Who Won the Oscar for Best Actor?

Academy Award: Best Actor

From Emil Jannings in 1929 to Leonardo DiCaprio in 2016, the Academy Awards have recognized great performances by leading actors throughout the years.

Multiple winners have included Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy, and Marlon Brando.

Best Actor Academy Award Winners

2016 Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
The Revenant
2015 Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything)
The Theory Of Everything
2014 Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Dallas Buyers Club
2013 Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
2012 Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
The Artist
2011 Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
The King's Speech
2010 Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Crazy Heart
2009 Sean Penn (Milk)
2008 Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
There Will Be Blood
2007 Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland)
The Last King Of Scotland
2006 Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
2005 Jamie Foxx (Ray)
2004 Sean Penn (Mystic River)
Mystic River
2003 Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
The Pianist
2002 Denzel Washington (Training Day)
Training Day
2001 Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
2000 Kevn Spacey (American Beauty)
American Beauty
1999 Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
Life Is Beautiful
1998 Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets)
As Good As It Gets
1997 Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
1996 Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)
Leaving Las Vegas
1995 Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)
Forrest Gump
1994 Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
1993 Al Pacino (Scent Of A Woman)
Scent Of A Woman
1992 Anthony Hopkins (The Silence Of The Lambs)
The Silence Of The Lambs
1991 Jeremy Irons (Reversal Of Fortune)
Reversal Of Fortune
1990 Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
My Left Foot
1989 Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
Rain Man
1988 Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
Wall Street
1987 Paul Newman (The Color Of Money)
The Color Of Money
1986 William Hurt (Kiss Of The Spider Woman)
Kiss Of The Spider Woman
1985 F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
1984 Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
Tender Mercies
1983 Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
1982 Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
On Golden Pond
1981 Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
Raging Bull
1980 Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
Kramer vs. Kramer
1979 Jon Voight (Coming Home)
Coming Home
1978 Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
The Goodbye Girl
1977 Peter Finch (Network)
1976 Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
1975 Art Carney (Harry & Tonto)
Harry & Tonto
1974 Jack Lemmon (Save The Tiger)
Save The Tiger
1973 Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
The Godfather
1972 Gene Hackman (The French Connection)
The French Connection
1971 George C. Scott (Patton)
1970 John Wayne (True Grit)
True Grit
1969 Cliff Robertson (Charly)
1968 Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night)
In The Heat Of The Night
1967 Paul Scofield (A Man For All Seasons)
A Man For All Seasons
1966 Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou)
Cat Ballou
1965 Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
My Fair Lady
1964 Sidney Poitier (Lillies Of The Field)
Lillies Of The Field
1963 Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird)
To Kill A Mockingbird
1962 Maximillian Schell (Judgment At Nuremberg)
Judgment At Nuremberg
1961 Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry)
Elmer Gantry
1960 Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)
1959 David Niven (Separate Tables)
Separate Tables
1958 Alec Guinness (The Bridge On The River Kwai)
The Bridge On The River Kwai
1957 Yul Brynner (The King And I)
The King And I
1956 Ernest Borgnine (Marty)
1955 Marlon Brando (On The Waterfront)
On The Waterfront
1954 William Holden (Stalag 17)
Stalag 17
1953 Gary Cooper (High Noon)
High Noon
1952 Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)
The African Queen
1951 Jose Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Cyrano de Bergerac
1950 Broderick Crawford (All The King's Men)
All the King's Men
1949 Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)
1948 Ronald Colman (A Double Life)
A Double Life
1947 Fredric March (The Best Years Of Our Lives)
The Best Years Of Our Lives
1946 Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend)
The Lost Weekend
1945 Bing Crosby (Going My Way)
Going My Way
1944 Paul Lukas (Watch On The Rhine)
Watch On The Rhine
1943 James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
Yankee Doodle Dandy
1942 Gary Cooper (Sergeant York)
Sergeant York
1941 James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story)
The Philadelphia Story
1940 Robert Donat (Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1939 Spencer Tracy (Boys Town)
Boys Town
1938 Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous)
Captains Courageous
1937 Paul Muni (The Story Of Louis Pasteur)
The Story Of Louis Pasteur
1936 Victor McLaglen (The Informer)
The Informer
1935 Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)
It Happened One Night
1934 Charles Laughton (The Private Life Of Henry VIII)
The Private Life Of Henry VIII
1932 Wallace Beery & Fredric March (The Champ & Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde)
Dr Jekyll & The Champ
1931 Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul)
A Free Soul
1930 George Arliss (Disraeli)
1930 Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona)
In Old Arizona
1929 Emil Jannings (The Way Of All Flesh & The Last Command)
The Way Of All Flesh