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Academy Award - Lead Actor (winners)

Here is a list of the actors that have won the Academy Award Oscar for best performance by a lead actor. The early Academy Awards were for two years. So an Oscar was given for the years 1927-1928. We've only put the first year on the list below. This list shows the actor that won the best performance for lead actor Oscar award as well as the year the actor won the award.

Several actors have been nominated 5 times by the Academy for the lead actor Oscar including Al Pacino, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Robert De Niro, and Tom Hanks. Richard Burton and Paul Muni were nominated 6 times. Dustin Hoffman, Jack Lemmon, Marlon Brando, and Peter O'Toole (who never won) were all nominated 7 times. Paul Newman was nominated 8 times with one win. Jack Nicholson 8 times with two wins. Laurence Olivier was nominated 9 times with one win. Spencer Tracy was nominated 9 times with two wins. No actor has won the lead actor Academy Award more than twice.

Year Actor Movie
1927 Emil Jannings The Way of All Flesh
1928 Warner Baxter In Old Arizona
1929 George Arliss Disraeli
1930 Lionel Barrymore A Free Soul
1931 Wallace Beery The Champ;
1931 Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1932 Charles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII
1934 Clark Gable It Happened One Night
1935 Victor McLaglen The Informer
1936 Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur
1937 Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous
1938 Spencer Tracy Boys Town
1939 Robert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1940 James Stewart The Philadelphia Story
1941 Gary Cooper Sergeant York
1942 James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy
1943 Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine
1944 Bing Crosby Going My Way
1945 Ray Milland The Lost Weekend
1946 Fredric March The Best Years of Our Lives
1947 Ronald Colman A Double Life
1948 Sir Laurence Olivier Hamlet
1949 Broderick Crawford All the King's Men
1950 Josť Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac
1951 Humphrey Bogart The African Queen
1952 Gary Cooper High Noon
1953 William Holden Stalag 17
1954 Marlon Brando On the Waterfront
1955 Ernest Borgnine Marty
1956 Yul Brynner The King and I
1957 Sir Alec Guinness The Bridge on the River Kwai
1958 David Niven Separate Tables
1959 Charlton Heston Ben-Hur
1960 Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry
1961 Maximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg
1962 Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field
1964 Rex Harrison My Fair Lady
1965 Lee Marvin Cat Ballou
1966 Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons
1967 Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night
1968 Cliff Robertson Charly
1968 John Wayne True Grit
1969 George C. Scott Patton
1970 Gene Hackman The French Connection
1971 Marlon Brando The Godfather
1972 Jack Lemmon Save the Tiger
1973 Art Carney Harry and Tonto
1974 Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1975 Peter Finch Network
1976 Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl
1977 Jon Voight Coming Home
1979 Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer
1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull
1981 Henry Fonda On Golden Pond
1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi
1983 Robert Duvall Tender Mercies
1984 F. Murray Abraham Amadeus
1985 William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman
1986 Paul Newman The Color of Money
1987 Michael Douglas Wall Street
1988 Dustin Hoffman Rain Man
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot
1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Al Pacino Scent of a Woman
1993 Tom Hanks Philadelphia
1994 Tom Hanks Forrest Gump
1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas
1996 Geoffrey Rush Shine
1997 Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets
1998 Roberto Benigni Life is Beautiful
1999 Kevin Spacey American Beauty
2000 Russell Crowe Gladiator
2001 Denzel Washington Training Day
2002 Adrien Brody The Pianist
2003 Sean Penn Mystic River
2004 Jamie Foxx Ray

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