Hoffman was nominated for four Oscars - three for Best Supporting Actor and once for Best Actor - winning the latter for this incredible performance as the writer Truman Capote.
Virtually unrecognizable, Hoffman transformed his imposing frame (seemingly shrinking both his weight and height) into the slight figure of the
In Cold Blood
He dedicated his Oscar win to his mother, with these moving words. "She's here tonight; I'd like you if you see her to congratulate her," he said.
"She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves congratulations for that. … She took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four. Her passions became my passions.
Be proud, mom, because I'm proud of you. We're here tonight. It's so good."