Oscar Actors: Best Actors (Winners and Nominees)

Updated Oct 3, 2021

Emil Jannings was the first winner of this category for his roles in “The Last Command” (1928) and “The Way of All Flesh” (1927).

Fredric March won two Best Actors, for his roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Clark Gable won for his performance in It Happened One Night (1934).

Paul Muni won for his portrayal of Louis Pasteur in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936).

Spencer Tracy was the first actor to win this award over two consecutive years for his roles in Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938) (and received seven other nominations).

James Stewart won for his performance in The Philadelphia Story (1940).

Gary Cooper won twice for his roles in Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952).

James Cagney won for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).

Bing Crosby won for his performance in Going My Way (1944).

Laurence Olivier won for his performance as the title role in Hamlet (1948), a film which he directed himself.

Humphrey Bogart won for his performance in The African Queen (1951).

William Holden won for his performance in Stalag 17 (1953).

Burt Lancaster won for his performance in Elmer Gantry (1960).

Gregory Peck won for his performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

Sidney Poitier won for his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963), becoming the first black actor to win this category.

John Wayne won for his performance as Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn in True Grit (1969).

Jack Lemmon was nominated seven times, winning for his performance in Save the Tiger (1973).

Jack Nicholson won twice from eight nominations for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and As Good as It Gets (1997).

Dustin Hoffman won twice from seven nominations for his roles in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).

Robert De Niro won once from five nominations for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980).

Ben Kingsley won for his portrayal of the title role in Gandhi (1982).

Paul Newman won for his performance in The Color of Money (1986).

Daniel Day-Lewis is the first and only actor to win this award three times for his roles in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012).

Anthony Hopkins won once from three nominations for his performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Al Pacino won once from five nominations for his performance in Scent of a Woman (1992).

Tom Hanks won two consecutive times for his roles in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994) (and received three other nominations).

Geoffrey Rush won for his portrayal of David Helfgott in Shine (1996).

By virtue of his win for Life Is Beautiful (1998), Roberto Benigni became the second actor to win this award for a role in a film he directed himself (the first being Laurence Olivier).

Russell Crowe won for his performance in Gladiator (2000).

Denzel Washington won for his performance in Training Day (2001).

At age 29, Adrien Brody became the youngest actor to win this award for his portrayal of Władysław Szpilman in The Pianist (2002).

Sean Penn won twice from five nominations for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008).

Forest Whitaker won for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006).

Jeff Bridges won for his performance in Crazy Heart (2009).

Colin Firth won for his portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech (2010).

Jean Dujardin became the first French actor to win this award for his performance in The Artist (2011).

Eddie Redmayne won for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).

Leonardo DiCaprio won for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015).

Casey Affleck won for his performance in Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Gary Oldman won for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017).

Rami Malek won for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018); the first Arab to win the award.


BEST ACTOR WINNERS: 83 (Last Name, A to Z)

(including Anthony Hopkins, 2020)

Abraham, Murray F.

Affleck, Casey

Arliss, George

Barrymore, Lionel

Baxter, Warner

Beery, Wallace

Benigni, Robert

Bogart, Humphrey

Borgnine, Ernest

10. Brando, Marlon (2 Best Actor, 1954, 1972)

Bridges, Jeff

Brody, Adrien

Brynner, Yul

Cage, Nicolas

Cagney, James

Carney, Art

Colman, Ronald

Cooper, Gary (2 Best Actor, 1941, 1952)

Crawford, Broderick

20. Crowe, Russell

Crosby, Bing

Day-Lewis, Daniel (3 Best Actor, 1989, 2007, 2012)

De Niro, Robert

DiCaprio, Leonardo

Donat, Robert

Douglas, Michael

Dreyfuss, Richard

Dujardin, Jean

Duvall, Robert

30. Ferrer, Jose

Finch, Peter

Firth, Colin

Fonda, Henry

Foxx, Jamie

Gable, Clark

Guinness, Alec

Hackman, Gene

Hanks, Tom (2 Best Actor, 1993, 1994)

Harrison, Rex

40. Heston, Charlton

Hoffman, Dustin (2 Best Actor, 1979, 1988)

Hoffman, Philip Seymour

Holden, William

Hopkins, Anthony (2 Best Actor, 1991, 2020)

Hurt, William

Irons, Jeremy

Jannings, Emil

Kingsley, Ben

Lancaster, Burt

50. Laughton, Charles

Lemmon, Jack

Lukas, Paul

McCaunoghey, Matthew

McLaglen, Victor

Malek, Rami

March, Fredric (2 Best Actor, 1930, 1946)

