Every winner for the Acadmey Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

With the film they won for and in some cases my own pick for the award.

Note: whenever I show my own choice I mean no offence to the actual winner, it's just what I'd like to see win.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Emil Jannings
His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry and Quo Vadis?, followed by The Last Laugh(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Jealousy (aka Variety) in 1925...
“ 1927/1928: Won for playing both Grand Duke Sergius Alexander in "The Last Command" (1928) and August Schilling in "The Way of All Flesh" (1927). ” - momtofabfive
 
2.
Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following the earthquake of 1906...
“ 1928/1929: Won for playing The Cisco Kid in "In Old Arizona" (1929). ” - momtofabfive
 
3.
George Arliss
Actor, Disraeli
One of the oldest actors on the screen in the 1920s and 1930s, George Arliss starred on the London stage from an early age. He came to the United States and starred in several films, but it was his role as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in Disraeli that brought him his greatest success.
“ 1929/1930: Won for playing Benjamin Disraeli in "Disraeli" (1929). ” - momtofabfive
 
4.
Lionel Barrymore
Famed actor, composer, artist, author and director. His talents extended to the authoring of the novel "Mr. Cartonwine: A Moral Tale" as well as his autobiography. In 1944, he joined ASCAP, and composed "Russian Dances", "Partita", "Ballet Viennois", "The Woodman and the Elves", "Behind the Horizon"...
“ 1930/1931: Won for Stephen Ashe in "A Free Soul" (1931) ” - momtofabfive
 
5.
Wallace Beery
In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on Broadway and in traveling stock companies...
“ 1931/1932: TIED with Fredric March, Beery won for playing Andy "Champ" Purcell "The Champ" (1931) ” - momtofabfive
 
6.
Fredric March
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
“ 1931/1932: TIED with Wallace Beery, March won for playing Dr. Henry L. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1931) ” - momtofabfive
 
7.
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ 1932/1933: Won for playing King Henry VIII in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933) ” - momtofabfive
 
8.
Clark Gable
Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King." The 1930s saw him at the peak of his acting ability and his popular appeal, as he often portrayed down-to-earth, bravado characters with a carefree attitude. He was known as the epitome of masculinity with his unmatched charm and knowing smile...
“ 1934: Won for playing Peter Warne in "It Happened One Night" (1934) which also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay. ” - momtofabfive
 
9.
Victor McLaglen
Rambunctious British leading man (contrary to popular belief, he was of Scottish ancestry, not Irish) and later character actor primarily in American films, Victor McLaglen was a vital presence in a number of great motion pictures, especially those of director John Ford. McLaglen (pronounced Muh-clog-len...
“ 1935: Won for playing Gypo Nolan in "The Informer" (1935) ” - momtofabfive
 
10.
Paul Muni
Actor, Scarface
Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and eyes...
“ 1936: Won for playing Louis Pasteur in "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936) ” - momtofabfive
 
11.
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
“ 1937: Won for playing Manuel in "Captains Courageous" (1937) ” - momtofabfive
 
12.
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
“ 1938: Won again for playing Father Flanagan in "Boys Town" (1938) One of only two actors to win Best Actor twice in a row, the other being Tom Hanks for "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994) ” - momtofabfive
 
13.
Robert Donat
Robert Donat's pleasant voice and somewhat neutral English accent were carefully honed as a boy because he had a stammer and took elocution lessons starting at age 11 to overcome the impediment. It was not too surprising that freedom from such a vocal embarrassment was encouragement to act. His other handicap...
“ 1939: Won for playing Arthur Chipping in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939)

My own choice, Clark Gable for playing Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind" (1939) ” - momtofabfive
 
14.
James Stewart
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ 1940: Won for playing Macaulay Connor in "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) ” - momtofabfive
 
15.
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ 1941: Won for playing Sergeant Alvin C. York in "Sergeant York" (1941).

