You don't have to be drop-dead gorgeous to win an Oscar Best Actor Award. Sheer talent and hard work have compensated for lack of stunning good looks for some of these actors.
Charles Laughton was an English-American stage and film actor, screenwriter, producer and one-time director. He won the Oscar in 1933 for 'The Private Life of Henry VIII' as King Henry VIII of England.
Sir Ben Kingsley is a British actor. He has won an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in his career. He is best known for starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi in 1982, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Emil Jannings was a German actor. He was not only the first actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, but also the first person to be presented an Oscar. He won it in 1928 for 'The Last Command' as Gen. Dolgorucki/Grand Duke Sergius Alexander.
Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many London theatre productions including The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard II. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and received a Tony Award for Best Actor. He won the Oscar in 1990 for 'Reversal of Fortune'.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an American actor and theater director. Hoffman began acting in television in 1991, and the following year started to appear in films. He gradually gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films, including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Happiness (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003). He won his Oscar in 2005 for 'Capote'.
Charlton Heston was an American actor of film, theatre and television. Heston is known for having played heroic roles, such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Taylor in Planet of the Apes, twice as Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady and The Buccaneer; the eponymous characters of El Cid and Judah Ben Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1959.
George Arliss was an English actor, author, playwright and filmmaker who found success in the United States. He was the first British actor to win an Academy Award. He won it in 1930 for 'Disraeli' as Benjamin Disraeli.
Roberto Remigio Benigni is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television. He won an Oscar in 1998 for 'Life Is Beautiful'.
Ernest Borgnine is an American actor of television and film. His career has spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, including his Academy Award-winning turn in the 1955 film 'Marty'. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962-66 series McHale's Navy and costarred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf in adition to a wide variety of other roles.