Live Poll: Best Way to Win an Oscar

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What is the best way to win an Oscar in an acting category:
  1. Portray a real person
  2. Play an original character
  3. Play a character with a mental or physical disability
  4. Portray an LGBTQ character
  5. Have several previous nominations but no wins
  6. gain or lose a lot of weight or other physical transformation
  7. Just do a good job in a good film.
(Note: I am in NO way saying the actors I choose to represent each idea did not deserve his or her award!)
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Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/lOruj_6NE94/
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Just do a good job in a good film (which Frances McDermond certainly did)
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FYC
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/mediaviewer/rm2081634816
Marlon Brando in The Godfather 1972
Make them an offer to refuse the Oscar!
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266219/mediaviewer/rm3873441536
Jack Palance at an event for The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992
Promise to do one armed push ups if you win.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044706/mediaviewer/rm3411345664

Gary Cooper in High Noon 1952

Survive a gang gunfight at High Noon. Oh, and get John Wayne to accept your Oscar because you weren't there!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079638/mediaviewer/rm2649042688

Sally Field in Norma Rae 1979
Promise to say, "You really like me!"


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Real life character.
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Be a morally conflicted character works as well, but I agree with the other points.
Also, there's what they call the "transforming" performance, gaining or losing weight, looking uglier etc.
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added physical transformation
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Funny how Joaquin Phoenix his performance in Joker fit in 4 of the 7 choices

1- Mental disability
2- Have several previous nominations but no wins
3- gain or lose a lot of weight or other physical transformation
4- Just do a good job in a good film.

I think that it is often a combination of the choices that you have on your list that make an actor win.


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Preferred list title capitalization:

Best Way to Win an Acting Oscar
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riverotter,

I updated your original post to reflect the updates to your list.

What is the best way to win an Oscar in an acting category:
  1. Portray a real person
  2. Play an original character
  3. Play a character with a mental or physical disability
  4. Portray an LGBTQ character
  5. Have several previous nominations but no wins
  6. gain or lose a lot of weight or other physical transformation
  7. Just do a good job in a good film.
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For your consideration:
8. Select a well written role
9. Artfully demonstrate a range of emotions
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thanks. I don't see enough difference between #7 and # 8.
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"Select a well-written role"

Sometimes, even the script is well-written, they fail to execute them as intended. Thus, resulting in a flop or underrated. 
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There is a difference between #7 and #8, but it is strongly related, and it not even my opinion, in fact, it is the opinion of Adam Driver ( I was watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPkLdbG4VU).

He said: "If it was badly written there's only one way to do it, if it's well written you know the language is so rich every time you say it, it opens up an idea for something else..."

In my word, it means that when a screenplay is well-written, it makes your job easier as an actor.
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He said: "If it was badly written there's only one way to do it, if it's well written you know the language is so rich every time you say it, it opens up an idea for something else..."

In my word, it means that when a screenplay is well-written, it makes your job easier as an actor.
Precisely. That is why I tend to be a fan of writers rather than actors.
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Nice idea.

I would really like to vote for #7 as the only way to win it. But unfortunately it is not always the case, and I feel most of the time, playing a real life person is the easiest way, altought most of your options come to happen from time to time.
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FYC:

Option #8: Method Acting.

All the greatest actors of all time use(d) method acting.

Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis.
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All of the greatest actors? I think Laurence Olivier, of course, would vehemently disagree. Plus there are at least a few of the greatest actors, such as Meryl Streep, who have never discussed whether they use method acting or not.

I tend to really like method actors but "all" is simply not accurate  and it's a good idea to avoid absolute language like that. Of course, I guess it's irrelevant: the question is whether the Academy tends to choose performances using method acting. 
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Just do a good job in a good film!  :)
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Hi, 'Good poll!

Could you capitalize the "G" in "gain" in option 6? (So the capitalization is consistent from one option the the next.)

More importantly, please capitalize the title, as IMDb strongly prefers it:

Best Way to Win a Acting Oscar

(Also, "a" should be "an.")

Thanks.
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thanks and fixed
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If I weren't so lazy, I'd research the past 30 years of acting Academy Awards and see if there is bias towards one group: portraying a real person, LGBTQ, etc.
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riverotter, not necessarily and there is also a point to consider: it's likely really hard to portray another sexual orientation with doing it justice and not just repeating stereotypes and portraying a real person requires either a full-on transformation or unique approach. 

That said, it became a butt of rather inconsiderate joke in at least mid-2000's and was such ever since. Undeservedly so, because many people would often dismiss a portrayal in spite of those two points and will indeed miss a great performance. 
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I'd say if you're portraying a real person who lived in the 20th century and you have video and audio of that person, it could be easy to imitate that person.
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Right now "portraying a real person" is out polling "playing an original character" 7-1. 
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Another thing to research, if you're a real nerd about this, is what percentage or roles nominated in the past 30 years have been for an actor who portrayed a real person, fictional character, LGBTQ character, disabled character, or lost or gained weight and how many won. 
let's say nominations for actors portraying a real character aren't as common as nominations for an actor portraying a fictional character, but they have a higher win percentage. 
Let's say over the past 150 best actor nominees, 60 of those have been for playing a real person and 90 have been for portraying a fictional character, but actors portraying a real person have won 14 times. That would mean that category was nominated for 40% of the awards but won over 46% of the time.