By John H. Foote

No Academy, just me.

In some cases there were six deserving performances, so I broke protocol and nominated all six.

I have seen all the films for each given year, so without further ado, here are my nominees for Best Actor. My winner is marked with an *.

Part II will follow, Best Actress.

  • Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces
  • Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man
  • George C. Scott in Patton*
  • Gene Hackman in I Never Sang for My Father
  • Melvyn Douglas in I Never Sang for My Father
  • Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange
  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection*
  • Jack Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge
  • George C. Scott in The Hospital
  • Warren Beatty in McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  • Al Pacino in The Godfather
  • Marlon Brando in The Godfather*
  • Jon Voight in Deliverance
  • Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson
  • Robert Duvall in Tomorrow
  • Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail
  • Al Pacino in Serpico
  • Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris*
  • Robert Redford in The Way We Were
  • James Caan in Cinderella Liberty
  • Jack Nicholson in Chinatown
  • Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II*
  • Gene Hackman in The Conversation
  • Dustin Hoffman in Lenny
  • Richard Dreyfus in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  • Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest*
  • Gene Hackman in French Connection II
  • Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon
  • Walter Matthau in The Sunshine Boys
  • Warren Beatty in Shampoo
  • Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver*
  • Giancarlo Gianinni in Seven Beauties
  • William Holden in Network
  • John Wayne in The Shootist
  • Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

  • Richard Burton in Equus
  • Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Bruce Dern in Black Sunday*
  • John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
  • George C. Scott in Islands in the Stream
  • Jon Voight in Coming Home*
  • Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait
  • Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story
  • Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time
  • Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter
  • Peter Sellers in Being There
  • Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now
  • Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer*
  • Roy Scheider in All That Jazz
  • Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome
  • Robert Duvall in The Great Santini
  • Robert De Niro in Raging Bull*
  • Peter O’Toole in The Stunt Man
  • Donald Sutherland in Ordinary People
  • Jack Nicholson in The Shining
  • Warren Beatty in Reds
  • Burt Lancaster in Atlantic City*
  • John Travolta in Blow Out
  • Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond
  • William Hurt in Body Heat

  • Paul Newman in The Verdict
  • Henry Thomas in E.T. – The Extraterrestrial
  • Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie*
  • Albert Finney in Shoot the Moon
  • Ben Kingsley in Gandhi
  • Peter O’Toole in My Favourite Year
  • Albert Finney in The Dresser
  • Tom Courtenay in The Dresser
  • Eric Roberts in Star 80
  • Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies*
  • Nick Nolte in Under Fire
  • F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus*
  • Tom Hulce in Amadeus
  • Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
  • Steve Martin in All of Me
  • Albert Finney in Under the Volcano
  • Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honor*
  • Raul Julia in Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Harrison Ford in Witness
  • Jon Voight in Runaway Train
  • Paul Newman in The Color of Money
  • Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa*
  • Christopher Walken in At Close Range
  • Sean Penn in At Close Range
  • James Woods in Salvador
  • Jack Nicholson in Ironweed*
  • Michael Douglas in Wall St.
  • Steve Martin in Roxanne
  • William Hurt in Broadcast News
  • Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam
  • Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning*
  • Tom Cruise in Rain Man
  • Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man
  • William Hurt in The Accidental Tourist
  • Kevin Costner in Bull Durham
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot*
  • Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy
  • Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July
  • Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
  • Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy
  • Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves
  • Robin Williams in Awakenings*
  • Robert De Niro in Awakenings
  • Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands
  • Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart
  • Warren Beatty in Bugsy
  • Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs*
  • Nick Nolte in The Prince of Tides
  • Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King
  • Robin Williams in The Fisher King
  • Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven
  • Denzel Washington in Malcolm X*
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin
  • Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans
  • Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Ross
  • Daniel Day Lewis in In the Name of the Father
  • Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List
  • Tom Hanks in Philadelphia*
  • Denzel Washington in Philadelphia
  • Paul Newman in Nobody’s Fool
  • Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump*
  • John Travolta in Pulp Fiction
  • Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
  • Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption
  • Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking*
  • Tom Hanks in Apollo 13
  • Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas
  • Anthony Hopkins in Nixon
  • John Travolta in Get Shorty

