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.

Last updated: February 25, 2019.

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  1. 280 new

    Black Swan

    2010, in 8 top lists Check
  2. 277 new

    Inglourious Basterds

    2009, in 13 top lists Check
  3. 219 new

    Forrest Gump

    1994, in 24 top lists Check
  4. 273 new

    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 23 top lists Check
  5. 241 new

    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
  6. 269 new

    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 22 top lists Check
  7. 237 new

    American Beauty

    1999, in 22 top lists Check
  8. 267 new

    There Will Be Blood

    2007, in 19 top lists Check
  9. 257 new

    Million Dollar Baby

    2004, in 10 top lists Check
  10. 252 new

    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  11. 235 new

    Shakespeare in Love

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
  12. 265 new

    Little Miss Sunshine

    2006, in 7 top lists Check
  13. 276 new

    The Blind Side

    2009, in 4 top lists Check
  14. 145 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
  16. 248 new

    A Beautiful Mind

    2001, in 10 top lists Check
  17. 289 new

    Les Misérables

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 230 new

    The English Patient

    1996, in 16 top lists Check
  19. 234 new

    La vita è bella

    1997 — a.k.a. Life Is Beautiful, in 18 top lists Check
  20. 162 new

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
  21. 228 new

    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
  22. 287 new

    Silver Linings Playbook

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
  23. 208 new

    Ghost

    1990, in 9 top lists Check
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    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
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    The King's Speech

    2010, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 225 new

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
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    Adaptation.

    2002, in 9 top lists Check
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    Mystic River

    2003, in 4 top lists Check
  29. 274 new

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    2008, in 2 top lists Check
  30. 296 new

    Boyhood

    2014, in 11 top lists Check
  31. 258 new

    The Aviator

    2004, in 7 top lists Check
  32. 232 new

    Good Will Hunting

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 282 new

    The Artist

    2011, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 154 new

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
  35. 229 new

    Jerry Maguire

    1996, in 7 top lists Check
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    Django Unchained

    2012, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
  38. 285 new

    The Help

    2011, in 5 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
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    La La Land

    2016, in 14 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
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    Precious

    2009, in 3 top lists Check
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    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Untouchables

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Lincoln

    2012, in 4 top lists Check
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 19 top lists Check
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    Erin Brockovich

    2000, in 6 top lists Check