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"Boogie Nights" (1997) One of Hoffman's breakthrough roles came in his second film with director
"Almost Famous" (2000) - He wasn't on-screen for many scenes, but he made a deep impression when he was. Hoffman played Lester Bangs, the real-life brook-no-nonsense rock critic who thought the music and music-journalism machine was ruining rock 'n' roll. He also had some trenchant words of advice for young hero William Miller, and a few big thoughts as well. "Great art," he told the critic-in-waiting, "is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love."
"Capote" (2005) Hoffman won several awards, including the Oscar for lead actor, for his performance as Capote in this biopic set during the author's writing of his nonfiction book "In Cold Blood." Critics praised Hoffman's physical and vocal transformation, as well as the subtlety of his portrayal of Capote, and the movie established the actor as one of the bona fide talents of his generations.
"The Savages" (2007) Hoffman plays Jon, one half of the dysfunctional duo of adult siblings in Tamara Jenkins' comedy-tinged drama. Though Jenkins' critical darling is ostensibly a look at aging and
"Synecdoche, New York" (2008) It's not easy to carry an entire surrealist head trip film in any circumstance; it's even harder if it's Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut and you're playing a man consumed by a desire to stage the world's most grand production. As Caden, said theater director, Hoffman does exactly that, creating a powerfully tragic figure who also merges fiction and reality in a deliciously postmodern way in the bold polarizing, Cannes film.