My own choice, Orson Wells for playing Charles Foster Kane in "Citizen Kane" (1941) ” - momtofabfive
 
16.
James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ 1942: Won for playing George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) ” - momtofabfive
 
17.
Paul Lukas
Oscar-winning actor Paul Lukas was born in Hungary and graduated from the School for Dramatic Arts. In 1916 he went to Kosice (Kassa) to be an actor; in 1918 he became an actor specializing in comedy. For ten years he was the most popular character player and romantic lead of the company. In 1918 he began making in Budapest and in the 1920s he began appearing in films in Austria as well...
“ 1943: Won for playing Kurt Muller in "Watch on the Rhine" (1943)

My own choice: Humphrey Bogart for playing Rick Blaine in "Casablanca" (1942) ” - momtofabfive
 
18.
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band...
“ 1944: Won for playing Father Chuck O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944), which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
19.
Ray Milland
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred Jones...
“ 1945: Won for playing Don Birnam in "The Lost Weekend" (1945), which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
20.
Fredric March
Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
“ 1946: Won for playing Al Stephenson in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)

My own choice: James Stewart for playing George Bailey in "Its a Wonderful Life" (1946) ” - momtofabfive
 
21.
Ronald Colman
British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his father's death cost him the financial support necessary...
“ 1947: Won for playing Anthony John in "A Double Life" (1947) ” - momtofabfive
 
22.
Laurence Olivier
Actor, Rebecca
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ 1948: Won for playing Hamlet in "Hamlet" (1948) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
23.
Broderick Crawford
Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in All the King's Men, and as Chief Dan Matthews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol. He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's boisterous boyfriend in Born Yesterday. He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9...
“ 1949: Won for playing Willie Stark in "All the King's Men" (1949) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
24.
“ 1950: Won for playing Cyrano de Bergerac in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950)

My own choice: William Holden for playing Joe Gillis in "Sunset Boulevard" ” - momtofabfive
 
25.
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ 1951: Won for playing Charlie Allnut in "The African Queen" (1951) ” - momtofabfive
 
26.
Gary Cooper
Actor, High Noon
"Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him", Gary Cooper told people who wanted to know more about his life before Hollywood. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought the Seven-Bar-Nine...
“ 1952: Won for playing Marshal Will Kane in "High Noon" ” - momtofabfive
 
27.
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ 1953: Won for playing Sgt. J.J. Sefton in "Stalag 17" ” - momtofabfive
 
28.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ 1954: Won for playing Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront" which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
29.
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ 1955: Won for playing Marty Piletti in "Marty" which also won Best Picture ” - momtofabfive
 
30.
Yul Brynner
Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and...
“ 1956: Won for playing King Mongkut of Siam in "The King and I" (1956) ” - momtofabfive
 
31.
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born on April 2, 1914 in Marylebone, London, England, and was raised by his mother, Agnes Cuffe. While working in advertising, he studied at the Fay Compton Studio of Dramatic Art, debuting on stage in 1934 and played classic theater with the Old Vic from 1936. In 1941...
“ 1957: Won for playing Colonel Nicholson in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
32.
David Niven
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ 1958: Won for playing Major Angus Pollock in "Separate Tables" (1958)

My own choice: Sidney Poitier for playing Noah Cullen in "The Defiant Ones" (1958) ” - momtofabfive
 
33.
Charlton Heston
Actor, Ben-Hur
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
“ 1959: Won for playing Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur" (1959) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
34.
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ 1960: Won for playing Elmer Gantry in "Elmer Gantry" (1960) ” - momtofabfive
 
35.
Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and Marcello Mastroianni...
“ 1961: Won for playing Hans Rolfe in "Judgment at Nuremburg" (1961) ” - momtofabfive
 
36.
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949)...
“ 1962: Won for playing Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) ” - momtofabfive
 
37.
Sidney Poitier
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...
“ 1963: Won for playing Homer Smith in "Lilies in the Field" (1963). The first African-American to win Best Actor in a Leading Role. ” - momtofabfive
 
38.
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - dashing across the stage to say his one line...
“ 1964: Won for playing Prof. Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady" (1964) which also won Best Picture.

