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Academy Award Winners: Best Actor

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John Wayne, Maurice Chevalier, Anthony Quinn and Jerry Wald during 1958 Academy Awards rehearsals
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Best Actor

The Academy Awards is one of the most celebrated awards in the US.  Millions of viewers from around the world watch and cheer for their favorites.

The award for Best Actor is given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses and the winners are chosen by the entire Academy membership. 

Here is a list of Oscar winners in the Best Actor category.  For a list of the Best Picture, Actor and Actress categories combined, click on the following; Academy Award Winners: Best Picture, Actor, and Actress - Part 1 (1927 - 1949) , Part 2 (1950 - 1979), and Part 3 (1980 - 2009) .

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town trailer
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Academy Award - Best Actor

Academy Award Winners: Best Actor

2010
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
2009      
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
2008
Sean Penn (Milk)
2007      
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
2006      
Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
2005      
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
2004      
Jamie Foxx (Ray)
2003      
Sean Penn (Mystic River)
2002      
Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
2001      
Denzel Washington (Training Day)
2000
Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
1999      
Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)
1998      
Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
1997      
Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)
1996      
Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
1995      
Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)
1994      
Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)
1993      
Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
1992      
Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)
1991      
Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
1990      
Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune)                        
1989      
Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
1988      
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
1987      
Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
1986      
Paul Newman (The Color of Money)
1985      
William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
1984      
F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
1983      
Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
1982      
Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
1981      
Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
1980      
Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
1979      
Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
1978      
Jon Voight (Coming Home)
1977      
Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
1976      
Peter Finch (Network)
1975      
Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
1974      
Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)
1973      
Jack Lemmon (Save the Tiger)
1972      
Marlon Brando (The Godfather) (Award not accepted)
1971      
Gene Hackman (The French Connection)
1970      
George C. Scott (Patton) (Award not accepted)
1969      
John Wayne (True Grit)
1968      
Cliff Robertson (Charly)
1967      
Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night)
1966      
Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons)
1965      
Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou)
1964      
Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
1963      
Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)
1962      
Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
1961      
Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremburg)
1960      
Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry)
1959      
Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)
1958      
David Niven (Separate Tables)
1957      
Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
1956      
Yul Brynner (The King and I)
1955      
Ernest Borgnine (Marty)
1954      
Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)
1953      
William Holden (Stalag 17)
1952      
Gary Cooper (High Noon)
1951  
Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)
1950      
José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac)
1949      
Broderick Crawford (All the King’s Men)
1948      
Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)
1947     
Ronald Colman (A Double Life)
1946      
Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives)
1945      
Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend)
1944      
Bing Crosby (Going My Way)
1943   
Paul Lukas (Watch on the Rhine)
1942      
James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
1941      
Gary Cooper (Sergeant York)
1940      
James Steward (The Philadelphia Story)
1939      
Robert Donat (Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
1938      
Spencer Tracy (Boys Town)
1937      
Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous)     
1936      
Paul Muni (The Story of Louis Pasteur) 
1935      
Victor McLaglen (The Informer)               
1934      
Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)
1932/33
Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII)            
1931/32
Fredric March (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)                                               
 1930/31
Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul)
1929/30
George Arliss (Disraeli)               
1928/29
Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona)
1927/28
Emil Jannings (The Last Command)

The Reagans with Bill and Ardis Holden

The Reagans with Bill and Ardis Holden 1952
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Best Picture and Best Actress

To see a list of the best picture or actress categories, click on the following:

Academy Award Winners: Best Picture

Academy Award Winners: Best Actress

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Feb 23, 2011 9:31am
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Great article for reference purposes- thank you for this one!
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