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

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