Oscar Actors: Best Actor (Male) Winners and Nominees by Role and Year

Research in Progress: January 13, 2021

1920s

1927/28 (1st)

Emil Jannings, Grand Duke Sergius Alexander, The Last Command; August Schilling, The Way of All Flesh

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Richard Barthelmess Nickie Elkins, The Noose; Patent Leather Kid, The Patent Leather Kid

1928/29 (2nd)

Warner Baxter, The Cisco Kid, In Old Arizona 

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Genre:

George Bancroft, Thunderbolt Jim Lang, Thunderbolt
Chester Morris, Chick Williams, Alibi
Paul Muni, James Dyke, The Valiant
Lewis Stone, Count Pahlen, The Patriot

1930s

1929/30 (3rd)

George Arliss, Benjamin Disraeli, Disraeli; also nominated for  playing The Raja, The Green Goddess

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Genre:

Wallace Beery, Butch “Machine Gun” Schmidt, The Big House

Maurice Chevalier, Pierre Mirande, The Big Pond; Count Alfred Renard, The Love Parade
Ronald Colman, Capt. Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, Drummond; Michel Bulldog,
Condemned
Lawrence Tibbett, Yegor, The Rogue Song

1930/31 (4th)

Lionel Barrymore, Stephen Ashe, A Free Soul

Role:

Genre:

Jackie Cooper, Skippy, Skinner Skippy
Richard Dix, Yancey Cravat, Cimarron
Fredric March, Tony Cavendish, The Royal Family of Broadway
Adolphe Menjou, Walter Burns, The Front Page

1931/32 (5th)

Wallace Beery (TIE), Andy “Champ” Purcell The Champ

Role:

Genre:

Fredric March (TIE)  Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Alfred Lunt, The Actor, The Guardsman

1932/33 (6th)

Charles Laughton, King Henry VIII of England, The Private Life of Henry VIII

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Genre:

Leslie Howard Peter Standish Berkeley Square
Paul Muni James Allen I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

1934 (7th)

Clark Gable, Peter Warne, It Happened One Night

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Genre:

Frank Morgan Alessandro, Duke of Florence The Affairs of Cellini
William Powell Nick Charles The Thin Man

1935 (8th)

Victor McLaglen, Gypo Nolan, The Informer

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Genre:

Clark Gable, Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, Mutiny on the Bounty
Charles Laughton, Captain William Bligh, Mutiny on the Bounty
Paul Muni, Joe Radek, Black Fury
Franchot Tone, Midshipman Roger Byam, Mutiny on the Bounty

1936 (9th)

Paul Muni, Louis Pasteur, The Story of Louis Pasteur 

Role:

Genre:

Gary Cooper, Longfellow Deeds, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Walter Huston, Sam Dodsworth, Dodsworth
William Powell, Godfrey Park, My Man Godfrey
Spencer Tracy, Father Tim Mullin, San Francisco

1937 (10th)

Spencer Tracy, Manuel Fidello, Captains Courageous 

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Genre:

Charles Boyer, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Conquest
Fredric March, Norman Maine, A Star Is Born
Robert Montgomery, Danny Night, Must Fall
Paul Muni Émile Zola The Life of Emile Zola

1938 (11th)

Spencer Tracy, Father Flanagan, Boys Town

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Genre:

Charles Boyer, Pepe le Moko, Algiers
James Cagney, Rocky Sullivan, Angels with Dirty Faces
Robert Donat Dr. Andrew Manson, The Citadel
Leslie Howard, Professor Henry Higgins, Pygmalion

1939 (12th)

Robert Donat, Charles Edward Chipping, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Role:

Genre:

Clark Gable Rhett Butler Gone with the Wind
Laurence Olivier Heathcliff Wuthering Heights
Mickey Rooney Mickey Moran Babes in Arms
James Stewart Jefferson Smith Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1940s

1940 (13th)

James Stewart, Macaulay “Mike” Connor, The Philadelphia Story

Role:

