Oscar-Winning/Nominated Vegans

There are more vegans in the ‘biz than you’d think, and more and more celebrities — and everyday folks — are opting for a cruelty-free lifestyle. Sure, some athletes like Tom Brady claim to be plant-based, but there’s a difference: if you say you’re “plant-based,” that means your diet consists mainly of plants but you may sometimes consume, wear, and utilize animal products — those people are typically not in it for the animals. Those who are true vegans, like yours truly, are typically in it for the animals, although there are also noticeable environmental and health benefits. Here’s a list of the most notable vegans who have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards. 

Casey Affleck

Win(s): Best Actor, Manchester By the Sea (2017)
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actor, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008)

The Oscar winner has been vegan for quite a while now, as he was once married to Summer Phoenix, of the longtime vegan Phoenix family. 

Jared Leto

Win(s): Best Supporting Actor, The Dallas Buyers Club (2014)
Nomination(s): N/A

Oscar winner and musician Jared Leto has been vegan, along with his 30 Seconds to Mars bandmates, for several years now. Surely, enjoyed a vegan diet while on a meditative retreat last year at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Joaquin Phoenix

Win(s): Best Actor, Joker (2020)
Nomination(s): Best Actor, The Master; Best Supporting Actor, Gladiator (2000)

Last year’s Best Actor winner is one of the most famous vegans in the world, having abstained from animal products since he was three years old. The whole Phoenix family — including the late River Phoenix — has been vegan for quite some time, and Phoenix has become a renowned vegan activist, along with his like-minded finance, Rooney Mara (see below). He even talked about veganism during his acceptance speech last year. And, the following day, he rescued a mother cow and calf, as featured in Farm Sanctuary’s video above. 

Brad Pitt

Win(s): Best Supporting Actor, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2020)
Nomination(s): Best Actor, Moneyball; Best Actor, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Best Supporting Actor, Twelve Monkeys 

Pitt has never confirmed his veganism, but there have been rumors for years of his commitment to a cruelty-free life. His ex, Angelina Jolie, has not been vegan, though.  

Natalie Portman

Win(s): Best Actress, Black Swan (2011)
Nomination(s): Best Actress, Jackie (2016); Best Supporting Actress, Closer (2004)

The Oscar winner is one of the most famous vegans, and is a well-known activist who narrated the 2018 documentary Eating Animals, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name — which she said inspired her to go vegan when she was a teenager. She often shares vegan recipes and times on her Instagram, and includes Jewish-specific vegan recipes. 

Forest Whitaker

Win(s): Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland (2007)
Nomination(s): N/A

The Oscar winner has been spotted with his family at multiple vegan restaurants in the Los Angeles area, and has — along with his daughter — been a spokesperson for PETA. 

Darren Aronofsky

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Director, Black Swan (2011)

The Oscar nominated-director, and Jennifer Lawrence’s former flame, is in fact a vegan who admitted that his movie Noah was surely “vegan propaganda,” as it focuses on animal rights, climate change, and other issues. 

Alec Baldwin

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actor, The Cooler (2004)

Alec Baldwin may be notorious for his scandals, including recent ones involving his wife, but there’s nothing crazy about his dedication to veganism. He originally adopted a plant-based diet to improve his health and lose weight, but he has stuck with it for the animals. He has also partnered with PETA. 

Linda Blair

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actress, The Exorcist (1974)

Blair, best known for his Oscar-nominated work in The Exorcist, loves being vegan so much that she wrote a book about it: Going Vegan, published in 2001.

James Cameron

Win(s): Best Picture/Director/Editing, Titanic (1998)
Nomination(s): Best Picture/Director/Editing, Avatar (2010)

The Oscar-winning filmmaker of Titanic, along with his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, are outspoken vegan activists. Cameron has recently provided fully-vegan meals to his cast and crew on sets , and he produced a vegan-centered documentary. 

Jessica Chastain

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty (2012); Best Supporting Actress, The Help (2011)

The two-time nominee began eating vegan when she noticed she was very low energy and sluggish, and only aimed to be vegan for two weeks. Veganism wasn’t necessarily a plan for her, but she soon realize this was the best thing for her body and for animals. 

James Cromwell

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actor, Babe (1995)

Cromwell’s Oscar-nominated performance in the crowd-pleasing Babe convinced him to become an “ethical vegan” — as mentioned in his Twitter bio  when he portrayed a farmer who himself has a change of heart. In essence, Babe really should convince everyone to stop eating meat. 

Benedict Cumberbatch

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Actor, The Imitation Game (2015)
Social Media: N/A

The Marvel superhero has been vegan for several years now; while he isn’t a strong activist per se, he was named one of PETA’s Most Beautiful vegan celebrities in 2018. 