  • Daniel Day Lewis in The Crucible
  • Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire*
  • Geoffrey Rush in Shine
  • Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Slingblade
  • Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets
  • Peter Fonda Ulee’s Gold
  • Robert Duvall in The Apostle*
  • Dustin Hoffman in Wag the Dog
  • Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
  • Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting
  • Edward Norton in American History X*
  • Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan
  • Ian McKellan in Gods and Monsters
  • Nick Nolte in Affliction
  • Warren Beatty in Bulworth
  • Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
  • Edward Norton in Fight Club
  • Brad Pitt in Fight Club
  • Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon
  • Russell Crowe in The Insider*
  • Denzel Washington in The Hurricane
  • Tom Hanks in Cast Away*
  • Ed Harris in Pollock
  • Geoffrey Rush in Quills
  • George Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys
  • Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums*
  • Will Smith in Ali
  • Jack Nicholson in The Pledge
  • Denzel Washington in Training Day
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Monster’s Ball
  • Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York
  • Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt*
  • Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition
  • Nicolas Cage in Adaptation
  • Robin Williams in One Hour Photo
  • Sean Penn in Mystic River*
  • Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai
  • Bill Murray in Lost in Translation
  • Jude Law in Cold Mountain
  • Nicolas Cage in Matchstick Men
  • Jamie Foxx in Ray
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in The Aviator
  • Paul Giamatti in Sideways*
  • Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby
  • Tom Cruise in Collateral

  • Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
  • Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain*
  • Terence Howard in a Hustle and Flow
  • Bruno Ganz in Downfall
  • Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in The Departed
  • Matt Damon in The Departed
  • Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland*
  • Peter O’Toole in Venus
  • George Clooney in Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood*
  • Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild
  • Viggo Mortensen in Easter Promises
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in Revolutionary Road
  • Sean Penn in Milk*
  • Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
  • Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
  • Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • George Clooney in Up in the Air
  • Viggo Mortenson in The Road*
  • Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
  • Colin Firth in A Single Man
  • Matt Damon in The Informant!
  • Jeff Bridges in True Grit*
  • Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
  • Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
  • Ben Foster in The Messengers
  • Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine
  • Brad Pitt in Moneyball
  • George Clooney in The Descendants*
  • Jean Dujardin in The Artist
  • Michael Fassbender in Shame
  • Ryan Gosling in Drive
  • Jack Black in Bernie
  • Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln*
  • Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
  • Denzel Washington in Flight
  • Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street*
  • Bruce Dern in Nebraska
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Her
  • Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
  • Christian Bale in American Hustle
  • Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton in Birdman*
  • Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
  • Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
  • Steve Carnell in Foxcatcher
  • Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in The Revenant*
  • Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
  • Matt Damon in The Martian
  • Johnny Depp in Black Mass
  • Ryan Gosling in La La Land
  • Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea*
  • Denzel Washington in Fences
  • Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
  • Viggo Mortenson in Captain Fantastic

  • Christian Bale in Hostiles
  • James Franco in The Disaster Artist*
  • Timothy Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name
  • James McAvoy in Split
  • Daniel Day Lewis in Phantom Thread
  • Christian Bale in Vice
  • Ryan Gosling in First Man
  • Viggo Mortenson in Green Book*
  • Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born
  • Ethan Hawke in First Reformed
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Joker*
  • Leonardo Di Caprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver in Marriage Story
  • Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems
  • Talon Egerton in Rocketman





  • Randy White
    On April 21, 2020 11:15 am 0Likes

    Also Peter Sellers or Roy Scheider deserved to win that year over Dustin Hoffman. Oscar Isaac should have been nominated and won That year for InsIde Llewyn Davis.

  • RAndy White
    On April 21, 2020 11:11 am 0Likes

    No Peter FiNch for NetworK? He most DEFINITELY deserved be Nominated that year and John Wayne in the Shootist really?

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