ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


1927/28 (1st)
ACTOR
Richard Barthelmess -- The Noose {"Nickie Elkins"}; and The Patent Leather Kid {"The Patent Leather Kid"}
*
Emil Jannings -- The Last Command {"General Dolgorucki [Grand Duke Sergius Alexander]"}; and The Way of All Flesh {"August Schilling"}
SPECIAL AWARD
*
To Charles Chaplin, for acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus.
[NOTE: "The Academy Board of Judges on merit awards for individual achievements in motion picture arts during the year ending August 1, 1928, unanimously decided that your name should be removed from the competitive classes, and that a special first award be conferred upon you for writing, acting, directing and producing The Circus. The collective accomplishments thus displayed place you in a class by yourself." (Letter from the Academy to Mr. Chaplin, dated February 19, 1929.)]

1928/29 (2nd)
ACTOR
George Bancroft -- Thunderbolt {"Thunderbolt Jim Lang"}
[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.]
*
Warner Baxter -- In Old Arizona {"The Cisco Kid"}
[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.]
Chester Morris -- Alibi {"No. 1065, Chick Williams"}
[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.]
Paul Muni -- The Valiant {"James Dyke"}
[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.]
Lewis Stone -- The Patriot {"Count Pahlen"}
[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.]

1929/30 (3rd)
ACTOR
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George Arliss -- Disraeli {"Benjamin Disraeli"}
[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.]
George Arliss -- The Green Goddess {"Oxonian, the Rajah of Rukh"}
[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.]
Wallace Beery -- The Big House {"'Machine Gun' Butch Schmidt"}
Maurice Chevalier -- The Big Pond {"Pierre Mirande"}; and The Love Parade {"Count Alfred Renard"}
Ronald Colman -- Bulldog Drummond {"Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond"}; and Condemned {"Michel"}
Lawrence Tibbett -- The Rogue Song {"Yegor"}

1930/31 (4th)
ACTOR
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Lionel Barrymore -- A Free Soul {"Stephen Ashe"}
Jackie Cooper -- Skippy {"Skippy Skinner"}
Richard Dix -- Cimarron {"Yancey Cravat"}
Fredric March -- The Royal Family of Broadway {"Tony Cavendish"}
Adolphe Menjou -- The Front Page {"Walter Burns"}

1931/32 (5th)
ACTOR
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Wallace Beery -- The Champ {"Champ"}
[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.]
Alfred Lunt -- The Guardsman {"The Actor"}
*
Fredric March -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde {"Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde"}
[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.]

1932/33 (6th)
ACTOR
Leslie Howard -- Berkeley Square {"Peter Standish"} [came in 3rd]
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Charles Laughton -- The Private Life of Henry VIII {"Henry VIII"}
Paul Muni -- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang {"James Allen"} [came in 2nd]

1934 (7th)
ACTOR
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Clark Gable -- It Happened One Night {"Peter Warne"}
Frank Morgan -- The Affairs of Cellini {"Allesandro, Duke of Florence"} [came in 2nd]
William Powell -- The Thin Man {"Nick Charles"} [came in 3rd]

1935 (8th)
ACTOR
Clark Gable -- Mutiny on the Bounty {"Fletcher Christian"}
Charles Laughton -- Mutiny on the Bounty {"Captain Bligh"} [came in 3rd]
*
Victor McLaglen -- The Informer {"Gypo Nolan"}
Paul Muni -- Black Fury {"Joe Radek"} [came in 2nd]
[NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. Write-in candidate.]
Franchot Tone -- Mutiny on the Bounty {"Roger Byam"}

1936 (9th)
ACTOR
Gary Cooper -- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town {"Longfellow Deeds"}
Walter Huston -- Dodsworth {"Sam Dodsworth"}
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Paul Muni -- The Story of Louis Pasteur {"Louis Pasteur"}
William Powell -- My Man Godfrey {"Godfrey Parks"}
Spencer Tracy -- San Francisco {"Father Tim Mullen"}

1937 (10th)
ACTOR
Charles Boyer -- Conquest {"Napoleon Bonaparte"}
Fredric March -- A Star Is Born {"Norman Maine (Alfred Hinkel)"}
Robert Montgomery -- Night Must Fall {"Danny"}
Paul Muni -- The Life of Emile Zola {"Emile Zola"}
*
Spencer Tracy -- Captains Courageous {"Manuel"}

