Judy Garland. Fred Rodgers. Jimmy Hoffa. Pope Francis

Those are just a smattering of names who could very well be receiving a shout-out during the 2020 Oscars this Sunday. I mean, it's likely that Renée Zellweger, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino and Jonathan Pryce would thank their people first, the cadre of agents, managers, publicists, directors, producers and cinematographers who keep their careers humming along, plus the spouses, partners, children and close friends that make up their support groups. 

But, then, yeah, they'll probably be expressing their gratitude to the real-life people they portrayed for having an existence rich enough to really pop on screen. 

Because it's an open secret in the film industry that keeping it real is a good way to get recognized, the Academy tending to appreciate when well-known stars disappear into another person's likeness. 

Eddie Redmayne was rewarded for his work as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Reese Witherspoon for embodying June Carter Cash and Julia Roberts may have never had the chance to scold music conductor Bill Conti ("Sir, you're doing a great job, but you're so quick with that stick. So why don't you sit, 'cause I may never be here again,") if not for legal clerk turned activist Erin Brockovich


And just last year Rami Malek's interpretation of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury bested Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh and Viggo Mortensen as bouncer Tony "Lip" Vallelonga.

So no surprise that this year artists leaned in hard, with everyone from popes to mob bosses to Fox News anchors receiving the Hollywood treatment. Before your favorite stars start spreading their appreciation this weekend, study up on those who helped them earn Oscar gold. 

Oscar Nominated Films - Matt Damon, Carroll Shelby

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Oscar Nominated Films - Christian Bale, Ken Miles

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Oscar Nominated Films - Robert De Niro, Frank Sheeran


Oscar Nominated Films - Al Pacino, Jimmy Hoffa

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Oscar Nominated Films - Joe Pesci, Russell Bufalino

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Oscar Nominated Films - Ray Romano, Bill Bufalino

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Margot Robbie/Sharon Tate

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Oscar Nominated Films - Jonathan Pryce, Pope Fracis

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Oscar Nominated Films - Anthony Hopkins, Pope Benedict XVI

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Oscar Nominated Films - Cynthia Erivo, Harriet Tubman

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Charlize Theron, Megyn Kelly, Bombshell actors, real-life counterparts

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Nicole Kidman, Gretchen Carlson, Bombshell actors, real-life counterparts

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Tom Hanks, Mister Rogers, Fred Rogers

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Oscar Nominated Films - Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

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Oscar Nominated Films - Kathy Bates, Bobi Jewell

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Oscar Nominated Films - Taron Egerton, Elton John

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Oscar Nominated Films - Renee Zellweger, Judy Garland

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