10 Years of Best Actor Oscar Winners


With the Oscar’s coming up soon we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and check out the past ten years of our leading men…

From Colin Firth’s winning performance in The King’s Speech, to Daniel Day-Lewis morphing into United States President Abraham Lincoln, have a look who has taken home the Best Actor in a leading role Oscar over the past ten years…

2008 Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood

For Day-Lewis’ performance, he cemented his position as one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. He not only won the Oscar but the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, NYFCC and IFTA awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


2009 Sean Penn – Milk

Penn won the 2009 Oscar for a fantastic performance as gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. The film received eight Oscar nominations and won two, including Best Actor for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black.


2010 Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

In the film, Bridges plays down-and-out country music singer-songwriter who tries to turn his life around. Critics said that he was one of the most popular and predictable winners of the evening.


2011 Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Oh Mr. Darcy, we do love you. Firth plays King George VI, who, to cope with a stammer works with a speech and language therapist. After watching Netflix’s The Crown, we reckon Colin did a much better job of playing George VI than Jared Harris.


2012 Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Dujardin was the first French actor to ever win an Oscar for Best Actor. The Artist took the style of a black and white film and received highly positive reviews from critics.


2013 Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Five years after taking home the Best Actor Oscar, Daniel Day-Lewis wins again for his superb performance as United States President Abraham Lincoln. Check out the silver fox with his Oscar…


2014 Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

In 2014 the Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey, who played Ron Woodruff, a man diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980’s a time where treatments were under-researched. We weren’t sure about his choice of suit for the awards…


2015 Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

The best man won with Eddie Redmayne taking homethe gong for Best Actor. His performance as Stephen Hawking in the biographical film The Theory of Everything was absolutely incredible.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Redmayne poses in the press room with his award for Best Actor at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

2016 Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

FINALLY, Leo got to take home the Best Actor Oscar. He’d been nominated for an Oscar five  times beforehand, four times for acting and one time as a producer. He previously got nominations for The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014 (Best Actor and Best Picture), Blood Diamond in 2007 (Best Actor), The Aviator in 2005 (Best Actor), and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1994 (Best Supporting Actor).

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2017 Our Prediction: Ryan Gosling

Despite stiff competition from the likes of Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Ben Affleck’s bro Casey (Manchester By The Sea), we reckon Ryan Gosling will take home the 2017 Best Actor gong for his outstanding performance in La La Land. I mean, the man learnt every single one of those tricky piano pieces for the role! He deserves it for that alone!

Who do you want to win Best Actor this year? Let us know! @tweetjanes