Top 14 Oscar-Winning Drunk Roles
Ray Milland, Best Actor, 'The Lost Weekend' (1945) Ray Milland plays Don Birnam, an abrasive writer on a four-day bender in Billy Wilder's Best Picture Oscar winner. The film proved to be risque material for 1945. In fact, Paramount Pictures was nervous about releasing the film, fearful that audiences would stay away in droves. Milland himself was advised not to take the role, which was often unsympathetic and sometimes poetic. Referring to the effects of booze at one point, he says, "What it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones!"