1938 (11th)
ACTOR
Charles Boyer -- Algiers {"Pepe Le Moko"}
James Cagney -- Angels with Dirty Faces {"Rocky Sullivan"}
Robert Donat -- The Citadel {"Andrew Mason"}
Leslie Howard -- Pygmalion {"Professor Henry Higgins"}
*
Spencer Tracy -- Boys Town {"Father Flanagan"}

1939 (12th)
ACTOR
*
Robert Donat -- Goodbye, Mr. Chips {"Mr. Chips"}
Clark Gable -- Gone with the Wind {"Rhett Butler"}
Laurence Olivier -- Wuthering Heights {"Heathcliff"}
Mickey Rooney -- Babes in Arms {"Mickey Moran"}
James Stewart -- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington {"Jefferson Smith"}

1940 (13th)
ACTOR
Charles Chaplin -- The Great Dictator {"Hynkel, Dictator of Tomania"}
Henry Fonda -- The Grapes of Wrath {"Tom Joad"}
Raymond Massey -- Abe Lincoln in Illinois {"Abraham Lincoln"}
Laurence Olivier -- Rebecca {"Maxim de Winter"}
*
James Stewart -- The Philadelphia Story {"Mike Connor"}

1941 (14th)
ACTOR
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Gary Cooper -- Sergeant York {"Alvin C. York"}
Cary Grant -- Penny Serenade {"Roger Adams"}
Walter Huston -- All That Money Can Buy {"Mr. Scratch"}
Robert Montgomery -- Here Comes Mr. Jordan {"Joe Pendleton"}
Orson Welles -- Citizen Kane {"Charles Foster Kane"}

1942 (15th)
ACTOR
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James Cagney -- Yankee Doodle Dandy {"George M. Cohan"}
Ronald Colman -- Random Harvest {"Charles Ranier"}
Gary Cooper -- The Pride of the Yankees {"Lou Gehrig"}
Walter Pidgeon -- Mrs. Miniver {"Clem Miniver"}
Monty Woolley -- The Pied Piper {"Howard"}

1943 (16th)
ACTOR
Humphrey Bogart -- Casablanca {"Rick Blane"}
Gary Cooper -- For Whom the Bell Tolls {"Robert Jordan"}
*
Paul Lukas -- Watch on the Rhine {"Kurt Muller"}
Walter Pidgeon -- Madame Curie {"Pierre Curie"}
Mickey Rooney -- The Human Comedy {"Homer Macauley"}

1944 (17th)
ACTOR
Charles Boyer -- Gaslight {"Gregory Anton"}
*
Bing Crosby -- Going My Way {"Father O'Malley"}
Barry Fitzgerald -- Going My Way {"Father Fitzgibbon"}
Cary Grant -- None but the Lonely Heart {"Ernie Mott"}
Alexander Knox -- Wilson {"Woodrow Wilson"}

1945 (18th)
ACTOR
Bing Crosby -- The Bells of St. Mary's {"Father O'Malley"}
Gene Kelly -- Anchors Aweigh {"Joseph Brady"}
*
Ray Milland -- The Lost Weekend {"Don Birnam"}
Gregory Peck -- The Keys of the Kingdom {"Father Francis Chisholm"}
Cornel Wilde -- A Song to Remember {"Frederick Chopin"}

1946 (19th)
ACTOR
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Fredric March -- The Best Years of Our Lives {"Al Stephenson"}
Laurence Olivier -- Henry V {"Henry V"}
Larry Parks -- The Jolson Story {"Al Jolson"}
Gregory Peck -- The Yearling {"Pa Baxter"}
James Stewart -- It's a Wonderful Life {"George Bailey"}

1947 (20th)
ACTOR
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Ronald Colman -- A Double Life {"Anthony John"}
John Garfield -- Body and Soul {"Charlie Davis"}
Gregory Peck -- Gentleman's Agreement {"Phil Green"}
William Powell -- Life with Father {"Clarence Day"}
Michael Redgrave -- Mourning Becomes Electra {"Orin Mannon"}

