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2010s

2018 (91st)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

2017 (90th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

2016 (89th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

2015 (88th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

2014 (87th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

2013 (86th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

2012 (85th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

2011 (84th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Demián Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

2010 (83rd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

2000s

2009 (82nd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

2008 (81st)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

2007 (80th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

2006 (79th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

2005 (78th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix – Walk the Line
David Strathairn – Good Night, and Good Luck.

2004 (77th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda
Johnny Depp – Finding Neverland
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Aviator
Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby
Jamie Foxx – Ray

2003 (76th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ben Kingsley – House of Sand and Fog
Jude Law – Cold Mountain
Bill Murray – Lost in Translation
Sean Penn – Mystic River

2002 (75th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Adrien Brody – The Pianist
Nicolas Cage – Adaptation
Michael Caine – The Quiet American
Daniel Day-Lewis – Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson – About Schmidt

2001 (74th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Russell Crowe – A Beautiful Mind
Sean Penn – I Am Sam
Will Smith – Ali
Denzel Washington – Training Day
Tom Wilkinson – In the Bedroom

2000 (73rd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Javier Bardem – Before Night Falls
Russell Crowe – Gladiator
Tom Hanks – Cast Away
Ed Harris – Pollock
Geoffrey Rush – Quills

1990s

1999 (72nd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Russell Crowe – The Insider
Richard Farnsworth – The Straight Story
Sean Penn – Sweet and Lowdown
Kevin Spacey – American Beauty
Denzel Washington – The Hurricane

1998 (71st)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Roberto Benigni – Life Is Beautiful
Tom Hanks – Saving Private Ryan
Ian McKellen – Gods and Monsters
Nick Nolte – Affliction
Edward Norton – American History X

1997 (70th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Matt Damon – Good Will Hunting
Robert Duvall – The Apostle
Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold
Dustin Hoffman – Wag the Dog
Jack Nicholson – As Good as It Gets

1996 (69th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Tom Cruise – Jerry Maguire
Ralph Fiennes – The English Patient
Woody Harrelson – The People vs. Larry Flynt
Geoffrey Rush – Shine
Billy Bob Thornton – Sling Blade

1995 (68th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Nicolas Cage – Leaving Las Vegas
Richard Dreyfuss – Mr. Holland’s Opus
Anthony Hopkins – Nixon
Sean Penn – Dead Man Walking
Massimo Troisi – The Postman (Il Postino)

1994 (67th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption
Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
Nigel Hawthorne – The Madness of King George
Paul Newman – Nobody’s Fool
John Travolta – Pulp Fiction

1993 (66th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Daniel Day-Lewis – In the Name of the Father
Laurence Fishburne – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Tom Hanks – Philadelphia
Anthony Hopkins – The Remains of the Day
Liam Neeson – Schindler’s List

1992 (65th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Robert Downey Jr. – Chaplin
Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven
Al Pacino – Scent of a Woman
Stephen Rea – The Crying Game
Denzel Washington – Malcolm X

1991 (64th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Warren Beatty – Bugsy
Robert De Niro – Cape Fear
Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs
Nick Nolte – The Prince of Tides
Robin Williams – The Fisher King

1990 (63rd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Kevin Costner – Dances With Wolves
Robert De Niro – Awakenings
Gerard Depardieu – Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris – The Field
Jeremy Irons – Reversal of Fortune

1980s

1989 (62nd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Kenneth Branagh – Henry V
Tom Cruise – Born on the Fourth of July
Daniel Day Lewis – My Left Foot
Morgan Freeman – Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams – Dead Poets Society

1988 (61st)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Gene Hackman – Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks – Big
Dustin Hoffman – Rain Man
Edward James Olmos – Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow – Pelle the Conqueror

1987 (60th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Michael Douglas – Wall Street
William Hurt – Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni – Dark Eyes
Jack Nicholson – Ironweed
Robin Williams – Good Morning, Vietnam

1986 (59th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Dexter Gordon – ‘Round Midnight
Bob Hoskins – Mona Lisa
William Hurt – Children of a Lesser God
Paul Newman – The Color of Money
James Woods – Salvador

1985 (58th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Harrison Ford – Witness
James Garner – Murphy’s Romance
William Hurt – Kiss of the Spider Woman
Jack Nicholson – Prizzi’s Honor
Jon Voight – Runaway Train

1984 (57th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

F. Murray Abraham – Amadeus
Jeff Bridges – Starman
Albert Finney – Under the Volcano
Tom Hulce – Amadeus
Sam Waterston – The Killing Fields

1983 (56th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Michael Caine – Educating Rita
Tom Conti – Reuben, Reuben
Tom Courtenay – The Dresser
Robert Duvall – Tender Mercies
Albert Finney – The Dresser

1982 (55th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Dustin Hoffman – Tootsie
Ben Kingsley – Gandhi
Jack Lemmon – Missing
Paul Newman – The Verdict
Peter O’Toole – My Favorite Year

1981 (54th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Warren Beatty – Reds
Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond
Burt Lancaster – Atlantic City
Dudley Moore – Arthur
Paul Newman – Absence of Malice

1980 (53rd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
Robert Duvall – The Great Santini
John Hurt – The Elephant Man
Jack Lemmon – Tribute
Peter O’Toole – The Stunt Man

1970s

1979 (52nd)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Dustin Hoffman – Kramer vs. Kramer
Jack Lemmon – The China Syndrome
Al Pacino – …And Justice for All
Roy Scheider – All That Jazz
Peter Sellers – Being There

1978 (51st)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Warren Beatty – Heaven Can Wait
Gary Busey – The Buddy Holly Story
Robert De Niro – The Deer Hunter
Laurence Olivier – The Boys from Brazil
Jon Voight – Coming Home

1977 (50th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Woody Allen – Annie Hall
Richard Burton – Equus
Richard Dreyfuss – The Goodbye Girl
Marcello Mastroianni – A Special Day
John Travolta – Saturday Night Fever

1976 (49th)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Robert De Niro – Taxi Driver
Peter Finch – Network
Giancarlo Giannini – Seven Beauties
William Holden – Network
Sylvester Stallone – Rocky

1975 (48th)

ACTOR

Walter Matthau – The Sunshine Boys
Jack Nicholson – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Al Pacino – Dog Day Afternoon
Maximilian Schell – The Man in the Glass Booth
James Whitmore – Give ’em Hell, Harry!

1974 (47th)

ACTOR

Art Carney – Harry and Tonto
Albert Finney – Murder on the Orient Express
Dustin Hoffman – Lenny
Jack Nicholson – Chinatown
Al Pacino – The Godfather Part II

1973 (46th)

ACTOR

Marlon Brando – Last Tango in Paris
Jack Lemmon – Save the Tiger
Jack Nicholson – The Last Detail
Al Pacino – Serpico
Robert Redford – The Sting

1972 (45th)

ACTOR

Marlon Brando – The Godfather [10]
Michael Caine – Sleuth
Laurence Olivier – Sleuth
Peter O’Toole – The Ruling Class
Paul Winfield – Sounder

1971 (44th)

ACTOR

Peter Finch – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Gene Hackman – The French Connection
Walter Matthau – Kotch
George C. Scott – The Hospital
Topol – Fiddler on the Roof

1970 (43rd)

ACTOR

Melvyn Douglas – I Never Sang for My Father
James Earl Jones – The Great White Hope
Jack Nicholson – Five Easy Pieces
Ryan O’Neal – Love Story
George C. Scott – Patton [9]

1960s

1969 (42nd)

ACTOR

Richard Burton – Anne of the Thousand Days
Dustin Hoffman – Midnight Cowboy
Peter O’Toole – Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Jon Voight – Midnight Cowboy
John Wayne – True Grit

1968 (41st)

ACTOR

Alan Arkin – The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan Bates – The Fixer
Ron Moody – Oliver!
Peter O’Toole – The Lion in Winter
Cliff Robertson – Charly

1967 (40th)

ACTOR

Warren Beatty – Bonnie and Clyde
Dustin Hoffman – The Graduate
Paul Newman – Cool Hand Luke
Rod Steiger – In the Heat of the Night
Spencer Tracy – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1966 (39th)

ACTOR

Alan Arkin – The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming
Richard Burton – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael Caine – Alfie
Steve McQueen – The Sand Pebbles
Paul Scofield – A Man for All Seasons

1965 (38th)

ACTOR

Richard Burton – The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Lee Marvin – Cat Ballou
Laurence Olivier – Othello
Rod Steiger – The Pawnbroker
Oskar Werner – Ship of Fools

1964 (37th)

ACTOR

Richard Burton – Becket
Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
Peter O’Toole – Becket
Anthony Quinn – Zorba the Greek
Peter Sellers – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1963 (36th)

ACTOR

Albert Finney – Tom Jones
Richard Harris – This Sporting Life
Rex Harrison – Cleopatra
Paul Newman – Hud
Sidney Poitier – Lilies of the Field

1962 (35th)

ACTOR

Burt Lancaster – Birdman of Alcatraz
Jack Lemmon – Days of Wine and Roses
Marcello Mastroianni – Divorce–Italian Style
Peter O’Toole – Lawrence of Arabia
Gregory Peck – To Kill a Mockingbird

1961 (34th)

ACTOR

Charles Boyer – Fanny
Paul Newman – The Hustler
Maximilian Schell – Judgment at Nuremberg
Spencer Tracy – Judgment at Nuremberg
Stuart Whitman – The Mark

1960 (33rd)

ACTOR

Trevor Howard – Sons and Lovers
Burt Lancaster – Elmer Gantry
Jack Lemmon – The Apartment
Laurence Olivier – The Entertainer
Spencer Tracy – Inherit the Wind

1950s

1959 (32nd)

ACTOR

Laurence Harvey – Room at the Top
Charlton Heston – Ben-Hur
Jack Lemmon – Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni – The Last Angry Man
James Stewart – Anatomy of a Murder

1958 (31st)

ACTOR

Tony Curtis – The Defiant Ones
Paul Newman – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
David Niven – Separate Tables
Sidney Poitier – The Defiant Ones
Spencer Tracy – The Old Man and the Sea

1957 (30th)

ACTOR

Marlon Brando – Sayonara
Anthony Franciosa – A Hatful of Rain
Alec Guinness – The Bridge on the River Kwai
Charles Laughton – Witness for the Prosecution
Anthony Quinn – Wild Is the Wind

1956 (29th)

ACTOR

Yul Brynner – The King and I
James Dean – Giant
Kirk Douglas – Lust for Life
Rock Hudson – Giant
Sir Laurence Olivier – Richard III

1955 (28th)

ACTOR

Ernest Borgnine – Marty
James Cagney – Love Me or Leave Me
James Dean – East of Eden
Frank Sinatra – The Man with the Golden Arm
Spencer Tracy – Bad Day at Black Rock

1954 (27th)

ACTOR

Humphrey Bogart – The Caine Mutiny
Marlon Brando – On the Waterfront
Bing Crosby – The Country Girl
James Mason – A Star Is Born
Dan O’Herlihy – Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

1953 (26th)

ACTOR

Marlon Brando – Julius Caesar
Richard Burton – The Robe
Montgomery Clift – From Here to Eternity
William Holden – Stalag 17
Burt Lancaster – From Here to Eternity

1952 (25th)

ACTOR

Marlon Brando – Viva Zapata!
Gary Cooper – High Noon
Kirk Douglas – The Bad and the Beautiful
José Ferrer – Moulin Rouge
Alec Guinness – The Lavender Hill Mob

1951 (24th)

ACTOR

Humphrey Bogart – The African Queen
Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire
Montgomery Clift – A Place in the Sun
Arthur Kennedy – Bright Victory
Fredric March – Death of a Salesman

1950 (23rd)

ACTOR

Louis Calhern – The Magnificent Yankee
José Ferrer – Cyrano de Bergerac
William Holden – Sunset Blvd.
James Stewart – Harvey
Spencer Tracy – Father of the Bride

1940s

1949 (22nd)

ACTOR

Broderick Crawford – All the King’s Men
Kirk Douglas – Champion
Gregory Peck – Twelve O’Clock High
Richard Todd – The Hasty Heart
John Wayne – Sands of Iwo Jima

1948 (21st)

ACTOR

Lew Ayres – Johnny Belinda
Montgomery Clift – The Search
Dan Dailey – When My Baby Smiles at Me
Laurence Olivier – Hamlet
Clifton Webb – Sitting Pretty

1947 (20th)

ACTOR

Ronald Colman – A Double Life
John Garfield – Body and Soul
Gregory Peck – Gentleman’s Agreement
William Powell – Life with Father
Michael Redgrave – Mourning Becomes Electra

1946 (19th)

ACTOR

Fredric March – The Best Years of Our Lives
Laurence Olivier – Henry V
Larry Parks – The Jolson Story
Gregory Peck – The Yearling
James Stewart – It’s a Wonderful Life

1945 (18th)

ACTOR

Bing Crosby – The Bells of St. Mary’s
Gene Kelly – Anchors Aweigh
Ray Milland – The Lost Weekend
Gregory Peck – The Keys of the Kingdom
Cornel Wilde – A Song to Remember

1944 (17th)

ACTOR

Charles Boyer – Gaslight
Bing Crosby – Going My Way
Barry Fitzgerald – Going My Way
Cary Grant – None but the Lonely Heart
Alexander Knox – Wilson

1943 (16th)

ACTOR

Humphrey Bogart – Casablanca
Gary Cooper – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Paul Lukas – Watch on the Rhine
Walter Pidgeon – Madame Curie
Mickey Rooney – The Human Comedy

1942 (15th)

ACTOR

James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ronald Colman – Random Harvest
Gary Cooper – The Pride of the Yankees
Walter Pidgeon – Mrs. Miniver
Monty Woolley – The Pied Piper

1941 (14th)

ACTOR

Gary Cooper – Sergeant York
Cary Grant – Penny Serenade
Walter Huston – All That Money Can Buy
Robert Montgomery – Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Orson Welles – Citizen Kane

1940 (13th)

ACTOR

Charles Chaplin – The Great Dictator
Henry Fonda – The Grapes of Wrath
Raymond Massey – Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Laurence Olivier – Rebecca
James Stewart – The Philadelphia Story

1930s

1939 (12th)

ACTOR

Robert Donat – Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Clark Gable – Gone with the Wind
Laurence Olivier – Wuthering Heights
Mickey Rooney – Babes in Arms
James Stewart – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1938 (11th)

ACTOR

Charles Boyer – Algiers
James Cagney – Angels with Dirty Faces
Robert Donat – The Citadel
Leslie Howard – Pygmalion
Spencer Tracy – Boys Town

1937 (10th)

ACTOR

Charles Boyer – Conquest
Fredric March – A Star Is Born
Robert Montgomery – Night Must Fall
Paul Muni – The Life of Emile Zola
Spencer Tracy – Captains Courageous

1936 (9th)

ACTOR

Gary Cooper – Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Walter Huston – Dodsworth
Paul Muni – The Story of Louis Pasteur
William Powell – My Man Godfrey
Spencer Tracy – San Francisco

1935 (8th)

ACTOR

Clark Gable – Mutiny on the Bounty
Charles Laughton – Mutiny on the Bounty [7]
Victor McLaglen – The Informer
Paul Muni – Black Fury [6,8]
Franchot Tone – Mutiny on the Bounty

1934 (7th)

ACTOR

Clark Gable – It Happened One Night
Frank Morgan – The Affairs of Cellini [6]
William Powell – The Thin Man [7]

1932/33 (6th)

ACTOR

Leslie Howard – Berkeley Square [7]
Charles Laughton – The Private Life of Henry VIII
Paul Muni – I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [6]

1931/32 (5th)

ACTOR

Wallace Beery – The Champ [4]
Alfred Lunt – The Guardsman
Fredric March – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [5]

1930/31 (4th)

ACTOR

Lionel Barrymore – A Free Soul
Jackie Cooper – Skippy
Richard Dix – Cimarron
Fredric March – The Royal Family of Broadway
Adolphe Menjou – The Front Page

1929/30 (3rd)

ACTOR

George Arliss – Disraeli [3]
George Arliss – The Green Goddess [3]
Wallace Beery – The Big House
Maurice Chevalier – The Big Pond; The Love Parade
Ronald Colman – Bulldog Drummond; Condemned
Lawrence Tibbett – The Rogue Song

1920s

1928/29 (2nd)

ACTOR

George Bancroft – Thunderbolt [2]
Warner Baxter – In Old Arizona [1]
Chester Morris – Alibi [2]
Paul Muni – The Valiant [2]
Lewis Stone – The Patriot [2]

1927/28 (1st)

ACTOR

Richard Barthelmess – The Noose; The Patent Leather Kid
Emil Jannings – The Last Command; The Way of All Flesh

ACADEMY NOTES

  1. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. There were no announcements of nominations, no certificates of nomination or honorable mention, and only the winners (*) were revealed during the awards banquet on April 3, 1930.]
  2. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. There were no announcements of nominations, no certificates of nomination or honorable mention, and only the winners (*) were revealed during the awards banquet on April 3, 1930. Though not official nominations, the additional names in each category, according to in-house records, were under consideration by the various boards of judges.]
  3. [NOTE: As allowed by the award rules for this year, a single nomination could honor work in one or more films. Though the final awards ballot listed both Disraeli and The Green Goddess in his nomination, the award was announced for only the Disraeli performance. It has never been established as to why this was, but it possibly could have been because the original report from the Acting Branch Board of Judges only listed the Disraeli performance in the results of the nominations voting, or it could have been because on some of the final ballots, the voters had indicated the Disraeli performance over the other.]
  4. [NOTE: A tie. Mr. Beery had one vote less than Fredric March (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and rules at the time stated that if any achievement came within three votes of the First Award, it would be considered a tie.]
  5. [NOTE: A tie. Wallace Beery (The Champ) had one vote less than Mr. March, and rules at the time stated that if any achievement came within three votes of the First Award, it would be considered a tie.]
  6. [came in 2nd]
  7. [came in 3rd]
  8. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. Write-in candidate.]
  9. [NOTE: Mr. Scott refused the award.]
  10. [NOTE: Mr. Brando refused the award.]

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