Genre:

Charlie Chaplin Adenoid Hynkel / The Barber The Great Dictator
Henry Fonda Tom Joad The Grapes of Wrath
Raymond Massey Abraham Lincoln Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence Olivier Maximilian “Maxim” de Winter Rebecca

1941 (14th)

Gary Cooper, Sgt. Alvin York, Sergeant York 

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Genre:

Cary Grant, Roger Adams, Penny Serenade
Walter Huston, Mr. Scratch, The Devil and Daniel Webster
Robert Montgomery, Joe Pendleton, Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Orson Welles, Charles Foster, Kane Citizen Kane

1942 (15th)

James Cagney, George M. Cohan, Yankee Doodle Dandy 

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Genre:

Ronald Colman. Charles Rainier, Random Harvest
Gary Cooper Lou Gehrig The Pride of the Yankees
Walter Pidgeon Clem Miniver Mrs. Miniver
Monty Woolley Howard The Pied Piper

1943 (16th)

Paul Lukas, Kurt Muller, Watch on the Rhine 

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Genre:

Humphrey Bogart Rick Blaine Casablanca
Gary Cooper Robert Jordan For Whom the Bell Tolls
Walter Pidgeon Pierre Curie Madame Curie
Mickey Rooney Homer Macauley The Human Comedy

1944 (17th)

Bing Crosby, Father Chuck O’Malley, Going My Way

Charles Boyer, Gregory Anton, Gaslight
Barry Fitzgerald Father Fitzgibbon Going My Way
Cary Grant Ernie Mott None but the Lonely Heart
Alexander Knox, Woodrow Wilson, Wilson

1945 (18th)

Ray Milland, Don Birnam, The Lost Weekend 

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Genre:

Bing Crosby, Father Chuck O’Malley, The Bells of St. Mary’s
Gene Kelly, Joseph Brady, Anchors Aweigh
Gregory Peck, Father Francis, The Keys of the Kingdom
Cornel Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, A Song to Remember

1946 (19th)

Fredric March, Platoon Sergeant Al Stephenson, The Best Years of Our Lives

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Genre:
Laurence Olivier, King Henry V of England, Henry V
Larry Parks, Al Jolson, The Jolson Story
Gregory Peck, Ezra “Penny” Baxter, The Yearling
James Stewart, George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

1947 (20th)

Ronald Colman Award winner Anthony John A Double Life 

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Genre:

John Garfield, Charlie Davis, Body and Soul
Gregory Peck, Philip Schuyler Green, Gentleman’s Agreement
William Powell, Clarence Day, Sr., Life with Father
Michael Redgrave, Orin Mannon, Mourning Becomes Electra

1948 (21st)

Laurence Olivier, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Hamlet 

Lew Ayres, Dr. Robert Richardson, Johnny Belinda
Montgomery Clift, Ralph “Steve” Stevenson, The Search
Dan Dailey, “Skid” Johnson, When My Baby Smiles at Me
Clifton Webb, Lynn Aloysius, Belvedere Sitting Pretty

1949 (22nd)

Broderick Crawford, Willie Stark, All the King’s Men 

Role

Genre:

Kirk Douglas Michael “Midge” Kelly Champion
Gregory Peck Brig. General Frank Savage Twelve O’Clock High
Richard Todd Cpl. Lachlan “Lachie” MacLachlan The Hasty Heart
John Wayne Sergeant John M. Stryker Sands of Iwo Jima

1950s

1950 (23rd)

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José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano de Bergerac
Louis Calhern Oliver Wendell Holmes The Magnificent Yankee
William Holden Joe Gillis Sunset Boulevard
James Stewart Elwood P. Dowd Harvey
Spencer Tracy Stanley T. Banks Father of the Bride

1951 (24th)

Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Allnut, The African Queen

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Genre:

Marlon Brando, Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire
Montgomery Clift, George Eastman, A Place in the Sun
Arthur Kennedy, Larry Nevins, Bright Victory
Fredric March, Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman

1952 (25th)

Gary Cooper, Marshal Will Kane, High Noon

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Genre:

Marlon Brando, Emiliano Zapata, Viva Zapata!
Kirk Douglas, Jonathan Shields, The Bad and the Beautiful
José Ferrer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge
Alec Guinness, Holland, The Lavender Hill Mob

1953 (26th)

William Holden, Sgt. J.J. Sefton, Stalag 17 

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Genre:

Marlon Brando, Mark Antony, Julius Caesar
Richard Burton, Marcellus Gallio, The Robe
Montgomery Clift, Pvt. Robert E. Lee “Prew” Prewitt, From Here to Eternity
Burt Lancaster, 1st Sgt. Milton Warden, From Here to Eternity

1954 (27th)

Marlon Brando, Terry Malloy, On the Waterfront 

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Genre:

Humphrey Bogart, Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg, The Caine Mutiny
Bing Crosby, Frank Elgin, The Country Girl
James Mason, Norman Maine, A Star Is Born
Dan O’Herlihy, Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe

1955 (28th)

Ernest Borgnine, Marty Piletti, Marty 

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Genre:

James Cagney, Martin Snyder, Love Me or Leave Me
James Dean * Cal Trask, East of Eden
Frank Sinatra, Frankie Machine, The Man with the Golden Arm
Spencer Tracy, John J. Macreedy, Bad Day at Black Rock

1956 (29th)

Yul Brynner, King Mongkut of Siam, The King and I 

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Genre:

James Dean *[36] Jett Rink Giant
Kirk Douglas Vincent van Gogh Lust for Life
Rock Hudson Jordan “Bick” Benedict Jr. Giant
Laurence Olivier King Richard III of England Richard III

1957 (30th)

Alec Guinness, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson, Bridge on the River Kwai 

Role:

Genre:

Marlon Brando Major Lloyd “Ace” Gruver, USAF Sayonara
Anthony Franciosa Polo Pope A Hatful of Rain
Charles Laughton Sir Wilfrid Robarts Witness for the Prosecution
Anthony Quinn Gino Wild Is the Wind

1958 (31st)

David Niven, Major Angus Pollock, Separate Tables 

Role:

Genre:

Tony Curtis John “Joker” Jackson The Defiant Ones
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen The Defiant Ones
Spencer Tracy The Old Man The Old Man and the Sea

1959 (32nd)

Charlton Heston, Judah Ben-Hur, Ben-Hur 

Role:

Genre:

Laurence Harvey Joe Lampton Room at the Top
Jack Lemmon Jerry / Daphne Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni Dr. Sam Abelman The Last Angry Man
James Stewart Paul Biegler Anatomy of a Murder

1960s
1960 (33rd)

Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry, Elmer Gantry 

Role:

Genre:

Trevor Howard, Walter Morel, Sons and Lovers
Jack Lemmon, C. C. “Bud” Baxter, The Apartment
Laurence Olivier, Archie Rice, The Entertainer
Spencer Tracy, Henry Drummond, Inherit the Wind

1961 (34th)

Maximilian Schell, Hans Rolfe, Judgment at Nuremberg

Role:

Genre:

Charles Boyer, Cesar, Fanny
Paul Newman, Eddie Felson, The Hustler
Spencer Tracy, Chief Judge Dan Haywood, Judgment at Nuremberg
Stuart Whitman, Jim Fuller, The Mark

1962 (35th)

Gregory Peck, Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird 

Role:

Genre:

Burt Lancaster Robert Stroud Birdman of Alcatraz
Jack Lemmon Joe Clay Days of Wine and Roses
Marcello Mastroianni Ferdinando Cefalù Divorce Italian Style
Peter O’Toole T. E. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia

1963 (36th)

Sidney Poitier, Homer Smith, Lilies of the Field 

Role:

Genre:

