Superhero movie actors who have been nominated for an Oscar

Among the entire roster of superhero movie actors, we can find a large number of Oscar nominees, so the quality of the films is not surprising. 

The actors in superhero movies, both women and men, often high – quality interpreters, as they not only need to show action scenes but attract the audience to the story through their work. It requires strong realism, and an impact unlike any other. So it is not surprising that among its ranks there have been dozens of Oscar winners and nominees, both in Marvel and DC, for a long time. 

Here we tell you which are those superhero movie actors who have been acclaimed for their performances until they are nominated for an academy award. Here we only mention the mainstream, not the hero films that are a bit unknown. 

Christian bale

Characters: Batman / Bruce Wayne and Gorr the God Butcher

Nomination: Best Actor for American Hustle in 2014, Best Supporting Actor for The Big Short in 2016 and Best Actor for Vice in 2019. Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter in 2011.

Superhero Movies : Batman Begins (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

Heath ledger

Character: Joker , penultimate character he played before dying.

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. Winner for Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight in 2009.

Superhero Movie: The Dark Knight (2008). 

Tom hardy 

Character: Bane

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for The Revenant in 2016. 

Superhero Movie: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Robert Downey Jr. 

Character: Iron Man / Tony Stark

Nomination: Best Actor for Chaplin in 1993 and Best Supporting Actor for Tropic Thunder in 2009. 

Superhero Movies: Iron Man (2008), its sequels and other Avengers films.

Mark Ruffalo 

Character: Hulk / Bruce Banner 

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for The Kids Are All Right in 2011, Foxcatcher in 2015, and Spotlight in 2016. 

Superhero Movies: Avengers (2012), its sequels and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

Brie larson

Character: Captain Marvel

Nomination: Winner for Best Actress for Room in 2016.

Superhero Movies: Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Scarlett Johansson

Character: Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff

Nomination: Best Actress for Marriage Story and Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit in 2020. 

Superhero Movies: Iron Man 2 (2010), Avengers (2012) and their sequels. 

Chadwick boseman

Character: Black Panther / T’Challa

Nomination: Best Actor for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2011.

Superhero Movies: Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019). 

Learn more about Chadwick Boseman’s work with his best films .

Lupita Nyong’o 

Character: Nakia

Nomination: Winner for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014.

Superhero Movies: Black Panther (2018).

Benedict Cumberbatch

Character: Doctor Stephen Strange

Nomination: Best Actor for The Imitation Game in 2015.

Superhero Movies: Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019). 

Jeremy renner

Character: Hawkeye / Clint Barton

Nomination: Best Actor for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and Best Supporting Actor in The Town in 2011. 

Superhero Movies: Avengers (2012) and its sequels.

Samuel L. Jackson

Character: Nick Fury

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Pulp Fiction in 1995. 

Superhero Movies: Iron Man (2008) and much of the MCU.

Josh brolin

Character: Thanos and Cable

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Milk in 2009.

Superhero movies: Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Gwyneth paltrow 

Character: Pepper Potts

Nomination: Winner for Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love in 1999.

Superhero Movies: Iron Man (2008) and its sequels.

Edward Norton

Character: Hulk / Bruce Banner

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Primal Fear in 1997, Best Actor for American History X in 1999, and Best Supporting Actor for Birdman in 2015. 

Superhero Movies: The Incredible Hulk (2008).

Taika waititi 

Character: Korg

Nomination: Best Short Film for Two Cars, One Night in 2005, and Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay by Jojo Rabbit in 2020, which was also nominated for Best Picture. 

Superhero Movies: Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). 

Jake gyllenhaal

Character: Mysterio 

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. 

Superhero Movie: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Terrance howard

Character: War Machine / Rhodey Rhoades

Nomination: Best Actor for Hustle & Flow in 2006.

Superhero Movie: Iron Man (2008).

Bradley Cooper 

Character: Rocket Raccoon

Nomination: Nominated for Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbooy in 2013, for Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle in 2014 and Best Actor for A Star is Born in 2019. 

Superhero movie: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its sequel, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Ben affleck 

Character: Batman / Bruce Wayne

Nomination: Oscar Winner for Best Screenplay in 1998, and Best Picture Winner in 2013 for Argo. 

Superhero movie: Batman v Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017, 2021).

Michael Keaton

Characters: Batman / Bruce Wayne and Vulture / Adrian Toomes

Nomination: Best Actor for Birdman in 2015. 

Superhero Movies: Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). 

Jack Nicholson

Character: Joker

Nomination: 

  • Best Supporting Actor for Easy Rider, 1970
  • Best Actor for Five Easy Pieces, 1971
  • Best Actor for The Last Deatil, 1974
  • Best Actor for Chinatown, 1975
  • Best Supporting Actor for Reds, 1982
  • Best Actor for Prizzi’s Honor, 1986
  • Best Actor for Ironweed, 1988
  • Best Supporting Actor for A Few Good Men, 1993
  • Best Actor for About Schmidt, 2003
  • Winner for Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest, 1976
  • Winner for Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment, 1984
  • Winner for Best Actor for As Good as it Gets, 1998

Superhero Movie: Batman (1989)

Will Smith

Character: Deadshot / Floyd Lawton

Nomination: Best Actor for Ali in 2002, and Best Actor for The Pursuit of Happiness in 2007. 

Superhero Movie: Suicide Squad (2016).

Margot robbie

Character: Harley Quinn

Nomination: Best Actress for I, Tonya in 2018 and Best Supporting Actress for Bombshell in 2020.

Superhero movie: Suicide Squad (2016) and Birds of Prey (2020).

Viola Davis

Character: Amanda Waller

Nomination: Best Supporting Actress for Doubt in 2009. Best Actress for The Help in 2012 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2021. Winner for Best Supporting Actress for Fences in 2017.

Superhero Movie: Suicide Squad (2016). 

Jared Leto

Character: Joker

Nomination: Winner for Best Supporting Actor by Dallas Buyers Club in 2014.

Superhero movie: Suicide Squad (2016) and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021). 

Joaquin phoenix

Character: Joker 

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator in 2001, and Best Actor for Walk the Line in 2006, for The Master in 2013 and for Joker in 2020 for which he received the award.

Movie of “superheroes”: Joker (2019).

Did you know that Warner offered Joaquin Phoenix $ 50 million for two Joker sequels ?

Jesse eisenberg

Character: Alexander Luthor

Nomination: Best Actor for The Social Network in 2011.

Superhero Movies: Batman v Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017, 2021). 

Don cheadle

Character: War Machine / Rhodey Rhodes

Nomination: Best Actor for Hotel Rwanda in 2005.

Superhero Movies: Iron Man (2008), its sequels and other Avengers films.

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