All Best Actor Oscar Winners in Academy Award History

Cillian Murphy's Win

Cillian Murphy won Best Actor at the 2024 Oscars for his role as the atomic scientist in Christopher Nolan’s "Oppenheimer," which claimed seven Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Brendan Fraser's Triumph

Despite mixed reviews for Darren Aronofsky’s "The Whale," Brendan Fraser's performance as a 600 lb. English teacher impressed Oscar voters, earning him the Best Actor award.

Will Smith's Unforgettable Night

Will Smith’s win for "King Richard" was overshadowed by his onstage altercation with Chris Rock. His performance as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, earned him the Best Actor Oscar.

Anthony Hopkins' Historic Win

Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his portrayal of dementia in "The Father," making him the oldest acting winner at 83.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker

Joker," directed by Todd Phillips, earned over $1 billion and critical acclaim. Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of the iconic villain won him the Best Actor Oscar.

Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek won Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," which grossed $869 million and won four Oscars despite mixed reviews.

Gary Oldman's Churchill

Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour," a role that solidified his status as an Oscar frontrunner from its festival debut.

Casey Affleck's Emotional Role

Casey Affleck’s role in "Manchester by the Sea" won him the Best Actor Oscar, a significant win for Amazon Studios, highlighting its impact on the entertainment industry.

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