Academy Award for Best Actor

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Academy Award for Best Actor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presents the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor annually. Since its inception at the 1st Academy Awards, this accolade has honored actors who have delivered exceptional performances in leading roles in films released within the year. Traditionally, the award is bestowed by the previous year’s Best Actress winner.

With 95 presentations to date, 85 remarkable actors have been recognized. The inaugural recipient was German actor Emil Jannings, acclaimed for his roles in “The Last Command” (1928) and “The Way of All Flesh” (1927). Brendan Fraser recently joined the esteemed list as the latest recipient for his performance in “The Whale,” marking him as the first Canadian actor to achieve this honor. Notably, Italian actor Roberto Benigni secured the first non-English language win with “Life Is Beautiful” (1997).

Daniel Day-Lewis holds the record with three wins, while nine others have been awarded twice. Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier share the record for most nominations, each garnering nine. James Dean remains the sole actor to posthumously receive multiple nominations for this award. In a unique twist, the 5th Academy Awards saw Fredric March and Wallace Beery tie, resulting in a dual win, a singular occurrence in this category.

The eligibility period for consideration spans the preceding calendar year, from January 1 to December 31, aligning with the timing of the ceremonies since the 7th ceremony in 1935. However, in the early years, the eligibility period varied, initially covering twelve months from August 1 to July 31, then shifting to August 1, 1932, to December 31, 1933, for the 6th ceremony in 1934.

Academy Award for Best Actor

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


First Awarded

Recent Winner

Most Awards


Most Nominations

 United States


Brendan Fraser

Daniel Day-Lewis (3)

Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy (9)


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

Emil Jannings was the inaugural winner, for two films_ The Last Command (1928) & The Way of All Flesh (1927)
Emil Jannings was the inaugural winner, for two films_ The Last Command (1928) & The Way of All Flesh (1927)

Nominations Process

Currently, nominees within the actors branch of AMPAS are determined using the single transferable vote system, while winners are chosen through a plurality vote by all eligible members of the Academy.

In the initial three years of the awards, actors and actresses were nominated for their outstanding performances without regard to specific roles, with all their eligible work listed. However, at the 3rd Academy Awards in 1930, only one film per winner was acknowledged, regardless of their multiple eligible performances. The present system, where actors are nominated for specific performances in individual films, was established at the 4th Academy Awards. From the 9th Academy Awards in 1937 onward, the category has been restricted to a maximum of five nominations annually.

Winners and Nominees

The table lists years according to Academy tradition, typically corresponding to the year of film release in Los Angeles County; ceremonies always occur the subsequent year. Initially, eligibility spanned twelve months from August 1 to July 31 for the first five ceremonies. However, for the 6th ceremony in 1934, eligibility extended from August 1, 1932, to December 31, 1933. From the 7th ceremony in 1935 onwards, eligibility covered the entire previous calendar year, from January 1 to December 31.

