Best actor Oscar winners throughout history

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Here's a look at the best actor Oscar winners from 1927 to present.

Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck accepts the Oscar statuette for Best
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Casey Affleck accepts the Oscar statuette for Best Actor (for his performance in the 2016 film "Manchester by the Sea") during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Oscar statuette for
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Oscar statuette for Best Actor (for his role in the 2015 film "The Revenant") during the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne, accepting the Oscar for Best Actor
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Eddie Redmayne, accepting the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything" at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey accepts the Oscar statuette for Best
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Matthew McConaughey accepts the Oscar statuette for Best Actor for his role in the 2013 film "Dallas Buyers Club" at the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis, portraying Abraham Lincoln in the 2012
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Daniel Day-Lewis, portraying Abraham Lincoln in the 2012 film "Lincoln," a DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox release. Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin, in a scene from the 2011
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Jean Dujardin, in a scene from the 2011 film "The Artist." Dujardin won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth, starring as King George VI in
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Colin Firth, starring as King George VI in the 2010 film "The King's Speech." He won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges, in a scene from the 2009
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Jeff Bridges, in a scene from the 2009 film "Crazy Heart." Bridges won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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Sean Penn

Sean Penn, portraying Harvey Milk in the 2008
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Sean Penn, portraying Harvey Milk in the 2008 film "Milk." Penn won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day Lewis as
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Daniel Day Lewis as "Daniel Plainview," in the 2007 film "There Will Be Blood." He won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker, portraying Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in
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Forest Whitaker, portraying Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film "The Last King of Scotland." Whitaker won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor for the performance.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman, portraying Truman Capote in the
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, portraying Truman Capote in the 2005 film "Capote." He won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx, portraying Ray Charles in a scene
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Jamie Foxx, portraying Ray Charles in a scene from the 2004 film "Ray." He won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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Sean Penn

Sean Penn, in a scene from the 2003
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Sean Penn, in a scene from the 2003 film "Mystic River." He won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Adrien Brody

Actor Adrien Brody stars in Roman Polanski's
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Actor Adrien Brody stars in Roman Polanski's "The Pianist." He won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Denzel Washington

Actor Denzel Washington is seen in character in
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Actor Denzel Washington is seen in character in the 2001 film "Training Day." He won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, starring as a gladiator named
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Russell Crowe, starring as a gladiator named "Maximus" in the 2000 film "Gladiator," directed by Ridley Scott. Crowe won the 2001 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey portrays
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Kevin Spacey portrays "Lester Burnham" in the film 1999 "American Beauty." He won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni in a scene from the film
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Roberto Benigni in a scene from the film 1998 "Life Is Beautiful" (La Vita E Bella"). He won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson, playing
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Jack Nicholson, playing "Melvin Udall" in a scene from the 1997 movie "As Good As It Gets." Nicholson won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush, playing
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Geoffrey Rush, playing "David Helfgott" in a scene from the 1996 film "Shine." Rush won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage accepts the Academy Award for Best
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Nicolas Cage accepts the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1995 film "Leaving Las Vegas" at the 68th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1996.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, pictured in a scene from the
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Tom Hanks, pictured in a scene from the 1994 film "Forrest Gump." He won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, in a scene from the 1993
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Tom Hanks, in a scene from the 1993 movie " Philadelphia." He won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino (left), in a scene from the
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Al Pacino (left), in a scene from the movie "Scent of a Woman." Pacino won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.

Anthony Hopkins

Sir Anthony Hopkins, starring as
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Sir Anthony Hopkins, starring as "Dr. Hannibal Lecter" in a scene from the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs." He won the 1992 Academy award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jeremy Irons

Actor Jeremy Irons, holding the Oscar statuette he
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Actor Jeremy Irons, holding the Oscar statuette he received for Best Actor (for his role in the 1990 movie "Reversal of Fortune") at the 63rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1991.