Albert Finney Tom Jones Tom Jones
Richard Harris Frank Machin This Sporting Life
Rex Harrison Julius Caesar Cleopatra
Paul Newman Hud Bannon Hud

1964 (37th)

Rex Harrison, Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady

Role:

Genre:

Richard Burton Thomas Becket Becket
Peter O’Toole King Henry II of England
Anthony Quinn Alexis Zorba Zorba the Greek
Peter Sellers Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove

1965 (38th)

Lee Marvin, Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn, Cat Ballou 

Role:

Genre:

Richard Burton, Alec Leamas, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Laurence Olivier, Othello, Othello
Rod Steiger, Sol Nazerman, The Pawnbroker
Oskar Werner, Willie Schumann. Ship of Fools

1966 (39th)

Paul Scofield, Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons

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Genre:

Alan Arkin Lt. Rozanov The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Richard Burton George Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael Caine Alfie Elkins Alfie
Steve McQueen Jake Holman The Sand Pebbles

1967 (40th)

Rod Steiger, Police Chief Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night

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Genre:

Warren Beatty, Clyde Barrow, Bonnie and Clyde
Dustin Hoffman, Benjamin Braddock, The Graduate
Paul Newman Lucas, “Cool Hand Luke” Jackson, Cool Hand Luke
Spencer Tracy * Matt Drayton, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1968 (41st)

Cliff Robertson, Charly Gordon, Charly

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Genre:

Alan Arkin, John Singer, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan Bates, Yakov Bok, The Fixer
Ron Moody, Fagin, Oliver!
Peter O’Toole, King Henry II of England, The Lion in Winter

1969 (42nd)

John Wayne, Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, True Grit

Role:

Genre:

Richard Burton King Henry VIII of England Anne of the Thousand Days
Dustin Hoffman Enrico Salvatore “Ratso” “Rico” Rizzo Midnight Cowboy
Peter O’Toole Arthur Chipping Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Jon Voight Joe Buck Midnight Cowboy

1970 (43rd)

George C. Scott, General George S. Patton Jr., Patton 

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Genre:

Melvyn Douglas, Tom Garrison, I Never Sang for My Father
James Earl Jones, Jack Jefferson, The Great White Hope
Jack Nicholson, Robert Eroica Dupea, Five Easy Pieces
Ryan O’Neal, Oliver Barrett IV, Love Story

1971 (44th)

Gene Hackman, Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, The French Connection 

Role:

Genre:

Peter Finch, Dr. Daniel Hirsh, Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walter Matthau, Joseph P. Kotcher, Kotch
George C. Scott, Dr. Herbert Bock, The Hospital
Topol, Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof

1972 (45th)

Marlon Brando, Vito Corleone, The Godfather

Role:

Genre:

Michael Caine, Milo Tindle, Sleuth
Laurence Olivier, Andrew Wyke, Sleuth

Peter O’Toole Jack Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney, The Ruling Class
Paul Winfield, Nathan Lee Morgan, Sounder

1973 (46th)

Jack Lemmon, Harry Stoner, Save the Tiger 

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Genre:

Marlon Brando, Paul, Last Tango in Paris
Jack Nicholson, Signalman First Class Billy L. “Badass” Buddusky, The Last Detail
Al Pacino, Frank Serpico, Serpico
Robert Redford, Johnny “Kelly” Hooker, The Sting

1974 (47th)

Art Carney, Harry Coombes, Harry and Tonto 

Albert Finney, Hercule Poirot, Murder on the Orient Express
Dustin Hoffman Lenny Bruce Lenny
Jack Nicholson J. J. “Jake” Gittes Chinatown
Al Pacino Michael Corleone The Godfather Part II

1975 (48th)

Jack Nicholson, Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Walter Matthau, Willy Clark, The Sunshine Boys
Al Pacino Sonny, Wortzik, Dog Day Afternoon
Maximilian Schell, Arthur Goldman, The Man in the Glass Booth
James Whitmore Harry S. Truman, Give ’em Hell, Harry!