My own choice: Peter Sellers for playing Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove in "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964) ” - momtofabfive
 
39.
Lee Marvin
Actor, M Squad
Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City to Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive, and his wife Courtenay Washington Davidge...
“ 1965: Won for playing both Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn in "Cat Ballou" ” - momtofabfive
 
40.
Paul Scofield
Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age...
“ 1966: Won for playing Sir Thomas Moore in "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
41.
Rod Steiger
Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at age 16 and joined the Navy...
“ 1967: Won for playing Police Chief Bill Gillespie in "In the Heat of the Night" (1967) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
42.
Cliff Robertson
Actor, Spider-Man
A serious and talented actor, at his best playing somewhat troubled characters, Cliff Robertson has been a fairly successful leading man through most of his career without ever becoming a major star. Following strong stage and television experience, he made an interesting film debut in a supporting role in Picnic...
“ 1968: Won for playing Charly Gordon in "Charly" (1968) ” - momtofabfive
 
43.
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ 1969: Won for playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" (1969) ” - momtofabfive
 
44.
George C. Scott
George C. Scott was an immensely talented actor, a star of screen, stage and television. He was born in 1927 in Wise, Virginia, to Helena Agnes (Slemp) and George Dewey Scott. At the age of eight, his mother died, and his father, an executive at Buick, raised him. In 1945 he joined the US Marines and spent four years with them...
“ 1970: Won for playing Gen. George S. Patton in "Patton" (1970) which also won Best Picture. He refused to accept the award. ” - momtofabfive
 
45.
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ 1971: Won for playing Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in "The French Connection" (1971) which also won Best Picture.

My own choice: Topol for playing Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971) ” - momtofabfive
 
46.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ 1972: Won for playing Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972) which also won Best Picture. He refused to accept the award. ” - momtofabfive
 
47.
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot...
“ 1973: Won for playing Harry Stoner in "Save the Tiger" (1973).

My own choice: Al Pacino for playing Frank Serpico in "Serpico" (1973) ” - momtofabfive
 
48.
“ 1974: Won for playing Harry Coombes in "Harry and Tonto" (1974).

My own choice: Al Pacino for playing Michael Corleone in "The Godfather Part II" (1974) ” - momtofabfive
 
49.
Jack Nicholson
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ 1975: Won for playing Randle Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) which also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay. ” - momtofabfive
 
50.
Peter Finch
Actor, Network
Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he worked in a series of dead-end jobs before taking up acting...
“ 1976: Won for playing Howard Beale in "Network" (1976). First actor to win an oscar posthumously.

My own choice: Robert De Niro for playing Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver" (1976) ” - momtofabfive
 
51.
Richard Dreyfuss
Actor, Jaws
Richard Dreyfuss is an American leading man, who has played his fair share of irritating pests and brash, ambitious hustlers. He was born Richard Stephen Dreyfus in Brooklyn, New York, to Geraldine (Robbins), an activist, and Norman Dreyfus, a restaurateur and attorney. His paternal grandparents were Austro-Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his mother's family was Russian Jewish...
“ 1977: Won for playing Elliot Garfield in "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) ” - momtofabfive
 
52.
“ 1978: Won for playing Luke Martin in "Coming Home" (1978) ” - momtofabfive
 
53.
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ 1979: Won for playing Ted Kramer in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
54.
Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ 1980: Won for playing Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull" (1980) ” - momtofabfive
 
55.
Henry Fonda
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish. Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater troupe directed by Dorothy Brando...
“ 1981: Won for playing Norman Thayer in "On Golden Pond" (1981).

My own choice: Dudley Moore for playing Arthur Bach in "Arthur" (1981) ” - momtofabfive
 
56.
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993)...
“ 1982: Won for playing Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in "Gandhi" (1982) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
57.
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ 1983: Won for playing Mac Sledge in "Tender Mercies" (1983) ” - momtofabfive
 
58.
F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. Primarily a stage actor, Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants. By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work...
“ 1984: Won for playing Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus" (1984) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
59.
William Hurt
William McChord Hurt was born in Washington, D.C., to Claire Isabel (McGill) and Alfred McChord Hurt, who worked at the State Department. He was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence...
“ 1985: Won for playing Luis Molina in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985) ” - momtofabfive
 
60.
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ 1986: Won for playing Fast Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money" (1986) ” - momtofabfive
 
61.
Michael Douglas
Actor, The Game
An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns...
“ 1987: Won for playing Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street" (1987) ” - momtofabfive
 
62.
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ 1988: Won for playing Raymond Babbitt in "Rain Man" (1988) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
63.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ 1989: Won for playing Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" (1989) ” - momtofabfive
 
64.
Jeremy Irons
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ 1990: Won for playing Claus von Bülow in "Reversal of Fortune" (1990) ” - momtofabfive
 
65.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ 1991: Won for playing Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) which also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Adapted Screenplay. ” - momtofabfive
 
66.
Al Pacino
Al Pacino received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Serpico (1973); he was also nominated for The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and ...And Justice for All (1979) and won the award in 1993 for his performance as a blind Lieutenant Colonel in Scent of a Woman (1992). For his performances in The Godfather...
“ 1992: Won for playing Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in "Scent of a Woman" (1992) ” - momtofabfive
 
67.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ 1993: Won for playing Andrew Beckett in "Philadelphia" (1993) ” - momtofabfive
 
68.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ 1994: Won again for playing Forrest Gump in "Forrest Gump" (1994) which also won Best Picture.

