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The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role  

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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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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 76
Gandhi (1982)
27
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)
28
Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 88
Tender Mercies (1983)
29
Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 65 (1920-1985)
30
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 58
31
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 50
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
32
George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 72 (1927-1999)
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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
True Grit (1969)
34
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 55
Gladiator (2000)
35
Lee Marvin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987)
36
Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 75
Wall Street (1987)
37
Richard Dreyfuss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 72
38
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 47 (1967-2014)
Capote (2005)
39
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 45
40
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 65
Training Day (2001)
41
Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 60 (1901-1961)
Sergeant York (1941), High Noon (1952)
42
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 61

The Darkest Hour (2017)

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 71
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
44
Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 68
Shine (1996)
45
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
Ben-Hur (1959)
46
Jeff Bridges is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 70
Crazy Heart (2009)
47
William Hurt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 69
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
48
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 37
49
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
age 60
American Beauty (1999)
50
Jon Voight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew Baker added age 81