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 11 top lists Check
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    Street Angel

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 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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    Disraeli

    1929, in 1 top list 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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    Min and Bill

    1930, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Champ

    1931, in 3 top lists Check
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    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    1931, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Sin of Madelon Claudet

    1931 — a.k.a. The Lullaby, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Private Life of Henry VIII.

    1933, in 4 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 28 top lists Check
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    The Informer

    1935, in 8 top lists Check
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    Dangerous

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Story of Louis Pasteur

    1936, in 1 top list Check
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    The Great Ziegfeld

    1936, in 3 top lists Check
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    Come and Get It

    1936, in 1 top list Check
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    Anthony Adverse

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    Captains Courageous

    1937, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Good Earth

    1937, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Life of Emile Zola

    1937, in 7 top lists Check
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    In Old Chicago

    1938, in 1 top list Check
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    Boys Town

    1938, in 2 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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    Stagecoach

    1939, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Philadelphia Story

    1940, in 20 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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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
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    Sergeant York

    1941, in 7 top lists Check
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    Suspicion

    1941, in 4 top lists Check
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    How Green Was My Valley

    1941, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Great Lie

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    Yankee Doodle Dandy

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
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    Mrs. Miniver

    1942, in 9 top lists Check
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    Johnny Eager

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    Watch on the Rhine

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Song of Bernadette

    1943, in 4 top lists Check
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    The More the Merrier

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
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    For Whom the Bell Tolls

    1943, in 3 top lists Check
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    Going My Way

    1944, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gaslight

    1944, in 9 top lists Check
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    None But the Lonely Heart

    1944, in 1 top list Check