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BAFTA Award for Best Actor
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Location United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held by Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Website http://www.bafta.org/

Best Actor in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.

Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Best Actor Best Supporting Actor Overall
Actor with most awards Peter Finch 5 Denholm Elliott 3 Peter Finch 5
Actor with most British Actor Awards (until 1967) Peter Finch 3 Peter Finch 3
Actor with most Foreign Actor Awards (until 1967) Marlon Brando 3 Marlon Brando 3
Actor with most nominations Dustin Hoffman 7 Denholm Elliott 7 Michael Caine
Dustin Hoffman
Laurence Olivier
8
Actor with most British Actor Award nominations (until 1967) Laurence Olivier 6 Laurence Olivier 6
Actor with most Foreign Actor Award nominations (until 1967) Jack Lemmon
Sidney Poitier
6 Jack Lemmon
Sidney Poitier
6

Note: Dustin Hoffman's total of eight nominations, includes his 1968 Most Promising Newcomer nomination for The Graduate.

Winners and nominees[edit]

From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actor awards: one for a British actor and another for a foreign actor; in 1968, the two prizes of British and Foreign actor were combined to create a single Best Actor award. Its current title, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, has been used since 1995.

Legend:

1950s[edit]

Year Category Actor Film Character
1952
6th
Best British Actor
Ralph Richardson The Sound Barrier John Ridgefield
Jack Hawkins Mandy Dick Searle
James Hayter The Pickwick Papers Samuel Pickwick
Laurence Olivier Carrie George Hurstwood
Nigel Patrick The Sound Barrier Tony Garthwaite
Alastair Sim Folly to Be Wise Captain William Paris
Best Foreign Actor
Marlon Brando Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata
Humphrey Bogart The African Queen Charlie Allnut ‡
Pierre Fresnay Dieu a besoin des hommes (God Needs Man) Thomas Gourvennec
Francesco Golisano Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan) Totò
Fredric March Death of a Salesman Willy Loman ‡
1953
7th
Best British Actor
John Gielgud Julius Caesar Cassius
Jack Hawkins The Cruel Sea George Ericson
Trevor Howard The Heart of the Matter Harry Scobie
Duncan Macrae The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers) Jim MacKenzie
Kenneth More Genevieve Ambrose Claverhouse
Best Foreign Actor
Marlon Brando Julius Caesar Mark Antony
Eddie Albert Roman Holiday Irving Radovich
Van Heflin Shane Joe Starrett
Claude Laydu Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) Priest of Ambricourt
Marcel Mouloudji Nous sommes tous des assassins (GB: Are We All Murderers?) René Le Guen
Gregory Peck Roman Holiday Joe Bradley
Spencer Tracy The Actress Clinton Jones
1954
8th
Best British Actor
Kenneth More Doctor in the House Richard Grimsdyke
Maurice Denham The Purple Plain Blore
Robert Donat Lease of Life Rev. William Thorne
John Mills Hobson's Choice Will Mossop
David Niven Carrington V.C. Charles "Copper" Carrington
Donald Wolfit Svengali Svengali
Best Foreign Actor
Marlon Brando On the Waterfront Terry Malloy †
Neville Brand Riot in Cell Block 11 James V. Dunn
José Ferrer The Caine Mutiny Barney Greenwald
Fredric March Executive Suite Loren Phineas Shaw
James Stewart The Glenn Miller Story Glenn Miller
1955
9th
Best British Actor
Laurence Olivier Richard III Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Alfie Bass The Bespoke Overcoat Fender
