In 2006, Philip won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Truman Capote on Capote.
In 2005, Philip presented the Best Screenplay Award at the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2005, Philip was given "super special thanks" in the credits of the film Flat. In 2007, Philip was given "special thanks" in the credits of the 2007 film Eagle vs Shark.
Philip auditioned for the role of Cubby Barnes in the 1996 film Ransom. The role eventually went to Mel Gibson, which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for.
When Phillip was nine years old, his parents got a divorce.
In 2005, Phillip was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in the 2005 television Miniseries Empire Falls.
In 2001, Phillip was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the category of Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama/Romance for his role in the 2000 film Almost Famous.
In 2007, Phillip was nominated for a Saturn Award at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA in the category of Best Supporting Actor
for his role in the 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.
In 2004, Philip was nominated for a Genie Award in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role in the 2003 film Owning Mahowny.
Philip had the flu during the entire time he was filming his role in Almost Famous.
Philip has been nominated for six SAG awards. In 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Boogie Nights. In 2000 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Flawless, and was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Magnolia. In 2001 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Almost Famous. In 2006 he won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Capote.
Hoffman has been nominated for the academy award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Gust Avrakotos, a CIA agent at odds with his superiors who assists a politician in his efforts to aid Afghanistan's rebel forces in Mike Nichols' political satire Charlie Wilson's War.
Philip won a 2006 Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in Capote.
His acting idols are Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.
He made his feature film debut in the indie production "Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole" (1991)as Klutch.
His mother is a judge in Rochester, New York.
"Goodfellas" (1990) is one of his favorite films.
He was the executive producer for the oscar winning movie "Capote".
His nickname is Phil.
He is 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Philip: My favorite thing about acting is being alone and going through the scripts and working on it and getting ideas and asking myself questions, looking outside myself for them and researching and getting to the bottom of something and being creative with it as an actor and how to express it in a creative fashion. That's my favorite part. And,the actual acting of it.
Phillip (On his life before films): If I hadn't gotten into Scent Of a Woman, I wouldn't be where I am today. It's been a domino effect ever since.
Phillip: Being unemployed is not good for any actor, no matter how successful you are. You always remember what it feels like to go to the unemployment office, what it feels like to be fired from all those restaurants.
Phillip: To have that concentration to act well is like lugging things up staircases in your brain. I think that's a thing people don't understand. It is that exhausting. If you're doing it well, if you're concentrating the way you need to, if your will and your concentration and emotional and imagination and emotional life are all in tune, concentrated and working together in that role, that is just like lugging weights upstairs with your head. And I don't think that should get any easier.
Philip: The stage can be more satisfying because you spend a lot of time rehearsing, and film is more technical. In the end it just depends on the work and the director. I do like the world of the theater though.
Philip: It's the Coen brothers, and you never think you're going to get to work with people like that. I thought I'd never get the part. So I wanted to do something very weird. I went in and started ranting and raving and they were laughing their asses off. I was petrified but, I figured, at least they laughed a lot.
Philip: It's not by going into 'the business,'. The business can't be a thought. You get a foothold because you want to get a foothold as an artist. Your desire, your intensity, has to be about being a great actor or a great painter or a great musician. If that's strong enough, it'll lead you to good teachers and to places where you'll learn. For me, the business wasn't a thought. I was doing a play, and a friend in the play said, 'My manager is here tonight and she wants to meet you.' And I said, 'Oh.' And that's how I got a manager.
Philip: Sometimes I'm working on a film and someone will ask me if I'm having fun. And I'm tempted to tell them the truth: No, absolutely not. Having no fun here at all. You know what's going to be fun? When it's done, and I've done a fuckin' good job, and I know people are getting something out of that. I'll have a lot of fun then. A ton of it.
Philip: Not only couldn't I get a job as an actor, I couldn't hold down the temporary non- acting jobs I managed to get. I got fired as a waiter in restaurants and as a lifeguard at a spa.