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Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage, Best Actor, 'Leaving Las Vegas' (1995) If there's one thing the Academy loves more than a drunk character, it's a character that dies at the end. Nicolas Cage was able to kill two birds with two stone in "Leaving Las Vegas," portraying an inebriated screenwriter who never overcomes his addiction, instead succumbing to it. "You can never, never ask me to stop drinking," he tells his companion. And he doesn't.

Top 14 Oscar-Winning Drunk Roles

If Denzel Washington wins Best Actor for "Flight," it's probably because he found the secret sauce: booze. Oscar voters get absolutely giddy over liquor-drenched, hooch-splashed roles. Let's toast the stand-outs. -- By Tom O'Neil and Zach Laws, goldderby.com