Here’s A Complete List Of All Best Actor Winners And Nominees In The Oscars’ History

Here’s A Complete List Of All Best Actor Winners And Nominees In The Oscars’ History

By: Oliver G. Alvar -

The 91st iteration of the Academy Awards are over, and we're still processing what happened. To mark the occasion, we present you the complete list of all Best Actor winners and nominees in the Oscars’ history. Get comfortable and enjoy a time-traveler's odyssey.


With this year's Oscar season upon us, I remember each and every single time where I couldn’t think of the past winners and nominees in each of the main categories. So, now that the 91st Academy Awards are over with, the occasion calls for a look back through the halls of history to always keep the big names in mind and win that trivia night. 

Let's take a trip backwards, from today until the very first iteration of the Awards in the 1930s. Here’s a complete list of all Best Actor winners and nominees in the Oscars’ history. Get comfortable and enjoy a time-traveler's odyssey. 

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92nd Academy Awards (2019)

  • Antonio Banderas (nominated for: Pain and Glory)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (nominated for: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Adam Driver (nominated for: Marriage Story)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for: Joker)
  • Jonathan Pryce (nominated for: The Two Popes)

91st Academy Awards (2018)

  • Christian Bale (nominated for: Vice)
  • Bradley Cooper (nominated for: A Star Is Born)
  • Willem Dafoe (nominated for: At Eternity's Gate)
  • Rami Malek (won for: Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • Viggo Mortensen (nominated for: Green Book)

90th Academy Awards (2017)

  • Gary Oldman (won for: Darkest Hour)
  • Timothée Chalamet (nominated for: Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (nominated for: Phantom Thread)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (nominated for: Get Out)
  • Denzel Washington (nominated for: Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

89th Academy Awards (2016)

  • Casey Affleck (won for: Manchester by the Sea)
  • Andrew Garfield (nominated for: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling (nominated for: La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen (nominated for: Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington (nominated for: Fences)

88th Academy Awards (2015)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (won for: The Revenant
  • Bryan Cranston (nominated for: Trumbo
  • Matt Damon (nominated for: The Martian
  • Michael Fassbender (nominated for: Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne (nominated for: The Danish Girl)

87th Academy Awards (2014)

  • Eddie Redmayne (won for: The Theory of Everything)
  • Steve Carell (nominated for: Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper (nominated for: American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (nominated for: The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton (nominated for: Birdman)

86th Academy Awards (2013)

  • Matthew McConaughey (won for: Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Christian Bale (nominated for: American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern (nominated for: Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (nominated for: The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominated for: 12 Years a Slave)

85th Academy Awards (2012)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (won for: Lincoln
  • Bradley Cooper (nominated for: Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman (nominated for: Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for: The Master
  • Denzel Washington (nominated for: Flight)

84th Academy Awards (2011)

  • Jean Dujardin (won for: The Artist)
  • Demián Bichir (nominated for: A Better Life
  • George Clooney (nominated for: The Descendants
  • Gary Oldman (nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt (nominated for: Moneyball)

83rd Academy Awards (2010)

  • Colin Firth (won for: The King's Speech)
  • Javier Bardem (nominated for: Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges (nominated for: True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for: The Social Network
  • James Franco (nominated for: 127 Hours)

82nd Academy Awards (2009)

  • Jeff Bridges (won for: Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney (nominated for: Up in the Air)
  • Colin Firth (nominated for: A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman (nominated for: Invictus
  • Jeremy Renner (nominated for: The Hurt Locker)

81st Academy Awards (2008)

  • Sean Penn (won for: Milk)
  • Richard Jenkins (nominated for: The Visitor
  • Frank Langella (nominated for: Frost/Nixon
  • Brad Pitt (nominated for: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke (nominated for: The Wrestler)