1948 (21st)
ACTOR
Lew Ayres -- Johnny Belinda {"Dr. Robert Richardson"}
Montgomery Clift -- The Search {"Ralph Stevenson"}
Dan Dailey -- When My Baby Smiles at Me {"Skid"}
*
Laurence Olivier -- Hamlet {"Hamlet"}
Clifton Webb -- Sitting Pretty {"Lynn Belvedere"}

1949 (22nd)
ACTOR
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Broderick Crawford -- All the King's Men {"Willie Stark"}
Kirk Douglas -- Champion {"Midge Kelly"}
Gregory Peck -- Twelve O'Clock High {"General Savage"}
Richard Todd -- The Hasty Heart {"Lachie"}
John Wayne -- Sands of Iwo Jima {"Sergeant John M. Stryker"}

1950 (23rd)
ACTOR
Louis Calhern -- The Magnificent Yankee {"Oliver Wendell Holmes"}
*
José Ferrer -- Cyrano de Bergerac {"Cyrano de Bergerac"}
William Holden -- Sunset Blvd. {"Joe Gillis"}
James Stewart -- Harvey {"Elwood P. Dowd"}
Spencer Tracy -- Father of the Bride {"Stanley T. Banks"}

1951 (24th)
ACTOR
*
Humphrey Bogart -- The African Queen {"Charlie Allnut"}
Marlon Brando -- A Streetcar Named Desire {"Stanley Kowalski"}
Montgomery Clift -- A Place in the Sun {"George Eastman"}
Arthur Kennedy -- Bright Victory {"Larry Levins"}
Fredric March -- Death of a Salesman {"Willy Loman"}

1952 (25th)
ACTOR
Marlon Brando -- Viva Zapata! {"Emiliano Zapata"}
*
Gary Cooper -- High Noon {"Will Kane"}
Kirk Douglas -- The Bad and the Beautiful {"Jonathan Shields"}
José Ferrer -- Moulin Rouge {"Toulouse-Lautrec"}
Alec Guinness -- The Lavender Hill Mob {"Holland"}

1953 (26th)
ACTOR
Marlon Brando -- Julius Caesar {"Marc Antony"}
Richard Burton -- The Robe {"Marcellus Gallio"}
Montgomery Clift -- From Here to Eternity {"Robert E. Lee Prewitt"}
*
William Holden -- Stalag 17 {"Sefton"}
Burt Lancaster -- From Here to Eternity {"Sgt. Milton Warden"}

1954 (27th)
ACTOR
Humphrey Bogart -- The Caine Mutiny {"Captain Queeg"}
*
Marlon Brando -- On the Waterfront {"Terry Malloy"}
Bing Crosby -- The Country Girl {"Frank Elgin"}
James Mason -- A Star Is Born {"Norman Maine/Alfred Hinkel"}
Dan O'Herlihy -- Adventures of Robinson Crusoe {"Robinson Crusoe"}

1955 (28th)
ACTOR
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Ernest Borgnine -- Marty {"Marty Pilletti"}
James Cagney -- Love Me or Leave Me {"Martin Snyder"}
James Dean -- East of Eden {"Cal Trask"}
Frank Sinatra -- The Man with the Golden Arm {"Frankie"}
Spencer Tracy -- Bad Day at Black Rock {"John J. Macreedy"}

1956 (29th)
ACTOR
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Yul Brynner -- The King and I {"The King"}
James Dean -- Giant {"Jett Rink"}
Kirk Douglas -- Lust for Life {"Vincent Van Gogh"}
Rock Hudson -- Giant {"Bick Benedict"}
Sir Laurence Olivier -- Richard III {"Richard III"}

1957 (30th)
ACTOR
Marlon Brando -- Sayonara {"Major Lloyd Gruver"}
Anthony Franciosa -- A Hatful of Rain {"Polo"}
*
Alec Guinness -- The Bridge on the River Kwai {"Colonel Nicholson"}
Charles Laughton -- Witness for the Prosecution {"Sir Wilfrid Robarts"}
Anthony Quinn -- Wild Is the Wind {"Gino"}

1958 (31st)
ACTOR
Tony Curtis -- The Defiant Ones {"John 'Joker' Jackson"}
Paul Newman -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof {"Brick Pollitt"}
*
David Niven -- Separate Tables {"Major Pollock"}
Sidney Poitier -- The Defiant Ones {"Noah Cullen"}
Spencer Tracy -- The Old Man and the Sea {"The Old Man"}