Marvin, Lee

Milland, Ray

Muni, Paul

60. Newman, Paul

Nicholson, Jack (2 Best Actor, 1975, 1997)

Niven, David

Oldman, Gary

Olivier, Laurence

Pacino, Al

Peck, Gregory

Penn, Sean (2 Best Actor, 2003, 2008)

Phoenix, Joaquin

Poitier, Sidney

70.Redmayne, Eddie

Robertson, Cliff

Rush, Geoffrey

Schell, Maximillian

Scofield, Paul

Scott, George C.

Spacey, Kevin

Steiger, Rod

Stewart, Jimmy

Tracy, Spencer (2 Best Actor, 1936, 1937)

80. Voight, Jon

Washington, Denzel

Wayne, John

Whitaker, Forest


NOMINEES (Last Name, A to Z)

Allen, Woody

Arkin, Alan

Ayres, Lew

Bale, Christian

Banderas, Antonio

Bancroft, George

Bardem, Xavier

Barthelmes, Richard

Bates, Alan

Beatty, Warren

Begnini, Roberto

Boseman, Chadwick

Boyer, Charles

Branagh, Kenneth

Burton, Richard

Busey, Gary

Caine, Michael

Carell, Steve

Calhern, Lewis

Chalamet, Timothee

Chaplin, Charlie

Cheadle, Done

Chevalier, Maurice

Clift, Monty

Clooney, George

Conti, Tom

Cooper, Bradley

Cooper, Jackie

Costner, Kevin

Courtenay, Tom

Cranston, Bryan

Cruise, Tom

Cumberbatch, Benedict

Curtis, Tony

Dailey, Dan

Damon, Matt

Dean, James

Depardieu, Gerard

Depp, Johnny

Dern, Bruce

Dexter, Gordon

Dix, Richard

Douglas, Kirk

Douglas, Melvyn

Downey, Robert Jr.

Driver, Adam

Eastwood, Clint

Ejiofor, Chiwetel

Farnsworth, Richard

Fassbender, Michael

Fienes, Ralph

Finney, Albert

Fishburne, Lawrence

Fitzgerald, Barry

Fonda, Peter

Ford, Harrison

Franciosa, Anthony

Freeman, Morgan

Garfield, Andrew

Garfield, John

Garner, James

Giannini, Giancarlo

Goslin, Ryan

Grant, Cary

Harrelson, Woody

Harris, Ed

Harris, Richard

Harvey, Lawrence

Hawthorne, Nigel

Hoskins, Bob

Howard, Leslie

Howard, Terrence

Howard, Trevor

Hudson, Rock

Hulce, Tom

Hurt, John

Huston, Walter

Jenkins, Richard

Jones, James Earl

Jones, Tommy Lee

Kaluuya, Daniel

Keaton, Michael

Kelly, Gene

Kennedy, Arthur

Knox, Alexander

Langella, Frank

Ledger, Heath

Lunt, Alfred

McKellen, Ian

McQueen, Steve

Mason, James

Massey, Raymond

Mastroiann, Marcello

Matthau, Walter

Menjou, Adolph

Montgomery, Robert

Moody, Ron

Moore, Dudley

Morgan, Frank

Morris, Chester

Mortensen, Viggo

Murray, Bill

Neeson, Liam

Nolte, Nick

Norton, Edward

O’Herlihy, Dan

O’Neal, Ryan

O’Toole, Peter

Parks, Larry

Pidgeon, Walter

Pitt, Brad

Powell, William

Pryce, Jonathan

Quinn, Anthony

Rea, Stephen

Redford, Robert

Redgrave, Michael

Renner, Jeremy

Rooney, Mickey

Rourke, Mickey

Scheider, Roy

Sellers, Peter

Sinatra, Frank

Smith, Will

Stallone, Sylvester

Stone, Lewis

Strathairn, David

Thornton, Billy Bob

Tibbett, Lawrence

Todd, Richard

Tone, Franchot


Travolta, John

Troisi, Massimo

Von Sydow, Max

Watrston, Sam

Webb, Clifton

Welles, Orson

Werner, Oskar

Whitman, Stuart

Whitmore, James

Wilde, Cornell

Wilkinson, Tom

Winfield, Paul

Williams, Robin

Woods, James

Wooley, Monty