80th Academy Awards (2007)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (won for: There Will Be Blood
  • George Clooney (nominated for: Michael Clayton
  • Johnny Depp (nominated for: Sweeney Todd
  • Tommy Lee Jones (nominated for: In the Valley of Elah
  • Viggo Mortensen (nominated for: Eastern Promises)

79th Academy Awards (2006)

  • Forest Whitaker (won for: The Last King of Scotland)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (nominated for: Blood Diamond)
  • Ryan Gosling (nominated for: Half Nelson
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: Venus
  • Will Smith (nominated for: The Pursuit of Happyness)

78th Academy Awards (2005)

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (won for: Capote
  • Terrence Howard (nominated for: Hustle & Flow
  • Heath Ledger (nominated for: BrokebackMountain)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for: Walk the Line
  • David Strathairn (nominated for: Good Night, and Good Luck)

77th Academy Awards (2004)

  • Jamie Foxx (won for: Ray)
  • Don Cheadle (nominated for: Hotel Rwanda
  • Johnny Depp (nominated for: Finding Neverland
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (nominated for: The Aviator)
  • Clint Eastwood (nominated for: Million Dollar Baby)

76th Academy Awards (2003)

  • Sean Penn (won for: Mystic River
  • Johnny Depp (nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
  • Ben Kingsley (nominated for: House of Sand and Fog
  • Jude Law (nominated for: Cold Mountain
  • Bill Murray (nominated for: Lost in Translation)

75th Academy Awards (2002)

  • Adrien Brody (won for: The Pianist)
  • Nicolas Cage (nominated for: Adaptation
  • Michael Caine (nominated for: The Quiet American)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (nominated for: Gangs of New York)
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: About Schmidt)

74th Academy Awards (2001)

  • Denzel Washington (won for: Training Day)
  • Russell Crowe (nominated for: A Beautiful Mind)
  • Sean Penn (nominated for: I Am Sam)
  • Will Smith (nominated for: Ali)
  • Tom Wilkinson (nominated for: In the Bedroom)

73rd Academy Awards (2000)

  • Russell Crowe (won for: Gladiator)
  • Javier Bardem (nominated for: Before Night Falls
  • Tom Hanks (nominated for: Cast Away
  • Ed Harris (nominated for: Pollock)
  • Geoffrey Rush (nominated for: Quills)

72nd Academy Awards (1999)

  • Kevin Spacey (won for: American Beauty)
  • Russell Crowe (nominated for: The Insider)
  • Richard Farnsworth (nominated for: The Straight Story
  • Sean Penn (nominated for: Sweet and Lowdown)
  • Denzel Washington (nominated for: The Hurricane)

71st Academy Awards (1998)

  • Roberto Benigni (won for: Life Is Beautiful)
  • Tom Hanks (nominated for: Saving Private Ryan)
  • Ian McKellen (nominated for: Gods and Monsters
  • Nick Nolte (nominated for: Affliction)
  • Edward Norton (nominated for: American History X)

70th Academy Awards (1997)

  • Jack Nicholson (won for: As Good as It Gets)
  • Matt Damon (nominated for: Good Will Hunting
  • Robert Duvall (nominated for: The Apostle
  • Peter Fonda (nominated for: Ulee’s Gold)
  • Dustin Hoffman (nominated for: Wag the Dog)

69th Academy Awards (1996)

  • Geoffrey Rush (won for: Shine)
  • Tom Cruise (nominated for: Jerry Maguire)
  • Ralph Fiennes (nominated for: The English Patient
  • Woody Harrelson (nominated for: The People vs. Larry Flynt
  • Billy Bob Thornton (nominated for: Sling Blade)

68th Academy Awards (1995)

  • Nicolas Cage (won for: Leaving Las Vegas
  • Richard Dreyfuss (nominated for: Mr. Holland's Opus
  • Anthony Hopkins (nominated for: Nixon
  • Sean Penn (nominated for: Dead Man Walking
  • Massimo Troisi (nominated for: Il Postino: The Postman)

67th Academy Awards (1994)