1959 (32nd)
ACTOR
Laurence Harvey -- Room at the Top {"Joe Lampton"}
*
Charlton Heston -- Ben-Hur {"Judah Ben-Hur"}
Jack Lemmon -- Some Like It Hot {"Jerry/Daphne"}
Paul Muni -- The Last Angry Man {"Dr. Sam Abelman"}
James Stewart -- Anatomy of a Murder {"Paul Biegler"}

1960 (33rd)
ACTOR
Trevor Howard -- Sons and Lovers {"Morel"}
*
Burt Lancaster -- Elmer Gantry {"Elmer Gantry"}
Jack Lemmon -- The Apartment {"C.C. 'Bud' Baxter"}
Laurence Olivier -- The Entertainer {"Archie Rice"}
Spencer Tracy -- Inherit the Wind {"Henry Drummond"}

1961 (34th)
ACTOR
Charles Boyer -- Fanny {"César"}
Paul Newman -- The Hustler {"Eddie Felson"}
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Maximilian Schell -- Judgment at Nuremberg {"Hans Rolfe"}
Spencer Tracy -- Judgment at Nuremberg {"Judge Dan Haywood"}
Stuart Whitman -- The Mark {"Jim Fuller"}

1962 (35th)
ACTOR
Burt Lancaster -- Birdman of Alcatraz {"Robert Stroud"}
Jack Lemmon -- Days of Wine and Roses {"Joe Clay"}
Marcello Mastroianni -- Divorce--Italian Style {"Ferdinando Cefalu"}
Peter O'Toole -- Lawrence of Arabia {"T.E. Lawrence"}
*
Gregory Peck -- To Kill a Mockingbird {"Atticus Finch"}

1963 (36th)
ACTOR
Albert Finney -- Tom Jones {"Tom Jones"}
Richard Harris -- This Sporting Life {"Frank Machin"}
Rex Harrison -- Cleopatra {"Julius Caesar"}
Paul Newman -- Hud {"Hud Bannon"}
*
Sidney Poitier -- Lilies of the Field {"Homer Smith"}

1964 (37th)
ACTOR
Richard Burton -- Becket {"Thomas Becket"}
*
Rex Harrison -- My Fair Lady {"Professor Henry Higgins"}
Peter O'Toole -- Becket {"King Henry II"}
Anthony Quinn -- Zorba the Greek {"Alexis Zorba"}
Peter Sellers -- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb {"Group Captain Lionel Mandrake/President Muffley/Dr. Strangelove"}

1965 (38th)
ACTOR
Richard Burton -- The Spy Who Came In from the Cold {"Alec Leamas"}
*
Lee Marvin -- Cat Ballou {"Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn"}
Laurence Olivier -- Othello {"Othello"}
Rod Steiger -- The Pawnbroker {"Sol Nazerman"}
Oskar Werner -- Ship of Fools {"Dr. Schumann"}

1966 (39th)
ACTOR
Alan Arkin -- The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming {"Rozanov"}
Richard Burton -- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? {"George"}
Michael Caine -- Alfie {"Alfie"}
Steve McQueen -- The Sand Pebbles {"Jake Holman"}
*
Paul Scofield -- A Man for All Seasons {"Sir Thomas More"}

1967 (40th)
ACTOR
Warren Beatty -- Bonnie and Clyde {"Clyde Barrow"}
Dustin Hoffman -- The Graduate {"Ben Braddock"}
Paul Newman -- Cool Hand Luke {"Luke Jackson"}
*
Rod Steiger -- In the Heat of the Night {"Police Chief Bill Gillespie"}
Spencer Tracy -- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner {"Matt Drayton"}

1968 (41st)
ACTOR
Alan Arkin -- The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter {"Singer"}
Alan Bates -- The Fixer {"Yakov Bok"}
Ron Moody -- Oliver! {"Fagin"}
Peter O'Toole -- The Lion in Winter {"King Henry II"}
*
Cliff Robertson -- Charly {"Charly Gordon"}

1969 (42nd)
ACTOR
Richard Burton -- Anne of the Thousand Days {"King Henry VIII"}
Dustin Hoffman -- Midnight Cowboy {"Ratso Rizzo"}
Peter O'Toole -- Goodbye, Mr. Chips {"Arthur Chipping"}
Jon Voight -- Midnight Cowboy {"Joe Buck"}
*
John Wayne -- True Grit {"Rooster Cogburn"}

1970 (43rd)
ACTOR
Melvyn Douglas -- I Never Sang for My Father {"Tom Garrison"}
James Earl Jones -- The Great White Hope {"Jack Jefferson"}
Jack Nicholson -- Five Easy Pieces {"Robert Eroica Dupea"}
Ryan O'Neal -- Love Story {"Oliver Barrett IV"}
*
George C. Scott -- Patton {"General George S. Patton, Jr."}
[NOTE: Mr. Scott refused the award.]

