James Breig—Oscar Actors of Faith

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In the long history of movie making, actors and actresses have won Oscars for playing many different sorts of roles: gangsters (Marlon Brando in The Godfather) and kings (Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII); peasants (Luise Rainer in The Good Earth) and princesses (Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday); real-life geniuses (Paul Muni in The Story of Louis Pasteur) and fictional serial killers (Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs).
A few of the golden statuettes have also been presented to performers who played outstanding Catholics, even saints, or appeared in films that centered on Catholicism.

Presented chronologically, here is a roster of Academy Award winners in the categories of best actors and actresses, and best supporting actors and actresses, who were rewarded on earth for portraying those who had their eyes on heaven....

Read it all and take a guess and see how many you can get first before looking.

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Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:40 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. nwlayman wrote:

Maybe it’s a stretch to accuse Spencer tracy of Catholicism?  Yes, he played a priest, but it was almost as real as his portrayal of a layman in real life.  How many years cheating on his wife with Kate Hepburn??  But wouldn’t divorce her “because he was Catholic”.

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