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New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given by the New York Film Critics Circle to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking.

In the last two decades, the Circle agreed with the Oscars on 7 occasions: 1995 Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas, 1996 Geoffrey Rush for Shine, 2006 Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland, 2007 Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood, 2008 Sean Penn for Milk, 2010 Colin Firth for The King's Speech, and 2012 Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln .


Oscar winner denoted by *


Year Winner Film Role
1935 Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty William Bligh
Ruggles of Red Gap Marmaduke Ruggles
1936 Walter Huston Dodsworth Sam Dodsworth
1937 Paul Muni The Life of Émile Zola Émile Zola
1938 James Cagney Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan
1939 James Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Jefferson Smith


Year Winner Film Role
1940 Charles Chaplin The Great Dictator Adenoid Hynkel/A Jewish barber
1941 Gary Cooper * Sergeant York Alvin York
1942 James Cagney * Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan
1943 Paul Lukas * Watch on the Rhine Kurt Muller
1944 Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way Father Fitzgibbon
1945 Ray Milland * The Lost Weekend Don Birnam
1946 Laurence Olivier Henry V King Henry V
1947 William Powell Life with Father Clarence Day, Sr.
The Senator Was Indiscreet Melvin G. Ashton
1948 Laurence Olivier * Hamlet Hamlet
1949 Broderick Crawford * All the King's Men Willie Stark


Year Winner Film Role
1950 Gregory Peck Twelve O'Clock High Frank Savage
1951 Arthur Kennedy Bright Victory Larry Nevins
1952 Ralph Richardson The Sound Barrier John Ridgefield
1953 Burt Lancaster From Here to Eternity Milton Warden
1954 Marlon Brando * On the Waterfront Terry Malloy
1955 Ernest Borgnine * Marty Marty Piletti
1956 Kirk Douglas Lust for Life Vincent van Gogh
1957 Alec Guinness * The Bridge on the River Kwai Colonel Nicholson
1958 David Niven * Separate Tables Angus Pollock
1959 James Stewart Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler


Year Winner Film Role
1960 Burt Lancaster * Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry
1961 Maximilian Schell * Judgment at Nuremberg Hans Rolfe
1962 No award given (newspaper strike)
1963 Albert Finney Tom Jones Tom Jones
1964 Rex Harrison * My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
1965 Oskar Werner Ship of Fools Willie Schumann
1966 Paul Scofield * A Man for All Seasons Thomas More
1967 Rod Steiger * In the Heat of the Night Bill Gillespie
1968 Alan Arkin The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter John Singer
1969 Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy Joe Buck


Year Winner Film Role
1970 George C. Scott * Patton George S. Patton
1971 Gene Hackman * The French Connection Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
1972 Laurence Olivier Sleuth Andrew Wyke
1973 Marlon Brando Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) Paul
1974 Jack Nicholson Chinatown Jake "J.J." Gittes
The Last Detail Billy Buddusky
1975 Jack Nicholson * One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle McMurphy
1976 Robert De Niro Taxi Driver Travis Bickle
1977 John Gielgud Providence Clive Langham
1978 Jon Voight * Coming Home Luke Martin
1979 Dustin Hoffman * Kramer vs. Kramer Ted Kramer


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Robert De Niro * Raging Bull Jake LaMotta
1981 Burt Lancaster Atlantic City Lou Pascal
1982 Ben Kingsley * Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
1983 Robert Duvall * Tender Mercies Mac Sledge
1984 Steve Martin All of Me Roger Cobb
1985 Jack Nicholson Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna
1986 Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa George Mortwell
1987 Jack Nicholson Broadcast News Bill Rorich
Ironweed Francis Phelan
The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne
1988 Jeremy Irons Dead Ringers Beverly and Elliot Mantle
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis * My Left Foot Christy Brown


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Robert De Niro Awakenings Leonard Lowe
Goodfellas Jimmy Conway
1991 Anthony Hopkins * The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter
1992 Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X
1993 David Thewlis Naked Johnny
1994 Paul Newman Nobody's Fool Sully Sullivan
1995 Nicolas Cage * Leaving Las Vegas Ben Sanderson
1996 Geoffrey Rush * Shine David Helfgott
1997 Peter Fonda Ulee's Gold Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson
1998 Nick Nolte Affliction Wade Whitehouse
1999 Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story Alvin Straight


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Tom Hanks Cast Away Chuck Noland
2001 Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom Matt Fowler
2002 Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
2003 Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris
2004 Paul Giamatti Sideways Miles Raymond
2005 Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Ennis Del Mar
2006 Forest Whitaker * The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis * There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
2008 Sean Penn * Milk Harvey Milk
2009 George Clooney Fantastic Mr. Fox Mr. Fox
Up in the Air Ryan Bingham


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Colin Firth * The King's Speech King George VI
2011 Brad Pitt Moneyball Billy Beane
The Tree of Life Mr. O'Brien
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis * Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
2013 Robert Redford All Is Lost Our Man
2014 Timothy Spall Mr. Turner J. M. W. Turner

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