Across both the best actor and actress categories, portrayals of physical disability or mental illness are also highly rewarded.
A total of 16% of all winners played such roles. For men the percentage is slightly higher, at 17%, compared with 14% for women.
O’Hara says these performances are rewarded, in part, in the same way as those portraying real characters - the ease of assessing a performance.
But perhaps it is also the preparation that goes into these roles that impresses the Academy members so much.
Guess we’ll just ignore the fact that disability rights campaigners have thoughts about cripface until the very end of the section, where we’ll add in a paragraph about how ‘some people’ think that maybe cripface in pop culture shouldn’t be rewarded.