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The Academy Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It has been awarded since the 1st Academy Awards to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role in a film released that year. The award is traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Actress winner.
|Academy Award for Best Actor
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
|Most recent winner
|Brendan Fraser, The Whale (2023)
|Daniel Day-Lewis (3)
|Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy (9)
The Best Actor award has been presented 95 times, to 85 actors. The first winner was German actor Emil Jannings for his roles in The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927). The most recent winner is Brendan Fraser for The Whale; he is the first Canadian actor to win this award. Italian actor Roberto Benigni gave the first winning non-English performance in Life Is Beautiful (1997). The record for most wins is three, held by Daniel Day-Lewis, while nine other actors have won twice. The record for most nominations is nine, jointly held by Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier. James Dean remains the only actor to have been posthumously nominated for this award more than once. At the 5th Academy Awards, Fredric March finished one vote ahead of Wallace Beery; under the rules of the time, this meant both actors were awarded, in this category's only tie.
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