1st Academy Awards (1927-1928)Emil Jannings“The Last Command”
“The Way of All Flesh”
Grand Duke Sergius Alexander
August Schilling
2nd Academy Awards (1928-1929)Warner Baxter“In Old Arizona”The Cisco Kid
3rd Academy Awards (1929-1930)George Arliss“Disraeli”Benjamin Disraeli
4th Academy Awards (1930-1931)Lionel Barrymore“A Free Soul”Stephen Ashe
5th Academy Awards (1931-1932)
(TIE)
Wallace Beery
Fredric March
“The Champ”
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Andy “Champ” Purcell
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
6th Academy Awards (1932-1933)Charles Laughton“The Private Life of Henry VIII”King Henry VIII
7th Academy Awards (1934)Clark Gable“It Happened One Night”Peter Warne
8th Academy Awards (1935)Victor McLaglen“The Informer”Gypo Nolan
9th Academy Awards (1936)Paul Muni“The Story of Louis Pasteur”Louis Pasteur
10th Academy Awards (1937)Spencer Tracy“Captains Courageous”Manuel Fidello
11th Academy Awards (1938)Spencer Tracy [2]“Boys Town”Father Flanagan
12th Academy Awards (1939)Robert Donat“Goodbye, Mr. Chips”Charles Edward Chipping
13th Academy Awards (1940)James Stewart“The Philadelphia Story”Macaulay “Mike” Connor
14th Academy Awards (1941)Gary Cooper“Sergeant York”Sgt. Alvin York
15th Academy Awards (1942)James Cagney“Yankee Doodle Dandy”George M. Cohan
16th Academy Awards (1943)Paul Lukas“Watch on the Rhine”Kurt Muller
17th Academy Awards (1944)Bing Crosby“Going My Way”Father Chuck O’Malley
18th Academy Awards (1945)Ray Milland“The Lost Weekend”Don Birnam
19th Academy Awards (1946)Fredric March“The Best Years of Our Lives”Platoon Sergeant Al Stephenson
20th Academy Awards (1947)Ronald Colman“A Double Life”Anthony John
21st Academy Awards (1948)Laurence Olivier“Hamlet”Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
22nd Academy Awards (1949)Broderick Crawford“All the King’s Men”Willie Stark
23rd Academy Awards (1950)José Ferrer“Cyrano de Bergerac”Cyrano de Bergerac
24th Academy Awards (1951)Humphrey Bogart“The African Queen”Charlie Allnut
25th Academy Awards (1952)Gary Cooper [2]“High Noon”Marshal Will Kane
26th Academy Awards (1953)William Holden“Stalag 17”Sgt. J.J. Sefton
27th Academy Awards (1954)Marlon Brando“On the Waterfront”Terry Malloy
28th Academy Awards (1955)Ernest Borgnine“Marty”Marty Piletti
29th Academy Awards (1956)Yul Brynner“The King and I”King Mongkut of Siam
30th Academy Awards (1957)Alec Guinness“The Bridge on the River Kwai”Lt. Colonel Nicholson
31st Academy Awards (1958)David Niven“Separate Tables”Major Angus Pollock
32nd Academy Awards (1959)Charlton Heston“Ben-Hur”Judah Ben-Hur
33rd Academy Awards (1960)Burt Lancaster“Elmer Gantry”Elmer Gantry
34th Academy Awards (1961)Maximilian Schell“Judgment at Nuremberg”Hans Rolfe
35th Academy Awards (1962)Gregory Peck“To Kill a Mockingbird”Atticus Finch
36th Academy Awards (1963)Sidney Poitier“Lilies of the Field”Homer Smith
37th Academy Awards (1964)Rex Harrison“My Fair Lady”Professor Henry Higgins
38th Academy Awards (1965)Lee Marvin“Cat Ballou”Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn
39th Academy Awards (1966)Paul Scofield“A Man for All Seasons”Sir Thomas More
40th Academy Awards (1967)Rod Steiger“In the Heat of the Night”Police Chief Bill Gillespie
41st Academy Awards (1968)Cliff Robertson“Charly”Charly Gordon
42nd Academy Awards (1969)John Wayne“True Grit”Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn
43rd Academy Awards (1970)George C. Scott“Patton”General George S. Patton Jr.
