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While living in Madrid after making his nominated film, he received a voicemail from his idol, Al Pacino, who told him how great his performance was.
After his nominated film’s release, many critics and moviegoers believed the film’s storyline was a direct comparison to this nominee’s own life and career.
He is the only Best Actor nominee in the 2000s to be nominated for a film distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
He is the only Best Actor nominee from the 2000s to be nominated for a role in which not a single word of English is spoken.
His nominated film has similarities with No Country for Old Men: they were released in the same year and share the same setting, cinematographer and four actors, including him.
This Oscar-winner's film’s screenwriter began writing the film in the 70s, waiting 40 years for the film to be made.
The only Canadian-born Best Actor nominee of the 2000s.
The only Best Actor nominee of the 2000s, and maybe ever, to be nominated for a largely performance capture role.
He is the only Best Actor winner and nominee in the 2000s to also be nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category in the same year.
The first scene of the film, where this nominee sits with his character’s girlfriend, took 99 takes to finish.
During filming, he used the technique of “Hollywod fighting” except in scenes with Charles Shufford (who played George Foreman) who was permitted to actually hit this nominee.
After appearing in more than 50 films since 1985, including 7 films nominated for Oscars, he finally scored his first Academy Award nomination.
His Oscar-winning performance was the only time in the 2000s that the winner of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor came from the same film.
Before making his nominated film, he sold his apartment and his car and did not watch TV in order to connect with the feeling of loss required to play his Oscar-winning role.
He is the only Best Actor nominee in the 2000s to be nominated in acting, directing and producing for the same film, winning for only two of three (but I won’t say which.)
Only Best Actor nominee of the 2000s, and maybe ever, to be directed to an Oscar nomination by a fashion designer.
His co-star in his nominated film, Robert Duvall, also won Best Actor for Tender Mercies, playing a very similar role.
His nominated film marked his eighth Best Actor nomination over a span of 45 years and also marked an Oscar record of most competitive acting nominations without a win.
He initially refused to say his Oscar-winning performance's famous line 'In this life or the next, I will have my vengeance' because he thought it sounded like garbage.
He spent a year losing weight and growing out his hair to play his nominated role, enough time for his director to make a whole other film, What Lies Beneath.
Even though you wouldn’t think it when watching his nominated movie, he actually had to lose 40 pounds to play his Oscar-winning role.
For both this nominated performance and his nominated Supporting Actor performance in the 90s, he was directed to Oscar nominations by Anthony Minghella.
He was nominated for playing two people who were both Oscar-nominated that year as well, even though only one of them is a real person.
To prepare for his nominated role, he interviewed nearly 200 pimps and prostitutes and even lived with 4 different pimps for month-long periods.
According to his interviews after making the nominated film, he stayed in his dictatorial Oscar-winning role even when filming wrapped for the day.
The director of his nominated film originally planned to cast John Belushi and later Willem Dafoe as his character before eventually casting him when the film was finally made.
His nominated film has been referred to by many critics as the “African Schindler’s List.”
After his nominated film’s release, stories were reported about married or engaged women getting angry at their spouses for buying them rings containing warlord-profiting gems.
Obscure TriviaBest Actor NomineeNominated Film and Year
Only Best Actor nominee in the 2000s to host the Oscar ceremony the same year he was nominated.
His Oscar-winning role appeared as the 50th top villain on AFI’s “100 Heroes and Villains” list, the only film role from the 2000s to make it onto the villain side.
The reason for his loss in the Best Actor category, according to Robert Downey Jr.’s character in Tropic Thunder, was because “he went full-retard.”
The voice and characterization of his Oscar-winning role came from examining old recordings of director, writer and actor John Huston.
His voice was higher than the real life figure he was playing so the film’s band learned to play all the songs in a higher key until he trained to lower his voice.
The only Best Actor nominee from the 2000s that is dead.
He holds the distinction of being one of two actors nominated in every decade from the 60s to the 2000s (he's the British one.)
The gangster tattoos he wore for his nominated film were so realistic and authentic that patrons in a Russian restaurant he was at in London fell silent out of fear.
His nominated film became the first modern war film to win Best Picture since Platoon in 1986.
The only two-time Best Actor winner to win both his awards within the 2000s.
He directed himself to a nomination in a project that was a long-term dream of his after his father gave him a copy of the title character's biography more than 10 years prior.
Three previous Best Director Oscar winners served as either producers or executive producers on his nominated film: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack and Steven Soderbergh.
He is the only Best Actor nominee of the 2000s to be nominated for a film that has had a stage musical developed after it.
The only Best Actor nominee in the 2000s to be nominated for a film based on a Broadway musical.
Although he has appeared in four Martin Scorsese films in the 2000s, three of which were nominated for Best Picture, he was only nominated for one of them.
He holds the distinction of being the only Best Actor nominee in the 2000s to be nominated for roles in two consecutive Best Picture winners.
His nominated film went on to become the top grossing non-IMAX movie to never reach the top 10 at the box office during its theatrical run.
When consulted by producers, the real life man he plays in his nominated film said that this nominee was the only person he would allow to portray him.
His nominated character’s name is coincidentally shared with the name of one of the winners of that year's Best Original Song award.
He was considered the favourite to win the Best Actor award in his year but after he lost, Oscar host Billy Crystal jokingly told him not to leave and that “we still love you.”
Only Best Actor nominee of the 2000s to be nominated for a black-and-white film (which was actually shot in color on a grey-scale set.)
In his nominated film, he played an Iranian immigrant even though he himself is actually a mix of British and Indian descent.
Only Best Actor nominee of the 2000s to have his son play another lead role in the nominated film.
He is the second Best Actor nominee ever to play the former U.S. president who served from 1969-1974.
He holds the distinction of being one of two actors nominated in every decade from the 60s to the 2000s (he's the American one.)
His nominated character previously won another actor a Best Actor award in 1969, although this nominee did not share the same luck.
While working on his nominated film, he did a sort-of acting and directing double duty (directing the play within the film that the asylum patients perform.)

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