Best Actor Performances I've Seen

  1. 1928 - Emil Jannings (The Last Command)
  2. 1929 - Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona)
  3. 1930 - George Arliss (Disraeli)
  4. 1931 - Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul)
  5. 1932 - Fredric March (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)
  6. 1933 - Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII)
  7. 1934 - Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)
  8. 1935 - Victor McLaglen (The Informer)
  9. 1936 - Paul Muni (The Story of Louis Pasteur)
  10. 1937 - Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous)
  11. 1938 - Spencer Tracy (Boys Town)
  12. 1939 - Robert Donat (Goodbye, Mr Chips)
  13. 1940 - James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story)
  14. 1941 - Gary Cooper (Sergeant York)
  15. 1942 - James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
  16. 1943 - Paul Lukas (Watch on the Rhine)
  17. 1944 - Bing Crosby (Going My Way)
  18. 1945 - Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend)
  19. 1946 - Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives)
  20. 1947 - Ronald Colman (A Double Life)
  21. 1948 - Laurence Olivier (Hamlet)
  22. 1949 - Broderick Crawford (All the King's Men)
  23. 1950 - José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  24. 1951 - Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)
  25. 1952 - Gary Cooper (High Noon)
  26. 1953 - William Holden (Stalag 17)
  27. 1954 - Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)
  28. 1955 - Ernest Borgnine (Marty)
  29. 1956 - Yul Brynner (The King and I)
  30. 1957 - Alec Guinness (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
  31. 1958 - David Niven (Separate Tables)
  32. 1959 - Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)
  33. 1960 - Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry)
  34. 1961 - Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg)
  35. 1962 - Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  36. 1963 - Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)
  37. 1964 - Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
  38. 1965 - Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou)
  39. 1966 - Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons)
  40. 1967 - Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night)
  41. 1968 - Cliff Robertson (Charly)
  42. 1969 - John Wayne (True Grit)
  43. 1970 - George C. Scott (Patton)
  44. 1971 - Gene Hackman (The French Connection)
  45. 1972 - Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
  46. 1973 - Jack Lemmon (Save the Tiger)
  47. 1974 - Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)
  48. 1975 - Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
  49. 1976 - Peter Finch (Network)
  50. 1977 - Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)
  51. 1978 - Jon Voight (Coming Home)
  52. 1979 - Dustin Hoffman (Kramer VS. Kramer)
  53. 1980 - Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)
  54. 1981 - Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)
  55. 1982 - Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
  56. 1983 - Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)
  57. 1984 - F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
  58. 1985 - William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
  59. 1986 - Paul Newman (The Color of Money)
  60. 1987 - Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
  61. 1988 - Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)
  62. 1989 - Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)
  63. 1990 - Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune)
  64. 1991 - Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs)
  65. 1992 - Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)
  66. 1993 - Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
  67. 1994 - Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)
  68. 1995 - Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)
  69. 1996 - Geoffrey Rush (Shine)
  70. 1997 - Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets)
  71. 1998 - Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful)
  72. 1999 - Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)
  73. 2000 - Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
  74. 2001 - Denzel Washington (Training Day)
  75. 2002 - Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
  76. 2003 - Sean Penn (Mystic River)
  77. 2004 - Jamie Foxx (Ray)
  78. 2005 - Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
  79. 2006 - Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
  80. 2007 - Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
  81. 2008 - Sean Penn (Milk)
  82. 2009 - Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  83. 2010 - Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
  84. 2011 - Jean Luc Jardin (The Artist)
Author Comments: 

Highlighted are performances I've seen.