Winners and Nominees Table

Emil JanningsGrand Duke Sergius AlexanderThe Last Command 
August SchillingThe Way of All Flesh
Richard BarthelmessNickie ElkinsThe Noose
Patent Leather KidThe Patent Leather Kid
Charlie Chaplin[B]The TrampThe Circus 
Warner BaxterThe Cisco KidIn Old Arizona 
George BancroftThunderbolt Jim LangThunderbolt
Chester MorrisChick WilliamsAlibi
Paul MuniJames DykeThe Valiant
Lewis StoneCount PahlenThe Patriot
George ArlissBenjamin DisraeliDisraeli 
George ArlissThe RajaThe Green Goddess
Wallace BeeryButch “Machine Gun” SchmidtThe Big House
Maurice Chevalier Pierre MirandeThe Big Pond
Count Alfred RenardThe Love Parade
Ronald Colman Capt. Hugh “Bulldog” DrummondBulldog Drummond
Lawrence TibbettYegorThe Rogue Song
Lionel BarrymoreStephen AsheA Free Soul 
Jackie CooperSkippy SkinnerSkippy
Richard DixYancey CravatCimarron
Fredric MarchTony CavendishThe Royal Family of Broadway
Adolphe MenjouWalter BurnsThe Front Page
Wallace Beery(Tie) Andy “Champ” PurcellThe Champ 
Fredric March(Tie) Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Alfred LuntThe ActorThe Guardsman
Charles LaughtonKing Henry VIIIThe Private Life of Henry VIII 
Leslie HowardPeter StandishBerkeley Square
Paul MuniJames AllenI Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Clark GablePeter WarneIt Happened One Night 
Frank MorganAlessandro, Duke of FlorenceThe Affairs of Cellini
William PowellNick CharlesThe Thin Man
Victor McLaglenGypo NolanThe Informer 
Clark GableLt. Fletcher ChristianMutiny on the Bounty
Charles LaughtonCaptain William Bligh
Franchot ToneMidshipman Roger Byam
Paul Muni (Write-in)Joe RadekBlack Fury
Paul MuniLouis PasteurThe Story of Louis Pasteur 
Gary CooperLongfellow DeedsMr. Deeds Goes to Town
Walter HustonSam DodsworthDodsworth
William PowellGodfrey ParkMy Man Godfrey
Spencer TracyFather Tim MullinSan Francisco
Spencer TracyManuel FidelloCaptains Courageous 
Charles BoyerEmperor Napoleon BonaparteConquest
Fredric MarchNorman MaineA Star Is Born
Robert MontgomeryDannyNight Must Fall
Paul MuniÉmile ZolaThe Life of Emile Zola
Spencer TracyFather Edward FlanaganBoys Town 
Charles BoyerPepe le MokoAlgiers
James CagneyRocky SullivanAngels with Dirty Faces
Robert DonatDr. Andrew MansonThe Citadel
Leslie HowardProfessor Henry HigginsPygmalion
Robert DonatCharles Edward ChippingGoodbye, Mr. Chips 
Clark GableRhett ButlerGone with the Wind
Laurence OlivierHeathcliffWuthering Heights
Mickey RooneyMickey MoranBabes in Arms
James StewartJefferson SmithMr. Smith Goes to Washington
James StewartMacaulay “Mike” ConnorThe Philadelphia Story 
Charlie ChaplinAdenoid Hynkel & The BarberThe Great Dictator
Henry FondaTom JoadThe Grapes of Wrath
Raymond MasseyAbraham LincolnAbe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence OlivierMaximilian “Maxim” de WinterRebecca
Gary CooperSgt. Alvin YorkSergeant York 
Cary GrantRoger AdamsPenny Serenade
Walter HustonMr. ScratchThe Devil and Daniel Webster
Robert MontgomeryJoe PendletonHere Comes Mr. Jordan
Orson WellesCharles Foster KaneCitizen Kane
James CagneyGeorge M. CohanYankee Doodle Dandy 
Ronald ColmanCharles RainierRandom Harvest
Gary CooperLou GehrigThe Pride of the Yankees
Walter PidgeonClem MiniverMrs. Miniver
Monty WoolleyHowardThe Pied Piper
Paul LukasKurt MullerWatch on the Rhine 
Humphrey BogartRick BlaineCasablanca
Gary CooperRobert JordanFor Whom the Bell Tolls
Walter PidgeonPierre CurieMadame Curie
Mickey RooneyHomer MacauleyThe Human Comedy
Bing CrosbyFather Chuck O’MalleyGoing My Way 
Charles BoyerGregory AntonGaslight
Barry Fitzgerald Father FitzgibbonGoing My Way
Cary GrantErnie MottNone but the Lonely Heart
Alexander KnoxWoodrow WilsonWilson
Ray MillandDon BirnamThe Lost Weekend 
Bing CrosbyFather Chuck O’MalleyThe Bells of St. Mary’s
Gene KellyJoseph BradyAnchors Aweigh
Gregory PeckFather FrancisThe Keys of the Kingdom
Cornel WildeFrédéric ChopinA Song to Remember
Fredric MarchPlatoon Sergeant Al StephensonThe Best Years of Our Lives 
Laurence OlivierKing Henry V of EnglandHenry V
Larry ParksAl JolsonThe Jolson Story
Gregory PeckEzra “Penny” BaxterThe Yearling
James StewartGeorge BaileyIt’s a Wonderful Life
Ronald ColmanAnthony JohnA Double Life 
John GarfieldCharlie DavisBody and Soul
Gregory PeckPhilip Schuyler GreenGentleman’s Agreement
William PowellClarence Day Sr.Life with Father
