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Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor

Oscar flashback: Playing a politician is a great way to get elected Best Actor

In the 90 years of the Oscars, 11 leading men have earned nominations for portraying real-life politicians and five have won an Academy Award for their efforts. This year, a past Oscar winner and Oscar nominee will vie to join this distinguished group of actors. Christian Bale, who won an Oscar for playing a real-life fellow in “The Fighter,” takes on the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice.” And Hugh Jackman, who reaped a bid for the musical “Les Miserables,” headlines Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner” as U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart.

The first performer to earn a Best Actor nomination for portraying a real-life politician was George Arliss, honored for his turn as former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” (1929). Arliss, who was also nominated in Best Actor for his performance in “The Green Goddess,” emerged triumphant for “Disraeli.”

In the following decade,

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