The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Oscar-Winning Biopic Performances
Who do the Oscar hopefuls from this year's prestige biopics need to measure up to?
10. Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner in "Pollock" (2000)
Okay, an advance warning: this is the only supporting winner to crack the list, and it’s essentially a lead performance at that. Academy-endorsed biopics are rarely that generous to actors surrounding the showy subject role, but Harden’s furious performance as Jackson Pollock’s less celebrated artist wife is a fiery exception to Oscar’s bland roll-call of supportive spouses: going toe-to-toe with director-star Ed Harris in the title role, she lays bare the anger and desperation of playing the gifted second fiddle to a genius.