Personal Best Actor Winners and Nominees

by OrsonHepburn | created - 04 Jun 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Best Actor winners and nominees (Years with winners and nominees are listed are complete, but subject to change, while years with only winners are years which I still need to complete.)

1. Paul Muni

Actor | Scarface

Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, who were both professionals. His family was Jewish, and spoke Yiddish. Paul was educated in New York and Cleveland public schools. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and ...

Best Actor - 1932

I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

John Barrymore - Grand Hotel Paul Muni - Scarface William Powell - One Way Passage Lowell Sherman - What Price Hollywood?

2. Leslie Howard

Actor | Pygmalion

Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the ...

Best Actor - 1934

Of Human Bondage

John Barrymore - Twentieth Century Clark Gable - It Happened One Night Fredric March - Death Takes a Holiday William Powell - The Thin Man

3. William Powell

Actor | The Thin Man

William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did ...

Best Actor - 1936

My Man Godfrey

Gary Cooper - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Walter Huston - Dodsworth William Powell - The Great Ziegfeld Spencer Tracy - Fury

4. Fredric March

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of ...

Best Actor - 1937

A Star is Born

Henry Fonda - You Only Live Once Cary Grant - The Awful Truth Robert Montgomery - Night Must Fall Victor Moore - Make Way for Tomorrow

5. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

Best Actor - 1938

Bringing Up Baby

Lionel Barrymore - You Can't Take It With You James Cagney - Angels with Dirty Faces Robert Donat - The Citadel Leslie Howard - Pygmalion

6. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

Best Actor - 1939

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

James Cagney - The Roaring Twenties Robert Donat - Goodbye Mr. Chips Clark Gable - Gone with the Wind Laurence Olivier - Wuthering Heights

7. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Best Actor - 1940

The Great Dictator

Henry Ford - The Grapes of Wrath Cary Grant - His Girl Friday Laurence Olivier - Rebecca James Stewart - The Philadelphia Story

8. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

Best Actor - 1941

The Maltese Falcon

Cary Grant - Penny Serenade Cary Grant - Suspicion Robert Montgomery - Here Comes Mr. Jordan Orson Welles - Citizen Kane

9. Humphrey Bogart

Actor | Casablanca

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy ...

Best Actor - 1942

Casablanca

James Cagney - Yankee Doodle Dandy Ronald Colman - Random Harvet Gary Cooper - The Pride of the Yankees Walter Pidgeon - Mrs. Miniver

10. Joseph Cotten

Actor | The Third Man

Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster.

Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their...

Best Actor - 1943

Shadow of a Doubt

Gary Cooper - For Whom the Bell Tolls Henry Fonda - The Ox-Bow Incident Roger Livesey - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Paul Lukas - Watch on the Rhine

11. Fred MacMurray

Actor | Double Indemnity

Fred MacMurray was likely the most underrated actor of his generation. True, his earliest work is mostly dismissed as pedestrian, but no other actor working in the 1940s and 50s was able to score so supremely whenever cast against type.

Frederick Martin MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, to ...

Best Actor - 1944

Double Indemnity

Charles Boyer - Gaslight Bing Crosby - Going My Way Cary Grant - Arsenic and Old Lace Laurence Olivier - Henry V

12. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...

Best Actor - 1945

The Lost Weekend

Jean-Louis Barrault - Children of Paradise Bing Crosby - The Bell's of St. Mary's Trevor Howard - Brief Encounter Gregory Peck - Spellbound

13. James Stewart

Actor | Vertigo

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

Best Actor - 1946

It's a Wonderful Life

Humphrey Bogart - The Big Sleep Cary Grant - Notorious Fredric March - The Best Years of Our Lives David Niven - A Matter of Life and Death

14. Ronald Colman

Actor | Random Harvest

British leading man of primarily American films, one of the great stars of the Golden Age. Raised in Ealing, the son of a successful silk merchant, he attended boarding school in Sussex, where he first discovered amateur theatre. He intended to attend Cambridge and become an engineer, but his ...

Best Actor - 1947

A Double Life

Richard Attenborough - Brighton Rock Charles Chaplin - Monsieur Verdoux Robert Mitchum - Out of the Past Gregory Peck - Gentleman's Agreement

15. Sean Penn

Actor | Mystic River

Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints.

Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the ...

Best Actor - 2004

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Jeff Bridges - The Door in the Floor Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator Jamie Foxx - Ray Paul Giamatti - Sideways

16. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

Best Actor - 2005

Brokeback Mountain

Russell Crowe - Cinderella Man Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line David Straithairn - Good Night, and Good Luck

17. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Полу-Нельсон (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the ...

Best Actor - 2006

Half Nelson

Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed James McAvoy - The Last King of Scotland Jack Nicholson - The Departed

18. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...

Best Actor - 2007

There Will Be Blood

Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford George Clooney - Michael Clayton Ryan Gosling - Lars and the Real Girl James McAvoy - Atonement

19. Mickey Rourke

Actor | Sin City

Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his ...

Best Actor - 2008

The Wrestler

Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road Colin Farrell - In Bruges Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon Sean Penn - Milk

20. Jeff Bridges

Actor | The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without ...

Best Actor - 2009

Crazy Heart

Colin Firth - A Single Man Joseph Gordon Levitt - (500) Days of Summer Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker Sam Rockwell - Moon

21. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Полу-Нельсон (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the ...

Best Actor - 2010

Blue Valentine

Jeff Bridges - True Grit Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network Colin Firth - The King's Speech James Franco - 127 Hours

22. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Полу-Нельсон (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the ...

Best Actor - 2011

Drive

Damien Bichir - A Better Life Jean Dujardin - The Artist Woody Harrelson - Rampart Gary Oldman - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

23. Joaquin Phoenix

Actor | Walk the Line

Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York,...

Best Actor - 2012

The Master

John Hawkes - The Sessions Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

24. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Зубастики...

Best Actor - 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Will Forte - Nebraska Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club Joaquin Phoenix - Her

25. Michael Keaton

Actor | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Quirky, inventive and handsome American actor Michael Keaton first achieved major fame with his door-busting performance as fast-talking ideas man Bill Blazejowski, alongside a nerdish morgue attendant (Henry Winkler), in Night Shift (1982). He played further comedic roles in Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny...

Best Actor - 2014

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler Bill Hader - The Skeleton Twins

26. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

Best Actor - 2015

Steve Jobs

Matt Damon - The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant Jake Gyllenhaal - Southpaw Jacob Tremblay - Room

27. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

Best Actor - 2016

Fences

Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea Joel Edgerton - Loving Ryan Gosling - La La Land Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic



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