See All Oscars Best Actor Winners Since 1929

By Stermy 6 Min Read

Townflex takes you back in memory lane as we bring you the complete list of every Best Actor Oscar Winner since the first Academy Awards in 1929.

The Academy Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role in a film released that year. The award is traditionally presented by the previous year’s Best Actress winner.

The 1st Academy Awards were held in 1929 with Emil Jannings receiving the award for his roles in The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927).


About The Oscars

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, is an annual awards ceremony that honors outstanding achievements in the film industry. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and were first awarded in 1929.

The Oscars recognize achievements in various categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature, and Best International Feature Film.

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The nominations and winners are selected by the Academy’s voting membership, which is composed of more than 9,000 members from various branches of the film industry. The ceremony is typically held in late February or early March and is broadcast live on television in over 200 countries and territories.


Best Actor Oscars Winners

2023: Brendan Fraser, The Whale

2022: Will Smith, King Richard

2021: Anthony Hopkins, The Father


2020: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

2019: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

2018: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

2017: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

2016: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

2015: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

2014: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

2013: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

2012: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

2011: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

2010: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

2009: Sean Penn, Milk

2008: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

2007: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

2006: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

2005: Jamie Foxx, Ray

2004: Sean Penn, Mystic River

2003: Adrien Brody, The Pianist

2002: Denzel Washington, Training Day

2001: Russell Crowe, Gladiator

2000: Kevin Spacey, American Beauty

1999: Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful

1998: Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets

1997: Geoffrey Rush, Shine

1996: Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas

1995: Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump

1994: Tom Hanks, Philadelphia

1993: Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman

1992: Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs

1991: Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune

1990: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot

1989: Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man

1988: Michael Douglas, Wall Street

1987: Paul Newman, The Color of Money

1986: William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman

1985: F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus

1984: Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies

1983: Ben Kingsley, Gandhi

1982: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond

1981: Robert De Niro, Raging Bull

1980: Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer

1979: Jon Voight, Coming Home

1978: Richard Dreyfuss, The Goodbye Girl

1977: Peter Finch, Network

1976: Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1975: Art Carney, Harry and Tonto

1974: Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger

1973: Marlon Brando, The Godfather

1972: Gene Hackman, The French Connection

1971: George C. Scott, Patton

1970: John Wayne, True Grit

1969: Cliff Robertson, Charly

1968: Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night

1967: Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons

1966: Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou

1965: Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady

1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field

1963: Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird

1962: Maximilian Schell, Judgement at Nuremberg

1961: Burt Lancaster, Elmer Gantry

1960: Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur

1955: Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

1959: David Niven, Separate Tables

1958: Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai

1957: Yul Brynner, The King and I

1956: Ernest Borgnine, Marty

1954: William Holden, Stalag 17

1953: Gary Cooper, High Noon

1952: Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen

1951: José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac

1950: Broderick Crawford, All the King’s Men

1949: Laurence Olivier, Hamlet

1948: Ronald Colman, A Double Life

1947: Fredric March, The Best Years of Our Lives

1946: Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend

1945: Bing Crosby, Going My Way

1944: Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine

1943: James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942: Gary Cooper, Sergeant York

1941: James Stewart, The Philadelphia Story

1940: Robert Donat, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

1939: Spencer Tracy, Boys Town

1938: Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous

1937: Paul Muni, The Story of Louis Pasteur

1936: Victor McLaglen, The Informer

1935: Clark Gable, It Happened One Night

1934: Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII

1933: Wallace Beery, The Champ

1932: Lionel Barrymore, A Free Soul

1931: George Arliss, Disraeli

1930: Warner Baxter, In Old Arizona

1929: Emil Jannings, The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command

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