Who Won the Oscar for Best Actor?

Academy Award: Best Actor

From Emil Jannings in 1929 to Eddie Redmayne in 2015, 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

1950 Broderick Crawford ("All The King's Men")  
Other Nominees: Kirk Douglas (Champion); Gregory Peck (Twelve O'Clock High); Richard Todd (The Hasty Heart); John Wayne (Sands of Iwo Jima)
1949 Laurence Olivier ("Hamlet")  
Other Nominees: Lew Ayres (Johnny Belinda); Montgomery Clift (The Search); Dan Dailey (When My Baby Smiles At Me); Clifton Webb (Sitting Pretty)
1948 Ronald Colman ("A Double Life")  
Other Nominees: Joihn Garfield (Body and Soul); Gregory Peck (Gentleman's Agreement); William Powell (Life With Father); Michael Redgrave (Mourning Becomes Electra)
1947 Fredric March ("The Best Years Of Our Lives")  
Other Nominees: Laurence Olivier (Henry V); Larry Parks (The Jolson Story); Gregory Peck (The Yearling); James Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life)
1946 Ray Milland ("The Lost Weekend")  
Other Nominees: Bing Crosby (The Bells of St Mary's); Gene Kelly (Anchors Aweigh); Gregory Peck (The Keys of the Kingdom); Cornel Wilde (A Song To Remember)
1945 Bing Crosby ("Going My Way")  
Other Nominees: Charles Boyer (Gaslight); Barry Fitzgerald (Going My Way); Cary Grant (None But the Lonely Heart); Alexander Knox (Wilson)
1944 Paul Lukas ("Watch on the Rhine")  
Other Nominees: Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca); Gary Cooper (For Whom the Bell Tolls); Walter Pidgeon (Madame Curie); Mickey Rooney (The Human Comedy)
1943 James Cagney ("Yankee Doodle Dandy")  
Other Nominees: Ronald Colman (Random Harvest); Gary Cooper (Pride of the Yankees); Walter Pidgeon (Mrs Miniver); Monty Woolley (The Pied Piper)
1942 Gary Cooper ("Sergeant York")  
Other Nominees: Cary Grant (Penny Serenade); Walter Huston (All That Money Can Buy); Robert Montgomery (Here Comes Mr Jordan); Orson Welles (Citizen Kane)
1941 James Stewart ("The Philadelphia Story")  
Other Nominees: Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator); Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath); Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln In Illinois); Laurence Olivier (Rebecca)
1940 Robert Donat ("Goodbye Mr Chips")  
Other Nominees: Clark Gable (Gone With the Wind); Laurence Olivier (Wuthering Heights); Mickey Rooney (Babes In Arms); James Stewart (Mr Smith Goes To Washington)
1939 Spencer Tracy ("Boys Town")  
Other Nominees: Charles Boyer (Algiers); James Cagney (Angels With Dirty Faces); Robert Donat (The Citadel); Leslie Howard (Pygmalion)
1938 Spencer Tracy ("Captains Courageous")  
Other Nominees: Charles Boyer (Conquest); Fredric March (A Star Is Born); Robert Montgomery (Night Must Fall); Paul Muni (The Life of Emile Zola)
1937 Paul Muni ("The Story Of Louis Pasteur")  
Other Nominees: Gary Cooper (Mr Deeds Goes To Town); Walter Huston (Dodsworth); William Powell (My Man Godfrey); Spencer Tracy (San Francisco)
1936 Victor McLaglen ("The Informer")  
Other Nominees: Clark Gable (Mutiny on the Bounty); Charles Laughton (Mutiny on the Bounty); Franchot Tone (Mutiny on the Bounty)
1935 Clark Gable ("It Happened One Night")  
Other Nominees: Frank Morgan (The Affairs of Cellini); William Powell (The Thin Man)
1934 Charles Laughton ("The Private Life of Henry VIII")  
Other Nominees: Leslie Howard; Paul Muni
1932 Wallace Beery ("The Champ")  
1932 Fredric March ("Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde")  
Other Nominees: Alfred Lunt (The Guardsman)
1931 Lionel Barrymore ("A Free Soul")  
Other Nominees: Jackie Cooper; Richard Dix; Fredric March; Adolphe Menjou
1930 George Arliss ("Disraeli")  
Other Nominees: Wallace Berry; Maurice Chevalier; Ronald Colman; Lawrence Tibbett
1930 Warner Baxter ("In Old Arizona")  
Other Nominees: George Bancroft; Chester Morris; Paul Muni; Lewis Stone
1929 Emil Jannings ("The Last Command; The Way of the Flesh")  
Other Nominees: Richard Barthelmess


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)