Ava DuVernay

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Documentary Feature, 13th (2017)

DuVernay, along with Cumberbatch, were named PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities in 2018. 

Woody Harrelson

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actor, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and The Messenger (2009); Best Actor, The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

While Harrelson has yet to win an Oscar, he has been nominated thrice and, better yet, has been vegan for over a decade. He’s an outspoken activist for animals and a plant-based diet. He also appeared in fellow vegan Paul McCartney’s short documentary about the impact of meat eating on climate change. 

Rooney Mara

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Supporting Actress, Carol (2016); Best Actress, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2012)

The twice-nominated actor, along with her sister, Kate, has been vegan for nearly a decade. Both sisters have been animal activists for years, and Rooney launched vegan fashion brand Hiraeth a few years ago. It’s no wonder that she and fiancé Joaquin Phoenix (see below) got along so well. And, it’s safe to say that Rooney and Phoenix are my favorite vegan couple. 

Elliot Page

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Actress, Juno (2007)

The actor — who last December announced he was trans [formerly known as Ellen Page] — and was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2014. When not posting about trans and queer rights, he sometimes posts about veganism and the prejudices that vegans face. 

Michelle Pfeiffer

Win(s): N/A
Nomination(s): Best Actress, Love Field (1993); Best Actress, The Fabulous Baker Boys (1990);  Best Supporting Actress, Dangerous Liaisons (1989)

The legendary actor noticed how switching to a fully vegan diet improved her skin and gave her a youthful glow. 

Other Notable Vegans

Bryan Adams (Singer/Songwriter)
Jhene Aiko (Singer/Songwriter)
Pamela Anderson (Actor/Activist)
Fiona Apple (Singer/Songwriter)
Erykah Badu (Singer/Songwriter)
Travis Barker (Musician)
Violett Beane (Actor)
Beyonce (Singer/Songwriter)
Mayim Bialik (Actor)
Cory Booker (Politician)
Russell Brand (Actor/Comedian)
Danielle Brooks (Actor/Singer)
Bill Clinton (Politician)
Laverne Cox (Actor/Activist)
Alan Cumming (Actor)
Miley Cyrus (Singer/Actor)
Emily Deschanel (Actor)
Jenna Dewan (Actor)
Peter Dinklage (Actor)
Zac Efron (Actor)
Billie Eilish (Singer/Songwriter)
Kimberly Elise (Actor)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Actor)
Cynthia Erivo (Actor/Singer)
Edie Falco (Actor)
Craig Ferguson (Comedian)
Finneas (Singer/Songwriter)
Jerome Flynn (Actor)
Michelle Forbes (Actor)
Tulsi Gabbard (Politician)
Sara Gilbert (Comedian)
Ellie Goulding (Singer/Songwriter)
Ariana Grande (Singer/Songwriter)
Lewis Hamilton (Athlete)
Daryl Hannah (Actor) 
Liam Hemsworth (Actor)
Famke Janssen (Actor)
Colin Kaepernick (Athlete/Activist)
Lenny Kravitz (Singer/Actor)
Leona Lewis (Singer)
Lizzo (Singer/Rapper/Flutist)
Evanna Lynch (Actor)
Madonna (Singer/Actor)
Tobey Maguire (Actor)
Maggie Q (Actor/Activist)
Kate Mara (Actor/Activist)
Brit Marling (Actor/Writer)
Paul McCartney (Singer/Songwriter)
Moby (Singer/Songwriter/Activist)
Morrissey (Singer/Songwriter)
Carrie-Ann Moss (Actor)
Jason Mraz (Singer/Songwriter)
Mya (Singer)
Petra Nemcova (Model)
Ne-Yo (Singer)
Teresa Palmer (Actor)
Ellen Pompeo (Actor)
Daisy Ridley (Actor)
Eric Roberts (Actor)
Craig Robinson (Actor/Comedian)
Ruby Rose (Actor/Model)
Peter Sarsgaard (Actor)
Alicia Silverstone (Actor/Activist)
RZA (Musician)
Sadie Sink (Actor)
Kevin Smith (Director/Comedian)
Kurt Sutter (Producer/WriteR)
Mena Suvari (Actor)
Carrie Underwood (Singer/Songwriter)
Meredith Vieira (Journalist)
Billy West (Voice Actor
Olivia Wilde (Actor/Director)
Will.I.Am (Musician/Producer)
Venus Williams (Athlete)
Stevie Wonder (Singer/Songwriter)
Bellamy Young (Actor)