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. 10 new

    Min and Bill

    1930, in 0 top lists Check
  2. 14 new

    The Private Life of Henry VIII.

    1933, in 4 top lists Check
  3. 16 new

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
  4. 33 new

    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
  5. 46 new

    The More the Merrier

    1943, in 4 top lists Check
  6. 48 new

    Going My Way

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
  7. 59 new

    The Farmer's Daughter

    1947, in 0 top lists Check
  8. 60 new

    Miracle on 34th Street

    1947, in 7 top lists Check
  9. 70 new

    Born Yesterday

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
  10. 72 new

    Harvey

    1950, in 3 top lists Check
  11. 79 new

    Stalag 17

    1953, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 80 new

    Roman Holiday

    1953, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 86 new

    The Rose Tattoo

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
  14. 87 new

    Mister Roberts

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
  15. 111 new

    Lilies of the Field

    1963, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 115 new

    Mary Poppins

    1964, in 14 top lists Check
  17. 116 new

    Topkapi

    1964, in 2 top lists Check
  18. 118 new

    Cat Ballou

    1965, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 120 new

    A Thousand Clowns

    1965, in 1 top list Check
  20. 124 new

    The Fortune Cookie

    1966, in 2 top lists Check
  21. 131 new

    Funny Girl

    1968, in 8 top lists Check
  22. 137 new

    Cactus Flower

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
  23. 147 new

    Butterflies Are Free

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
  24. 149 new

    A Touch of Class

    1973, in 1 top list Check
  25. 150 new

    The Paper Chase

    1973, in 1 top list Check
  26. 151 new

    Paper Moon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
  27. 152 new

    Harry and Tonto

    1974, in 1 top list Check
  28. 157 new

    The Sunshine Boys

    1975, in 1 top list Check
  29. 158 new

    Shampoo

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
  30. 161 new

    The Goodbye Girl

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
  31. 162 new

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 31 top lists Check
  32. 166 new

    California Suite

    1978, in 1 top list Check
  33. 169 new

    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
  34. 173 new

    Melvin and Howard

    1980, in 4 top lists Check
  35. 175 new

    Arthur

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
  36. 180 new

    Tootsie

    1982, in 17 top lists Check
  37. 182 new

    Terms of Endearment

    1983, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 191 new

    Prizzi's Honor

    1985, in 6 top lists Check
  39. 194 new

    Hannah and Her Sisters

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
  40. 196 new

    Moonstruck

    1987, in 6 top lists Check
  41. 200 new

    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
  42. 203 new

    Driving Miss Daisy

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
  43. 210 new

    City Slickers

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Fisher King

    1991, in 3 top lists Check
  45. 215 new

    My Cousin Vinny

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
  46. 221 new

    Ed Wood

    1994, in 8 top lists Check
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    Bullets Over Broadway

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mighty Aphrodite

    1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Jerry Maguire

    1996, in 7 top lists Check
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    As Good as It Gets

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
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