Though we still don't know how well he can play Steve Jobs, it's clear from the publicity still released in promotion of the new biopic about the Apple Computers founder that Ashton Kutcher sure can look the part. "jOBS" will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival on its closing night next month in Park City, Utah. The annual film festival serves as an industry-insider sneak peak at upcoming films, and a good showing at the festival can create all kinds of Oscar buzz and publicity for the film.
Kutcher, as Jobs, will star in the film alongside Dermot Mulroney and Matthew Modine. The film will mark the debut of screenwriter Matt Whitely, and is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, whose best-known film is the Kevin Costner vehicle, "Swing State." Playing real-life characters is certainly nothing new in Hollywood, and in the past it's proven to be quite lucrative in terms of Oscar gold. Here are a few of the most notable Oscar-worthy biopics.
"Empire of the Sun" (1987) - This acclaimed flick is based on a true story about a boy from England who lives in Shanghai during World War II and his struggle to survive under Japanese occupation. Christian Bale, who plays the lead character, shines in the role. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg. Though it was nominated for six Oscars, none of the nominations were for any of the actors or Spielberg himself. The film didn't wind up winning in any of the categories it was nominated in, but it's still widely held as one of Bale's and Spielberg's best films.
"The King's Speech" (2010) - In 2011, this film about King George VI's struggles to overcome his speech impediment as he takes the thrown of England from his brother took home four Academy Awards. Colin Firth won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of George, and it also won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay awards. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush also received supporting role nominations for their brilliant work in the film as well.
"Ray" (2004) - Jamie Foxx wound up winning the Best Actor trophy for his stunning portrayal of blind rock and roll legend Ray Charles in this biopic. Known primarily as a comedic actor who transitioned to films after his work on the sketch comedy show "In Living Color," critics and audiences alike were wowed not only by Jamie's acting chops, but by the fact that he sounded so pitch-perfectly like Ray himself. The film took home one more Oscar for sound mixing and helped establish Foxx as a genuine box office draw.
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