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Academy Award for Best Actor

The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. The winners are chosen by the Academy membership as a whole. Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by release year: for example, the Oscar for "Best Actor in 1999" was announced during the award ceremony held in 2000. Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.



1st 1928 Emil Jannings The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh
Richard Barthelmess The Noose and The Patent Leather Kid
Charlie Chaplin The Circus

2nd 1929 Warner Baxter In Old Arizona
George Bancroft Thunderbolt
Chester Morris Alibi
Paul Muni The Valiant
Lewis Stone The Patriot


3rd 1930 George Arliss Disraeli
George Arliss The Green Goddess
Wallace Beery The Big House
Maurice Chevalier The Big Pond and The Love Parade
Ronald Colman Bulldog Drummond and Condemned
Lawrence Tibbett The Rogue Song

4th 1931 Lionel Barrymore A Free Soul
Adolphe Menjou The Front Page
Jackie Cooper Skippy
Richard Dix Cimarron
Fredric March The Royal Family of Broadway

5th 1932 Wallace Beery
Fredric March
The Champ
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Alfred Lunt The Guardsman

6th 1933 Charles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII
Leslie Howard Berkeley Square
Paul Muni I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

7th 1934 Clark Gable It Happened One Night
Frank Morgan The Affairs of Cellini
William Powell The Thin Man

8th 1935 Victor McLaglen The Informer
Clark Gable Mutiny on the Bounty
Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty
Franchot Tone Mutiny on the Bounty

9th 1936 Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur
Gary Cooper Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Walter Huston Dodsworth
William Powell My Man Godfrey
Spencer Tracy San Francisco

10th 1937 Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous
Charles Boyer Conquest
Fredric March A Star Is Born
Robert Montgomery Night Must Fall
Paul Muni The Life of Emile Zola

11th 1938 Spencer Tracy Boys Town
Charles Boyer Algiers
James Cagney Angels with Dirty Faces
Robert Donat The Citadel
Leslie Howard Pygmalion

12th 1939 Robert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Clark Gable Gone With the Wind
Laurence Olivier Wuthering Heights
Mickey Rooney Babes in Arms
James Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


13th 1940 James Stewart The Philadelphia Story
Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator
Henry Fonda The Grapes of Wrath
Raymond Massey Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence Olivier Rebecca

14th 1941 Gary Cooper Sergeant York
Cary Grant Penny Serenade
Walter Huston The Devil and Daniel Webster
Robert Montgomery Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Orson Welles Citizen Kane

15th 1942 James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ronald Colman Random Harvest
Gary Cooper The Pride of the Yankees
Walter Pidgeon Mrs. Miniver
Monty Woolley The Pied Piper

16th 1943 Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine
Humphrey Bogart Casablanca
Gary Cooper For Whom the Bell Tolls
Walter Pidgeon Madame Curie
Mickey Rooney The Human Comedy

17th 1944 Bing Crosby Going My Way
Charles Boyer Gaslight
Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way
Cary Grant None but the Lonely Heart
Alexander Knox Wilson

18th 1945 Ray Milland The Lost Weekend
Bing Crosby The Bells of St. Mary's
Gene Kelly Anchors Aweigh
Gregory Peck The Keys of the Kingdom
Cornel Wilde A Song to Remember

19th 1946 Fredric March The Best Years of Our Lives
Laurence Olivier Henry V
Larry Parks The Jolson Story
Gregory Peck The Yearling
James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life

20th 1947 Ronald Colman A Double Life
John Garfield Body and Soul
Gregory Peck Gentleman's Agreement
Michael Redgrave Mourning Becomes Electra
William Powell Life with Father

21st 1948 Laurence Olivier Hamlet
Lew Ayres Johnny Belinda
Montgomery Clift The Search
Dan Dailey When My Baby Smiles at Me
Clifton Webb Sitting Pretty

22nd 1949 Broderick Crawford All the King's Men
Kirk Douglas Champion
Gregory Peck Twelve O'Clock High
Richard Todd The Hasty Heart
John Wayne Sands of Iwo Jima


23rd 1950 Josť Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac
Louis Calhern The Magnificent Yankee
William Holden Sunset Boulevard
James Stewart Harvey
Spencer Tracy Father of the Bride

24th 1951 Humphrey Bogart The African Queen
Marlon Brando A Streetcar Named Desire
Montgomery Clift A Place in the Sun
Arthur Kennedy Bright Victory
Fredric March Death of a Salesman