1971 (44th)
ACTOR
Peter Finch -- Sunday Bloody Sunday {"Dr. Daniel Hirsh"}
*
Gene Hackman -- The French Connection {"Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle"}
Walter Matthau -- Kotch {"Joseph P. Kotcher"}
George C. Scott -- The Hospital {"Dr. Herbert Bock"}
Topol -- Fiddler on the Roof {"Tevye"}

1972 (45th)
ACTOR
*
Marlon Brando -- The Godfather {"Don Vito Corleone"}
[NOTE: Mr. Brando refused the award.]
Michael Caine -- Sleuth {"Milo Tindale"}
Laurence Olivier -- Sleuth {"Andrew Wyke"}
Peter O'Toole -- The Ruling Class {"Jack, 14th Earl of Gurney"}
Paul Winfield -- Sounder {"Nathan Lee Morgan"}

1973 (46th)
ACTOR
Marlon Brando -- Last Tango in Paris {"Paul"}
*
Jack Lemmon -- Save the Tiger {"Harry Stoner"}
Jack Nicholson -- The Last Detail {"Signalman First Class Buddusky"}
Al Pacino -- Serpico {"Frank Serpico"}
Robert Redford -- The Sting {"Johnny Hooker"}

1974 (47th)
ACTOR
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Art Carney -- Harry and Tonto {"Harry"}
Albert Finney -- Murder on the Orient Express {"Hercule Poirot"}
Dustin Hoffman -- Lenny {"Lenny Bruce"}
Jack Nicholson -- Chinatown {"J. J. Gittes"}
Al Pacino -- The Godfather Part II {"Michael Corleone"}

1975 (48th)
ACTOR
Walter Matthau -- The Sunshine Boys {"Willy Clark"}
*
Jack Nicholson -- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest {"Randle Patrick McMurphy"}
Al Pacino -- Dog Day Afternoon {"Sonny"}
Maximilian Schell -- The Man in the Glass Booth {"Arthur Goldman"}
James Whitmore -- Give 'em Hell, Harry! {"Harry S. Truman"}

1976 (49th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Robert De Niro -- Taxi Driver {"Travis Bickle"}
*
Peter Finch -- Network {"Howard Beale"}
Giancarlo Giannini -- Seven Beauties {"Pasqualino Frafuso"}
William Holden -- Network {"Max Schumacher"}
Sylvester Stallone -- Rocky {"Rocky Balboa"}

1977 (50th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Woody Allen -- Annie Hall {"Alvy Singer"}
Richard Burton -- Equus {"Dr. Martin Dysart"}
*
Richard Dreyfuss -- The Goodbye Girl {"Elliot Garfield"}
Marcello Mastroianni -- A Special Day {"Gabriele"}
John Travolta -- Saturday Night Fever {"Tony Manero"}

1978 (51st)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Warren Beatty -- Heaven Can Wait {"Joe Pendleton (alias, Leo Farnsworth, Tom Jarrett)"}
Gary Busey -- The Buddy Holly Story {"Buddy Holly"}
Robert De Niro -- The Deer Hunter {"Michael"}
Laurence Olivier -- The Boys from Brazil {"Ezra Lieberman"}
*
Jon Voight -- Coming Home {"Luke Martin"}

1979 (52nd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Dustin Hoffman -- Kramer vs. Kramer {"Ted Kramer"}
Jack Lemmon -- The China Syndrome {"Jack Godell"}
Al Pacino -- ...And Justice for All {"Arthur Kirkland"}
Roy Scheider -- All That Jazz {"Joe Gideon"}
Peter Sellers -- Being There {"John Chance, the gardener (aka Chauncey Gardiner)"}

