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1927-28 Emil Jannings - The Last Command
1928-29 Warner Baxter - In Old Arizona (Cisco Kid)
1929-30 George Arliss - Disraeli as Benjamin Disraeli
1930-31 Lionel Barrymore - A Free Soul as Stephen Ashe
1931-32 Fredric March - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Dr. Henry L. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
1931-32 Wallace Beery - The Champ as Champ
1932-33 Charles Laughton - The Private Life of Henry VIII as King Henry VIII
1934 Clark Gable - It Happened One Night as Peter Warne
1935 Victor McLaglen - The Informer as Gypo Nolan
1936 Paul Muni - The Story of Louis Pasteur as Louis Pasteur
1937 Spencer Tracy - Captains Courageous as Manuel
1938 Spencer Tracy - Boys Town as Father Flanagan
1939 Robert Donat - Goodbye, Mr. Chips as Mr. Chips
1940 James Stewart - The Philadelphia Story as Macaulay Connor
1941 Gary Cooper - Sergeant York as Alvin Cullum York
1942 James Cagney - Yankee Doodle Dandy as George M. Cohan
1943 Paul Lukas - Watch on the Rhine as Kurt Muller
1944 Bing Crosby - Going My Way as Father Chuck O'Malley
1945 Ray Milland - The Lost Weekend as Don Birnam
1946 Fredric March - The Best Years of Our Lives as Al Stephenson
1947 Ronald Colman - A Double Life as Anthony John
1948 Laurence Olivier - Hamlet as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
1949 Broderick Crawford - All The King's Men as Willie Stark
1950 José Ferrer - Cyrano de Bergerac as Cyrano de Bergerac
1951 Humphrey Bogart - The African Queen as Charlie Allnut
1952 Gary Cooper - High Noon as Marshal Will Kane
1953 William Holden - Stalag 17 as Sgt. J.J. Sefton
1954 Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront as Terry Malloy
1955 Ernest Borgnine - Marty as Marty Pilletti
1956 Yul Brynner - The King and I as The King
1957 Alec Guinness - The Bridge on the River Kwai as Col. Nicholson
1958 David Niven - Separate Tables as Major Pollock
1959 Charlton Heston - Ben-Hur as Judah Ben-Hur
1960 Burt Lancaster - Elmer Gantry as Elmer Gantry
1961 Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg as Hans Rolfe
1962 Gregory Peck - To Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus Finch
1963 Sidney Poitier - Lilies of the Field as Homer Smith
1964 Rex Harrison - My Fair Lady as Professor Henry Higgins
1965 Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou as Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn
1966 Paul Scofield - A Man for All Season as Sir Thomas More
1967 Rod Steiger - In the Heat of the Night as Police Chief Bill Gillespie
1968 Cliff Robertson - Charly as Charly Gordon
1969 John Wayne - True Grit as Marshal Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn
1970 George C. Scott - Patton as Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (declined)
1971 Gene Hackman - The French Connection as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
1972 Marlon Brando - The Godfather as Don Vito Corleone (declined)
1973 Jack Lemmon - Save the Tiger as Harry Stoner
1974 Art Carney - Harry and Tonto as Harry
1975 Jack Nicholson - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as R.P. McMurphy
1976 Peter Finch - Network as Howard Beale
1977 Richard Dreyfuss - The Goodbye Girl as Elliot Garfield
1978 Jon Voight - Coming Home as Luke Martin
1979 Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer as Ted Kramer
1980 Robert De Niro - Raging Bull as Jake LaMotta
1981 Henry Fonda - On Golden Pond as Norman Thayer
1982 Ben Kingsley - Gandhi as Mahatma Gandhi
1983 Robert Duvall - Tender Mercies as Mac Sledge
1984 F. Murray Abraham - Amadeus as Antonio Salieri
1985 William Hurt - Kiss of the Spider Woman as Luis Molina
1986 Paul Newman - The Color of Money as Fast Eddie Felson
1987 Michael Douglas - Wall Street as Gordon Gekko
1988 Dustin Hoffman - Rain Man as Raymond Babbitt
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis - My Left Foot as Christy Brown
1990 Jeremy Irons - Reversal of Fortune as Claus von Bülow
1991 Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of the Lambs as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
1992 Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade
1993 Tom Hanks - Philadelphia as Andrew Beckett
1994 Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump as Forrest Gump
1995 Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas as Ben Sanderson
1996 Geoffrey Rush - Shine as David Helfgott
1997 Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets as Melvin Udall
1998 Roberto Benigni - Life Is Beautiful as Guido Orefice
1999 Kevin Spacey - American Beauty as Lester Burnham
2000 Russell Crowe - Gladiator as Maximus Decimus Meridius
2001 Denzel Washington - Training Day as Alonzo Harris
2002 Adrien Brody - The Pianist as Wladyslaw Szpilman
2003 Sean Penn - Mystic River as Jimmy Markum
2004 Jamie Foxx - Ray as Ray Charles
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote as Truman Capote
2006 Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood as Daniel Plainview
2008 Sean Penn - Milk as Harvey Milk
2009 Jeff Bridges -- Crazy Heart {"Bad Blake"}
2010 Colin Firth - The Kings Speech - king George VI
2011 Jean Dujardin - The Artist - George Valentin
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln

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