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. 219 -

    Forrest Gump

    1994, in 24 top lists Check
  2. 162 -

    Annie Hall

    1977, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 31 -

    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
  4. 82 -

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 29 top lists Check
  5. 4 -

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  6. 16 -

    It Happened One Night

    1934, in 27 top lists Check
  7. 234 -

    La vita è bella

    1997 — a.k.a. Life Is Beautiful, in 19 top lists Check
  8. 55 -

    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
  9. 282 -

    The Artist

    2011, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 33 -

    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
  11. 146 -

    Cabaret

    1972, in 22 top lists Check
  12. 80 -

    Roman Holiday

    1953, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 287 -

    Silver Linings Playbook

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
  14. 217 -

    The Piano

    1993, in 14 top lists Check
  15. 81 -

    From Here to Eternity

    1953, in 13 top lists Check
  16. 73 -

    The African Queen

    1951, in 11 top lists Check
  17. 230 -

    The English Patient

    1996, in 17 top lists Check
  18. 180 -

    Tootsie

    1982, in 18 top lists Check
  19. 289 -

    Les Misérables

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
  20. 235 -

    Shakespeare in Love

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
  21. 231 -

    As Good as It Gets

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  22. 92 -

    Written on the Wind

    1956, in 11 top lists Check
  23. 229 -

    Jerry Maguire

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
  24. 78 -

    The Bad and the Beautiful

    1952, in 8 top lists Check
  25. 223 -

    Leaving Las Vegas

    1995, in 5 top lists Check
  26. 67 -

    The Heiress

    1949, in 10 top lists Check
  27. 85 -

    Marty

    1955, in 11 top lists Check
  28. 196 -

    Moonstruck

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
  29. 42 -

    Mrs. Miniver

    1942, in 9 top lists Check
  30. 284 -

    Beginners

    2010, in 1 top list Check
  31. 213 -

    Howards End

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
  32. 274 -

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    2008, in 2 top lists Check
  33. 272 -

    The Reader

    2008, in 1 top list Check
  34. 28 -

    Jezebel

    1938, in 7 top lists Check
  35. 98 -

    The Big Country

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
  36. 2 -

    7th Heaven

    1927, in 11 top lists Check
  37. 70 -

    Born Yesterday

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
  38. 178 -

    Sophie's Choice

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  39. 1 -

    The Last Command

    1928, in 8 top lists Check
  40. 262 -

    The Constant Gardener

    2005, in 1 top list Check
  41. 100 -

    Room at the Top

    1959, in 8 top lists Check
  42. 119 -

    Darling

    1965, in 7 top lists Check
  43. 153 -

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    1974, in 4 top lists Check
  44. 164 -

    Coming Home

    1978, in 4 top lists Check
  45. 61 -

    Gentleman's Agreement

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 30 -

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
  47. 183 -

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    1982, in 6 top lists Check
  48. 179 -

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
  49. 140 -

    Ryan's Daughter

    1970, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 139 -

    Women in Love

    1969, in 7 top lists Check
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Last updated on Feb 10, 2020 by MovieDearest; source