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Every year the Academy evaluates a year's worth of brilliant performances and picks what they believe to be the best of the best, nominating these for the most prestigious acting awards in cinema: the Oscars. This in itself is an honor - just to be nominated for an Academy Award. But only one person can win each year, and the men listed here have all taken home Oscar gold for Best Actor in a Leading Role - so which Best Actor Oscar winners are the best?

Of the leading men who have won Best Actor, who is the best Best Actor?! Do you think it's a classic choice like Marlon Brando? Clark Gable? Humphrey Bogart? Is it a more recent recipient like Philip Seymour Hoffman? Sean Penn? Jack Nicholson?
 
With so many options choosing the best is hard, but that's where you come in. Vote up the very best actors of all the Best Actor Academy Award winners below!
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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tom Hanks age 61 - Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994)

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Gene Hackman age 87 - The French Connection (1971)

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982) - On Golden Road (1981)

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jack Nicholson age 80 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), As Good as It Gets (1997)

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins age 80 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Paul Newman Died at 83 (1925-2008) - The Color of Money (1986)

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Robert De Niro age 74 - Raging Bull (1980)

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Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Robert Duvall age 86 - Tender Mercies (1983)

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997) - The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003) - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dustin Hoffman age 80 - Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Rain Man (1988)

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004) - On the Waterfront (1954),  The Godfather (1972)

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989) - Hamlet (1948)

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001) - Save the Tiger (1973)

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Humphrey Bogart Died at 58 (1899-1957) - The African Queen (1951)

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Spencer Tracy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Spencer Tracy Died at 67 (1900-1967) - Captain Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938)

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Al Pacino age 77 - Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Kevin Spacey age 58 - American Beauty (1999)

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Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Sidney Poitier age 90 - Lilies in the Field (1963)

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960) - It Happened One Night (1934)

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ben Kingsley age 74 - Gandhi (1982)

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Alec Guinness Died at 86 (1914-2000)

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Russell Crowe age 53 - Gladiator (2000)

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Philip Seymour Hoffman Died at 47 (1967-2014) - Capote (2005)

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George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
George C. Scott Died at 72 (1927-1999)

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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Cooper Died at 60 (1901-1961) - Sergeant York (1941), High Noon (1952)

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Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Lee Marvin Died at 63 (1924-1987)

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Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Denzel Washington age 63 - Training Day (2001)

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James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Cagney Died at 87 (1899-1986)

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Michael Douglas age 73 - Wall Street (1987)

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Burt Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Burt Lancaster Died at 81 (1913-1994)

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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges age 68 - Crazy Heart (2009)

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jeremy Irons age 69 - Reversal of Fortune (1990)

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth age 57

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

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William Holden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
William Holden Died at 63 (1918-1981)

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Charlton Heston Died at 85 (1923-2008) - Ben-Hur (1959)

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Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Charles Laughton Died at 63 (1899-1962)

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Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Yul Brynner Died at 65 (1920-1985)

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Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ernest Borgnine Died at 95 (1917-2012) - Marty (1955)

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Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Geoffrey Rush age 66 - Shine (1996)

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David Niven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
David Niven Died at 73 (1910-1983)

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis age 60 - My Left Foot (1989),  There Will Be Blood (2007), Lincoln (2012)

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Maximilian Schell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Maximilian Schell Died at 84 (1930-2014)

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Ray Milland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ray Milland Died at 79 (1907-1986)

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Jon Voight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jon Voight age 79

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Peter Finch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Peter Finch Died at 61 (1916-1977)

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William Hurt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
William Hurt age 67 - Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)