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Poll: Ten Oscar-nominated Whistleblowers

Everyday heroes who had the courage to jeopardize their lives by revealing hidden injustices to the public eye... whether men or women, fictional or real, triumphant or tragic, here is a list of ten memorable movie whistleblowers's performances that earned an Oscar nomination in a Leading Category.

From these 10 Oscar-nominated characters who 'knew too much', which one do you consider the most admirable?

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In bold, what they denounced.

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    James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    The 'System' : Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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    Peter Finch in Network (1976)

    The 'System' : Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Network
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    Marlon Brando in "On The Waterfront" 1954 Columbia

    Everyday Corruption : Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) in On the Waterfront
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    Al Pacino in Serpico (1973)

    Everyday Corruption : Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) in Serpico
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    Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome (1979)

    Nuclear safety violations : Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) in The China Syndrome
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    Meryl Streep in Silkwood (1983)

    Nuclear safety violations : Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) in Silkwood
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    Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (2000)

    Poisoning scandal : Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) in Erin Brockovich
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    Russell Crowe stars as Dr. Jeffrey Wigand

    Poisoning scandal : Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) in The Insider
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    Working Conditions : Norma Rae (Sally Field) in Norma Rae
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    Charlize Theron in North Country (2005)

    Working conditions : Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) in North Country

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