Michael RedgraveOrin MannonMourning Becomes Electra
Laurence OlivierHamlet, Prince of DenmarkHamlet 
Lew AyresDr. Robert RichardsonJohnny Belinda
Montgomery CliftRalph “Steve” StevensonThe Search
Dan Dailey“Skid” JohnsonWhen My Baby Smiles at Me
Clifton WebbLynn Aloysius BelvedereSitting Pretty
Broderick CrawfordWillie StarkAll the King’s Men 
Kirk DouglasMichael “Midge” KellyChampion
Gregory PeckBrig. General Frank SavageTwelve O’Clock High
Richard ToddCpl. Lachlan “Lachie” MacLachlanThe Hasty Heart
John WayneSergeant John M. StrykerSands of Iwo Jima
José FerrerCyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac 
Louis CalhernOliver Wendell Holmes Jr.The Magnificent Yankee
William HoldenJoe GillisSunset Boulevard
James StewartElwood P. DowdHarvey
Spencer TracyStanley T. BanksFather of the Bride
Humphrey BogartCharlie AllnutThe African Queen 
Marlon BrandoStanley KowalskiA Streetcar Named Desire
Montgomery CliftGeorge EastmanA Place in the Sun
Arthur KennedyLarry NevinsBright Victory
Fredric MarchWilly LomanDeath of a Salesman
Gary CooperMarshal Will KaneHigh Noon 
Marlon BrandoEmiliano ZapataViva Zapata!
Kirk DouglasJonathan ShieldsThe Bad and the Beautiful
José FerrerHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec & Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-LautrecMoulin Rouge
Alec GuinnessHenry HollandThe Lavender Hill Mob
William HoldenSgt. J.J. SeftonStalag 17 
Marlon BrandoMark AntonyJulius Caesar
Richard BurtonMarcellus GallioThe Robe
Montgomery CliftPvt. Robert E. Lee “Prew” PrewittFrom Here to Eternity
Burt Lancaster1st Sgt. Milton Warden
Marlon BrandoTerry MalloyOn the Waterfront 
Humphrey BogartLt. Cmdr. Philip Francis QueegThe Caine Mutiny
Bing CrosbyFrank ElginThe Country Girl
James MasonNorman MaineA Star Is Born
Dan O’HerlihyRobinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe
Ernest BorgnineMarty PilettiMarty 
James CagneyMartin SnyderLove Me or Leave Me
James DeanCal TraskEast of Eden
Frank SinatraFrankie MachineThe Man with the Golden Arm
Spencer TracyJohn J. MacreedyBad Day at Black Rock
Yul BrynnerKing Mongkut of SiamThe King and I 
James DeanJett RinkGiant
Kirk DouglasVincent van GoghLust for Life
Rock HudsonJordan “Bick” Benedict Jr.Giant
Laurence OlivierKing Richard IIIRichard III
Alec GuinnessColonel NicholsonThe Bridge on the River Kwai 
Marlon BrandoMajor Lloyd “Ace” Gruver, USAFSayonara
Anthony FranciosaPolo PopeA Hatful of Rain
Charles LaughtonSir Wilfrid RobartsWitness for the Prosecution
Anthony QuinnGinoWild Is the Wind
David NivenMajor Angus PollockSeparate Tables 
Tony CurtisJohn “Joker” JacksonThe Defiant Ones
Paul NewmanBrick PollittCat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sidney PoitierNoah CullenThe Defiant Ones
Spencer TracyThe Old ManThe Old Man and the Sea
Charlton HestonJudah Ben-HurBen-Hur 
Laurence HarveyJoe LamptonRoom at the Top
Jack LemmonJerry / DaphneSome Like It Hot
Paul MuniDr. Sam AbelmanThe Last Angry Man
James StewartPaul BieglerAnatomy of a Murder
Burt LancasterElmer GantryElmer Gantry 
Trevor HowardWalter MorelSons and Lovers
Jack LemmonC. C. “Bud” BaxterThe Apartment
Laurence OlivierArchie RiceThe Entertainer
Spencer TracyHenry DrummondInherit the Wind
Maximilian SchellHans RolfeJudgment at Nuremberg 
Charles BoyerCesarFanny
Paul Newman“Fast” Eddie FelsonThe Hustler
Spencer TracyChief Judge Dan HaywoodJudgment at Nuremberg
Stuart WhitmanJim FullerThe Mark
Gregory PeckAtticus FinchTo Kill a Mockingbird 
Burt LancasterRobert StroudBirdman of Alcatraz
Jack LemmonJoe ClayDays of Wine and Roses
Marcello MastroianniFerdinando CefalùDivorce Italian Style
Peter O’TooleThomas Edward LawrenceLawrence of Arabia
Sidney PoitierHomer SmithLilies of the Field 
Albert FinneyTom JonesTom Jones
Richard HarrisFrank MachinThis Sporting Life
Rex HarrisonJulius CaesarCleopatra
Paul NewmanHud BannonHud
Rex HarrisonProfessor Henry HigginsMy Fair Lady 
Richard BurtonThomas BecketBecket
Peter O’TooleKing Henry II
Anthony QuinnAlexis ZorbaZorba the Greek
Peter SellersGroup Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lee MarvinKid Shelleen & Tim StrawnCat Ballou 
Richard BurtonAlec LeamasThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Laurence OlivierOthelloOthello
Rod SteigerSol NazermanThe Pawnbroker
Oskar WernerWillie SchumannShip of Fools
Paul ScofieldSir Thomas MoreA Man for All Seasons 