44th Academy Awards (1971)Gene Hackman“The French Connection”Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle
45th Academy Awards (1972)Marlon Brando [2]“The Godfather”Vito Corleone
46th Academy Awards (1973)Jack Lemmon“Save the Tiger”Harry Stoner
47th Academy Awards (1974)Art Carney“Harry and Tonto”Harry Coombes
48th Academy Awards (1975)Jack Nicholson“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”Randle Patrick “Mac” McMurphy
49th Academy Awards (1976)Peter Finch“Network”Howard Beale
50th Academy Awards (1977)Richard Dreyfuss“The Goodbye Girl”Elliot Garfield
51st Academy Awards (1978)Jon Voight“Coming Home”Luke Martin
52nd Academy Awards (1979)Dustin Hoffman“Kramer Vs. Kramer”Ted Kramer
53rd Academy Awards (1980)Robert De Niro“Raging Bull”Jake LaMotta
54th Academy Awards (1981)Henry Fonda“On Golden Pond”Norman Thayer Jr.
55th Academy Awards (1982)Ben Kingsley“Gandhi”Mahatma Gandhi
56th Academy Awards (1983)Robert Duvall“Tender Mercies”Mac Sledge
57th Academy Awards (1984)F. Murray Abraham“Amadeus”Antonio Salieri
58th Academy Awards (1985)William Hurt“Kiss of the Spider Woman”Luis Molina
59th Academy Awards (1986)Paul Newman“The Color of Money”Fast Eddie Felson
60th Academy Awards (1987)Michael Douglas“Wall Street”Gordon Gekko
61st Academy Awards (1988)Dustin Hoffman [2]“Rain Man”Raymond Babbitt
62nd Academy Awards (1989)Daniel Day-Lewis“My Left Foot”Christy Brown
63rd Academy Awards (1990)Jeremy Irons“Reversal of Fortune”Claus von Bülow
64th Academy Awards (1991)Anthony Hopkins“The Silence of the Lambs”Dr. Hannibal Lecter
65th Academy Awards (1992)Al Pacino“Scent of a Woman”Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
66th Academy Awards (1993)Tom Hanks“Philadelphia”Andrew “Andy” Beckett
67th Academy Awards (1994)Tom Hanks [2]“Forrest Gump”Forrest Gump
68th Academy Awards (1995)Nicolas Cage“Leaving Las Vegas”Ben Sanderson
69th Academy Awards (1996)Geoffrey Rush“Shine”David Helfgott
70th Academy Awards (1997)Jack Nicholson [2]“As Good as It Gets”Melvin Udall
71st Academy Awards (1998)Roberto Benigni“Life Is Beautiful”Guido Orefice
72nd Academy Awards (1999)Kevin Spacey“American Beauty”Lester Burnham
73rd Academy Awards (2000)Russell Crowe“Gladiator”Maximus Decimus Meridius
74th Academy Awards (2001)Denzel Washington“Training Day”Det. Sgt. Alonzo Harris
75th Academy Awards (2002)Adrien Brody“The Pianist”Władysław Szpilman
76th Academy Awards (2003)Sean Penn“Mystic River”Jimmy Markum
77th Academy Awards (2004)Jamie Foxx“Ray”Ray Charles
78th Academy Awards (2005)Philip Seymour Hoffman“Capote”Truman Capote
79th Academy Awards (2006)Forest Whitaker“The Last King of Scotland”Idi Amin
80th Academy Awards (2007)Daniel Day-Lewis [2]“There Will Be Blood”Daniel Plainview
81st Academy Awards (2008)Sean Penn [2]“Milk”Harvey Milk
82nd Academy Awards (2009)Jeff Bridges“Crazy Heart”Otis “Bad” Blake
83rd Academy Awards (2010)Colin Firth“The King’s Speech”King George VI
84th Academy Awards (2011)Jean Dujardin“The Artist”George Valentin
85th Academy Awards (2012)Daniel Day-Lewis [3]“Lincoln”Abraham Lincoln
86th Academy Awards (2013)Matthew McConaughey“Dallas Buyers Club”Ron Woodroof
87th Academy Awards (2014)Eddie Redmayne“The Theory of Everything”Stephen Hawking
88th Academy Awards (2015)Leonardo DiCaprio“The Revenant”Hugh Glass
89th Academy Awards (2016)Casey Affleck“Manchester by the Sea”Lee Chandler
90th Academy Awards (2017)Gary Oldman“Darkest Hour”Winston Churchill
91st Academy Awards (2018)Rami Malek“Bohemian Rhapsody”Freddie Mercury
92nd Academy Awards (2019)Joaquin Phoenix“Joker”Arthur Fleck / Joker
93rd Academy Awards (2020)Anthony Hopkins [2]“The Father”Anthony
94th Academy Awards (2021)Will Smith“King Richard”Richard Williams