By Robert Nusser, NewsCastic
The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28th. Did you know that several previous Oscar winners are from right here in our great state of Texas? Check out the list below and see if any of the names surprise you.
Best Actor In A Leading Role – Jamie Foxx
Virtuoso talent Jamie Foxx was born just east of Dallas, in Terrell, Texas, where he sang and played piano at New Hope Baptist Church. He also played basketball and football before moving on to comedy. Foxx won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in the 2004 film, Ray.
Best Actor In A Leading Role – Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker was born in the East Texas town of Longview, but his parents moved the family to California when he was four years old. Whitaker won the Oscar for Best Actor (and a slew of other awards) back in 2006 for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones
Jones was born in the small town of San Saba but raised in the West Texas city of Midland, where he attended high school at football powerhouse, Robert E. Lee. Tommy won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1993 for his role in the blockbuster film, The Fugitive. When he’s not working, Jones splits his time between his two ranches in San Saba and Van Horn and his home in the San Antonio suburb of Terrell Hills. Tommy can often be seen court side at San Antonio Spurs games.
Best Actor In A Leading Role – Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey was born in the San Antonio suburb of Uvalde and currently resides in Austin, where he attended college at The University of Texas. McConaughey’s Texas roots helped him land his first role in fellow Texan Richard Linklater’s film Dazed and Confused. Matthew’s career skyrocketed from there, culminating in an Oscar win for Best Actor for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey is a regular at UT football games.
Best Actress In A Leading Role – Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek was born in the small East Texas town of Quitman. She won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1980 for her role in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Spacek has also been nominated five other times for the Best Actress Oscar.
Best Actress In A Leading Role – Joan Crawford
Legendary actress Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas. She won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1945 for her role in Mildred Pierce and was nominated for the same award two other times.
Best Actress In A Supporting Role – Renee Zellweger
Zellweger was born in the Houston suburb of Katy, and like Matthew McConaughey attended school at The University of Texas at Austin. Interestingly, she also co-starred with McConaughey in one of her very first films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Renee won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2003’s Cold Mountain. She’s also been nominated twice in the Best Actress category.
Best Actor In A Leading Role – F. Murray Abraham
Although he was born in Pittsburgh, F. Murray Abraham was raised in El Paso, Texas where he attended El Paso High School. He also spent time at The University of Texas-El Paso and The University of Texas-Austin. In 1984, Abraham won the Best Actor Oscar for Amadeus.