The Oscars are fast approaching, so you better start making your winner predictions! While you're filling out your ballot, there's one thing you should keep in mind: roles based on real life. It seems that whenever an actor takes on a famous face in history — or even a lesser-known person with a great true story — it only ups the chances of taking home Oscar gold. There's a long list of Hollywood elite who have won a statue for spot-on portrayals of real people (so many that we can't even list them all here!), but take a peek at this short list of memorable performances.
— Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal