Christopher Walken won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Deer Hunter” (1978). His portrayal of the emotionally wounded Nick Chevotarevich displayed a profound and delicate side that earned him the prestigious honor.
Marisa Tomei secured the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “My Cousin Vinny” (1992). Her representation of Mona Lisa Vito, a bold and quick-witted character, demonstrated her seamless genre transitions and earned her acclaim for her comedic sense and adaptable acting.
Renée Zellweger, known for her portrayal of Bridget Jones, earned an Oscar for her role in “Cold Mountain” (2003) for her compelling depiction of Ruby Thewes, which earned her the Best Supporting Actress accolade.
Tilda Swinton won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her bone-chilling performance in “Michael Clayton” (2007). Known for her unusual and metamorphic characters, her remarkable abilities in embodying a character were recognized with the esteemed award.
These lesser-known Oscar winners serve as a reminder that the Academy Awards are not limited to the most familiar faces in Hollywood.