1976 (49th)

Peter Finch, Howard Beale, Network 

Role:

Genre:

Robert De Niro, Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
Giancarlo Giannini, Pasqualino Frafuso, Seven Beauties
William Holden, Max Schumacher, Network
Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa, Rocky

1977 (50th)

Richard Dreyfuss, Elliot Garfield, The Goodbye Girl

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Genre:

Woody Allen, Alvy Singer, Annie Hall
Richard Burton, Martin Dysart, Equus
Marcello Mastroianni, Gabriele, A Special Day
John Travolta, Anthony “Tony” Manero, Saturday Night Fever

1978 (51st)

Jon Voight, Luke Martin, Coming Home 

Role:

Genre:

Warren Beatty, Joe Pendleton, Heaven Can Wait
Gary Busey, Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story
Robert De Niro, Michael Vronsky, The Deer Hunter
Laurence Olivier, Ezra Lieberman, The Boys from Brazil

1979 (52nd)

Dustin Hoffman, Ted Kramer, Kramer vs. Kramer

Role:

Genre:

Jack Lemmon, Jack Godell, The China Syndrome
Al Pacino, Arthur Kirkland, …And Justice for All.
Roy Scheider, Joe Gideon, All That Jazz
Peter Sellers, Chance the Gardener, aka Chauncey Gardiner, Being There

1980 (53rd)

Robert De Niro, Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull

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Genre:

Robert Duvall, Lieutenant Colonel Wilbur “Bull” Meechum, The Great Santini
John Hurt, John Merrick, The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon, Scottie Templeton, Tribute
Peter O’Toole, Eli Cross, The Stunt Man

1981 (54th)

Henry Fonda, Norman Thayer Jr., On Golden Pond 

Role:

Genre:

Warren Beatty, John Silas “Jack,” Reed Reds
Burt Lancaster, Lou Pascal, Atlantic City
Dudley Moore, Arthur Bach, Arthur
Paul Newman, Michael Colin Gallagher, Absence of Malice

1982 (55th)

Ben Kingsley, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi 

Role:

Genre:

Dustin Hoffman Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels Tootsie
Jack Lemmon Edmund Horman Missing
Paul Newman Frank Galvin The Verdict
Peter O’Toole Alan Swann My Favorite Year

1983 (56th)

Robert Duvall, Mac Sledge, Tender Mercies

Role:

Genre:

Michael Caine Dr. Frank Bryant, Educating Rita
Tom Conti. Gowan McGland Reuben, Reuben
Tom Courtenay Norman The Dresser
Albert Finney, Sir, The Dresser

1984 (57th)

F. Murray Abraham, Antonio Salieri, Amadeus 

Role:

Genre:

Jeff Bridges, Starman, Starman
Albert Finney, Geoffrey Firmin, Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Amadeus
Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg The Killing Fields

1985 (58th)

William Hurt, Luis Molina, Kiss of the Spider Woman 

Role:

Genre:

Harrison Ford, Detective Captain John Book, Witness
James Garner, Murphy Jones, Murphy’s Romance
Jack Nicholson, Charley Partanna, Prizzi’s Honor
Jon Voight Oscar, “Manny” Manheim, Runaway Train

1986 (59th)

Paul Newman, Fast Eddie Felson ,The Color of Money 

Role:

Genre:

Dexter Gordon Dale Turner Round Midnight
Bob Hoskins George Mona Lisa
William Hurt James Leeds Children of a Lesser God
James Woods Richard Boyle Salvador

1987 (60th)

Michael Douglas, Gordon Gekko, Wall Street 

Role:

Genre:

William Hurt Tom Grunick Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni Romano Dark Eyes
Jack Nicholson Francis Phelan Ironweed
Robin Williams Adrian Cronauer Good Morning, Vietnam

1988 (61st)

Dustin Hoffman, Raymond Babbitt, Rain Man 

Role

Genre:

Gene Hackman, Agent Rupert Anderson, Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks, Josh Baskin, Big
Edward James Olmos, Jaime Escalante, Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow, Lassefar, Pelle the Conqueror

1989 (62nd)

Daniel Day-Lewis, Christy Brown, My Left Foot

Role:

Genre:

Kenneth Branagh King Henry V of England Henry V
Tom Cruise Ron Kovic Born on the Fourth of July
Morgan Freeman Hoke Colburn Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams John Charles “Keats” Keating Dead Poets Society

1990 (63rd)

Jeremy Irons, Claus von Bülow, Reversal of Fortune 

Kevin Costner Lieutenant John J. Dunbar, Dances with Wolves
Robert De Niro Leonard Lowe Awakenings
Gérard Depardieu Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris “Bull” McCabe The Field

1991 (64th)

Anthony Hopkins, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

Role:

Genre:

Warren Beatty Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel Bugsy
Robert De Niro Maximilian “Max” Cady Cape Fear
Nick Nolte Tom Wingo The Prince of Tides
Robin Williams, Henry “Parry” Sagan, The Fisher King

1992 (65th)

Al Pacino, Colonel Frank Slade, Scent of a Woman 

Role:

Genre:

Robert Downey Jr. Charlie Chaplin, Chaplin
Clint Eastwood William “Will” Munny, Unforgiven
Stephen Rea Fergus, The Crying Game
Denzel Washington, Malcolm X, Malcolm X

1993 (66th)

Tom Hanks, Andrew “Andy” Beckett, Philadelphia

Role:

Genre:

Daniel Day-Lewis, Gerry Conlon, In the Name of the Father
Laurence Fishburne Ike Turner What’s Love Got to Do with It
Anthony Hopkins James Stevens The Remains of the Day
Liam Neeson, Oskar Schindler, Schindler’s List

1994 (67th)

Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump

Role:

Genre:

Morgan Freeman, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, The Shawshank Redemption
Nigel Hawthorne King George III The Madness of King George
Paul Newman Donald “Sully” Sullivan Nobody’s Fool
John Travolta Vincent Vega Pulp Fiction

1995 (68th)

Nicolas Cage, Ben Sanderson, Leaving Las Vegas

Role:

Genre:

Richard Dreyfuss Glenn Holland Mr. Holland’s Opus
Anthony Hopkins Richard Nixon Nixon
Sean Penn Matthew Poncelet Dead Man Walking
Massimo Troisi * Mario Ruoppolo Il Postino: The Postman

1996 (69th)

Geoffrey Rush, David Helfgott, Shine 

Role:

Genre:

Tom Cruise Jerry Maguire Jerry Maguire
Ralph Fiennes Count László de Almásy The English Patient
Woody Harrelson Larry Flynt The People vs. Larry Flynt
Billy Bob Thornton Karl Childers Sling Blade

1997 (70th)

Jack Nicholson Award, Melvin Udall, As Good as It Gets 

Role:

Genre:

Matt Damon Will Hunting Good Will Hunting
Robert Duvall Euliss “Sonny” Dewey The Apostle
Peter Fonda Ulysses “Ulee” Jackson Ulee’s Gold
Dustin Hoffman Stanley Motss Wag the Dog

1998 (71st)

Roberto Benigni, Guido Orefice, Life Is Beautiful

Role:

Genre:

Tom Hanks Captain John H. Miller Saving Private Ryan
Ian McKellen James Whale Gods and Monsters
Nick Nolte Wade Whitehouse Affliction
Edward Norton Derek Vinyard American History X

1999 (72nd)

Kevin Spacey, Lester Burnham, American Beauty

Role:

Genre:

Russell Crowe Jeffrey Wigand The Insider
Richard Farnsworth Alvin Straight The Straight Story
Sean Penn Emmet Ray Sweet and Lowdown
Denzel Washington Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter The Hurricane

2000 (73rd)

Russell Crowe, Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator

Role:

Genre:

Javier Bardem Reinaldo Arenas Before Night Falls
Tom Hanks Chuck Noland Cast Away
Ed Harris Jackson Pollock Pollock
Geoffrey Rush Marquis de Sade Quills

2001 (74th)

Denzel Washington, Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris, Training Day 

Role:

Genre:

Russell Crowe John Forbes Nash Jr. A Beautiful Mind
Sean Penn Sam Dawson I Am Sam
Will Smith Muhammad Ali Ali
Tom Wilkinson Dr. Matt Fowler In the Bedroom

2002 (75th)

Adrien Brody, Władysław Szpilman, The Pianist 

Role:

Genre:

Nicolas Cage Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman Adaptation
Michael Caine Thomas Fowler The Quiet American
Daniel Day-Lewis William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson Warren R. Schmidt About Schmidt

2003 (76th)

Sean Penn, Jimmy Markum, Mystic River 

Role:

Genre:

Johnny Depp, Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ben Kingsley, Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani, House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law, W. P. Inman, Cold Mountain
Bill Murray, Bob Harris, Lost in Translation

2004 (77th)

Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles, Ray 

Role:

Genre:

Don Cheadle Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp J. M. Barrie Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio Howard Hughes The Aviator
Clint Eastwood Frankie Dunn Million Dollar Baby

2005 (78th)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Truman Capote, Capote 

Role:

Genre:

Terrence Howard Djay Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger Ennis Del Mar Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix Johnny Cash Walk the Line
David Strathairn Edward R. Murrow Good Night, and Good Luck

2006 (79th)

Forest Whitaker, Idi Amin, The Last King of Scotland

Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Archer, Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling Dan Dunne Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole Maurice Russell Venus
Will Smith, Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

2007 (80th)

Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood

Role:

Genre:

George Clooney Michael Clayton Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones, Hank Deerfield, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Nikolai Luzhin, Eastern Promises

2008 (81st)

Sean Penn, Harvey Milk, Milk

Role:

Genre:

Richard Jenkins Walter Vale The Visitor
Frank Langella Richard Nixon Frost/Nixon
Brad Pitt Benjamin Button The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke Randy “The Ram” Robinson The Wrestler

2009 (82nd)

Jeff Bridges, Otis “Bad” Blake, Crazy Heart

Role:

Genre:

George Clooney Ryan Bingham Up in the Air
Colin Firth George Falconer A Single Man
Morgan Freeman Nelson Mandela Invictus
Jeremy Renner SFC William James The Hurt Locker

2010 (83rd)

Colin Firth, King George VI, The King’s Speech

Javier Bardem Uxbal Biutiful
Jeff Bridges Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg Mark Zuckerberg The Social Network
James Franco Aron Ralston 127 Hours

2011 (84th)

Jean Dujardin, George Valentin, The Artist

Role:

Genre:

Demián Bichir Carlos Galindo A Better Life
George Clooney Matthew King The Descendants
Gary Oldman George Smiley Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt Billy Beane Moneyball

2012 (85th)

Daniel Day-Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln 

Role:

Genre:

Bradley Cooper Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, Jr. Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman Jean Valjean Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix Freddie Quell The Master
Denzel Washington William “Whip” Whitaker, Sr. Flight

2013 (86th)

Matthew McConaughey, Ron Woodroof, Dallas Buyers Club

Role:

Genre:

Christian Bale, Irving Rosenfeld, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Woodrow “Woody” Grant, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave

2014 (87th)

Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything

Role:

Genre:

Steve Carell, John du Pont, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, Chris Kyle, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Turing, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Riggan Thomson, Birdman

2015 (88th)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Glass, The Revenant

Role:

Genre:

Bryan Cranston, Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo
Matt Damon, Mark Watney, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl

2016 (89th)

Casey Affleck Award winner Lee Chandler Manchester by the Sea [101]
Andrew Garfield Desmond Doss Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling Sebastian Wilder La La Land
Viggo Mortensen Ben Cash Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington Troy Maxson Fences

2017 (90th)

Gary Oldman, Winston Churchill, Darkest Hour

Role:

Genre:

Timothée Chalamet Elio Perlman Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis Reynolds Woodcock Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya Chris Washington Get Out
Denzel Washington Roman J. Israel Roman J. Israel, Esq.