1980 (53rd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Robert De Niro -- Raging Bull {"Jake LaMotta"}
Robert Duvall -- The Great Santini {"Bull Meechum"}
John Hurt -- The Elephant Man {"John Merrick"}
Jack Lemmon -- Tribute {"Scottie Templeton"}
Peter O'Toole -- The Stunt Man {"Eli Cross"}

1981 (54th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Warren Beatty -- Reds {"John 'Jack' Reed"}
*
Henry Fonda -- On Golden Pond {"Norman Thayer, Jr."}
Burt Lancaster -- Atlantic City {"Lou"}
Dudley Moore -- Arthur {"Arthur Bach"}
Paul Newman -- Absence of Malice {"Michael Gallagher"}

1982 (55th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Dustin Hoffman -- Tootsie {"Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels"}
*
Ben Kingsley -- Gandhi {"Mahatma Gandhi"}
Jack Lemmon -- Missing {"Edmund Horman"}
Paul Newman -- The Verdict {"Frank Galvin"}
Peter O'Toole -- My Favorite Year {"Alan Swann"}

1983 (56th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Michael Caine -- Educating Rita {"Dr. Frank Bryant"}
Tom Conti -- Reuben, Reuben {"Gowan McGland"}
Tom Courtenay -- The Dresser {"Norman"}
*
Robert Duvall -- Tender Mercies {"Mac Sledge"}
Albert Finney -- The Dresser {"Sir"}

1984 (57th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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F. Murray Abraham -- Amadeus {"Antonio Salieri"}
Jeff Bridges -- Starman {"Starman"}
Albert Finney -- Under the Volcano {"Geoffrey Firmin"}
Tom Hulce -- Amadeus {"Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart"}
Sam Waterston -- The Killing Fields {"Sydney Schanberg"}

1985 (58th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Harrison Ford -- Witness {"John Book"}
James Garner -- Murphy's Romance {"Murphy Jones"}
*
William Hurt -- Kiss of the Spider Woman {"Luis Molina"}
Jack Nicholson -- Prizzi's Honor {"Charley Partanna"}
Jon Voight -- Runaway Train {"Manny"}

1986 (59th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Dexter Gordon -- 'Round Midnight {"Dale Turner"}
Bob Hoskins -- Mona Lisa {"George"}
William Hurt -- Children of a Lesser God {"James"}
*
Paul Newman -- The Color of Money {"Eddie Felson"}
James Woods -- Salvador {"Richard Boyle"}

1987 (60th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
*
Michael Douglas -- Wall Street {"Gordon Gekko"}
William Hurt -- Broadcast News {"Tom Grunick"}
Marcello Mastroianni -- Dark Eyes {"Romano"}
Jack Nicholson -- Ironweed {"Francis Phelan"}
Robin Williams -- Good Morning, Vietnam {"Adrian Cronauer"}

1988 (61st)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Gene Hackman -- Mississippi Burning {"Anderson"}
Tom Hanks -- Big {"Josh"}
*
Dustin Hoffman -- Rain Man {"Raymond Babbitt"}
Edward James Olmos -- Stand and Deliver {"Jaime Escalante"}
Max von Sydow -- Pelle the Conqueror {"Lasse Karlsson"}

1989 (62nd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh -- Henry V {"Henry V"}
Tom Cruise -- Born on the Fourth of July {"Ron Kovic"}
*
Daniel Day Lewis -- My Left Foot {"Christy Brown"}
Morgan Freeman -- Driving Miss Daisy {"Hoke Colburn"}
Robin Williams -- Dead Poets Society {"John Keating"}

1990 (63rd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Kevin Costner -- Dances With Wolves {"Lieutenant Dunbar"}
Robert De Niro -- Awakenings {"Leonard Lowe"}
Gerard Depardieu -- Cyrano de Bergerac {"Cyrano de Bergerac"}
Richard Harris -- The Field {"Bull McCabe"}
*
Jeremy Irons -- Reversal of Fortune {"Claus Von Bulow"}

1991 (64th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Warren Beatty -- Bugsy {"Bugsy Siegel"}
Robert De Niro -- Cape Fear {"Max Cady"}
*
Anthony Hopkins -- The Silence of the Lambs {"Dr. Hannibal Lecter"}
Nick Nolte -- The Prince of Tides {"Tom Wingo"}
Robin Williams -- The Fisher King {"Parry"}

