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. 145 -

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  2. 273 -

    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 22 top lists Check
  3. 209 -

    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 33 top lists Check
  4. 207 -

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  5. 154 -

    The Godfather: Part II

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
  6. 156 -

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  7. 269 -

    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 23 top lists Check
  8. 228 -

    Fargo

    1996, in 24 top lists Check
  9. 277 -

    Inglourious Basterds

    2009, in 15 top lists Check
  10. 219 -

    Forrest Gump

    1994, in 24 top lists Check
  11. 162 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
  12. 237 -

    American Beauty

    1999, in 23 top lists Check
  13. 267 -

    There Will Be Blood

    2007, in 19 top lists Check
  14. 170 -

    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
  15. 288 -

    Django Unchained

    2012, in 10 top lists Check
  16. 31 -

    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
  17. 225 -

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
  18. 133 -

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 20 top lists Check
  19. 241 -

    Gladiator

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
  20. 71 -

    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
  21. 280 -

    Black Swan

    2010, in 10 top lists Check
  22. 165 -

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  23. 214 -

    Unforgiven

    1992, in 22 top lists Check
  24. 82 -

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  25. 4 -

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  26. 233 -

    L.A. Confidential

    1997, in 23 top lists Check
  27. 93 -

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
  28. 249 -

    The Pianist

    2002, in 20 top lists Check
  29. 128 -

    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 29 top lists Check
  30. 184 -

    Amadeus

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
  31. 108 -

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 19 top lists Check
  32. 64 -

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    1948, in 24 top lists Check
  33. 295 -

    Whiplash

    2014, in 11 top lists Check
  34. 292 -

    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 18 top lists Check
  35. 159 -

    Network

    1976, in 13 top lists Check
  36. 234 -

    La vita è bella

    1997 — a.k.a. Life Is Beautiful, in 19 top lists Check
  37. 99 -

    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
  38. 232 -

    Good Will Hunting

    1997, in 9 top lists Check
  39. 296 -

    Boyhood

    2014, in 14 top lists Check
  40. 36 -

    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
  41. 55 -

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
  42. 74 -

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
  43. 279 -

    The King's Speech

    2010, in 11 top lists Check
  44. 107 -

    West Side Story

    1961, in 21 top lists Check
  45. 282 -

    The Artist

    2011, in 8 top lists Check
  46. 265 -

    Little Miss Sunshine

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 251 -

    Adaptation.

    2002, in 10 top lists Check
  48. 160 -

    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
  49. 127 -

    Cool Hand Luke

    1967, in 11 top lists Check
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    Million Dollar Baby

    2004, in 12 top lists Check