Batman and Oscar

As the missus and I watched the Oscars Sunday night (and I’m still apalled that Crash, i.e. Racism for Dummies took the top prize), something struck me when I saw Nicole Kidman hand the evening’s first award to George Clooney: By God, these two are Batman alumni!

So I did what any Batfan with an internet connection and access to IMDB would do, I compiled a comprehensive list of all the (movie) Bat-actors who have either won or were nominated for an Academy Award. And it’s a long one!

Two things stood out the most when compiling this list. One, shockingly, Gary Oldman (Commisioner Gordon from Batman Begins) has never even been nominated for an Oscar!!! Secondly, Clooney’s win marks the first time a Batman’s ever won the golden statue (I thought Kilmer had at least a nomination for The Doors). Anyway, here’s the list. And yeah, I know I included Catwoman, and even though it’s not really a Batman movie (and it sucks), it’s still a spin-off of Batman Returns, no matter how bad a movie it is.

Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale — Batman)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actress — L.A. Confidential (1998)

 

Halle Berry (Patience Phillips/Catwoman — Catwoman)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actress — Monster’s Ball (2002)

 

 

Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth — Batman Begins)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — Hannah and Her Sisters (1987)
Best Supporting Actor — The Cider House Rules (2000)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor — Alfie (1967)
Best Actor — Sleuth (1972)
Best Actor — Educating Rita (1984)
Best Actor — The Quiet American (2002)

 

George Clooney (Bruce Wayne/Batman — Batman & Robin)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — Syriana (2006)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Director — Good Night, and Good Luck (2006)
Best Original Screenplay — Good Night, and Good Luck (2006)

 


Danny DeVito (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin — Batman Returns)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Picture — Erin Brockovich


 

 


Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox — Batman Begins)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — Million Dollar Baby (2005)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — Street Smart (1988)
Best Actor — Driving Miss Daisy (1990)
Best Actor — The Shawshank Redemption (1995)

 

Tommy Lee Jones (Harvey Dent/Two-Face — Batman Forever)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — The Fugitive (1994)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — JFK (1992)


Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian — Batman Forever)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actress — The Hours (2003)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actress — Moulin Rouge (2002)

 

 


Burgess Meredith (The Penguin — Batman: The Movie)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — The Day of the Locust (1976)
Best Supporting Actor — Rocky (1977)

 

Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard — Batman Begins)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor — Schindler’s List (1994)

 

 

Jack Nicholson (Jack Napier/The Joker — Batman)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1976)
Best Supporting Actor — Terms of Endearment (1984)
Best Actor — As Good As it Gets (1998)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — Easy Rider (1970)
Best Actor — Five Easy Pieces (1971)
Best Actor — The Last Detail (1974)
Best Actor — Chinatown (1975)
Best Supporting Actor — Reds (1982)
Best Actor — Prizzi’s Honor (1986)
Best Actor — Ironweed (1988)
Best Supporting Actor — A Few Good Men (1993)
Best Actor — About Schmidt (2003)

 

Jack Palance (Carl Grissom — Batman)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — City Slickers (1992)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — Sudden Fear (1953)
Best Supporting Actor — Shane (1954)

 

Michelle Pfeiffer (Selina Kyle/Catwoman — Batman Returns)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actress — Dangerous Liasons (1989)
Best Actress — The Fabulous Baker Boys (1990)
Best Actress — Love Field (1993)

Sharon Stone (Laurel Hedare — Catwoman)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actress — Casino (1996)

 

 

Uma Thurman (Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy — Batman & Robin)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actress — Pulp Fiction (1995)

 

Christopher Walken (Max Shreck — Batman Returns)
Academy Award Winner:
Best Supporting Actor — The Deer Hunter (1979)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — Catch Me if You Can (2003)

 


Ken Watanabe (R’as Al Ghul — Batman Begins)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Supporting Actor — The Last Samurai (2004)

 

Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone — Batman Begins)
Academy Award Nominee:
Best Actor — In the Bedroom (2002)

 

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