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Oscar Winning Baddies

They’re the ones we love to hate. Those characters that make our skin crawl as we hide our eyes behind our partially splintered fingers. They are the baddies. And what would film be like without them?

One word…Godfather. That’s right big old mumbling Marlon Brando was one of the first to portray a ‘baddie’ and win an Oscar for it. His role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather was one he was born to play. His dark eyes with the New York mumbles cut a powerful figure on the big screen. It was a dawn of a new era; the award-winning, awe-inspiring villain era.

For those of you who love horror films (count me out!) the first Oscar winning bad fella is, of course, ‘Dr Hannibal Lecter’ (Anthony Hopkins) from Silence of the Lambs (1991). With a mere suck in of air, this crim had us all shaking in our boots, not to mention Clarrrrriiiceeee (Jodi Foster). He was just so believable, no wonder Hopkins won the Best Actor gong for his performance. He redefined ‘creepy’.

Then there was the oh so intelligent, expert conman, Keyser Söze from The Usual Suspects (1995). This still stands as one of the best films of all time. Talk about your twists! Söze is an underground figure, out for revenge on the Mafia. This would make him a good guy wouldn’t it? The lengths that he goes to take his revenge proves otherwise as Söze goes on a murdering rampage killing anyone who would get in his way. We have deliberately omitted the actor that played him so we don’t spoil the ending for those of you who haven’t seen it but do yourself a massive favour and see this film!!!!

Our own dear Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his depiction of The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). This role basically cost him his life (besides the copious amount of drugs of course). It is reported that the role was so dark and taxing that he had to take the pills to get some sleep. What a price to pay! But what an incredible performance!!

What is your favourite baddie of all time?

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2 comments on “Oscar Winning Baddies

  1. Pingback: 1957 Oscar Winners | Guide to be a winner

  2. joem18b
    May 11, 2011

    i think that the iceberg deserves a little love as worst baddie. i forget how many souls were on the titanic, but just dicaprio himself is bad enough!

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