  • Tom Hanks (won for: Forrest Gump)
  • Morgan Freeman (nominated for: The Shawshank Redemption)
  • Nigel Hawthorne (nominated for: The Madness of King George
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: Nobody’s Fool
  • John Travolta (nominated for: Pulp Fiction)

66th Academy Awards (1993)

  • Tom Hanks (won for: Philadelphia)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (nominated for: In the Name of the Father
  • Laurence Fishburne (nominated for: What’s Love Got to Do with It
  • Anthony Hopkins (nominated for: The Remains of the Day
  • Liam Neeson (nominated for: Schindler’s List)

65th Academy Awards (1992)

  • Al Pacino (won for: Scent of a Woman)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (nominated for: Chaplin
  • Clint Eastwood (nominated for: Unforgiven
  • Stephen Rea (nominated for: The Crying Game)
  • Denzel Washington (nominated for: Malcolm X)

64th Academy Awards (1991)

  • Anthony Hopkins (won for: The Silence of the Lambs)
  • Warren Beatty (nominated for: Bugsy
  • Robert De Niro (nominated for: Cape Fear
  • Nick Nolte (nominated for: The Prince of Tides
  • Robin Williams (nominated for: The Fisher King)

63rd Academy Awards (1990)

  • Jeremy Irons (won for: Reversal of Fortune
  • Kevin Costner (nominated for: Dances with Wolves
  • Robert De Niro (nominated for: Awakenings)
  • Gérard Depardieu (nominated for: Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Richard Harris (nominated for: The Field)

62nd Academy Awards (1989)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (won for: My Left Foot)
  • Kenneth Branagh (nominated for: Henry V
  • Tom Cruise (nominated for: Born on the Fourth of July
  • Morgan Freeman (nominated for: Driving Miss Daisy
  • Robin Williams (nominated for: Dead Poets Society)

61st Academy Awards (1988)

  • Dustin Hoffman (won for: Rain Man)
  • Gene Hackman (nominated for: Mississippi Burning
  • Tom Hanks (nominated for: Big)
  • Edward James Olmos (nominated for: Stand and Deliver
  • Max von Sydow (nominated for: Pelle the Conqueror)

60th Academy Awards (1987)

  • Michael Douglas (won for: Wall Street)
  • William Hurt (nominated for: Broadcast News
  • Marcello Mastroianni (nominated for: Dark Eyes
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: Ironweed
  • Robin Williams (nominated for: Good Morning, Vietnam)

59th Academy Awards (1986)

  • Paul Newman (won for: The Color of Money)
  • Dexter Gordon (nominated for: Round Midnight
  • Bob Hoskins (nominated for: Mona Lisa)
  • William Hurt (nominated for: Children of a Lesser God
  • James Woods (nominated for: Salvador)

58th Academy Awards (1985)

  • William Hurt (won for: Kiss of the Spider Woman)
  • Harrison Ford (nominated for: Witness
  • James Garner (nominated for: Murphy’s Romance
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: Prizzi’s Honor
  • Jon Voight (nominated for: Runaway Train)

57th Academy Awards (1984)

  • F. Murray Abraham (won for: Amadeus)
  • Jeff Bridges (nominated for: Starman
  • Albert Finney (nominated for: Under the Volcano)
  • Tom Hulce (nominated for: Amadeus
  • Sam Waterston (nominated for: The Killing Fields)

56th Academy Awards (1983)

  • Robert Duvall (won for: Tender Mercies)
  • Michael Caine (nominated for: Educating Rita)
  • Tom Conti (nominated for: Reuben, Reuben
  • Tom Courtenay (nominated for: The Dresser
  • Albert Finney (nominated for: The Dresser)

55th Academy Awards (1982)

  • Ben Kingsley (won for: Gandhi)
  • Dustin Hoffman (nominated for: Tootsie
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: Missing
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: The Verdict
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: My Favorite Year)

54th Academy Awards (1981)