Alan ArkinLt. RozanovThe Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Richard BurtonGeorgeWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael CaineAlfie ElkinsAlfie
Steve McQueenJake HolmanThe Sand Pebbles
Rod SteigerBill GillespieIn the Heat of the Night 
Warren BeattyClyde BarrowBonnie and Clyde
Dustin HoffmanBenjamin BraddockThe Graduate
Paul NewmanLucas “Luke” JacksonCool Hand Luke
Spencer TracyMatt DraytonGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Cliff RobertsonCharly GordonCharly 
Alan ArkinJohn SingerThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan BatesYakov BokThe Fixer
Ron MoodyFaginOliver!
Peter O’TooleKing Henry IIThe Lion in Winter
John WayneReuben “Rooster” CogburnTrue Grit 
Richard BurtonKing Henry VIIIAnne of the Thousand Days
Dustin HoffmanEnrico Salvatore “Ratso” RizzoMidnight Cowboy
Peter O’TooleArthur ChippingGoodbye, Mr. Chips
Jon VoightJoe BuckMidnight Cowboy
George C. Scott §General George S. Patton Jr.Patton 
Melvyn DouglasTom GarrisonI Never Sang for My Father
James Earl JonesJack JeffersonThe Great White Hope
Jack NicholsonRobert Eroica DupeaFive Easy Pieces
Ryan O’NealOliver Barrett IVLove Story
Gene HackmanJimmy “Popeye” DoyleThe French Connection 
Peter FinchDr. Daniel HirshSunday Bloody Sunday
Walter MatthauJoseph P. KotcherKotch
George C. ScottDr. Herbert BockThe Hospital
TopolTevyeFiddler on the Roof
Marlon Brando §Vito CorleoneThe Godfather 
Michael CaineMilo TindleSleuth
Laurence OlivierAndrew Wyke
Peter O’TooleJack Gurney, 14th Earl of GurneyThe Ruling Class
Paul WinfieldNathan Lee MorganSounder
Jack LemmonHarry StonerSave the Tiger 
Marlon BrandoPaulLast Tango in Paris
Jack NicholsonSignalman 1st Class Billy L. “Badass” BudduskyThe Last Detail
Al PacinoFrank SerpicoSerpico
Robert RedfordJohnny “Kelly” HookerThe Sting
Art CarneyHarry CoombesHarry and Tonto 
Albert FinneyHercule PoirotMurder on the Orient Express
Dustin HoffmanLenny BruceLenny
Jack NicholsonJ. J. “Jake” GittesChinatown
Al PacinoMichael CorleoneThe Godfather Part II
Jack NicholsonRandle Patrick McMurphyOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
Walter MatthauWilly ClarkThe Sunshine Boys
Al PacinoSonny WortzikDog Day Afternoon
Maximilian SchellArthur GoldmanThe Man in the Glass Booth
James WhitmoreHarry S. TrumanGive ’em Hell, Harry!
Peter FinchHoward BealeNetwork 
Robert De NiroTravis BickleTaxi Driver
Giancarlo GianniniPasqualino FrafusoSeven Beauties
William HoldenMax SchumacherNetwork
Sylvester StalloneRocky BalboaRocky
Richard DreyfussElliot GarfieldThe Goodbye Girl 
Woody AllenAlvy SingerAnnie Hall
Richard BurtonMartin DysartEquus
Marcello MastroianniGabrieleA Special Day
John TravoltaTony ManeroSaturday Night Fever
Jon VoightLuke MartinComing Home 
Warren BeattyJoe Pendleton / Leo Farnsworth / Tom JarrettHeaven Can Wait
Gary BuseyBuddy HollyThe Buddy Holly Story
Robert De NiroMichael VronskyThe Deer Hunter
Laurence OlivierEzra LiebermanThe Boys from Brazil
Dustin HoffmanTed KramerKramer vs. Kramer 
Jack LemmonJack GodellThe China Syndrome
Al PacinoArthur Kirkland…And Justice for All
Roy ScheiderJoe GideonAll That Jazz
Peter SellersChance the gardener / Chauncey GardinerBeing There
Robert De NiroJake LaMottaRaging Bull 
Robert DuvallLt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” MeechumThe Great Santini
John HurtJohn MerrickThe Elephant Man
Jack LemmonScottie TempletonTribute
Peter O’TooleEli CrossThe Stunt Man
Henry FondaNorman Thayer Jr.On Golden Pond 
Warren BeattyJohn “Jack” ReedReds
Burt LancasterLou PascalAtlantic City
Dudley MooreArthur BachArthur
Paul NewmanMichael GallagherAbsence of Malice
Ben KingsleyMahatma GandhiGandhi 
Dustin HoffmanMichael Dorsey / Dorothy MichaelsTootsie
Jack LemmonEdmund HormanMissing
Paul NewmanFrank GalvinThe Verdict
Peter O’TooleAlan SwannMy Favorite Year
Robert DuvallMac SledgeTender Mercies 
Michael CaineDr. Frank BryantEducating Rita
Tom ContiGowan McGlandReuben, Reuben
Tom CourtenayNormanThe Dresser
Albert FinneySir
F. Murray AbrahamAntonio SalieriAmadeus 
Jeff BridgesScott Hayden / StarmanStarman
Albert FinneyGeoffrey FirminUnder the Volcano
Tom HulceWolfgang Amadeus MozartAmadeus
Sam WaterstonSydney SchanbergThe Killing Fields
William HurtLuis MolinaKiss of the Spider Woman 
Harrison FordJohn BookWitness
James GarnerMurphy JonesMurphy’s Romance
Jack NicholsonCharley PartannaPrizzi’s Honor
Jon VoightOscar “Manny” ManheimRunaway Train
Paul Newman“Fast” Eddie FelsonThe Color of Money 
Dexter GordonDale TurnerRound Midnight
Bob HoskinsGeorgeMona Lisa
William HurtJames LeedsChildren of a Lesser God
James WoodsRichard BoyleSalvador
Michael DouglasGordon GekkoWall Street 
William HurtTom GrunickBroadcast News
Marcello MastroianniRomano PatroniDark Eyes
Jack NicholsonFrancis PhelanIronweed
Robin WilliamsAdrian CronauerGood Morning, Vietnam
Dustin HoffmanRaymond BabbittRain Man 
Gene HackmanRupert AndersonMississippi Burning
Tom HanksJosh BaskinBig
Edward James OlmosJaime EscalanteStand and Deliver
Max von SydowLassefar “Lasse” KarlssonPelle the Conqueror
Daniel Day-LewisChristy BrownMy Left Foot 
Kenneth BranaghKing Henry VHenry V
Tom CruiseRon KovicBorn on the Fourth of July
Morgan FreemanHoke ColburnDriving Miss Daisy
Robin WilliamsJohn KeatingDead Poets Society
Jeremy IronsClaus von BülowReversal of Fortune 
Kevin CostnerLt. John J. DunbarDances with Wolves
Robert De NiroLeonard LoweAwakenings
Gérard DepardieuCyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris“Bull” McCabeThe Field
Anthony HopkinsDr. Hannibal LecterThe Silence of the Lambs 
Warren BeattyBenjamin “Bugsy” SiegelBugsy
Robert De NiroMax CadyCape Fear
Nick NolteTom WingoThe Prince of Tides
Robin WilliamsHenry “Parry” SaganThe Fisher King
Al PacinoLt. Col. Frank SladeScent of a Woman 
Robert Downey Jr.Charlie ChaplinChaplin
Clint EastwoodWill MunnyUnforgiven
Stephen ReaFergusThe Crying Game
Denzel WashingtonMalcolm Little / Malcolm XMalcolm X
Tom HanksAndrew BeckettPhiladelphia 
Daniel Day-LewisGerard “Gerry” ConlonIn the Name of the Father
Laurence FishburneIke TurnerWhat’s Love Got to Do with It
Anthony HopkinsJames StevensThe Remains of the Day
Liam NeesonOskar SchindlerSchindler’s List
Tom HanksForrest GumpForrest Gump 
Morgan FreemanEllis Boyd “Red” ReddingThe Shawshank Redemption
Nigel HawthorneKing George IIIThe Madness of King George
Paul NewmanDonald “Sully” SullivanNobody’s Fool
John TravoltaVincent VegaPulp Fiction
Nicolas CageBen SandersonLeaving Las Vegas 
Richard DreyfussGlenn HollandMr. Holland’s Opus
Anthony HopkinsRichard NixonNixon
Sean PennMatthew PonceletDead Man Walking
Massimo TroisiMario RuoppoloIl Postino: The Postman
Geoffrey RushDavid HelfgottShine 
Tom CruiseJerry MaguireJerry Maguire
Ralph FiennesCount László de AlmásyThe English Patient
Woody HarrelsonLarry FlyntThe People vs. Larry Flynt
Billy Bob ThorntonKarl ChildersSling Blade
Jack NicholsonMelvin UdallAs Good as It Gets 
Matt DamonWill HuntingGood Will Hunting
Robert DuvallEuliss “Sonny” Dewey / The Apostle E. F.The Apostle
Peter FondaUlysses “Ulee” JacksonUlee’s Gold
Dustin HoffmanStanley MotssWag the Dog
Roberto BenigniGuido OreficeLife Is Beautiful 
Tom HanksCaptain John H. MillerSaving Private Ryan
Ian McKellenJames WhaleGods and Monsters
Nick NolteWade WhitehouseAffliction
Edward NortonDerek VinyardAmerican History X
Kevin SpaceyLester BurnhamAmerican Beauty 
Russell CroweJeffrey WigandThe Insider
Richard FarnsworthAlvin StraightThe Straight Story
Sean PennEmmet RaySweet and Lowdown
Denzel WashingtonRubin “The Hurricane” CarterThe Hurricane
Russell CroweMaximus Decimus MeridiusGladiator 
Javier BardemReinaldo ArenasBefore Night Falls
Tom HanksChuck NolandCast Away
Ed HarrisJackson PollockPollock
Geoffrey RushMarquis de SadeQuills
Denzel WashingtonDetective Alonzo HarrisTraining Day 
Russell CroweJohn Forbes Nash Jr.A Beautiful Mind
Sean PennSam DawsonI Am Sam
Will SmithCassius Clay / Muhammad AliAli
Tom WilkinsonDr. Matt FowlerIn the Bedroom
Adrien BrodyWładysław SzpilmanThe Pianist 
Nicolas CageCharlie Kaufman & Donald KaufmanAdaptation.
Michael CaineThomas FowlerThe Quiet American
Daniel Day-LewisWilliam “Bill the Butcher” CuttingGangs of New York
Jack NicholsonWarren R. SchmidtAbout Schmidt
Sean PennJimmy MarkumMystic River 
Johnny DeppCaptain Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ben KingsleyCol. Massoud Amir BehraniHouse of Sand and Fog
Jude LawW. P. InmanCold Mountain
Bill MurrayBob HarrisLost in Translation
Jamie FoxxRay CharlesRay 
Don CheadlePaul RusesabaginaHotel Rwanda
Johnny DeppSir James Matthew BarrieFinding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprioHoward HughesThe Aviator
Clint EastwoodFrankie DunnMillion Dollar Baby
Philip Seymour HoffmanTruman CapoteCapote 
Terrence HowardDJayHustle & Flow
Heath LedgerEnnis Del MarBrokeback Mountain
Joaquin PhoenixJohnny CashWalk the Line
David StrathairnEdward R. MurrowGood Night, and Good Luck.
Forest WhitakerIdi AminThe Last King of Scotland 
Leonardo DiCaprioDanny ArcherBlood Diamond
Ryan GoslingDan DunneHalf Nelson
Peter O’TooleMaurice RussellVenus
Will SmithChris GardnerThe Pursuit of Happyness
Daniel Day-LewisDaniel PlainviewThere Will Be Blood 
George ClooneyMichael ClaytonMichael Clayton
Johnny DeppSweeney Todd / Benjamin BarkerSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee JonesHank DeerfieldIn the Valley of Elah
Viggo MortensenNikolai LuzhinEastern Promises
Sean PennHarvey MilkMilk 
Richard JenkinsWalter ValeThe Visitor
Frank LangellaRichard NixonFrost/Nixon
Brad PittBenjamin ButtonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey RourkeRandy “The Ram” RobinsonThe Wrestler
Jeff BridgesOtis “Bad” BlakeCrazy Heart 
George ClooneyRyan BinghamUp in the Air
Colin FirthGeorge FalconerA Single Man
Morgan FreemanNelson MandelaInvictus
Jeremy RennerSFC William JamesThe Hurt Locker
Colin FirthKing George VIThe King’s Speech 
Javier BardemUxbalBiutiful
Jeff BridgesReuben “Rooster” CogburnTrue Grit
Jesse EisenbergMark ZuckerbergThe Social Network
James FrancoAron Ralston127 Hours
Jean DujardinGeorge ValentinThe Artist 
Demián BichirCarlos GalindoA Better Life
George ClooneyMatt KingThe Descendants
Gary OldmanGeorge SmileyTinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad PittBilly BeaneMoneyball
Daniel Day-LewisAbraham LincolnLincoln 
Bradley CooperPatrizio “Pat” Solitano Jr.Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh JackmanJean ValjeanLes Misérables
Joaquin PhoenixFreddie QuellThe Master
Denzel WashingtonWilliam “Whip” WhitakerFlight
Matthew McConaugheyRon WoodroofDallas Buyers Club 
Christian BaleIrving RosenfeldAmerican Hustle
Bruce DernWoodrow “Woody” GrantNebraska
Leonardo DiCaprioJordan BelfortThe Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel EjioforSolomon Northup12 Years a Slave
Eddie RedmayneStephen HawkingThe Theory of Everything 
Steve CarellJohn du PontFoxcatcher
Bradley CooperChris KyleAmerican Sniper
Benedict CumberbatchAlan TuringThe Imitation Game
Michael KeatonRiggan ThomsonBirdman
Leonardo DiCaprioHugh GlassThe Revenant 
Bryan CranstonDalton TrumboTrumbo
Matt DamonMark WatneyThe Martian
Michael FassbenderSteve JobsSteve Jobs
Eddie RedmayneEinar Wegener / Lili ElbeThe Danish Girl
Casey AffleckLee ChandlerManchester by the Sea 
Andrew GarfieldDesmond DossHacksaw Ridge
Ryan GoslingSebastian WilderLa La Land
Viggo MortensenBen CashCaptain Fantastic
Denzel WashingtonTroy MaxsonFences
Gary OldmanWinston ChurchillDarkest Hour 
Timothée ChalametElio PerlmanCall Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-LewisReynolds WoodcockPhantom Thread
Daniel KaluuyaChris WashingtonGet Out
Denzel WashingtonRoman J. IsraelRoman J. Israel, Esq.
Rami MalekFreddie MercuryBohemian Rhapsody 
Christian BaleDick CheneyVice
Bradley CooperJackson MaineA Star Is Born
Willem DafoeVincent van GoghAt Eternity’s Gate
Viggo MortensenAnthony “Tony Lip” VallelongaGreen Book
Joaquin PhoenixArthur Fleck / JokerJoker 
Antonio BanderasSalvador MalloPain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprioRick DaltonOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam DriverCharlie BarberMarriage Story
Jonathan PryceCardinal Jorge Mario BergoglioThe Two Popes
Anthony Hopkins AnthonyThe Father 
Riz AhmedRuben StoneSound of Metal
Chadwick BosemanLevee GreenMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
Gary OldmanHerman J. MankiewiczMank
Steven YeunJacob YiMinari
Will Smith Richard WilliamsKing Richard 
Javier BardemDesi ArnazBeing the Ricardos
Benedict CumberbatchPhil BurbankThe Power of the Dog
Andrew GarfieldJonathan LarsonTick, Tick… Boom!
Denzel WashingtonLord MacbethThe Tragedy of Macbeth
Brendan Fraser CharlieThe Whale 
Austin ButlerElvis PresleyElvis
Colin FarrellPádraic SúilleabháinThe Banshees of Inisherin
Paul MescalCalum PatersonAftersun
Bill NighyRodney WilliamsLiving
Bradley CooperLeonard BernsteinMaestro 
Colman DomingoBayard RustinRustin
Paul GiamattiPaul HunhamThe Holdovers
Cillian MurphyJ. Robert OppenheimerOppenheimer
Jeffrey WrightThelonious “Monk” EllisonAmerican Fiction

Multiple Awards and Nominations

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
Anthony Hopkins 4

Age Superlatives

Oldest WinnerAnthony HopkinsThe Father202083
Oldest Nominee
Youngest WinnerAdrien BrodyThe Pianist200229
Youngest NomineeJackie CooperSkippy19319

Films with multiple Leading Actor nominations

Winners are in bold.

  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) – Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone
  • Going My Way (1944) – Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald
  • From Here to Eternity (1953) – Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster
  • Giant (1956) – James Dean and Rock Hudson
  • The Defiant Ones (1958) – Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) – Maximilian Schell and Spencer Tracy
  • Becket (1964) – Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight
  • Sleuth (1972) – Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier
  • Network (1976) – Peter Finch and William Holden
  • The Dresser (1983) – Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney
  • Amadeus (1984) – F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce
9Laurence Olivier
Spencer Tracy
8Paul Newman
Jack Nicholson
Peter O’Toole
7Marlon Brando
Dustin Hoffman
Jack Lemmon
Denzel Washington
6Richard Burton
Daniel Day-Lewis
5Gary Cooper
Robert De Niro
Leonardo DiCaprio
Tom Hanks
Fredric March
Paul Muni
Al Pacino
Gregory Peck
Sean Penn
James Stewart
4Warren Beatty
Charles Boyer
Michael Caine
Bradley Cooper
Albert Finney
Anthony Hopkins
Burt Lancaster
3Javier Bardem
Humphrey Bogart
Jeff Bridges
James Cagney
Montgomery Clift
George Clooney
Ronald Colman
Bing Crosby
Russell Crowe
Johnny Depp
Kirk Douglas
Robert Duvall
Morgan Freeman
Clark Gable
William Holden
William Hurt
Charles Laughton
Marcello Mastroianni
Viggo Mortensen
Gary Oldman
Joaquin Phoenix
William Powell
Will Smith
Jon Voight
Robin Williams

Multiple character nominations

The following actors were nominated for their portrayals of the same character in different films (including variations of the original).

  • Cyrano de Bergerac from Cyrano de Bergerac (José Ferrer, 1950) & Cyrano de Bergerac (Gérard Depardieu, 1990)
  • Eddie “Fast Eddie” Felson from The Hustler (Paul Newman, 1961) & The Color of Money (Paul Newman, 1986)
  • Father Chuck O’Malley from Going My Way (Bing Crosby, 1944) & The Bells of St. Mary’s (Bing Crosby, 1945)
  • Joe Pendleton from Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Robert Montgomery, 1941) & Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty, 1978)
  • King Henry II from Becket (Peter O’Toole, 1964) & The Lion in Winter (Peter O’Toole, 1968)
  • King Henry V from Henry V (Laurence Olivier, 1946) & Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989)
  • King Henry VIII from The Private Life of Henry VIII (Charles Laughton, 1933) & Anne of the Thousand Days (Richard Burton, 1969)
  • Mr. Chipping from Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Robert Donat, 1939) & Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Peter O’Toole, 1969)
  • Norman Maine (né Hinkle/né Ernest (Sidney) Gubbins) from A Star Is Born (Fredric March, 1937) & A Star Is Born (James Mason, 1954)
  • Jackson “Jack” Maine from A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, 2018)
  • President Abraham Lincoln from Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Raymond Massey, 1940) & Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, 2012)
  • President Richard Nixon from Nixon (Anthony Hopkins, 1995) & Frost/Nixon (Frank Langella, 2008)
  • Professor Henry Higgins from Pygmalion (Leslie Howard, 1938) & My Fair Lady (Rex Harrison, 1964)
  • Rooster Cogburn from True Grit (John Wayne, 1969) & True Grit (Jeff Bridges, 2010)
  • Vincent van Gogh from Lust for Life (Kirk Douglas, 1956) & At Eternity’s Gate (Willem Dafoe, 2018)


Who got 3 Oscars for best actor?

Three Oscars for Best Actor is an exclusive club with very few members. Among them, Daniel Day-Lewis stands out as the most celebrated, having won the prestigious award for his roles in “My Left Foot” (1989), “There Will Be Blood” (2007), and “Lincoln” (2012). His method acting and dedication to his roles have set him apart in the film industry, making him a true legend.

Who has received 52 Oscar nominations?

Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations with a staggering 59 nominations. This figure includes his work across various categories, not just Best Actor or Best Picture, showcasing his versatility and enduring impact on the film and animation industry.

Which actor has the most nominations for best actor?

Jack Nicholson, an iconic figure in Hollywood, holds the record for the most nominations for Best Actor, with a total of 12 nominations. His remarkable range and depth have made him a favorite among audiences and critics alike.

