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. 9 new

    A Free Soul

    1931, in 0 top lists Check
  2. 43 new

    Johnny Eager

    1941, in 1 top list Check
  3. 49 new

    Gaslight

    1944, in 9 top lists Check
  4. 52 new

    Mildred Pierce

    1945, in 14 top lists Check
  5. 58 new

    A Double Life

    1947, in 1 top list Check
  6. 65 new

    Key Largo

    1948, in 6 top lists Check
  7. 82 new

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
  8. 84 new

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  9. 97 new

    I Want to Live!

    1958, in 2 top lists Check
  10. 107 new

    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
  11. 108 new

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 19 top lists Check
  12. 116 new

    Topkapi

    1964, in 2 top lists Check
  13. 125 new

    In the Heat of the Night

    1967, in 17 top lists Check
  14. 128 new

    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
  15. 142 new

    The French Connection

    1971, in 20 top lists Check
  16. 145 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  17. 151 new

    Paper Moon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 154 new

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 28 top lists Check
  19. 191 new

    Prizzi's Honor

    1985, in 6 top lists Check
  20. 195 new

    Wall Street

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Untouchables

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
  22. 199 new

    The Accused

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
  23. 200 new

    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
  24. 207 new

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
  26. 215 new

    My Cousin Vinny

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
  27. 218 new

    The Fugitive

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
  28. 222 new

    Bullets Over Broadway

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
  29. 224 new

    Dead Man Walking

    1995, in 1 top list Check
  30. 225 new

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
  31. 228 new

    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
  32. 233 new

    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 24 top lists Check
  33. 243 new

    Traffic

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
  34. 245 new

    Training Day

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chicago

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
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    Mystic River

    2003, in 4 top lists Check
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    Monster

    2003, in 3 top lists Check
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    Capote

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
  39. 269 new

    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 22 top lists Check
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    Michael Clayton

    2007, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 23 top lists Check
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