  • Henry Fonda (won for: On Golden Pond
  • Warren Beatty (nominated for: Reds
  • Burt Lancaster (nominated for: Atlantic City
  • Dudley Moore (nominated for: Arthur
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: Absence of Malice)

53rd Academy Awards (1980)

  • Robert De Niro (won for: Raging Bull
  • Robert Duvall (nominated for: The Great Santini)
  • John Hurt (nominated for: The Elephant Man
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: Tribute)
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: The Stunt Man)

52nd Academy Awards (1979)

  • Dustin Hoffman (won for: Kramer vs. Kramer)
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: The China Syndrome
  • Al Pacino (nominated for: …And Justice for All
  • Roy Scheider (nominated for: All That Jazz)
  • Peter Sellers (nominated for: Being There)

51st Academy Awards (1978)

  • Jon Voight (won for: Coming Home)
  • Warren Beatty (nominated for: Heaven Can Wait
  • Gary Busey (nominated for: The Buddy Holly Story)
  • Robert De Niro (nominated for: The Deer Hunter
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: The Boys from Brazil)

50th Academy Awards (1977)

  • Richard Dreyfuss (won for: The Goodbye Girl)
  • Woody Allen (nominated for: Annie Hall
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: Equus)
  • Marcello Mastroianni (nominated for: A Special Day
  • John Travolta (nominated for: Saturday Night Fever)

49th Academy Awards (1976)

  • Peter Finch (won for: Network)
  • Robert De Niro (nominated for: Taxi Driver
  • Giancarlo Giannini (nominated for: Seven Beauties)
  • William Holden (nominated for: Network
  • Sylvester Stallone (nominated for: Rocky)

48th Academy Awards (1975)

  • Jack Nicholson (won for: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Walter Matthau (nominated for: The Sunshine Boys
  • Al Pacino (nominated for: Dog Day Afternoon)
  • Maximilian Schell (nominated for: The Man in the Glass Booth
  • James Whitmore (nominated for: Give 'em Hell, Harry!)

47th Academy Awards (1974)

  • Art Carney (won for: Harry and Tonto
  • Albert Finney (nominated for: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Dustin Hoffman (nominated for: Lenny
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: Chinatown
  • Al Pacino (nominated for: The Godfather Part II)

46th Academy Awards (1973)

  • Jack Lemmon (won for: Save the Tiger)
  • Marlon Brando (nominated for: Last Tango in Paris
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: The Last Detail)
  • Al Pacino (nominated for: Serpico
  • Robert Redford (nominated for: The Sting)

45th Academy Awards (1972)

  • Marlon Brando (won for: The Godfather)
  • Michael Caine (nominated for: Sleuth
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Sleuth)
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: The Ruling Class)
  • Paul Winfield (nominated for: Sounder)

44th Academy Awards (1971)

  • Gene Hackman (won for: The French Connection
  • Peter Finch (nominated for: Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Walter Matthau (nominated for: Kotch
  • George C. Scott (nominated for: The Hospital
  • Topol (nominated for: Fiddler on the Roof)

43rd Academy Awards (1970)

  • George C. Scott (won for: Patton)
  • Melvyn Douglas (nominated for: I Never Sang for My Father)
  • James Earl Jones (nominated for: The Great White Hope
  • Jack Nicholson (nominated for: Five Easy Pieces
  • Ryan O'Neal (nominated for: Love Story)

42nd Academy Awards (1969)

  • John Wayne (won for: True Grit
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Dustin Hoffman (nominated for: Midnight Cowboy
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Jon Voight (nominated for: Midnight Cowboy)

41st Academy Awards (1968)

  • Cliff Robertson (won for: Charly)
  • Alan Arkin (nominated for: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Alan Bates (nominated for: The Fixer)
  • Ron Moody (nominated for: Oliver!)
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: The Lion in Winter)

40th Academy Awards (1967)

