12/17/2011 03:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher And Other Stars And Their Biopic Subjects (PHOTOS)

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. And because the multi-dimensional, damaged, brilliant and bizarre so often shape the fate our our world, they also make some of the best movie characters.

This fall in particular has seen a whole host of films about icons of reality. On Thursday, in fact, a whole plethora of major stars earned Golden Globe nominations for playing real people. Amongst the nominees were Meryl Streep for her turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Brad Pitt for playing baseball icon Billy Beane; Leonardo DiCaprio for his take on former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover; VIggo Mortensen for playing Sigmund Freud; and Michelle Williams, for her turn as Marilyn Monroe.

Casting and playing these figures on the big screen is a tricky task for filmmakers and stars because the public is so often attached to the actual, original people. Some films pull off the high-pressure job better than others. Here are those nominated biopic stars this year; who do you think did it best?