Alec Guinness The Prisoner The Cardinal
Jack Hawkins The Interrogator
Kenneth More The Deep Blue Sea Freddie Page
Michael Redgrave The Night My Number Came Up Air Mshl. Hardie
Best Foreign Actor
Ernest Borgnine Marty Marty Piletti †
James Dean (posthumous) East of Eden Cal Trask ‡
Jack Lemmon Mister Roberts Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Toshiro Mifune Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) Kikuchiyo
Takashi Shimura Kambei Shimada
Frank Sinatra Not as a Stranger Alfred Boone
1956
10th
Best British Actor
Peter Finch A Town Like Alice Joe Harman
Jack Hawkins The Long Arm Tom Halliday
Kenneth More Reach for the Sky Douglas Bader
Best Foreign Actor
François Périer Gervaise Henri Coupeau
Gunnar Björnstrand Sommarnattens leende (Smiles of a Summer Night) Fredik Egerman
James Dean (posthumous) Rebel Without a Cause Jim Stark
Pierre Fresnay Le Défroqué (The Unfrocked One) Maurice Morand
William Holden Picnic Hal Carter
Karl Malden Baby Doll Archie Lee Meighan
Frank Sinatra The Man with the Golden Arm Frankie Machine ‡
Spencer Tracy The Mountain Zachary Teller
1957
11th
Best British Actor
Alec Guinness The Bridge on the River Kwai Cmdr. Nicholson †
Peter Finch Windom's Way Alec Windom
Trevor Howard Manuela James Prothero
Laurence Olivier The Prince and the Showgirl Charles, Prince Regent of Carpathia
Michael Redgrave Time Without Pity David Graham
Best Foreign Actor
Henry Fonda 12 Angry Men Juror 8
Richard Basehart Time Limit Maj. Harry Cargill
Pierre Brasseur Porte des Lilas (The Gates of Lilacs/Paris)[1] Juju
Tony Curtis Sweet Smell of Success Sidney Falco
Jean Gabin La Traversé de Paris (GB: Pig Across Paris) Grandgil
Robert Mitchum Heaven Knows, Mr Allison Cpl. Allison
Sidney Poitier Edge of the City Tommy Tyler
Ed Wynn The Great Man Paul Beaseley
1958
12th
Best British Actor
Trevor Howard The Key Chris Ford
Michael Craig Sea of Sand Captain Tim Cotton
I. S. Johar Harry Black Bapu
Laurence Harvey Room at the Top Joe Lampton ‡
Anthony Quayle Ice Cold in Alex Captain van der Poel / Haupt. Otto Lutz
Terry-Thomas tom thumb Ivan
Donald Wolfit Room at the Top Mr. Brown
Best Foreign Actor
Sidney Poitier The Defiant Ones Noah Cullen ‡
Marlon Brando The Young Lions Christian Diestl
Tony Curtis The Defiant Ones John "Joker" Jackson ‡
Glenn Ford The Sheepman Jason Sweet
Curd Jürgens The Enemy Below Kapt. von Stolberg
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Captain Lin Nan
Charles Laughton Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts ‡
Paul Newman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick Pollitt ‡
Victor Sjöström Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) Prof. Isak Borg
Spencer Tracy The Last Hurrah Frank Skeffington
1959
13th
Best British Actor
Peter Sellers I'm All Right Jack Fred Kite
Stanley Baker Yesterday's Enemy Captain Langford
Richard Burton Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter
Peter Finch The Nun's Story Dr. Fortunati
Laurence Harvey Expresso Bongo Johnny Jackson
Gordon Jackson Yesterday's Enemy Sgt. MacKenzie
Laurence Olivier The Devil's Disciple John Burgoyne
Best Foreign Actor
Jack Lemmon Some Like It Hot Jerry / "Daphne" ‡
Zbigniew Cybulski popiól I diament (Ashes and Diamonds) Maciek Chelmicki
Jean Desailly Maigret tend un piège (Maigret Sets a Trap) Marcel Maurin
Jean Gabin Jules Maigret
Takashi Shimura Ikiru (Living) Kanji Watanabe
James Stewart Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler ‡

1960s[edit]