  • Rod Steiger (won for: In the Heat of the Night
  • Warren Beatty (nominated for: Bonnie and Clyde)
  • Dustin Hoffman (nominated for: The Graduate
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: Cool Hand Luke)
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

39th Academy Awards (1966)

  • Paul Scofield (won for: A Man for All Seasons)
  • Alan Arkin (nominated for: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Michael Caine (nominated for: Alfie)
  • Steve McQueen (nominated for: The Sand Pebbles)

38th Academy Awards (1965)

  • Lee Marvin (won for: Cat Ballou)
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Othello)
  • Rod Steiger (nominated for: The Pawnbroker
  • Oskar Werner (nominated for: Ship of Fools)

37th Academy Awards (1964)

  • Rex Harrison (won for: My Fair Lady
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: Becket
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: Becket)
  • Anthony Quinn (nominated for: Zorba the Greek)
  • Peter Sellers (nominated for: Dr. Strangelove)

36th Academy Awards (1963)

  • Sidney Poitier (won for: Lilies of the Field
  • Albert Finney (nominated for: Tom Jones)
  • Richard Harris (nominated for: This Sporting Life
  • Rex Harrison (nominated for: Cleopatra)
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: Hud)

35th Academy Awards (1962)

  • Gregory Peck (won for: To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Burt Lancaster (nominated for: Birdman of Alcatraz
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: Days of Wine and Roses
  • Marcello Mastroianni (nominated for: Divorce Italian Style)
  • Peter O'Toole (nominated for: Lawrence of Arabia)

34th Academy Awards (1961)

  • Maximilian Schell (won for: Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Charles Boyer (nominated for: Fanny
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: The Hustler
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Stuart Whitman (nominated for: The Mark)

33rd Academy Awards (1960)

  • Burt Lancaster (won for: Elmer Gantry)
  • Trevor Howard (nominated for: Sons and Lovers
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: The Apartment
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: The Entertainer
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: Inherit the Wind)

32nd Academy Awards (1959)

  • Charlton Heston (won for: Ben-Hur)
  • Laurence Harvey (nominated for: Room at the Top)
  • Jack Lemmon (nominated for: Some Like It Hot
  • Paul Muni (nominated for: The Last Angry Man
  • James Stewart (nominated for: Anatomy of a Murder)

31st Academy Awards (1958)

  • David Niven (won for: Separate Tables
  • Tony Curtis (nominated for: The Defiant Ones
  • Paul Newman (nominated for: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Sidney Poitier (nominated for: The Defiant Ones
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: The Old Man and the Sea)

30th Academy Awards (1957)

  • Alec Guinness (won for: The Bridge on the River Kwai)
  • Marlon Brando (nominated for: Sayonara
  • Anthony Franciosa (nominated for: A Hatful of Rain
  • Charles Laughton (nominated for: Witness for the Prosecution
  • Anthony Quinn (nominated for: Wild Is the Wind)

29th Academy Awards (1956)

  • Yul Brynner (won for: The King and I
  • James Dean (nominated for: Giant
  • Kirk Douglas (nominated for: Lust for Life)
  • Rock Hudson (nominated for: Giant
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Richard III)

28th Academy Awards (1955)

  • Ernest Borgnine (won for: Marty
  • James Cagney (nominated for: Love Me or Leave Me
  • James Dean (nominated for: East of Eden
  • Frank Sinatra (nominated for: The Man with the Golden Arm
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: Bad Day at Black Rock)

27th Academy Awards (1954)

  • Marlon Brando (won for: On the Waterfront
  • Humphrey Bogart (nominated for: The Caine Mutiny
  • Bing Crosby (nominated for: The Country Girl
  • James Mason (nominated for: A Star Is Born
  • Dan O'Herlihy (nominated for: Robinson Crusoe)

26th Academy Awards (1953)

