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Best Actor Oscar Winners

Best Actor Oscar Winners All-Time List – 2019 Academy Awards

On 25 February 2019 the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, for films made during 2018, were presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The best actor Oscar winners Academy Award is one of the most prestigious of all the Oscar awards so competition is fierce. Every year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presents the prestigious Academy Awards to Oscar winners at venues near Hollywood in California, USA. Since 1935, the awards have been presented for films released in the preceding year.

Top Best Actor Oscar Winners & Oscar Trivia Facts

7 Best Actor Oscar Winners Trivia Facts

  1. Most Best Actor Wins: Daniel Day-Lewis currently holds this with 3 Best Actor Oscars for My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012.
  2. Most Nominated Best Actor: Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy are tied with 9 nominations each.
  3. Oldest Best Actor Winner: Henry Fonda, aged 76, for his leading role as Norman Thayer Junior in On Golden Pond in 1981.
  4. First Actor to Turn Down an Oscar: George C Scott turned down his best actor Oscar winners award, describing the ceremony as a “demeaning, two hour meat parade“. He was followed two years later by Marlon Brando who turned down his best actor Oscar winners award as part of a protest again Hollywood’s portrayal of native Americans in movies.
  5. Youngest Best Actor winner: Adrien Brody, aged 29, for his lead role in The Pianist in 2002.
  6. First Best Actor Posthumous Winner: Peter Finch for his role as Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network.
  7. Shortest Best Actor Oscar Winning Performance: David Niven, who appeared for just 15 minutes, 38 seconds in the 1958 film, Separate Tables.

