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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Hazman Rostam  (Mar 3, 2018)

    That kid from florida project deservedly so for her oscar worthy performance. It was a huge potential!

  • The Retard  (Jun 16, 2018)

    John Yaurimo an eh performance by a kid is automatically a 7/10. That little girl was a def 8/10

  • riverw007  (Mar 5, 2018)

    As far as I could tell it was stunt casting. Hardly anyone in that movie were actors. They just found random people to be themselves. I even looked up the imdb info and it seemed to confirm it but then again they could have just not had a lot of parts before.

  • Shahzeb Khan  (Mar 2, 2018)

    Charlize Theron in Monster - one of the best method acting performance ever

  • Gipsy Danger  (Mar 2, 2018)

    Gary Oldmans performance was phenomenal from start to finish in the Darkest Hour.

  • Jon Dunmore  (Jun 4, 2018)

    Gary Oldman's performance in ANYTHING is phenomenal from start to finish. Most underrated actor of this generation.

  • Thomas Sutton  (Mar 3, 2018)

    VB MUTT Oh come on, Leonardo’s performance was as good as it ever has been in The Revenant, don’t downplay it. I agree he should have won before and that maybe What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was more impressive since he was so young at the time. The quality of acting was just as good in both though.

  • 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

  • Al H.  (Mar 2, 2018)

    For me to see Leonardo DiCaprio going through the physical and mental challenges in The Revenant was the closest I had felt to a movie character. I think it's because of what he physically endurred. Staying in character in a sub zero environment with his clothes being entirely wet in several sequences was admirable. Plus Alejandro's choice of natural lighting and his unique method of directing added that extra touch of art.

  • Stewart Kee  (Jun 24, 2018)

    Al H. The Revenant is a great film, and DiCaprios performance is epic.

  • Al H.  (Mar 10, 2018)

    Safa Nadia It truly was a masterpiece. Sometimes when the weather gets cold here during the winter and starts to rain, I lay down in bed and watch The Revenant over and over, with a cup of hot English tea and my dog lying next to me. You should try it, it's soothing and cozy.

  • ifurkend  (Mar 2, 2018)

    Tom Cruise to me is forever an eccentric Scientolgist.

  • PunkCabaretDoll  (Aug 3, 2018)

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Dee R.  (Mar 4, 2018)

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