Empire Award for Best Actor

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The Empire Award for Best Actor is an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best Actor is one of five ongoing awards which were first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 (the others being Best Actress, Best Director, Best Film and Best British Film) with Nigel Hawthorne receiving the award for his role in The Madness of King George. Winners are voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 17 actors. Johnny Depp and James McAvoy have received the most awards in this category with two awards each. Johnny Depp was nominated on five occasions, more than any other actor. James McAvoy is the most recent winner in this category for his role in Filth.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
1996
(1st)
Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George [1]
1997
(2nd)
Morgan Freeman Seven [2]
1998
(3rd)
Kevin Spacey L.A. Confidential [3]
1999
(4th)
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan [4][5]
Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski
Jim Carrey The Truman Show
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting
Samuel L. Jackson Jackie Brown

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Pierce Brosnan The World Is Not Enough [6][7]
Brad Pitt Fight Club
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense
Keanu Reeves The Matrix
Tom Cruise Eyes Wide Shut
2001
(6th)
Russell Crowe Gladiator [8][9]
George Clooney O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Jim Carrey Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
John Cusack High Fidelity
Kevin Spacey American Beauty
2002
(7th)
Elijah Wood The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [10][11]

[12]

Benicio del Toro Traffic
Billy Bob Thornton The Man Who Wasn't There
Haley Joel Osment A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2003
(8th)
Tom Cruise Minority Report [13]
Colin Farrell Minority Report
Mike Myers Austin Powers in Goldmember
Tom Hanks Road to Perdition
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2004
(9th)
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [14]
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York
Hugh Jackman X2
Sean Astin The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2005
(10th)
Matt Damon The Bourne Supremacy [15]
Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Johnny Depp Finding Neverland
Tobey Maguire Spider-Man 2
Tom Cruise Collateral
2006
(11th)
Johnny Depp Charlie And The Chocolate Factory [16][17]

[18]

Andy Serkis King Kong
Christian Bale Batman Begins
Matt Dillon Crash
Viggo Mortensen A History of Violence
2007
(12th)
Daniel Craig Casino Royale [19]
Christian Bale The Prestige
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed
Sacha Baron Cohen Borat
2008
(13th)
James McAvoy Atonement [20]
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Gerard Butler 300
Matt Damon The Bourne Ultimatum
Simon Pegg Hot Fuzz
2009
(14th)
Christian Bale The Dark Knight [21]
Daniel Craig Quantum of Solace
Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Robert Downey, Jr. Iron Man

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
2010
(15th)
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds [22][23]
Michael Caine Harry Brown
Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes
Robert Pattinson The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sam Worthington Avatar
2011
(16th)
Colin Firth The King's Speech [24][25]
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Kick-Ass
James Franco 127 Hours
Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network
Leonardo DiCaprio Inception
2012
(17th)
Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [26]
Andy Serkis Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Daniel Craig The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Ryan Gosling Drive
2013
(18th)
Martin Freeman The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [27]
Christoph Waltz Django Unchained
Daniel Craig Skyfall
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Robert Downey, Jr. The Avengers
2014
(19th)
James McAvoy Filth [28]
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Freeman The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Tom Hanks Captain Phillips

Multiple awards and nominations[edit]

Multiple awards[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best Actor awards:

Awards Film
2 James McAvoy
Johnny Depp

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best Actor nominations:

Nominations Film
5 Johnny Depp
4 Daniel Craig
Viggo Mortensen
3 Christian Bale
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jim Carrey
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Robert Downey, Jr.
Tom Cruise
Tom Hanks
2 Andy Serkis
Christoph Waltz
Daniel Radcliffe
James McAvoy
Kevin Spacey
Martin Freeman

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Best Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Best Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2008. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Best Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Best Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
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  26. ^ "Best Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
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