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Academy Awards CeremonyBest Actor Oscar WinnersCountryFor his leading role in:Role / CharacterOscar TriviaBornDiedFilm Year
1st Academy Awards 16 May 1929Emil JanningsGermany.The Way Of All Flesh / The Last CommandAugust Schiller / Grand Duke Sergius AlexanderThe first and only time actors were eligible for more than one film made in a calendar year.188419501927/8
2nd Academy Awards 3 April 1930Warner BaxterUSA.In Old ArizonaThe Cisco Kid188919511928/9
3rd Academy Awards 5 Nov 1930George ArlissEngland.DisraeliBenjamin Disraeli186819461929/30
4th Academy Awards 10 Nov 1931Lionel BarrymoreUSA.A Free SoulStephen Ashe187819541930/1
5th Academy Awards 18 Nov 1932*Wallace BeeryUSA.The ChampChampThe first and last time two best actor Oscar winners were awarded.188519491931/2*
5th Academy Awards 18 Nov 1932*Frederic MarchUSA.Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeDr Henry Jekyll / Mr Edward HydeThe first and last time two best actor Oscar winners were awarded.189719751931/2*
6th Academy Awards 16 Mar 1934Charles LaugthonEngland, USA.The Private Life Of Henry VIIIHenry VIII189919621932/3
7th Academy Awards 27 Feb 1935Clark GableUSA.It Happened One NightPeter Warne190119601934
8th Academy Awards 5 Mar 1936Victor McLaglenEngland, USA.The Informer“Gypo” Nolan188619591935
9th Academy Awards 4 Mar 1937Paul MuniUkraine, USA.The Story of Louis PasteurLouis Pasteur189519671936
10th Academy Awards 10 Mar 1938Spencer TracyUSA.Captains CourageousManuel Fidello190019671937
11th Academy Awards 23 Feb 1939Spencer TracyUSA.Boys TownFather FlanaganSpencer Tracy was the first to win consecutive best actor Oscar winners. He was joined by Tom Hanks in 1995 in the 67th academy awards.190019671938
12th Academy Awards 29 Feb 1940Robert DonatEngland.Goodbye, Mr ChipsMr Chips190519581939
13th Academy Awards 27 Feb 1941James StewartUSA.The Philadelphia StoryMacaulay “Mike” Connor190819871940
14th Academy Awards 26 Feb 1942Gary CooperUSA.Sergeant YorkSergeant Alvin C. York190119611941
15th Academy Awards 4 Mar 1943James CagneyUSA.Yankee Doodle DandyGeorge M. Cohan189119861942
16th Academy Awards 2 Mar 1944Paul LukasHungary, USA.Watch On The RhineKurt MullerPaul Lukas is the first and only Hungarian to join the best actor Oscar winners list.189519711943
17th Academy Awards 15 Mar 1945Bing CrosbyUSA.Going My WayFather Chuck O’Malley190319771944
18th Academy Awards 7 Mar 1946Ray MillandWales.The Lost WeekendDon BirnamRay Milland was the first of two Welsh best actor Oscar winners. See also Sir Anthony Hopkins.190719861945
19th Academy Awards 17 Mar 1947Fredric MarchUSA.The Best Years Of Our LivesPlatoon Sergeant Al Stephenson189719751946
20th Academy Awards 20 Mar 1948Ronald ColmanEngland.A Double LifeAnthony John189119581947
21st Academy Awards 24 Mar 1949Laurence Olivier, SirEngland.HamletHamlet190719891948
22nd Academy Awards 23 Mar 1950Broderick CrawfordUSA.All The King’s MenWillie Stark191119861949
23rd Academy Awards 29 Mar 1951José FerrerPuerto Rico, USA.Cyrano De BergeracCyrano De Bergerac191219921950
24th Academy Awards 20 Mar 1952Humphrey BogartUSA.African QueenCharlie AllnutHumphrey Bogart was the last man born in the 19th century to join the list of best actor Oscar winners.189919571951
25th Academy Awards 19 Mar 1953Gary CooperUSA.High NoonWill Kane190119611952
26th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1954William HoldenUSA.Stalag 17J. J. SeftonWilliam Holden’s best actor Oscar winners acceptance speech was one of the shortest ever: “Thank You”191819811953
27th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1955Marlon BrandoUSA.On The WaterfrontTerry MalloyMarlon Brando finally joined the best actor Oscar winners list after consecutive nominations the previous four years.192420041954
28th Academy Awards 21 Mar 1956Ernest BorgnineUSA.MartyMarty Piletti191720121955
29th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1957Yul BrynnerRussia, USA.The King And IKing Mongkut of Siam192019851956
30th Academy Awards 26 Mar 1958Alec Guinness, SirEngland.Bridge On The River KwaiLieutenant Colonel Nicholson191420001957
31st Academy Awards 6 Apr 1959David NivenEngland.Separate TablesMajor David Angus PollockThe only host in Oscar history to win an academy award at the same ceremony. Shortest on-screen time of all the best actor Oscar winners performances at 15 minutes, 38 seconds.191019831958
32nd Academy Awards 4 Apr 1960Charlton HestonUSA.Ben HurJudah Ben-Hur192320081959
33rd Academy Awards 17 Apr 1961Burt LancasterUSA.Elmer GantryElmer Gantry1901319941960
34th Academy Awards 9 Apr 1962Maximilian SchellAustria.Judgment At NurembergHans Rolfe193020141961
35th Academy Awards 8 Apr 1963Gregory PeckUSA.To Kill A MockingbirdAtticus Finch191620031962
36th Academy Awards 13 Apr 1964Sidney PoitierUSA.Lilies Of The FieldHomer SmithSidney Poitier was the first of four black best actor Oscar winners along with Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.19271963
37th Academy Awards 5 Apr 1965Rex Harrison, SirEngland, USA.My Fair LadyProfessor Henry Higgins190819901964
38th Academy Awards 18 Apr 1966Lee MarvinUSA.Cat BallouKid Shelleen / Tim Strawn192419871965
39th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1967Paul ScofieldEngland.A Man For All SeasonsSir Thomas More192220081966
40th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1968Rod SteigerUSA.In The Heat Of The NightPolice Chief Bill Gillespie192520021967
41st Academy Awards 14 Apr 1969Cliff RobertsonUSA.CharlyCharlie Gordon192320111968
42nd Academy Awards 7 Apr 1970John WayneUSA.True GritRooster Cogburn190719791969
43rd Academy Awards 15 Apr 1971George C. ScottUSA.PattonGeneral George S. Patton ()One of two best actor Oscar winners to decline the award, see also Marlon Brando.192719991970
44th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1972Gene HackmanUSA.French ConnectionDetective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle19301971