1992 (65th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Robert Downey, Jr. -- Chaplin {"Charles Chaplin"}
Clint Eastwood -- Unforgiven {"Bill Munny"}
*
Al Pacino -- Scent of a Woman {"Lt. Col. Frank Slade"}
Stephen Rea -- The Crying Game {"Fergus"}
Denzel Washington -- Malcolm X {"Malcolm X"}

1993 (66th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day-Lewis -- In the Name of the Father {"Gerry Conlon"}
Laurence Fishburne -- What's Love Got to Do with It {"Ike Turner"}
*
Tom Hanks -- Philadelphia {"Andrew Beckett"}
Anthony Hopkins -- The Remains of the Day {"Mr. Stevens"}
Liam Neeson -- Schindler's List {"Oskar Schindler"}

1994 (67th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Morgan Freeman -- The Shawshank Redemption {"Red"}
*
Tom Hanks -- Forrest Gump {"Forrest Gump"}
Nigel Hawthorne -- The Madness of King George {"King George III"}
Paul Newman -- Nobody's Fool {"Sully"}
John Travolta -- Pulp Fiction {"Vincent Vega"}

1995 (68th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Nicolas Cage -- Leaving Las Vegas {"Ben Sanderson"}
Richard Dreyfuss -- Mr. Holland's Opus {"Glenn Holland"}
Anthony Hopkins -- Nixon {"Richard Nixon"}
Sean Penn -- Dead Man Walking {"Matthew Poncelet"}
Massimo Troisi -- The Postman (Il Postino) {"Mario"}

1996 (69th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Tom Cruise -- Jerry Maguire {"Jerry Maguire"}
Ralph Fiennes -- The English Patient {"Almasy"}
Woody Harrelson -- The People vs. Larry Flynt {"Larry Flynt"}
*
Geoffrey Rush -- Shine {"David Helfgott"}
Billy Bob Thornton -- Sling Blade {"Karl Childers"}

1997 (70th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Matt Damon -- Good Will Hunting {"Will Hunting"}
Robert Duvall -- The Apostle {"The Apostle E.F."}
Peter Fonda -- Ulee's Gold {"Ulee Jackson"}
Dustin Hoffman -- Wag the Dog {"Stanley Motss"}
*
Jack Nicholson -- As Good as It Gets {"Melvin Udall"}

1998 (71st)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
*
Roberto Benigni -- Life Is Beautiful {"Guido"}
Tom Hanks -- Saving Private Ryan {"Captain Miller"}
Ian McKellen -- Gods and Monsters {"James Whale"}
Nick Nolte -- Affliction {"Wade Whitehouse"}
Edward Norton -- American History X {"Derek"}

1999 (72nd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Russell Crowe -- The Insider {"Jeffrey Wigand"}
Richard Farnsworth -- The Straight Story {"Alvin Straight"}
Sean Penn -- Sweet and Lowdown {"Emmet Ray"}
*
Kevin Spacey -- American Beauty {"Lester Burnham"}
Denzel Washington -- The Hurricane {"Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter"}

2000 (73rd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem -- Before Night Falls {"Reinaldo Arenas"}
*
Russell Crowe -- Gladiator {"Maximus Decimus Meridius"}
Tom Hanks -- Cast Away {"Chuck Noland"}
Ed Harris -- Pollock {"Jackson Pollock"}
Geoffrey Rush -- Quills {"The Marquis de Sade"}

2001 (74th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Russell Crowe -- A Beautiful Mind {"John Nash"}
Sean Penn -- I Am Sam {"Sam Dawson"}
Will Smith -- Ali {"Muhammad Ali"}
*
Denzel Washington -- Training Day {"Alonzo"}
Tom Wilkinson -- In the Bedroom {"Matt Fowler"}

2002 (75th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Adrien Brody -- The Pianist {"Wladyslaw Szpilman"}
Nicolas Cage -- Adaptation {"Charlie Kaufman & Donald Kaufman"}
Michael Caine -- The Quiet American {"Thomas Fowler"}
Daniel Day-Lewis -- Gangs of New York {"Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting"}
Jack Nicholson -- About Schmidt {"Warren Schmidt"}

