Academy Award Acting Winners

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Since the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored the year’s most outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role and most outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role.

Beginning in 1936 the Academy has honored the year’s most outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role and most outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role.

This list includes all the movies that won at least one of its actors or actresses an Academy Award for their performance in that film.

Note that in the first year of the Oscars, 1927-1928, actors and actresses were able to be nominated and win for more than one film. Emil Jannings won the Best Actor award for both "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh"; the latter film is considered lost so it is not included on this list. Janet Gaynor won for her performances in three films: "7th Heaven", "Street Angel" and "Sunrise".

Also, there have been two occurrences of more than one winner in the same acting category. In 1931-32, there was a technical tie in the Best Actor category resulting in wins for both Wallace Berry in "The Champ" and Fredric March in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". In 1968 there was a tie in the Best Actress category, with both Katharine Hepburn in "The Lion in Winter" and Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" named winners.

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  1. 292 -

    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 16 top lists Check
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    7th Heaven

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Accidental Tourist

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Accused

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
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    Adaptation.

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    Affliction

    1997, in 1 top list Check
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    The African Queen

    1951, in 11 top lists Check
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    Airport

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
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    Alexis Zorbas

    1964 — a.k.a. Zorba the Greek, in 2 top lists Check
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
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    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
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    All the King's Men

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
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    Amadeus

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
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    American Beauty

    1999, in 23 top lists Check
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    Anastasia

    1956, in 1 top list Check
  17. 162 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
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    Anthony Adverse

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    Arthur

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Artist

    2011, in 8 top lists Check
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    As Good as It Gets

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Aviator

    2004, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Bad and the Beautiful

    1952, in 8 top lists Check
  24. 84 -

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 248 -

    A Beautiful Mind

    2001, in 11 top lists Check
  26. 284 -

    Beginners

    2010, in 1 top list Check
  27. 169 -

    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
  30. 98 -

    The Big Country

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
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    Black Swan

    2010, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Blind Side

    2009, in 4 top lists Check
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    Blue Jasmine

    2013, in 1 top list Check
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    Blue Sky

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    2018, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
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    Born Yesterday

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
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    Boyhood

    2014, in 12 top lists Check
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    Boys Don't Cry

    1999, in 7 top lists Check
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    Boys Town

    1938, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bridge of Spies

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    Bullets Over Broadway

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    BUtterfield 8

    1960, in 1 top list Check
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    Butterflies Are Free

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
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    Cactus Flower

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
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    California Suite

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Capote

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    Captains Courageous

    1937, in 6 top lists Check