icon Living Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar Winners

Every year since 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued awards, called Oscars, to recognize excellence in film. The highest honor an actor or actress can receive is the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role or Best Actress in a Leading Role. Only one of each award is presented every year.

This list shows every living recipient of the Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role awards. The year given in the tables is the year that the award was presented, recognizing films released the previous year.

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Gene Hackman1/30/1930
Best Actor1972The French Connection
Joanne Woodward2/27/1930
Best Actress1958The Three Faces of Eve
Robert Duvall1/5/1931
Best Actor1984Tender Mercies
Ellen Burstyn12/7/1932
Best Actress1975Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Shirley MacLaine4/24/1934
Best Actress1984Terms of Endearment
Sophia Loren9/20/1934
Best Actress1962Two Women
Maggie Smith12/28/1934
Best Actress1970The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Julie Andrews10/1/1935
Best Actress1965Mary Poppins
Jack Nicholson4/22/1937
Best Actor1998As Good as It Gets
Best Actor1976One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dustin Hoffman8/8/1937
Best Actor1980Kramer vs. Kramer
Best Actor1989Rain Man
Jane Fonda12/21/1937
Best Actress1979Coming Home
Best Actress1972Klute
Anthony Hopkins12/31/1937
Best Actor2021The Father
Best Actor1992The Silence of the Lambs
Jon Voight12/29/1938
Best Actor1979Coming Home
F. Murray Abraham10/24/1939
Best Actor1985Amadeus
Al Pacino4/25/1940
Best Actor1993Scent of a Woman
Faye Dunaway1/14/1941
Best Actress1977Network
Julie Christie4/14/1941
Best Actress1966Darling
Barbra Streisand4/24/1942
Best Actress1969Funny Girl
Robert De Niro8/17/1943
Best Actor1981Raging Bull
Ben Kingsley12/31/1943
Best Actor1983Gandhi
Michael Douglas9/25/1944
Best Actor1988Wall Street
Helen Mirren7/26/1945
Best Actress2007The Queen
Diane Keaton1/5/1946
Best Actress1978Annie Hall
Liza Minnelli3/12/1946
Best Actress1973Cabaret
Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian)5/20/1946
Best Actress1988Moonstruck
Susan Sarandon10/4/1946
Best Actress1996Dead Man Walking
Sally Field11/6/1946
Best Actress1985Places in the Heart
Best Actress1980Norma Rae
Richard Dreyfuss10/29/1947
Best Actor1978The Goodbye Girl
Kathy Bates6/28/1948
Best Actress1991Misery
Jeremy Irons9/19/1948
Best Actor1991Reversal of Fortune
Jessica Lange4/20/1949
Best Actress1995Blue Sky
Meryl Streep6/22/1949
Best Actress1983Sophie's Choice
Best Actress2012The Iron Lady
Jeff Bridges12/4/1949
Best Actor2010Crazy Heart
Sissy Spacek12/25/1949
Best Actress1981Coal Miner's Daughter
Geoffrey Rush7/6/1951
Best Actor1997Shine
Roberto Benigni10/27/1952
Best Actor1999Life is Beautiful
Denzel Washington12/28/1954
Best Actor2002Training Day
Tom Hanks7/9/1956
Best Actor1994Philadelphia
Best Actor1995Forrest Gump
Daniel Day-Lewis4/29/1957
Best Actor2013Lincoln
Best Actor2008There Will Be Blood
Best Actor1990My Left Foot
Frances McDormand6/23/1957
Best Actress2018Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actress2021Nomadland
Best Actress1997Fargo
Holly Hunter3/20/1958
Best Actress1994The Piano
Gary Oldman3/21/1958
Best Actor2018Darkest Hour
Emma Thompson4/15/1959
Best Actress1993Howard's End
Kevin Spacey7/26/1959
Best Actor2000American Beauty
Sean Penn8/17/1960
Best Actor2004Mystic River
Best Actor2009Milk
Colin Firth9/10/1960
Best Actor2011The King's Speech
Julianne Moore12/3/1960
Best Actress2015Still Alice
Forest Whitaker7/15/1961
Best Actor2007The Last King of Scotland
Michelle Yeoh8/6/1962
Best Actress2023Everything Everywhere All at Once
Jodie Foster11/19/1962
Best Actress1989The Accused
Best Actress1992The Silence of the Lambs
Helen Hunt6/15/1963
Best Actress1998As Good as it Gets
Nicolas Cage1/7/1964
Best Actor1996Leaving Las Vegas
Russell Crowe4/7/1964
Best Actor2001Gladiator
Sandra Bullock7/26/1964
Best Actress2010The Blind Side
Marlee Matlin8/24/1965
Best Actress1987Children of a Lesser God
Halle Berry8/14/1966
Best Actress2002Monster's Ball
Nicole Kidman6/20/1967
Best Actress2003The Hours
Julia Roberts10/28/1967
Best Actress2001Erin Brockovich
Jamie Foxx12/13/1967
Best Actor2005Ray
Will Smith9/25/1968
Best Actor2022King Richard
Brendan Fraser12/3/1968
Best Actor2023The Whale
Renée Zellweger4/25/1969
Best Actress2020Judy
Cate Blanchett5/14/1969
Best Actress2014Blue Jasmine
Matthew McConaughey11/4/1969
Best Actor2014Dallas Buyers Club
Jean Dujardin6/19/1972
Best Actor2012The Artist
Gwyneth Paltrow9/27/1972
Best Actress1999Shakespeare in Love
Adrien Brody4/14/1973
Best Actor2003The Pianist
Olivia Colman1/30/1974
Best Actress2019The Favourite
Hilary Swank7/30/1974
Best Actress2000Boys Don't Cry
Best Actress2005Million Dollar Baby
Joaquin Phoenix10/28/1974
Best Actor2020Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio11/11/1974
Best Actor2016The Revenant
Charlize Theron8/7/1975
Best Actress2004Monster
Casey Affleck8/12/1975
Best Actor2017Manchester by the Sea
Marion Cotillard9/30/1975
Best Actress2008La môme
Kate Winslet10/5/1975
Best Actress2009The Reader
Reese Witherspoon3/22/1976
Best Actress2006Walk the Line
Cillian Murphy5/25/1976
Best Actor2024Oppenheimer
Jessica Chastain3/24/1977
Best Actress2022The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Rami Malek5/12/1981
Best Actor2019Bohemian Rhapsody
Natalie Portman6/9/1981
Best Actress2011Black Swan
Eddie Redmayne1/6/1982
Best Actor2015The Theory of Everything
Emma Stone11/6/1988
Best Actress2024Poor Things
Best Actress2017La La Land
Brie Larson10/1/1989
Best Actress2016Room
Jennifer Lawrence8/15/1990
Best Actress2013Silver Linings Playbook