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Academy Award for Best Actor

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Currently held by  Leonardo DiCaprio
Instituted  1929
Country  United States of America
Category of  Academy Awards
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Awarded for  Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
First awarded  1929 (for performance in films released during the 1927/1928 film season)
Presented by  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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The Academy Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.

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The 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 with Emil Jannings receiving the award for his roles in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. Currently, nominees are determined by single transferable vote within the actors branch of AMPAS; winners are selected by a plurality vote from the entire eligible voting members of the Academy.

In the first three years of the awards, actors were nominated as the best in their categories. At that time, all of their work during the qualifying period (as many as three films, in some cases) was listed after the award. However, during the 3rd ceremony held in 1930, only one of those films was cited in each winner's final award, even though each of the acting winners had two films following their names on the ballots. The following year, this unwieldy and confusing system was replaced by the current system in which an actor is nominated for a specific performance in a single film. Starting with the 9th ceremony held in 1937, the category was officially limited to five nominations per year.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 79 actors. Daniel Day-Lewis has received the most awards in this category with three Oscars. Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier were nominated on nine occasions, more than any other actor. As of the 2017 ceremony, Casey Affleck is the most recent winner in this category for his role as Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea.

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release in Los Angeles County; the ceremonies are always held the following year. For the first five ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned twelve months from August 1 to July 31. For the 6th ceremony held in 1934, the eligibility period lasted from August 1, 1932 to December 31, 1933. Since the 7th ceremony held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

Multiple nominations

9 nominations
  • Laurence Olivier
  • Spencer Tracy
  • 8 nominations
  • Paul Newman
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Peter O'Toole
  • 7 nominations
  • Marlon Brando
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Jack Lemmon
  • 6 nominations
  • Richard Burton
  • 5 nominations
    4 nominations
    3 nominations
    2 nominations

    References

    Academy Award for Best Actor Wikipedia


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