25th 1952 Gary Cooper High Noon
Marlon Brando Viva Zapata!
Kirk Douglas The Bad and the Beautiful
Josť Ferrer Moulin Rouge
Alec Guinness The Lavender Hill Mob

26th 1953 William Holden Stalag 17
Marlon Brando Julius Caesar
Richard Burton The Robe
Montgomery Clift From Here to Eternity
Burt Lancaster From Here to Eternity

27th 1954 Marlon Brando On the Waterfront
Humphrey Bogart The Caine Mutiny
Bing Crosby The Country Girl
James Mason A Star Is Born
Dan O'Herlihy The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

28th 1955 Ernest Borgnine Marty
James Cagney Love Me or Leave Me
James Dean East of Eden
Frank Sinatra The Man with the Golden Arm
Spencer Tracy Bad Day at Black Rock

29th 1956 Yul Brynner The King and I
James Dean Giant
Kirk Douglas Lust for Life
Rock Hudson Giant
Laurence Olivier Richard III

30th 1957 Alec Guinness The Bridge on the River Kwai
Marlon Brando Sayonara
Anthony Franciosa A Hatful of Rain
Charles Laughton Witness for the Prosecution
Anthony Quinn Wild Is the Wind

31st 1958 David Niven Separate Tables
Tony Curtis The Defiant Ones
Paul Newman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sidney Poitier The Defiant Ones
Spencer Tracy The Old Man and the Sea

32nd 1959 Charlton Heston Ben-Hur
Laurence Harvey Room at the Top
Jack Lemmon Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni The Last Angry Man
James Stewart Anatomy of a Murder


33rd 1960 Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry
Trevor Howard Sons and Lovers
Jack Lemmon The Apartment
Laurence Olivier The Entertainer
Spencer Tracy Inherit the Wind

34th 1961 Maximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg
Charles Boyer Fanny
Paul Newman The Hustler
Spencer Tracy Judgment at Nuremberg
Stuart Whitman The Mark

35th 1962 Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird
Burt Lancaster Birdman of Alcatraz
Jack Lemmon Days of Wine and Roses
Marcello Mastroianni Divorce, Italian Style
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia

36th 1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field
Albert Finney Tom Jones
Richard Harris This Sporting Life
Rex Harrison Cleopatra
Paul Newman Hud

37th 1964 Rex Harrison My Fair Lady
Richard Burton Becket
Peter O'Toole Becket
Anthony Quinn Zorba the Greek
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

38th 1965 Lee Marvin Cat Ballou
Richard Burton The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Laurence Olivier Othello
Rod Steiger The Pawnbroker
Oskar Werner Ship of Fools

39th 1966 Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons
Alan Arkin The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Richard Burton Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael Caine Alfie
Steve McQueen The Sand Pebbles

40th 1967 Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night
Warren Beatty Bonnie and Clyde
Dustin Hoffman The Graduate
Paul Newman Cool Hand Luke
Spencer Tracy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

41st 1968 Cliff Robertson Charly
Alan Arkin The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan Bates The Fixer
Ron Moody Oliver!
Peter O'Toole The Lion in Winter

42nd 1969 John Wayne True Grit
Richard Burton Anne of the Thousand Days
Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy
Peter O'Toole Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy


43rd 1970 George C. Scott Patton (declined)
Melvyn Douglas I Never Sang for My Father
James Earl Jones The Great White Hope
Jack Nicholson Five Easy Pieces
Ryan O'Neal Love Story

44th 1971 Gene Hackman The French Connection
Peter Finch Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walter Matthau Kotch
George C. Scott The Hospital
Topol Fiddler on the Roof

45th 1972 Marlon Brando The Godfather (declined)
Michael Caine Sleuth
Laurence Olivier Sleuth
Peter O'Toole The Ruling Class
Paul Winfield Sounder

46th 1973 Jack Lemmon Save the Tiger
Marlon Brando Last Tango in Paris
Jack Nicholson The Last Detail
Al Pacino Serpico
Robert Redford The Sting

47th 1974 Art Carney Harry and Tonto
Albert Finney Murder on the Orient Express
Dustin Hoffman Lenny
Jack Nicholson Chinatown
Al Pacino The Godfather, Part II

48th 1975 Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Walter Matthau The Sunshine Boys
Al Pacino Dog Day Afternoon
Maximilian Schell The Man in the Glass Booth
James Whitmore Give 'em Hell, Harry!