  • William Holden (won for: Stalag 17)
  • Marlon Brando (nominated for: Julius Caesar
  • Richard Burton (nominated for: The Robe) 
  • Montgomery Clift (nominated for: From Here to Eternity
  • Burt Lancaster (nominated for: From Here to Eternity)

25th Academy Awards (1952)

  • Gary Cooper (won for: High Noon
  • Marlon Brando (nominated for: Viva Zapata!
  • Kirk Douglas (nominated for: The Bad and the Beautiful
  • José Ferrer (nominated for: Moulin Rouge
  • Alec Guinness (nominated for: The Lavender Hill Mob)

24th Academy Awards (1951)

  • Humphrey Bogart (won for: The African Queen
  • Marlon Brando (nominated for: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Montgomery Clift (nominated for: A Place in the Sun
  • Arthur Kennedy (nominated for: Bright Victory
  • Fredric March (nominated for: Death of a Salesman)

23rd Academy Awards (1950)

  • José Ferrer (won for: Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Louis Calhern (nominated for: The Magnificent Yankee
  • William Holden (nominated for: Sunset Boulevard
  • James Stewart (nominated for: Harvey
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: Father of the Bride)

22nd Academy Awards (1949)

  • Broderick Crawford (won for: All the King's Men)
  • Kirk Douglas (nominated for: Champion
  • Gregory Peck (nominated for: Twelve O'Clock High)
  • Richard Todd (nominated for: The Hasty Heart
  • John Wayne (nominated for: Sands of Iwo Jima)

21st Academy Awards (1948)

  • Laurence Olivier (won for: Hamlet
  • Lew Ayres (nominated for: Johnny Belinda
  • Montgomery Clift (nominated for: The Search
  • Dan Dailey (nominated for: When My Baby Smiles at Me)
  • Clifton Webb (nominated for: Sitting Pretty)

20th Academy Awards (1947)

  • Ronald Colman (won for: A Double Life
  • John Garfield (nominated for: Body and Soul
  • Gregory Peck (nominated for: Gentleman’s Agreement
  • William Powell (nominated for: Life with Father
  • Michael Redgrave (nominated for: Mourning Becomes Electra)

19th Academy Awards (1946)

  • Fredric March (won for: The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Henry V
  • Larry Parks (nominated for: The Jolson Story
  • Gregory Peck (nominated for: The Yearling
  • James Stewart (nominated for: It’s a Wonderful Life)

18th Academy Awards (1945)

  • Ray Milland (won for: The Lost Weekend)
  • Bing Crosby (nominated for: The Bells of St. Mary's
  • Gene Kelly (nominated for: Anchors Aweigh
  • Gregory Peck (nominated for: The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Cornel Wilde (nominated for: A Song to Remember)

17th Academy Awards (1944)

  • Bing Crosby (won for: Going My Way)
  • Charles Boyer (nominated for: Gaslight
  • Barry Fitzgerald (nominated for: Going My Way
  • Cary Grant (nominated for: None but the Lonely Heart)
  • Alexander Knox (nominated for: Wilson)

16th Academy Awards (1943)

  • Paul Lukas (won for: Watch on the Rhine)
  • Humphrey Bogart (nominated for: Casablanca
  • Gary Cooper (nominated for: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Walter Pidgeon (nominated for: Madame Curie
  • Mickey Rooney (nominated for: The Human Comedy)

15th Academy Awards (1942)

  • James Cagney (won for: Yankee Doodle Dandy)
  • Ronald Colman (nominated for: Random Harvest)
  • Gary Cooper (nominated for: The Pride of the Yankees
  • Walter Pidgeon (nominated for: Mrs. Miniver
  • Monty Woolley (nominated for: The Pied Piper)

14th Academy Awards (1941)

  • Gary Cooper (won for: Sergeant York)
  • Cary Grant (nominated for: Penny Serenade
  • Walter Huston (nominated for: The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Robert Montgomery (nominated for: Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • Orson Welles (nominated for: Citizen Kane)

13th Academy Awards (1940)