45th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1973Marlon BrandoUSA.GodfatherVito Corleone192420041972
46th Academy Awards 2 Apr 1974Jack LemmonUSA.Save The TigerHarry Stoner192520011973
47th Academy Awards 8 Apr 1975Art CarneyUSA.Harry And TontoHarry Coombes191820031974
48th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1976Jack NicholsonUSA.One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestRandle Patrick McMurphy19371975
49th Academy Awards 28 Mar 1977Peter FinchEngland, Australia, USA.NetworkHoward Beale191619771976
50th Academy Awards 3 Apr 1978Richard DreyfussUSA.The Goodbye GirlElliot Garfield19471977
51st Academy Awards 9 Apr 1979Jon VoightUSA.Coming HomeLuke Martin19381978
52nd Academy Awards 14 Apr 1980Dustin HoffmanUSA.Kramer Vs. KramerTed Kramer19371979
53rd Academy Awards 31 Mar 1981Robert De NiroUSA.Raging BullJake LaMotta19431980
54th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1982Henry FondaUSA.On Golden PondNorman Thayer Jr.190519821981
55th Academy Awards 11 Apr 1983Ben KingsleyEngland.GandhiMahatma Gandhi19431982
56th Academy Awards 9 Apr 1984Robert DuvallUSA.Tender MerciesMac Sledge19311983
57th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1985F. Murray AbrahamUSA.AmadeusAntonio Salieri19391984
58th Academy Awards 24 Mar 1986William HurtUSA.Kiss Of The Spider WomanLuis Molina19501985
59th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1987Paul NewmanUSA.The Color Of Money“Fast Eddie” Felson192520081986
60th Academy Awards 11 Apr 1988Michael DouglasUSA.Wall StreetGordon Gekko19441987
61st Academy Awards 29 Mar 1989Dustin HoffmanUSA.Rain ManRaymond Babbit19371988
62nd Academy Awards 26 Mar 1990Daniel Day-LewisEngland.My Left FootChristy BrownDaniel Day-Lewis currently tops the best actor Oscar winners list with three wins: My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012.19571989
63rd Academy Awards 25 Mar 1991Jeremy IronsEngland.Reversal Of FortuneClaus von Bülow19481990
64th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1992Anthony Hopkins, SirWales.The Silence Of The LambsDr. Hannibal LecterAnthony Hopkins is the second of two Welsh best actor Oscar winners. See also Ray Milland.19371991
65th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1993Al PacinoUSA.Scent Of A WomanLieutenant Colonel Frank Slade19401992
66th Academy Awards 21 Mar 1994Tom HanksUSA.PhiladelphiaAndrew Beckett19561993
67th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1995Tom HanksUSA.Forrest GumpForrest GumpTom Hanks joined Spencer Tracy as one of only two consecutive best actor Oscar winners.19561994
68th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1996Nicolas CageUSA.Leaving Las VegasBen Sanderson19641995
69th Academy Awards 24 Mar 1997Geoffrey RushAustralia.ShineDavid Helfgott19511996
70th Academy Awards 23 Mar 1998Jack NicholsonUSA.As Good As It GetsMelvin Udall19371997
71st Academy Awards 21 Mar 1999Roberto BenigniItaly.Life is BeautifulGuido Orefice19521998
72nd Academy Awards 26 Mar 2000Kevin SpaceyUSA.American BeautyLester Burnham19591999
73rd Academy Awards 25 Mar 2001Russell CroweNew Zealand.GladiatorGeneral Maximus Decimus Meridius19642000
74th Academy Awards 24 Mar 2002Denzel WashingtonUSA.Training DayAlonzo HarrisDenzel Washington was the second of four black best actor Oscar winners along with Sidney Poitier, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.19542001
75th Academy Awards 23 Mar 2003Adrien BrodyUSA.The PianistWładysław Szpilman19732002
76th Academy Awards 29 Feb 2004Sean PennUSA.Mystic RiverJimmy Markum19602003
77th Academy Awards 27 Feb 2005Jamie FoxxUSA.RayRay CharlesJamie Foxx was the third of four black best actor Oscar winners along with Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.19672004
78th Academy Awards 5 Mar 2006Philip Seymour HoffmanUSA.CapoteTruman Capote196720142005
79th Academy Awards 25 Feb 2007Forest WhitakerUSA.The Last King Of ScotlandIdi AminForest Whitaker was the last of four black best actor Oscar winners along with Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx.19612006
80th Academy Awards 24 Feb 2008Daniel Day-LewisEngland.There Will Be BloodDaniel PlainviewDaniel Day-Lewis currently tops the best actor Oscar winners list with three wins: My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012.19572007
81st Academy Awards 22 Feb 2009Sean PennUSA.MilkHarvey Milk19602008
82nd Academy Awards 7 Mar 2010Jeff BridgesUSA.Crazy HeartOtis “Bad” Blake19492009
83th Academy Awards 27 Feb 2011Colin FirthEngland.The King’s SpeechKing George VI19602010
84th Academy Awards 26 Feb 2012Jean DujardinFrance.The ArtistGeorge Valentin19722011
85th Academy Awards 24 Feb 2013Daniel Day-LewisEngland.LincolnAbraham LincolnDaniel Day-Lewis currently tops the best actor Oscar winners list with three wins: My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012.19572012
86th Academy Awards 2 Mar 2014Matthew McConaugheyUSA.Dallas Buyers ClubRon Woodroof19692013
87th Academy Awards 22 Feb 2015Eddie RedmayneEngland.The Theory of EverythingStephen Hawking19822014
88th Academy Awards 28 Feb 2016Leonardo DiCaprioUSA.The RevenantHugh Glass19742015
89th Academy Awards 26 Feb 2017Casey AffleckUSA.Manchester by the SeaLee Chandler19752016
90th Academy Awards 4 Mar 2018Gary OldmanEngland.Darkest HourWinston Churchill19582017
91st Academy Awards 25 Feb 2019Rami MalekUSA.Bohemian RhapsodyFreddie Mercury19812018

* Although Frederic March gained one more vote than Wallace Beery, rules at the time declared this a tie. Today only exactly the same number of votes results in a tie. Important! ADDucation is neither endorsed nor affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscar® and Academy Awards® and Oscar® design mark are the trademarks and service marks and the Oscar© statuette the copyrighted property, of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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