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BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


The lead actors ... the award given to the lead performance by a male actor who demonstrated the best qualities of film acting that year. The actor who embodied a film and created a memorable character, remembered long after the film was over. These were the Academy's choices for Best Leading Actor ...

And the Oscar went to...

1927 / 28 : Emil Jannings in "THE LAST COMMAND" and "THE WAY OF ALL FLESH"

1928 / 29 : Warner Baxter in "IN OLD ARIZONA"

1929/30 : George Arliss in "DISRAELI"

1930 / 31 : Lionel Barrymore in "A FREE SOUL"

1931 / 32 : (tie) Wallace Beery in "THE CHAMP" and Fredric March in "DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE"

1932 / 33 : Charles Laughton in "THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII"

1934 : Clark Gable in "IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT"

1935 : Victor McLaglen in "THE INFORMER"

1936 : Paul Muni in "THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR"

1937 : Spencer Tracy in "CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS"

1938 : Spencer Tracy in "BOYS TOWN"

1939 : Robert Donat in "GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS"

1940 : James Stewart in "THE PHILADELPHIA STORY"

1941 : Gary Cooper in "SERGEANT YORK"

1942 : James Cagney in "YANKEE DOODLE DANDY"

1943 : Paul Lukas in "WATCH ON THE RHINE"

1944 : Bing Crosby in "GOING MY WAY"

1945 : Ray Milland in "THE LOST WEEKEND"

1946 : Fredric March in "THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES"

1947 : Ronald Colman in "A DOUBLE LIFE"

1948 : Laurence Olivier in "HAMLET"

1949 : Broderick Crawford in "ALL THE KING'S MEN"

1950 : Jose Ferrer in "CYRANO DE BERGERAC"

1951 : Humphrey Bogart in "THE AFRICAN QUEEN"

1952 : Gary Cooper in "HIGH NOON"

1953 : William Holden in "STALAG 17"

1954 : Marlon Brando in "ON THE WATERFRONT"

1955 : Ernest Borgnine in "MARTY"

1956 : Yul Brynner in "THE KING AND I"

1957 : Alec Guinness in "THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI"

1958 : David Niven in "SEPARATE TABLES"

1959 : Charlton Heston in "BEN-HUR"

1960 : Burt Lancaster in "ELMER GANTRY"

1961 : Maxmilian Schell in "JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG"

1962 : Gregory Peck in "TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD"

1963 : Sidney Poitier in "LILIES OF THE FIELD"

1964 : Rex Harrison in "MY FAIR LADY"

1965 : Lee Marvin in "CAT BALLOU"

1966 : Paul Scofield in "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS"

1967 : Rod Steiger in "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT"

1968 : Cliff Robertson in "CHARLY"

1969 : John Wayne in "TRUE GRIT"

1970 : George C. Scott in "PATTON"

1971 : Gene Hackman in "THE FRENCH CONNECTION"

1972 : Marlon Brando in "THE GODFATHER"

1973 : Jack Lemmon in "SAVE THE TIGER"

1974 : Art Carney in "HARRY AND TONTO"

1975 : Jack Nicholson in "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST"

1976 : Peter Finch in "NETWORK"

1977 : Richard Dreyfuss in "THE GOODBYE GIRL"

1978 : Jon Voight in "COMING HOME"

1979 : Dustin Hoffman in "KRAMER VS. KRAMER"

1980 : Robert De Niro in "RAGING BULL"

1981 : Henry Fonda in "ON GOLDEN POND"

1982 : Ben Kingsley in "GANDHI"

1983 : Robert Duvall in "TENDER MERCIES"

1984 : F. Murray Abraham in "AMADEUS"

1985 : William Hurt in "KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN"

1986 : Paul Newman in "THE COLOR OF MONEY"

1987 : Michael Douglas in "WALL STREET"

1988 : Dustin Hoffman in "RAIN MAN"

1989 : Daniel Day-Lewis in "MY LEFT FOOT"

1990 : Jeremy Irons in "REVERSAL OF FORTUNE"

1991 : Anthony Hopkins in "THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS"

1992 : Al Pacino in "SCENT OF A WOMAN"

1993 : Tom Hanks in "PHILADELPHIA"

1994 : Tom Hanks in "FORREST GUMP"

1995 : Nicolas Cage in "LEAVING LAS VEGAS"

1996 : Geoffrey Rush in "SHINE"

1997 : Jack Nicholson in "AS GOOD AS IT GETS"

1998 : Roberto Benigni in "LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL"

1999 : Kevin Spacey in "AMERICAN BEAUTY"

2000 : Russell Crowe in "GLADIATOR"

2001 : Denzel Washington in "TRAINING DAY"

2002 : Adrien Brody in "THE PIANIST"

2003 : Sean Penn in "MYSTIC RIVER"

2004 : Jamie Foxx in "RAY"

2005 : Philip Seymour Hoffman in "CAPOTE"

2006 : Forest Whitaker in "THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND"

2007 : Daniel Day-Lewis in "THERE WILL BE BLOOD"

2008 : Sean Penn in "MILK"

2009 : Jeff Bridges in "CRAZY HEART"

2010 : Colin Firth in "THE KING'S SPEECH"

2011 : Jean Dujardin in "THE ARTIST"

2012 : Daniel Day-Lewis in "LINCOLN"

2013 : Matthew McConaughey in "DALLAS BUYERS CLUB"

2014 : Eddie Redmayne in "THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING"

2015 : Leonardo DiCaprio in "THE REVENANT"

2016 : Casey Affleck in "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"

2017 : Gary Oldman in "DARKEST HOUR"

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