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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    The Last Command

    1928, in 8 top lists Check
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    7th Heaven

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    In Old Arizona

    1928, in 1 top list Check
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    Coquette

    1929, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Divorcee

    1930, in 1 top list Check
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    A Free Soul

    1931, in 0 top lists Check
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    Morning Glory

    1933, in 0 top lists Check
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    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
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    Anthony Adverse

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Good Earth

    1937, in 5 top lists Check
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    Jezebel

    1938, in 7 top lists Check
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    Kentucky

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
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    Kitty Foyle

    1940, in 1 top list Check
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    The Westerner

    1940, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mrs. Miniver

    1942, in 9 top lists Check
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    The More the Merrier

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
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    None But the Lonely Heart

    1944, in 1 top list Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    To Each His Own

    1946, in 1 top list Check
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    Gentleman's Agreement

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Heiress

    1949, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cyrano de Bergerac

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    Born Yesterday

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
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    The African Queen

    1951, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Bad and the Beautiful

    1952, in 8 top lists Check
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    Roman Holiday

    1953, in 11 top lists Check
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    From Here to Eternity

    1953, in 12 top lists Check
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    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
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    Marty

    1955, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Rose Tattoo

    1955, in 3 top lists Check
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    Written on the Wind

    1956, in 11 top lists Check
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    Sayonara

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
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    Separate Tables

    1958, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Big Country

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
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    Room at the Top

    1959, in 7 top lists Check
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    Darling

    1965, in 7 top lists Check
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    A Thousand Clowns

    1965, in 1 top list Check
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    A Patch of Blue

    1965, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Fortune Cookie

    1966, in 1 top list Check
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    Cactus Flower

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
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    Women in Love

    1969, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ryan's Daughter

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
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    A Touch of Class

    1973, in 1 top list Check
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Goodbye Girl

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
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Last updated on Feb 10, 2020 by MovieDearest; source