Year Category Actor Film Character
1960
14th
Best British Actor
Peter Finch The Trials of Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde
Richard Attenborough The Angry Silence Tom Curtis
Albert Finney Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Arthur Seaton
John Fraser The Trials of Oscar Wilde Lord Alfred Douglas
Alec Guinness Tunes of Glory Maj. Jock Sinclair
John Mills Lt. Col. Basil Barrow
Laurence Olivier The Entertainer Archie Rice ‡
Best Foreign Actor
Jack Lemmon The Apartment C. C. Baxter ‡
George Hamilton Crime and Punishment U.S.A. Robert Cole
Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry †
Fredric March Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady
Yves Montand Let's Make Love Jean-Marc Clement / Alexander Dumas
Spencer Tracy Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond ‡
1961
15th
Best British Actor
Peter Finch No Love for Johnnie Johnnie Byrne
Dirk Bogarde Victim Melville Farr
Best Foreign Actor
Paul Newman The Hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson ‡
Montgomery Clift Judgment at Nuremberg Rudolph Petersen ‡‡
Vladimir Ivashov Ballada o soldate (Ballad of a Soldier) Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov
Maximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg Hans Rolfe †
Alberto Sordi The Best of Enemies Captain Blasi
Sidney Poitier A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger
Philippe Leroy Le Trou (The Hole) Manu Borelli
1962
16th
Best British Actor
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia T. E. Lawrence
Richard Attenborough The Dock Brief Herbert Fowle
Alan Bates A Kind of Loving Victor 'Vic' Brown
James Mason Lolita Humbert Humbert
Laurence Olivier Term of Trial Graham Weir
Peter Sellers Only Two Can Play John Lewis
Best Foreign Actor
Burt Lancaster Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Stroud
Jean-Paul Belmondo Léon Morin, prêtre (Léon Morin, Priest) Léon Morin
Kirk Douglas Lonely are the Brave John W. "Jack" Burns
George Hamilton Light in the Piazza Fabrizio Naccarelli
Charles Laughton Advise and Consent Sen. Seabright "Seeb" Cooley
Anthony Quinn Lawrence of Arabia Auda ibu Tayi
Robert Ryan Billy Budd John Claggart
Georges Wilson Une aussi longue absence (The Long Absence) The Tramp
1963
17th
Best British Actor
Dirk Bogarde The Servant Hugo Barrett
Tom Courtenay Billy Liar William Terrence 'Billy' Fisher
Albert Finney Tom Jones Tom Jones ‡
Hugh Griffith Squire Western
Richard Harris This Sporting Life Frank Machin ‡
Best Foreign Actor
Marcello Mastroianni Divorzio all'italiana (Divorce Italian Style) Ferdinando Cefalù ‡
Franco Citti Accattone (GB The Procurer) Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
Howard Da Silva David and Lisa Dr. Swinford
Jack Lemmon Days of Wine and Roses Joe Clay ‡
Paul Newman Hud Hud Bannon ‡
Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch †*

*Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1962 ceremony.

1964
18th
Best British Actor
Richard Attenborough Guns at Batasi RSM Lauderdale
Seance on a Wet Afternoon Billy Savage
Tom Courtenay King & Country Pvt. Arthur Hamp
Peter O'Toole Becket King Henry II of England
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove Gp Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove ‡
The Pink Panther Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Best Foreign Actor
Marcello Mastroianni Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) Carmine Sbaratti / Renzo / Augusto Rusconi
Cary Grant Charade Peter Joshua
Sterling Hayden Dr. Strangelove BG Jack D. Ripper
Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field Homer Smith†*

*Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1963 ceremony.

1965
19th
Best British Actor
Dirk Bogarde Darling Robert Gold
Harry Andrews The Hill RSM Wilson
Michael Caine The Ipcress File Harry Palmer
Rex Harrison My Fair Lady Prof. Henry Higgins †*

*Rex Harrison won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1964 ceremony.

Best Foreign Actor
Lee Marvin Cat Ballou Kid Shelleen / Tim Strawn †
The Killers Charlie Strom
Jack Lemmon Good Neighbor Sam Sam Bissell
How to Murder Your Wife Stanley Ford
Anthony Quinn Zorba the Greek Alexis Zorba ‡
Innokenti Smoktunovsky Hamlet Prince Hamlet
Oskar Werner Ship of Fools Dr. Wilhelm "Willi" Schumann ‡
1966
20th
Best British Actor
Richard Burton The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Alec Leamas ‡
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George ‡
Michael Caine Alfie Alfred "Alfie" Elkins ‡
Ralph Richardson Doctor Zhivago Alexander "Sasha" Gromeko
Khartoum William Ewart Gladstone
The Wrong Box Joseph Finsbury
David Warner Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment Morgan Delt
Best Foreign Actor
Rod Steiger The Pawnbroker Sol Nazerman ‡
Jean-Paul Belmondo Pierrot le Fou Ferdinand Griffon / "Pierrot"
Sidney Poitier A Patch of Blue Gordon Ralfe
Oskar Werner The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Fiedler
1967
21st
Best British Actor
Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons Sir Thomas More †*

*Paul Scotfield won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1966 ceremony.

