New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

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The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given by the New York Film Critics Circle to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking.

In the last three decades (1990s–2010s), the NYFCC has agreed with the Academy Awards on nine occasions: Anthony Hopkins for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007), Sean Penn for Milk (2008), Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010), Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012) and Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea (2016).



Year Winner Film Role
1935 Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty Captain William Bligh
Ruggles of Red Gap Marmaduke Ruggles
1936 Walter Huston Dodsworth Sam Dodsworth ‡
1937 Paul Muni The Life of Emile Zola Émile Zola
1938 James Cagney Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan ‡
1939 James Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Jefferson "Jeff" Smith ‡


Year Winner Film Role
1940 Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator Hynkel – Dictator of Tomania / Jewish Barber ‡
1941 Gary Cooper Sergeant York Alvin York
1942 James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan
1943 Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine Kurt Muller †
1944 Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way Father Fitzgibbon †
1945 Ray Milland The Lost Weekend Don Birnam †
1946 Laurence Olivier Henry V King Henry V of England
1947 William Powell Life with Father Clarence Day, Sr. ‡
The Senator Was Indiscreet Senator Melvin G. Ashton
1948 Laurence Olivier Hamlet Hamlet
1949 Broderick Crawford All the King's Men Willie Stark †


Year Winner Film Role
1950 Gregory Peck Twelve O'Clock High Frank Savage ‡
1951 Arthur Kennedy Bright Victory Larry Nevins ‡
1952 Ralph Richardson The Sound Barrier John Ridgefield
1953 Burt Lancaster From Here to Eternity First Sergeant Milton Warden ‡
1954 Marlon Brando On the Waterfront Terry Malloy †
1955 Ernest Borgnine Marty Marty Piletti †
1956 Kirk Douglas Lust for Life Vincent van Gogh
1957 Alec Guinness The Bridge on the River Kwai Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson †
1958 David Niven Separate Tables Angus Pollock †
1959 James Stewart Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler ‡


Year Winner Film Role
1960 Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry †
1961 Maximilian Schell Judgment at Nuremberg Hans Rolfe †
1962 No award given (newspaper strike)
1963 Albert Finney Tom Jones Tom Jones ‡
1964 Rex Harrison My Fair Lady Henry Higgins †
1965 Oskar Werner Ship of Fools Willie Schumann ‡
1966 Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons Sir Thomas More
1967 Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night Police Chief Bill Gillespie †
1968 Alan Arkin The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter John Singer ‡
1969 Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy Joe Buck ‡


Year Winner Film Role
1970 George C. Scott Patton George S. Patton Jr.
1971 Gene Hackman The French Connection Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
1972 Laurence Olivier Sleuth Andrew Wyke ‡
1973 Marlon Brando Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) Paul ‡
1974 Jack Nicholson Chinatown J.J. "Jake" Gittes ‡
The Last Detail Signalman 1st Class Billy "Badass" Buddusky ‡
1975 Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle McMurphy
1976 Robert De Niro Taxi Driver Travis Bickle
1977 John Gielgud Providence Clive Langham
1978 Jon Voight Coming Home Luke Martin †
1979 Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer Ted Kramer †


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull Jake LaMotta
1981 Burt Lancaster Atlantic City Lou Pascal ‡
1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
1983 Robert Duvall Tender Mercies Mac Sledge †
1984 Steve Martin All of Me Roger Cobb
1985 Jack Nicholson Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna ‡
1986 Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa George Mortwell ‡
1987 Jack Nicholson Broadcast News Bill Rorich
Ironweed Francis Phelan
The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne
1988 Jeremy Irons Dead Ringers Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot Christy Brown


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Robert De Niro Awakenings Leonard Lowe ‡
Goodfellas James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter
1992 Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X
1993 David Thewlis Naked Johnny
1994 Paul Newman Nobody's Fool Donald "Sully" Sullivan ‡
1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Ben Sanderson †
1996 Geoffrey Rush Shine David Helfgott
1997 Peter Fonda Ulee's Gold Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson ‡
1998 Nick Nolte Affliction Wade Whitehouse ‡
1999 Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story Alvin Straight


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Tom Hanks Cast Away Chuck Noland ‡
2001 Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom Matt Fowler ‡
2002 Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
2003 Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris ‡
2004 Paul Giamatti Sideways Miles Raymond
2005 Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Ennis Del Mar
2006 Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview †
2008 Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
2009 George Clooney Fantastic Mr. Fox Mr. Fox
Up in the Air Ryan Bingham ‡


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
2011 Brad Pitt Moneyball Billy Beane
The Tree of Life Mr. O'Brien
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
2013 Robert Redford All Is Lost Our Man
2014 Timothy Spall Mr. Turner J. M. W. Turner
2015 Michael Keaton Spotlight Walter "Robby" Robinson
2016 Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler †
2017 Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name Elio Perlman ‡

Multiple awards[edit]

4 wins
3 wins
2 wins

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