2003 (76th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Johnny Depp -- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl {"Jack Sparrow"}
Ben Kingsley -- House of Sand and Fog {"Behrani"}
Jude Law -- Cold Mountain {"Inman"}
Bill Murray -- Lost in Translation {"Bob Harris"}
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Sean Penn -- Mystic River {"Jimmy Markum"}

2004 (77th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Don Cheadle -- Hotel Rwanda {"Paul Rusesabagina"}
Johnny Depp -- Finding Neverland {"Sir James Matthew Barrie"}
Leonardo DiCaprio -- The Aviator {"Howard Hughes"}
Clint Eastwood -- Million Dollar Baby {"Frankie Dunn"}
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Jamie Foxx -- Ray {"Ray Charles"}

2005 (78th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Philip Seymour Hoffman -- Capote {"Truman Capote"}
Terrence Howard -- Hustle & Flow {"DJay"}
Heath Ledger -- Brokeback Mountain {"Ennis Del Mar"}
Joaquin Phoenix -- Walk the Line {"John R. Cash"}
David Strathairn -- Good Night, and Good Luck. {"Edward R. Murrow"}

2006 (79th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio -- Blood Diamond {"Danny Archer"}
Ryan Gosling -- Half Nelson {"Dan Dunne"}
Peter O'Toole -- Venus {"Maurice"}
Will Smith -- The Pursuit of Happyness {"Chris Gardner"}
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Forest Whitaker -- The Last King of Scotland {"Idi Amin"}

2007 (80th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
George Clooney -- Michael Clayton {"Michael Clayton"}
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Daniel Day-Lewis -- There Will Be Blood {"Daniel Plainview"}
Johnny Depp -- Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street {"Sweeney Todd"}
Tommy Lee Jones -- In the Valley of Elah {"Hank Deerfield"}
Viggo Mortensen -- Eastern Promises {"Nikolai"}

2008 (81st)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Richard Jenkins -- The Visitor {"Walter"}
Frank Langella -- Frost/Nixon {"Richard Nixon"}
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Sean Penn -- Milk {"Harvey Milk"}
Brad Pitt -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button {"Benjamin Button"}
Mickey Rourke -- The Wrestler {"Randy"}

2009 (82nd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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Jeff Bridges -- Crazy Heart {"Bad Blake"}
George Clooney -- Up in the Air {"Ryan Bingham"}
Colin Firth -- A Single Man {"George"}
Morgan Freeman -- Invictus {"Nelson Mandela"}
Jeremy Renner -- The Hurt Locker {"Staff Sergeant William James"}

2010 (83rd)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem -- Biutiful {"Uxbal"}
Jeff Bridges -- True Grit {"Rooster Cogburn"}
Jesse Eisenberg -- The Social Network {"Mark Zuckerberg"}
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Colin Firth -- The King's Speech {"King George VI"}
James Franco -- 127 Hours {"Aron Ralston"}

2011 (84th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Demián Bichir -- A Better Life {"Carlos Galindo"}
George Clooney -- The Descendants {"Matt King"}
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Jean Dujardin -- The Artist {"George Valentin"}
Gary Oldman -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy {"George Smiley"}
Brad Pitt -- Moneyball {"Billy Beane"}

2012 (85th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bradley Cooper -- Silver Linings Playbook {"Pat"}
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Daniel Day-Lewis -- Lincoln {"Abraham Lincoln"}
Hugh Jackman -- Les Misérables {"Jean Valjean"}
Joaquin Phoenix -- The Master {"Freddie Quell"}
Denzel Washington -- Flight {"Whip Whitaker"}

2013 (86th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Christian Bale -- Irving Rosenfeld {"Irving Rosenfeld"}
Bruce Dern -- Nebraska {"Woody Grant"}
Leonardo DiCaprio -- The Wolf of Wall Street {"Jordan Belfort"}
Chiwetel Ejiofor -- 12 Years a Slave {"Solomon Northup"}
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Matthew McConaughey -- Dallas Buyers Club {"Ron Woodroof"}

2014 (87th)
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Steve Carell -- Foxcatcher {"John du Pont"}
Bradley Cooper -- American Sniper {"Chris Kyle"}
Benedict Cumberbatch -- The Imitation Game {"Alan Turing"}
Michael Keaton -- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) {"Riggan"}
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Eddie Redmayne -- The Theory of Everything {"Stephen Hawking"}