Daniel Day Lewis

Actor Daniel Day Lewis holds his Oscar for
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Actor Daniel Day Lewis holds his Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in the 1989 movie "My Left Foot" at the 62nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 26, 1990.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman poses with his Oscar statuette backstage
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Dustin Hoffman poses with his Oscar statuette backstage at the 61st annual Academy Awards ceremony (held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 29, 1989) after he was named the 1989 Best Actor for his performance in the 1988 film "Rain Man."

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas, in a scene from the 1987
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Michael Douglas, in a scene from the 1987 film "Wall Street." Douglas won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman, in a scene from the 1986
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Paul Newman, in a scene from the 1986 film "The Color of Money.'' Newman received the 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

William Hurt

Actor William Hurt, giving his acceptance speech after
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Actor William Hurt, giving his acceptance speech after winning the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actor on Monday, March 24, 1986, his Oscar statuette earned for his performance in the 1985 film "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

F. Murray Abraham

(L-R:) Milos Forman, F. Murray Abraham and Saul
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(L-R:) Milos Forman, F. Murray Abraham and Saul Zaentz, posing for the camera at the 57th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1985. Abraham won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1984 film "Amadeus."

Robert Duvall

Actors Robert Duvall and Shirley MacLaine, posing backstage
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Actors Robert Duvall and Shirley MacLaine, posing backstage with their Oscar statuettes at the 56th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 9, 1984. Duvall was honored with the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1983 film "Tender Mercies."

Ben Kingsley

Actor Ben Kingsley, posing with his Oscar statuette
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Actor Ben Kingsley, posing with his Oscar statuette at the 55th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 11, 1983. Kingsley won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title role in the 1982 movie "Gandhi."

Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, in a scene
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Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, in a scene from the 1981 film "On Golden Pond." Fonda won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, portraying boxer Jake La Motta
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Robert De Niro, portraying boxer Jake La Motta in a scene from the 1980 film "Raging Bull." He won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman (left) and Justin Henry, in a
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Dustin Hoffman (left) and Justin Henry, in a scene from the 1979 film "Kramer vs. Kramer." Hoffman won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jon Voight

Actors Jon Voight and Jane Fonda, posing with
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Actors Jon Voight and Jane Fonda, posing with their Oscar statuettes following the 51st annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 9, 1979. Voight won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 1978 film "Coming Home."

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss, in a scene from the 1977
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Richard Dreyfuss, in a scene from the 1977 film "The Goodbye Girl." Dreyfuss won the 1978 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Peter Finch

Peter Finch in a scene from the 1976
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Peter Finch in a scene from the 1976 film "Network." He won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson, shown in a scene from the
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Jack Nicholson, shown in a scene from the 1975 film "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Nicholson won the 1976 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Art Carney

Art Carney, shown holding the Oscar for Best
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Art Carney, shown holding the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 1974 film "Harry and Tonto," following the 47th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 8, 1975.

Jack Lemmon

Actor Jack Lemmon, shown displaying his Oscar statuette,
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Actor Jack Lemmon, shown displaying his Oscar statuette, awarded for Best Actor for his role in the 1973 film "Save the Tiger" at the 46th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 2, 1974.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, appearing as
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Marlon Brando, appearing as "Vito Corleone" in the 1972 film "The Godfather." Brando won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman, portraying the character
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Gene Hackman, portraying the character "Jimmy Doyle" in a scene from the 1971 film "The French Connection." Hackman won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

George C. Scott

George C. Scott, in a scene from the
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George C. Scott, in a scene from the 1970 movie "Patton." Scott won the 1971 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

John Wayne

John Wayne, in a scene from the movie
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John Wayne, in a scene from the movie 1969 "True Grit." Wayne won the 1970 Academy Aware for Best Actor for his performance.

Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson (left) and Claire Bloom, in a
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Cliff Robertson (left) and Claire Bloom, in a scene from the 1968 film "Charly." Robertson received the 1969 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Rod Steiger

Rod Steiger (right) and Sidney Poitier (left), ,
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Rod Steiger (right) and Sidney Poitier (left), , in a scene from the 1967 movie "In the Heat of the Night." Steiger won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

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