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. 38 new

    Suspicion

    1941, in 4 top lists Check
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    Johnny Eager

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 18 top lists Check
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    Airport

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
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    The French Connection

    1971, in 20 top lists Check
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    Klute

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
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    Misery

    1990, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    1991, in 32 top lists Check
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
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    Fargo

    1996, in 23 top lists Check
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    Affliction

    1997, in 1 top list Check
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    Traffic

    2000, in 6 top lists Check
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    Training Day

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Syriana

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
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    No Country for Old Men

    2007, in 22 top lists Check
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    Black Swan

    2010, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Revenant

    2015, in 14 top lists Check
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    Bridge of Spies

    2015, in 1 top list Check
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Last updated on Apr 9, 2018; source