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.Getting excited about the Oscars? Check out our expert analysis at Vox: http://bit.ly/2F7xfyWSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOMethod 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.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +206

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  • Rigby
    Rigby  a years ago +1033

    My favourite actor Christoph Waltz was phenomenal in Inglorious Basterds

  • Hendiatetris
    Hendiatetris  a years ago +451

    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)

  • Akash Kunte
    Akash Kunte  4 months ago +29

    Heath Ledger's acting in The Dark Knight is unbeatable.

  • Pat Bateman
    Pat Bateman  a years ago +135

    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.

  • ifurkend
    ifurkend  a years ago +607

    Tom Cruise to me is forever an eccentric Scientolgist.

  • Akylas Strat
    Akylas Strat  a years ago +160

    Why eat raw bison liver when you can, well, just act like you did? Doesn't this defeats its purpose?

  • ankit soni
    ankit soni  a years ago +576

    Donald trump is method actor too

  • Himel Ty
    Himel Ty  a years ago +513

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

  • Al H.
    Al H.  a years ago +213

    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.

  • Rafa YouToob
    Rafa YouToob  a years ago +43

    R.I.P Heath Ledger the Greatest

  • Hazman Rostam
    Hazman Rostam  a years ago +277

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

  • Solahuddeen HR
    Solahuddeen HR  a years ago +277

    Rooting for Margot Robbie here! She is phenomenal!

  • Matthew Mckenna
    Matthew Mckenna  a years ago +565

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

  • D Sharma
    D Sharma  a years ago +248

    In India it's the other way round.

  • wobbly sauce
    wobbly sauce  a years ago +17

    Eh, with the Revenant, do not think it was Leo Dicaprio's best work, just that he was the lead, Oscar should have gone to the bear.

  • feroui hamza
    feroui hamza  a years ago +21

    edward norton should have won an oscar for american history x and johnny depp for sweeney todd or black mass

  • Kwijiboz
    Kwijiboz  a years ago +15

    "Method acting is what all actors have always done whenever they acted well."
    Lee Strasberg
    There you have it, I´ve saved you 4:06 minutes of your life

  • Luís Martins
    Luís Martins  a years ago +63

    If that was true Jake Gyllhenhaal and Edward Norton would have 2 or 3 Oscars each

  • Shahzeb Khan
    Shahzeb Khan  a years ago +90

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