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. 7 new

    Disraeli

    1929, in 2 top lists Check
  2. 14 new

    The Private Life of Henry VIII.

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  3. 19 new

    The Story of Louis Pasteur

    1936, in 1 top list Check
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    The Great Ziegfeld

    1936, in 3 top lists Check
  5. 25 new

    The Life of Emile Zola

    1937, in 7 top lists Check
  6. 27 new

    Boys Town

    1938, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 37 new

    Sergeant York

    1941, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 41 new

    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
  9. 45 new

    The Song of Bernadette

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
  10. 77 new

    Viva Zapata!

    1952, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 89 new

    The King and I

    1956, in 5 top lists Check
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    Anastasia

    1956, in 2 top lists Check
  13. 91 new

    Lust for Life

    1956, in 3 top lists Check
  14. 97 new

    I Want to Live!

    1958, in 2 top lists Check
  15. 101 new

    The Diary of Anne Frank

    1959, in 3 top lists Check
  16. 104 new

    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Miracle Worker

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 122 new

    A Man for All Seasons

    1966, in 13 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
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    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
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    Patton

    1970, in 12 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    1980, in 6 top lists Check
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    Reds

    1981, in 8 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
  27. 184 new

    Amadeus

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
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    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 205 new

    Reversal of Fortune

    1990, in 1 top list Check
  30. 207 new

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  31. 221 new

    Ed Wood

    1994, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 227 new

    Shine

    1996, in 6 top lists Check
  33. 238 new

    Boys Don't Cry

    1999, in 7 top lists Check
  34. 240 new

    Girl, Interrupted

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
  35. 242 new

    Erin Brockovich

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
  36. 244 new

    Pollock

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
  37. 247 new

    Iris

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    A Beautiful Mind

    2001, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 19 top lists Check
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    Monster

    2003, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ray

    2004, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Aviator

    2004, in 7 top lists Check
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    Capote

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    Walk the Line

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Last King of Scotland

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Queen

    2006, in 4 top lists Check
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    La môme

    2007 — a.k.a. La Vie en Rose, in 1 top list Check
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    Milk

    2008, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Blind Side

    2009, in 4 top lists Check
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    The King's Speech

    2010, in 10 top lists Check
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