Note: Only the 2nd actor in to win Best Actor twice in a row the other being Spencer Tracy for "Captains Courages" and "Boys Town" ” - momtofabfive
 
69.
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage was born in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and German, English, and Polish (mother) descent. Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ 1995: Won again for playing Ben Sanderson in "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995)

My own choice: Mel Gibson for playing William Wallace in "Braveheart" (1995), he wasn't even nominated for that one. ” - momtofabfive
 
70.
Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ 1996: Won for playing David Helfgott in "Shine" (1996) ” - momtofabfive
 
71.
Jack Nicholson
With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s-2000s), Michael Caine (1960s-2000s), Paul Newman (1950s-1960s, 1980s-2000s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s-1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five decades...
“ 1997: Won for playing Melvin Udall in "As Good As It Gets" (1997)

My own choice: Ether Robert Duvall for playing Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey - The Apostle E.F. in "The Apostle" (1997) or Matt Damon for playing Will Hunting in "Good Will Hunting" (1997) ” - momtofabfive
 
72.
“ 1998: Won for playing Guido Orefice in "Life is Beautiful".

My own choice: Jim Carrey for playing Truman Burbank in "The Truman Show" (1998) ” - momtofabfive
 
73.
Kevin Spacey
As enigmatic as he is talented, Kevin Spacey has always kept the details of his private life closely guarded. As he explained in a 1998 interview with the London Evening Standard, "the less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"...
“ 1999: Won for playing Lester Burnham in "American Beauty" (1999) which also won for Best Picture.

My own choice: Russell Crowe for playing Jeffrey Wigand in "The Insider" (1999) ” - momtofabfive
 
74.
Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ 2000: Won for playing Maximus Decimus Meridius in "Gladiator" (2000) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
75.
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s...
“ 2001: Won for playing Alonzo Harris in "Training Day" (2001)

My own choice: Russell Crowe for playing John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) ” - momtofabfive
 
76.
Adrien Brody
Adrien Nicholas Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the only child of retired history professor Elliot Brody and Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy. He accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice, and credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera...
“ 2002: Won for playing Władysław Szpilman in "The Pianist" (2002)

My own choice: Daniel Day-Lewis for playing Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in "Gangs of New York" (2002) ” - momtofabfive
 
77.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ 2003: Won for playing Jimmy Markum in "Mystic River" (2003) ” - momtofabfive
 
78.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ 2004: Won for playing Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004)

My own choice: Ether Leonardo DiCaprio for playing Howard Hughes in "The Aviator" (2004) or James Caviezel for playing Jesus Christ of Nazareth in "The Passion of the Christ" (2004) ” - momtofabfive
 
79.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ 2005: Won for playing Truman Capote in "Capote" (2005) ” - momtofabfive
 
80.
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Platoon
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ 2006: Won for playing Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) ” - momtofabfive
 
81.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), making him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category and one of only three male actors to win three Oscars...
“ 2007: Won for playing Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood" (2007) ” - momtofabfive
 
82.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ 2008: Won for playing Harvey Milk in "Milk" (2008)

My own choice: Mickey Rourke for playing Randy "The Ram" Robinson in "The Wrestler" (2008) ” - momtofabfive
 
83.
Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ 2009: Won for playing Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" (2009) ” - momtofabfive
 
84.
Colin Firth
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ 2010: Won for playing King George VI in "The King's Speech" (2010) which also won Best Picture. ” - momtofabfive
 
85.
Jean Dujardin
Actor, The Artist
In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille. This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end of "Un gars, une fille" in 2003, he has appeared in many films.
“ 2011: Won for playing George Valentin in "The Artist" (2011) which also won Best Picture. The first actor to win best actor in a silent film since Emil Jannings for "The Last Command" and "The Way of the Flesh" ” - momtofabfive