49th 1976 Peter Finch Network (posthumous)
Robert De Niro Taxi Driver
Giancarlo Giannini Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)
William Holden Network
Sylvester Stallone Rocky

50th 1977 Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl
Woody Allen Annie Hall
Richard Burton Equus
Marcello Mastroianni A Special Day
John Travolta Saturday Night Fever

51st 1978 Jon Voight Coming Home
Warren Beatty Heaven Can Wait
Gary Busey The Buddy Holly Story
Robert De Niro The Deer Hunter
Laurence Olivier The Boys from Brazil

52nd 1979 Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer
Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome
Roy Scheider All That Jazz
Peter Sellers Being There
Al Pacino ...And Justice for All


53rd 1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull
Robert Duvall The Great Santini
John Hurt The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon Tribute
Peter O'Toole The Stunt Man

54th 1981 Henry Fonda On Golden Pond
Warren Beatty Reds
Burt Lancaster Atlantic City
Dudley Moore Arthur
Paul Newman Absence of Malice

55th 1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi
Dustin Hoffman Tootsie
Jack Lemmon Missing
Paul Newman The Verdict
Peter O'Toole My Favorite Year

56th 1983 Robert Duvall Tender Mercies
Michael Caine Educating Rita
Tom Conti Reuben, Reuben
Tom Courtenay The Dresser
Albert Finney The Dresser

57th 1984 F. Murray Abraham Amadeus
Jeff Bridges Starman
Albert Finney Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce Amadeus
Sam Waterston The Killing Fields

58th 1985 William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman
Harrison Ford Witness
James Garner Murphy's Romance
Jack Nicholson Prizzi's Honor
Jon Voight Runaway Train

59th 1986 Paul Newman The Color of Money
Dexter Gordon 'Round Midnight
Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa
William Hurt Children of a Lesser God
James Woods Salvador

60th 1987 Michael Douglas Wall Street
William Hurt Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni Dark Eyes
Jack Nicholson Ironweed
Robin Williams Good Morning, Vietnam

61st 1988 Dustin Hoffman Rain Man
Gene Hackman Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks Big
Edward James Olmos Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow Pelle the Conqueror

62nd 1989 Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot
Kenneth Branagh Henry V
Tom Cruise Born on the Fourth of July
Morgan Freeman Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams Dead Poets Society


63rd 1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves
Robert De Niro Awakenings
Gerard Depardieu Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris The Field

64th 1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs
Warren Beatty Bugsy
Robert De Niro Cape Fear
Nick Nolte The Prince of Tides
Robin Williams The Fisher King

65th 1992 Al Pacino Scent of a Woman
Robert Downey Jr. Chaplin
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
Stephen Rea The Crying Game
Denzel Washington Malcolm X

66th 1993 Tom Hanks Philadelphia
Laurence Fishburne What's Love Got to Do with It?
Anthony Hopkins The Remains of the Day
Daniel Day-Lewis In the Name of the Father
Liam Neeson Schindler's List

67th 1994 Tom Hanks Forrest Gump
Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption
Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George
Paul Newman Nobody's Fool
John Travolta Pulp Fiction

68th 1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas
Richard Dreyfuss Mr. Holland's Opus
Anthony Hopkins Nixon
Sean Penn Dead Man Walking
Massimo Troisi Il Postino

69th 1996 Geoffrey Rush Shine
Tom Cruise Jerry Maguire
Ralph Fiennes The English Patient
Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade
Woody Harrelson The People vs. Larry Flynt

70th 1997 Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting
Robert Duvall The Apostle
Peter Fonda Ulee's Gold
Dustin Hoffman Wag the Dog

71st 1998 Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful
Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters
Nick Nolte Affliction
Edward Norton American History X
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan

72nd 1999 Kevin Spacey American Beauty
Denzel Washington The Hurricane
Russell Crowe The Insider
Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story
Sean Penn Sweet and Lowdown


73rd 2000 Russell Crowe Gladiator
Javier Bardem Before Night Falls
Tom Hanks Cast Away
Ed Harris Pollock
Geoffrey Rush Quills

74th 2001 Denzel Washington Training Day
Will Smith Ali
Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind
Sean Penn I Am Sam
Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom

75th 2002 Adrien Brody The Pianist
Jack Nicholson About Schmidt
Nicolas Cage Adaptation
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York
Michael Caine The Quiet American

76th 2003 Sean Penn Mystic River
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ben Kingsley House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law Cold Mountain
Bill Murray Lost in Translation

77th 2004 Jamie Foxx Ray
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio The Aviator
Clint Eastwood Million Dollar Baby

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