• Raymond Massey was nominated as Best Actor in 1940 for playing Abraham Lincoln in
    Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
  • Alexander Knox was nominated as Best Actor in 1944 for playing Woodrow Wilson in Wilson.
  • James Whitmore was nominated as Best Actor in 1975 for playing Harry S. Truman in
    Give `em Hell, Harry!
  • Anthony Hopkins was nominated as Best Actor in 1995 for playing Richard M. Nixon in Nixon. Hopkins also received a 1997 Best Supporting Actor nomination for playing John Quincy Adams in Amistad.
  • Frank Langella was also nominated as Best Actor for playing Tricky Dick in Frost/Nixon in 2008.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis became the second actor to be nominated for playing the rail splitter for his performance in Lincoln (2012)

Of the actors who were nominated for playing a real-life U.S. president, only Whitmore and Langella were born in the United States. Massey and Knox were Canadian and Day-Lewis is British. Hopkins was born in Wales but became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Actors nominated for playing ficitional US Presidents include  Peter Sellers for playing President Merkin Muffley (as well as Lionel Mandrake and Dr. Strangelove) in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and Jeff Bridges for playing President Jackson Evans in The Contender.

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