Oscar: Best Actors by Year and Film

Best Actors: 1927-Present


1927-28: Emil Jannings (for 2 films), The Last Command, The Way of All Flesh
1928-29: Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona


1929-30: George Arliss, Disraeli
1930-31: Lionel Barrymore, A Free Soul
1931-32: Tie—Frederic March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Wallace Beery, The Champ
1932-33: Charles Laughton, The Private Life of King Henry VIII
1934: Clark Gable, It Happened One Night
1935: Victor McLaglen, The Informer
1936: Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola
1937: Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous
1938: Spencer Tracy, Boys Town
1939: Robert Donat, Goodbye Mr. Chips


1940: James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story
1941: Gary Cooper, Sergeant York
1942: James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy
1943: Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine
1944: Bing Crosby, Going My Way
1945: Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend
1946: Frederic March, The Best Years of Our Lives
1947: Ronald Colman, A Double Life
1948: Laurence Olivier, Hamlet
1949: Broderick Crawford, All the King’s Men


1950: Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac
1951: Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen
1952: Gary Cooper, High Noon
1953: William Holden, Stalag 17
1954: Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront
1955: Ernest Borgnine, Marty
1956: Yul Brynner, The King and I
1957: Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Quai
1958: David Niven, Separate Tables
1959: Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur


1960: Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry
1961: Maximilian Schell, Judgment at Nuremberg
1962: Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird
1963: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field
1964: Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady
1965: Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou
1966: Scofield, Paul, A Man for All Seasons
1967: Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night
1968: Cliff Robertson, Charley
1969: John Wayne, True Grit


1970: George C. Scott, Patton
1971: Gene Hackman, The French Connection
1972: Marlon Brando, The Godfather
1973: Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger
1974: Art Carney, Art, Harry and Tonto
1975: Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
1976: Peter Finch, Network
1977: Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl
1978: Jon Voight, Coming Home
1979: Dustin Hoffman, Kramer Vs. Kramer


1980: Robert De Niro, Raging Bull
1981: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond
1982: Ben Kingsley, Gandhi
1983: Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies
1984: F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
1985: William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman
1986: Paul Newman, The Color of Money
1987: Michael Douglas, Wall Street
1988: Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
1989: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot


1990: Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune
1991: Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lamb
1992: Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman
1993: Tom Hanks, Philadelphia
1994: Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump
1995: Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas
1996: Geoffrey Rush, Shine
1997: Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets
1998: Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful
1999: Spacey, Kevin, American Beauty


2000: Russell Crowe, Gladiator
2001: Denzel Washington, Training Day
2002: Adrien Brody, The Pianist
2003: Sean Penn, Mystic River
2004: Jamie Foxx, Ray
2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
2006: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

2007: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

2008: Sean Penn, Milk

2009: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart


2010: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

2011: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

2012: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln