Why the Oscars love method actors

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  • Published on:  Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Almost half of all Best Actor and Actress awards have been won by method actors since 1951.

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    Method acting's foundational theory originated in the Soviet Union during the early 20th century. It was created by Konstantin Stanislavski and his peers at the Moscow Art Theater as a framework for systematically training young actors. Method acting became influential in the US in the ’30s and ’40s, pioneered by Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, and Sanford Meisner, each of whom transformed and built on Stanislavski’s system.

    Today, training in method acting is ubiquitous for aspiring actors. But at the same time, the stakes of method acting continue to rise. First popularized in the US during the 1950s by Marlon Brando's generation of Hollywood stars, method acting continues to be a consistent way for actors to push themselves in new roles. But while method acting won Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar for his performance in The Revenant, it's undeniable that the way method acting is promoted is conspicuously marketable. Still, it has undoubtedly led to some of the greatest performances of all time.

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  • Vox

     (Mar 2, 2018)

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  • Mike Noir

     (Jan 19, 2019)

    +JERA So Leonardo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, etc. only won Oscars because of politics?How about sometimes the person YOU want to win just doesn't win sometimes

  • Vicente Ortega Rubilar

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    Method acting started in Russia.Because in Mother Russia roles play you.

  • Soviet Ninja

     (Feb 1, 2019)

    The thing is the joke doesn't make any sense because you are miss informed. Method acting started in America. The Stanislavsky technique started in Russia which hugely influenced the method.

  • Galih Jananuraga

     (Jan 31, 2019)

    In Mother Russia, you do method acting everyday

  • Justin Y.

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    So this is why Tommy Wiseau never won an oscar.

  • WHO?!

     (Jan 1, 2019)

    you again -_-

  • Juan Perez

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    Ed Wood never won a best director Oscar, either.

  • Rigby

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    My favourite actor Christoph Waltz was phenomenal in Inglorious Basterds

  • George Daugherty

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    He's also not a method actor at all, interestingly enough.

  • Ian Leo

     (Oct 21, 2018)

    Rigby Agreed. He was sensational

  • Jose Interiano

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    I wouldn't really call Leonardo DiCaprio a method actor. He's just an extremely good actor who can portray different characters very well. just because he took a bite of a bison liver doesn't mean he's a method actor.

  • Dc watcher

     (Jan 18, 2019)

    MrCutter97 I can understand why a lot of you think he isn’t a method actor but I’m sorry to say your wrong . He is a method actor and I will tell you why. Method acting isn’t about living in the role and becoming them for days and weeks non stop that’s is the research SOME method actors do . For example Marlon brando the person who helped bring method acting to Hollywood didn’t stay in character for weeks, he researched his role and used the techniques of method acting from Stella Adler and stanislavs...

  • Dc watcher

     (Jan 18, 2019)

    I can understand why a lot of you think he isn’t a method actor but I’m sorry to say your wrong . He is a method actor and I will tell you why. Method acting isn’t about living in the role and becoming them for days and weeks non stop that’s is the research SOME method actors do . For example Marlon brando the person who helped bring method acting to Hollywood didn’t stay in character for weeks, he researched his role and used the techniques of method acting from Stella Adler and stanislavski . Leonar...

  • Hendiatetris

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    The Oscars are about narratives. Leo won his Oscar because the campaign behind his movie made it seem overdue and necessary after his previous losses. Matthew McConaughey won because his 'McConaissance' was *the* thing that year. Alicia Vikander was the season's shooting star and she won her award, etc. Studios pump millions into those campaigns and make sure everything is all set for the big night (safe for some Academy wackiness like Mark Rylance's win over Stallone and the likes)

  • Mr. W

     (Nov 28, 2018)

    Hendiatetris Hendiatetris ruins everything

  • Chad Guzman

     (Oct 20, 2018)

    Telle us about day lewis

  • Pat Bateman

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    you obviously haven't seen Tom Cruise in Magnolia, Collateral, Rain Man, Born on The Fourth of July, or even Tropic Thunder. Dude can disappear into a character.

  • Eko Pradja

     (Mar 7, 2019)

    He got a lot of hit and Miss, just like ben Stiller when he did good he did it really good. "meyerowitz story" and "Walter mitty" is Oscar worth, but when he did bad just look at zoolander

  • Jake Sampson

     (Dec 26, 2018)

    Minority report as well, damn that opening to MI3

  • ifurkend

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    Tom Cruise to me is forever an eccentric Scientolgist.

  • Qwerty123

     (Aug 3, 2018)

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Dee R.

     (Mar 4, 2018)

    Teral Pop You may leave Scientology, but you'll always be on the mailing list. Lmao.

  • Himel Ty

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    Adam Sandler is a God then......

  • Eko Pradja

     (Mar 7, 2019)

    He got a lot of hit and Miss, just like ben Stiller when he did good he did it really good. "meyerowitz story" and "Walter mitty" is Oscar worth, but when he did bad just look at zoolander

  • GodZullaFC

     (Mar 9, 2018)

    Watch the Merowitz story

  • ankit soni

     (Mar 2, 2018)

    Donald trump is method actor too

  • Donald Trump

     (Dec 1, 2018)

    Nice one you idiot.

  • mrkt

     (May 14, 2018)

    So is a certain muhammed