  • James Stewart (won for: The Philadelphia Story)
  • Charlie Chaplin (nominated for: The Great Dictator
  • Henry Fonda (nominated for: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Raymond Massey (nominated for: Abe Lincoln in Illinois
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Rebecca)

12th Academy Awards (1939)

  • Robert Donat (won for: Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
  • Clark Gable (nominated for: Gone with the Wind
  • Laurence Olivier (nominated for: Wuthering Heights
  • Mickey Rooney (nominated for: Babes in Arms
  • James Stewart (nominated for: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)

11th Academy Awards (1938)

  • Spencer Tracy Award winner (won for: Boys Town)
  • Charles Boyer (nominated for: Algiers
  • James Cagney (nominated for: Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Robert Donat (nominated for: The Citadel
  • Leslie Howard (nominated for: Pygmalion)

10th Academy Awards (1937)

  • Spencer Tracy (won for: Captains Courageous)
  • Charles Boyer (nominated for: Conquest
  • Fredric March (nominated for: A Star Is Born
  • Robert Montgomery (nominated for: Night Must Fall)
  • Paul Muni (nominated for: The Life of Emile Zola)

9th Academy Awards (1936)

  • Paul Muni (won for: The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Gary Cooper (nominated for: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Walter Huston (nominated for: Dodsworth
  • William Powell (nominated for: My Man Godfrey
  • Spencer Tracy (nominated for: San Francisco)

8th Academy Awards (1935)

  • Victor McLaglen (won for: The Informer)
  • Clark Gable (nominated for: Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Charles Laughton (nominated for: Mutiny on the Bounty)
  • Paul Muni (nominated for: Black Fury
  • Franchot Tone (nominated for: Mutiny on the Bounty)

7th Academy Awards (1934)

  • Clark Gable (won for: It Happened One Night)
  • Frank Morgan (nominated for: The Affairs of Cellini
  • William Powell (nominated for: The Thin Man)

6th Academy Awards (1932/1933)

  • Charles Laughton (won for: The Private Life of Henry VIII)
  • Leslie Howard (nominated for: Berkeley Square)
  • Paul Muni (nominated for: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang)

5th Academy Awards (1931/1932)

  • Wallace Beery (shared win for: The Champ)
  • Fredric March (shared win for: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • Alfred Lunt (nominated for: The Guardsman)

4th Academy Awards (1930/1931)

  • Lionel Barrymore (won for: A Free Soul)
  • Jackie Cooper (nominated for: Skippy)
  • Richard Dix (nominated for: Cimarron)
  • Fredric March (nominated for: The Royal Family of Broadway)
  • Adolphe Menjou (nominated for: The Front Page)

3rd Academy Awards (1929/1930)

  • George Arliss (won for: Disraeliand also nominated for: The Green Goddess)
  • Wallace Beery (nominated for: The Big House)
  • Maurice Chevalier (nominated for: The Big Pond and The Love Parade)
  • Ronald Colman (nominated for: Bulldog Drummond and Condemned)
  • Lawrence Tibbett (nominated for: The Rogue Song)

2nd Academy Awards (1928/1929)

  • Warner Baxter (won for: In Old Arizona)
  • George Bancroft (unofficially nominated for: Thunderbolt)
  • Chester Morris (unofficially nominated for: Alibi)
  • Paul Muni (unofficially nominated for: The Valiant)
  • Lewis Stone (unofficially nominated for: The Patriot)

1st Academy Awards (1927/1928)

  • Emil Jannings (won for: The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh)
  • Richard Barthelmess (nominated for: The Noose and The Patent Leather Kid)

Here’s A Complete List Of All Best Actor Winners And Nominees In The Oscars’ History 1

With so many incredible names throughout the years, it’s great to see we’re living in a time were we can legitimately claim the best of Hollywood isn’t really past us. I’m looking forward to see what the future holds in store for the Best Actor category. For now, enjoy the 91st Oscars ceremony. 

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