) as Death

Oscar win: Ghost (1990), best supporting actress

Heath Ledger

Comic book movie:The Dark Knight (2008) as the Joker

Oscar win: The Dark Knight, best supporting actor

Gene Hackman

Comic book movies: Superman franchise (1978-1987) as Lex Luthor

Oscar wins: The French Connection (1971), best actor; Unforgiven (1992), best supporting actor

Tom Hanks

Comic book movie: Road to Perdition (2002) as Michael Sullivan Sr.

Oscar wins: Philadelphia (1993), best actor; Forrest Gump (1994), best actor

Anne Hathaway

Comic book movie: The Dark Knight Rises as Selina Kyle (2012)

Oscar win: Les Miserables (2012), best supporting actress

Dustin Hoffman

Comic book movie: Dick Tracy as Mumbles (1990)

Oscar wins: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), best actor; Rain Man (1988), best actor

Anthony Hopkins

Comic book movies: Two Thor films (2010, 2013) as Odin

Oscar win: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), best actor

William Hurt

Comic book movie: The Incredible Hulk (2008) as General Ross

Oscar win: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), best actor

Angelina Jolie

Comic book movie: Wanted (2008) as Fox

Oscar wins: Girl, Interrupted (1999), best actress; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (2014)

Tommy Lee Jones

Comic book movie: Batman Forever (1995) as Two-Face; Men in Black franchise (1997-2012) as Agent K; Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) as Chester Phillips

Oscar win: The Fugitive (1993), best supporting actor

Nicole Kidman

Comic book movie: Batman Forever (1995) as Dr. Chase Meridian

Oscar win: The Hours (2002), best actress

Ben Kingsley

Comic book movie: Iron Man 3 (2013) as The Mandarin

Oscar win: Gandhi (1982), best actor

Jennifer Lawrence

Comic book movies: X-Men franchise (2011-current) as Mystique

Oscar win: Silver Linings Playbook (2012), best actress

Jared Leto

Comic book movie: Suicide Squad (2016) as the Joker

Oscar: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), best supporting actor

Helen Mirren

Comic book movies: RED franchise (2010, 2013) as Victoria

Oscar win: The Queen (2007), best actress

Paul Newman

Comic book movie: Road to Perdition (2002) as John Rooney

Oscar wins: The Color of Money (1986), best actor; Honorary Award (1986); Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (1994).

Jack Nicholson

Comic book movie: Batman (1989) as the Joker

Oscar wins: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), best actor; Terms of Endearment (1983), best supporting actor; As Good as It Gets (1997), best actor

Al Pacino

Comic book movie: Dick Tracy (1990) as Big Boy Caprice

Oscar win: Scent of a Woman (1992), best actor

Gwyneth Paltrow

Comic book movies: Iron Man franchise (2008-13), Avengers (2012) as Pepper Potts

Oscar win: Shakespeare in Love (1998), best actress

Anna Paquin

Comic book movies: X-Men franchise (2000-2014) as Rogue

Oscar win: The Piano (1993), best supporting actress

Natalie Portman

Comic book movies: V for Vendetta (2005) as Evey, two Thor films (2010, 2013) as Jane Foster

Oscar win: Black Swan (2010), best actress

Cliff Robertson

Comic book movies: Original Spider-Man trilogy (2002-07) as Uncle Ben

Oscar win: Charly (1968), best actor

Geoffrey Rush

Comic book movie: Green Lantern (2011) as Tomar-Re

Oscar win: Shine (1996), best actor

Peter O'Toole

Comic book movie: Supergirl (1984) as Zaltar

Oscar win: Honorary Award (2003)

Jack Palance

Comic book movie: Batman (1989) as Carl Grissom

Oscar win: City Slickers (1991), best supporting actor

Robert Redford

Comic book movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) as Alexander Pierce

Oscar win: Ordinary People (1980), best director; Honorary Award (2002)

Tim Robbins

Comic book movies: Howard the Duck (1986) as Phil Blumburtt; Green Lantern (2011) as Hammond

Oscar win: Mystic River (2003), best supporting actor

Kevin Spacey

Comic book movie: Superman Returns (2006) as Lex Luthor

Oscar wins: The Usual Suspects (1995), best supporting actor; American Beauty (1999), best actor

Tilda Swinton

Comic book movies: Constantine (2005) as Gabriel; Snowpiercer (2013) as Mason

Oscar win: Michael Clayton (2007), best supporting actress

Christopher Walken

Comic book movie: Batman Returns (1992) as Max Shreck

Oscar wins: The Deer Hunter (1978), best supporting actor

Denzel Washington

Comic book movie: 2 Guns (2013) as Bobby

Oscar wins: Glory (1989), best supporting actor; Training Day (2001), best actor

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Comic book movie: Red 2 (2014) as Katja

Oscar wins: Chicago (2002), best supporting actress

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