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9. Al Pacino, "Dick Tracy" (1990)
Al Pacino is the first of three actors on the list who received Oscar nominations for their comic book portrayals, and it was a fiery one. As walnut-loving mob nemesis Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy," Pacino found no ceiling high enough, bursting through the film with the kind of gusto that would come to define his work throughout the 1990s. But while there was plenty of flirtation with histrionics, the actor carved a memorable, unique character, one that brought him recognition not only from the Academy but the HFPA and BAFTA as well.