Dirk Bogarde Accident Stephen
Our Mother's House Charlie Hook
Richard Burton The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio
James Mason The Deadly Affair Charles Dobbs
Best Foreign Actor
Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night Police Chief Bill Gillespie †
Warren Beatty Bonnie and Clyde Clyde Barrow
Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night Detective Virgil Tibbs
Orson Welles Campanadas a medianoche (GB: Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight) Sir John Falstaff
1968
22nd
Best Actor
Spencer Tracy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Matt Drayton ‡
Trevor Howard The Charge of the Light Brigade Lord Cardigan
Ron Moody Oliver! Fagin
Nicol Williamson The Bofors Gun O'Rourke
1969
23rd
Best Actor
Dustin Hoffman John and Mary John
Midnight Cowboy Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo
Alan Bates Women in Love Rupert Birkin
Walter Matthau Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder
The Secret Life of an American Wife The Movie Star
Nicol Williamson Inadmissible Evidence Bill Maitland

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1970
24th
Robert Redford Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Sundance Kid
Downhill Racer David Chappellet
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Deputy Sheriff Christopher Cooper
Elliott Gould MASH Trapper John McIntyre
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Ted Henderson ‡‡
Paul Newman Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy
George C. Scott Patton George S. Patton
1971
25th
Peter Finch Sunday Bloody Sunday Dr. Daniel Hirsh ‡
Dirk Bogarde Morte a Venezia (Death in Venice) Gustav von Aschenbach
Albert Finney Gumshoe Eddie Ginley
Dustin Hoffman Little Big Man Jack Crabb
1972
26th
Gene Hackman The French Connection Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle †*

*Gene Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The French Connection at the 1971 ceremony.

The Poseidon Adventure Reverend Frank Scott
Marlon Brando The Godfather Vito Corleone
The Nightcomers Peter Quint
George C. Scott The Hospital Dr. Herbert "Herb" Bock ‡
They Might Be Giants Justin Playfair
Robert Shaw Young Winston Lord Randolph Churchill
1973
27th
Walter Matthau Charley Varrick Charley Varrick
Pete 'n' Tillie Pete
Marlon Brando Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) Paul ‡
Laurence Olivier Sleuth Andrew Wyke ‡
Donald Sutherland Steelyard Blues Jesse Veldini
Don't Look Now John Baxter
1974
28th
Jack Nicholson Chinatown J.J. "Jake" Gittes ‡
The Last Detail Signalman 1st Class Billy "Badass" Buddusky ‡
Albert Finney Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot
Gene Hackman The Conversation Harry Caul
Al Pacino Serpico Frank Serpico
1975
29th
Al Pacino The Godfather Part II Michael Corleone
Dog Day Afternoon Sonny Wortzik
Richard Dreyfuss Jaws Matt Hooper
Gene Hackman French Connection II Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
Night Moves Harry Moseby
Dustin Hoffman Lenny Lenny Bruce
1976
30th
Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest R.P. McMurphy †*

*Jack Nicholson won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1975 ceremony.

Robert De Niro Taxi Driver Travis Bickle
Dustin Hoffman All the President's Men Carl Bernstein
Marathon Man Thomas "Babe" Levy
Walter Matthau The Bad News Bears Morris Buttermaker
The Sunshine Boys Willy Clark ‡
1977
31st
Peter Finch Network Howard Beale †*

*Peter Finch won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1976 ceremony.

Woody Allen Annie Hall Alvy "Max" Singer ‡
William Holden Network Max Schumacher ‡
Sylvester Stallone Rocky Rocky Balboa
1978
32nd
Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield †*

*Richard Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1977 ceremony.

Peter Ustinov Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot
Anthony Hopkins Magic Corky Withers / Fats (voice)
Brad Davis Midnight Express Billy Hayes
1979
33rd
Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome Jack Godell ‡
Woody Allen Manhattan Isaac Davis
Robert De Niro The Deer Hunter S/Sgt. Michael "Mike" Vronsky ‡
Martin Sheen Apocalypse Now Captain Benjamin L. Willard

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1980
34th
John Hurt The Elephant Man John Merrick
Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer Ted Kramer †*

*Dustin Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1979 ceremony.

Roy Scheider All That Jazz Joe Gideon ‡
Peter Sellers Being There Chance the Gardener ‡
1981
35th
Burt Lancaster Atlantic City Lou Pascal ‡
Robert De Niro Raging Bull Jake LaMotta †*

*Robert De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1980 ceremony.

Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday Harold Shand
Jeremy Irons The French Lieutenant's Woman Charles Henry Smithson / Mike
1982
36th
Ben Kingsley Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
Warren Beatty Reds John Reed
Albert Finney Shoot the Moon George Dunlap
Henry Fonda On Golden Pond Norman Thayer, Jr. †*

*Henry Fonda won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1981 ceremony.

Jack Lemmon Missing Ed Horman ‡
1983
37th
Michael Caine Educating Rita Dr. Frank Bryant ‡
Dustin Hoffman Tootsie Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels ‡
Michael Caine The Honorary Consul Charley Fortnum, Consul
Robert De Niro The King of Comedy Rupert Pupkin
1984
38th
Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields Dith Pran ††
Tom Courtenay The Dresser Norman ‡
Albert Finney Sir ‡
Sam Waterston The Killing Fields Sydney Schanberg
1985
39th
William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina †
F. Murray Abraham Amadeus Antonio Salieri †*

*F. Murray Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1984 ceremony.

Harrison Ford Witness John Book ‡
Victor Banerjee A Passage to India Dr. Aziz Ahmed
1986
40th
Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa George ‡
Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters Mickey Sachs
Michael Caine Elliot ††
Paul Hogan Crocodile Dundee Michael "Crocodile" Dundee
1987
41st
Sean Connery The Name of the Rose William of Baskerville
Gérard Depardieu Jean de Florette Jean Cadoret / "Jean de Florette"
Yves Montand César Soubeyran / Le Papet
Gary Oldman Prick Up Your Ears Joe Orton
1988
42nd
John Cleese A Fish Called Wanda Archie Leach
Michael Douglas Fatal Attraction Dan Gallagher
Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda Otto West ††
Robin Williams Good Morning, Vietnam Adrian Cronauer
1989
43rd
Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot Christy Brown
Kenneth Branagh Henry V Henry V
Dustin Hoffman Rain Man Raymond Babbit †*

*Dustin Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 1988 ceremony.

Robin Williams Dead Poets Society John Keating ‡

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1990
44th
Philippe Noiret Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo cinema Paradiso) Alfredo
Sean Connery The Hunt for Red October Captain Marko Ramius
Tom Cruise Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic
Robert De Niro Goodfellas Jimmy Conway
1991
45th
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves Lt. John J. Dunbar / Dances with Wolves ‡
Gérard Depardieu Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac ‡
Alan Rickman Truly, Madly, Deeply Jamie
1992
46th
Robert Downey Jr. Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Daniel Day-Lewis The Last of the Mohicans Nathaniel Poe
Stephen Rea The Crying Game Fergus ‡
Tim Robbins The Player Griffin Mill
1993
47th
Anthony Hopkins Shadowlands C. S. Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon
Anthony Hopkins The Remains of the Day James Stevens ‡
Liam Neeson Schindler's List Oskar Schindler
1994
48th
Hugh Grant Four Weddings and a Funeral Charles
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump Forrest Gump
Terence Stamp The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Ralph / Bernadette Bassenger
John Travolta Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995
49th
Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George George III
Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Ben Sanderson †
Jonathan Pryce Carrington Lytton Strachey
Massimo Troisi (posthumous) Il Postino: The Postman Mario Ruoppolo ‡
1996
50th
Geoffrey Rush Shine David Helfgott
Ralph Fiennes The English Patient Count Laszlo de Almásy
Ian McKellen Richard III Richard III
Timothy Spall Secrets & Lies Maurice Purley
1997
51st
Robert Carlyle The Full Monty Gaz Schofield
Billy Connolly Mrs Brown John Brown
Kevin Spacey L.A. Confidential Jack Vincennes
Ray Winstone Nil by Mouth Ray
1998
52nd
Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Guido †
Michael Caine Little Voice Ray Say
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan Captain John H. Miller ‡
Joseph Fiennes Shakespeare in Love William Shakespeare
1999
53rd
Kevin Spacey American Beauty Lester Burnham †
Jim Broadbent Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert
Russell Crowe The Insider Jeffrey Wigand
Ralph Fiennes The End of the Affair Maurice Bendrax
Om Puri East is East George Khan