2018 (91st)

Rami Malek, Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody 

Role:

Genre:

Christian Bale, Dick Cheney, Vice
Bradley Cooper, Jackson Maine, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, Vincent van Gogh, At Eternity’s Gate
Viggo Mortensen, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, Green Book

2019 (92nd)

Joaquin Phoenix, Arthur Fleck/Joker, Joker

Role:

Genre:

Antonio Banderas, Salvador Mallo, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Rick Dalton, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Charlie Barber, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, The Two Popes

Multiple Awards and Nominations

Individuals received two or more Best Actor awards:

Wins Actor Nominations
3 Daniel Day-Lewis 6
2 Spencer Tracy 9
Jack Nicholson 8
Marlon Brando 7
Dustin Hoffman
Gary Cooper 5
Tom Hanks
Fredric March
Sean Penn
The following individuals received four or more Best Actor nominations:

Nominations Actor
9 Laurence Olivier
Spencer Tracy
8 Paul Newman
Jack Nicholson
Peter O’Toole
7 Marlon Brando
Dustin Hoffman
Jack Lemmon
6 Richard Burton
Daniel Day-Lewis
Denzel Washington
5 Gary Cooper
Robert De Niro
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Fredric March
Paul Muni
Al Pacino
Gregory Peck
Sean Penn
James Stewart
4 Warren Beatty
Charles Boyer
Michael Caine
Albert Finney
Burt Lancaster
Multiple character nominations
Nominations Character
3 Fredric March, James Mason, Bradley Cooper, Norman/Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born (1937), A Star Is Born (1954) & A Star is Born (2018)
2 José Ferrer (winner) and Gérard Depardieu as Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) & Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
Kirk Douglas and Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956) & At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
Anthony Hopkins and Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995) & Frost/Nixon (2008)
Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh as Henry V in Henry V (1944) & Henry V (1989)
Raymond Massey and Daniel Day-Lewis (winner) as Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) & Lincoln (2012)
Paul Newman as Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) & The Color of Money (1986) (winner)
Charles Laughton (winner) and Richard Burton as Henry VIII in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) & Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Peter O’Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968)
Bing Crosby as Chuck O’Malley in Going My Way (1944) (winner) & The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
Leslie Howard and Rex Harrison (winner) as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1938) & My Fair Lady (1964)
John Wayne (winner) and Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969) & True Grit (2010)
Robert Montgomery and Warren Beatty as Joe Pendleton in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) & Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Robert Donat (winner) and Peter O’Toole as Arthur Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) & Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

Multiple nominations from the same film
Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Bing Crosby (winner) and Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way (1944)
Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953)
James Dean and Rock Hudson in Giant (1956)
Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)
Maximilian Schell (winner) and Spencer Tracy in Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in Becket (1964)
Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier in Sleuth (1972)
Peter Finch (winner) and William Holden in Network (1976)
Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney in The Dresser (1983)
F. Murray Abraham (winner) and Tom Hulce in Amadeus (1984)
Nominations for portraying multiple characters in the same film
Charles Chaplin as Adenoid Hynkel and “The Barber” in The Great Dictator
Jose Ferrer as Toulouse Lautrec and his father in Moulin Rouge
Peter Sellers as Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and the title character in Dr. Strangelove
Lee Marvin (winner) as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn in Cat Ballou
Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation

Record Actor Film Age (in years) Ref.
Oldest winner Henry Fonda On Golden Pond 76 [105]
Oldest nominee Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story 79 [105]
Youngest winner Adrien Brody The Pianist 29 [105]
Youngest nominee Jackie Cooper Skippy 9 [105]
See also