Who has won best actor the last 10 years?

The list of Best Actor winners over the last decade is a showcase of talent and versatility, featuring stars like Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker” (2019), Anthony Hopkins for “The Father” (2020), and others. Each year brings a new talent to the forefront, highlighting the evolving landscape of cinema.

Who has 26 Oscars?

Walt Disney, the pioneer of animation, holds the record with 26 Academy Awards. His creative genius and innovation have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment, making him the most awarded individual in the history of the Oscars.

Who won best actor twice?

Several actors have won the Best Actor Oscar twice, including Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), and Dustin Hoffman for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979) and “Rain Man” (1988). Their performances have become iconic, showcasing their incredible talent and versatility.

Who has 59 Oscar nominations?

Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations, with an impressive total of 59. His contributions to animation and film have made him the most nominated individual in the history of the Academy Awards.

Which actor was nominated 7 times for Oscar?

Richard Burton, the distinguished Welsh actor, was nominated seven times for an Oscar. Despite his numerous nominations, he never took home the award, making him one of the most nominated actors never to win.

Who has the most Oscar wins?

Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar wins, with a total of 26 awards. His legacy in animation and film is unmatched, making him the most celebrated individual in the Oscars’ history.

What actor is a 9-time Oscar nominee?

Spencer Tracy was a 9-time Oscar nominee, recognized for his powerful performances and natural acting style. His career spanned over three decades, earning him a place among Hollywood’s elite.

Which female actress has the most Oscars?

Katharine Hepburn has won the most Oscars for Best Actress, a total of four awards. Her performances have captivated audiences for generations, making her a true icon of the silver screen.

Who is the most nominated actor without an Oscar?

Peter O’Toole holds the record for the most Oscar nominations without a win, with a total of 8 nominations for Best Actor. Despite this, his legendary performances have left a lasting impact on cinema.

Who is the best actor in the world?

Determining the best actor in the world is subjective and varies depending on personal preferences, genres, and eras. Actors like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Meryl Streep have been frequently cited for their exceptional skills and contributions to the film industry.

Which country has the best actors?

The question of which country has the best actors is subjective and depends on personal tastes and the specific criteria used for judgment. The United States, United Kingdom, India, and France are just a few countries known for producing world-class talent in the acting sphere.

Who is the youngest actor of the year winner?

Adrien Brody became the youngest actor to win the Best Actor Oscar at the age of 29 for his role in “The Pianist” (2002). His performance in the film was both powerful and moving, earning him critical acclaim.

Who is the youngest person to win 2 Oscars?

Jodie Foster is one of the youngest people to win two Oscars, securing her second win at the age of 29 for “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Her first win was for “The Accused” (1988), showcasing her remarkable talent from an early age.

Who got 36 Oscar Awards?

No individual or entity has won 36 Oscar Awards. Walt Disney holds the record with 26 Oscar wins, the highest number of Academy Awards won by any single individual.

Who won 8 Academy Awards?

The movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003) swept the Oscars with 11 wins, but no individual has won 8 Academy Awards in a single night. The record for the most Oscars won by an individual in their career is held by Walt Disney, with 26.

Who won best actor 2 years in a row?

Tom Hanks won the Best Actor Oscar two years in a row: first for “Philadelphia” in 1994 and then for “Forrest Gump” in 1995. His performances in both films were widely acclaimed, marking a significant achievement in his career.

Who will win best actor Oscar 2024?

Predicting the winner of the Best Actor Oscar for 2024 would be speculative. The Oscars celebrate the best in film from the previous year, and predictions are often based on performances in critically acclaimed films.

Who has the most Golden Globes?

Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Golden Globe nominations and has won several times, showcasing her versatility and talent across a wide range of roles and genres.

Is Akshay Kumar nominated for Oscar?

As of my last update, Akshay Kumar has not been nominated for an Oscar. The Bollywood superstar is known for his roles in action, comedy, and drama, but the Oscars typically recognize films and performances within the American film industry or international feature films.

Who is the youngest Oscar nominee?

Tatum O’Neal is the youngest ever Oscar winner, having won Best Supporting Actress at age 10 for her role in “Paper Moon” (1973). As for nominees, Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Best Actress at the age of 9 for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012), making her the youngest nominee in a leading category.

Who is the youngest best Oscar nominee?

Quvenzhané Wallis, at the age of 9, was the youngest nominee for the Best Actress category for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012).

Who won an Oscar for 5 minutes in 1977?

Beatrice Straight won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Network” (1976), where she appeared on screen for just under 5 minutes. It’s one of the shortest performances ever to win an Academy Award.

Who has 64 nominations and 26 awards?

No individual or entity has 64 nominations and 26 awards in the context of the Oscars. Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar wins with 26, and he also has the most nominations at 59.

Who is the only actor to win 4 Oscars?

Katharine Hepburn is the only actor to have won four Oscars, all for Best Actress. Her wins were for “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). Her remarkable career and talent have made her a legendary figure in Hollywood.


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