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
2000
54th
Jamie Bell Billy Elliot Billy Elliot
Russell Crowe Gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius †
Michael Douglas Wonder Boys Grady Tripp
Tom Hanks Cast Away Chuck Noland ‡
Geoffrey Rush Quills Marquis de Sade
2001
55th
Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind John Forbes Nash Jr.
Jim Broadbent Iris John Bayley ††
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf ‡‡
Kevin Spacey The Shipping News Quoyle
Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom Matt Fowler ‡
2002
56th
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
Adrien Brody The Pianist Władysław Szpilman
Nicolas Cage Adaptation Charlie and Donald Kaufman ‡
Michael Caine The Quiet American Thomas Fowler ‡
Jack Nicholson About Schmidt Warren Schmidt ‡
2003
57th
Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris ‡
Benicio del Toro 21 Grams Jack Jordan ‡‡
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Captain Jack Sparrow
Jude Law Cold Mountain W. P. Inman ‡
Sean Penn 21 Grams Paul Rivers
Sean Penn Mystic River Jimmy Markum †
2004
58th
Jamie Foxx Ray Ray Charles
Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Joel Barish
Johnny Depp Finding Neverland J. M. Barrie
Leonardo DiCaprio The Aviator Howard Hughes
Gael García Bernal The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) Ernesto "Che" Guevara
2005
59th
Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Truman Capote
Ralph Fiennes The Constant Gardener Justin Quayle
Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Ennis Del Mar
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Johnny Cash
David Strathairn Good Night, and Good Luck. Edward R. Murrow
2006
60th
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
Daniel Craig Casino Royale James Bond
Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed William "Billy" Costigan, Jr. ‡
Richard Griffiths The History Boys Hector
Peter O'Toole Venus Maurice Russell ‡
2007
61st
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview †
George Clooney Michael Clayton Michael Clayton ‡
James McAvoy Atonement Robbie Turner
Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises Nikolai Luzhin ‡
Ulrich Mühe (posthumous) The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) Gerd Wiesler
2008
62nd
Mickey Rourke The Wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson ‡
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire Jamal Malik
Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
Brad Pitt The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button ‡
2009
63rd
Colin Firth A Single Man George Falconer ‡
Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart Otis "Bad" Blake †
George Clooney Up in the Air Ryan Bingham ‡
Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker SFC. William James ‡
Andy Serkis Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Ian Dury

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
2010
64th
Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
Javier Bardem Biutiful Uxbal ‡
Jeff Bridges True Grit Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn
Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg
James Franco 127 Hours Aron Ralston
2011
65th
Jean Dujardin The Artist George Valentin †
George Clooney The Descendants Matthew "Matt" King ‡
Michael Fassbender Shame Brandon Sullivan
Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Smiley
Brad Pitt Moneyball Billy Beane
2012
66th
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
Ben Affleck Argo Tony Mendez
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook Patrick "Pat" Solitano, Jr. ‡
Hugh Jackman Les Misérables Jean Valjean
Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell ‡
2013
67th
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Christian Bale American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld
Bruce Dern Nebraska Woody Grant ‡
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort
Tom Hanks Captain Phillips Captain Richard Phillips
2014
68th
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking
Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game Alan Turing
Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel Monsieur Gustave H.
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Louis "Lou" Bloom
Michael Keaton Birdman Riggan Thomson ‡
2015
69th
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant Hugh Glass
Bryan Cranston Trumbo Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon The Martian Mark Watney ‡
Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne The Danish Girl Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener
2016
70th
Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler †
Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge Desmond T. Doss
Ryan Gosling La La Land Sebastian Wilder ‡
Jake Gyllenhaal Nocturnal Animals Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings
Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic Ben Cash ‡

Note: All nominations for multiple performances in a single year from the 1950s to the 1970s count as one nomination. The two mentions for Michael Caine (1983), Anthony Hopkins (1993) and Sean Penn (2003) count as two separate nominations.

Multiple nominations[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

5 wins
  • Peter Finch (2 consecutive)
4 wins
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
3 wins
  • Marlon Brando (consecutive)
  • Jack Lemmon (2 consecutive)
2 wins
  • Dirk Bogarde
  • Colin Firth (consecutive)
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Marcello Mastroianni (consecutive)
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Rod Steiger (consecutive)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to Ronald Bergan and Robyn Karney in the Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide (London: Bloomsbury, 1988, p.224) and Melissa E. Biggs (French Films, 1945–1993, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996, p.221) the film has these two alternate English titles. The English title used on the original British release is unclear.

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