BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
|BAFTA Award for Best Actor|
|Description||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Presented by||British Academy of Film and Television Arts|
|Currently held by||Will Smith for King Richard (2021)|
Best Actor in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.
|Superlative||Best Actor||Best Supporting Actor||Overall|
|Actor with most awards||Peter Finch||5||Denholm Elliott||3||Peter Finch||5|
|Actor with most British Actor Awards (until 1967)||Peter Finch||3||—||—||Peter Finch||3|
|Actor with most Foreign Actor Awards (until 1967)||Marlon Brando||3||—||—||Marlon Brando||3|
|Actor with most nominations||Daniel Day-Lewis
|7||Denholm Elliott||7||Michael Caine
|Actor with most British Actor Award nominations (until 1967)||Laurence Olivier||6||—||—||Laurence Olivier||6|
|Actor with most Foreign Actor Award nominations (until 1967)||Jack Lemmon
Winners and nominees
From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actor awards: one for a British actor and another for a foreign actor. In 1968, the two prizes of British and Foreign actor were combined to create a single Best Actor award. Its current title, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, has been used since 1995.
|Anthony Hopkins||The Father||Anthony|
|Riz Ahmed||Sound of Metal||Ruben Stone|
|Chadwick Boseman (posthumous)||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom||Levee Green|
|Adarsh Gourav||The White Tiger||Balram Halwai|
|Mads Mikkelsen||Another Round||Martin|
|Tahar Rahim||The Mauritanian||Mohamedou Ould Salahi|
|Will Smith||King Richard||Richard Williams|
|Adeel Akhtar||Ali & Ava||Ali|
|Mahershala Ali||Swan Song||Cameron Turner|
|Benedict Cumberbatch||The Power of the Dog||Phil Burbank|
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Don't Look Up||Dr. Randall Mindy|
|Stephen Graham||Boiling Point||Andy Jones|
Note: All nominations for multiple performances in a single year from the 1950s to the 1970s count as one nomination. The two mentions for Michael Caine (1983) and Anthony Hopkins (1993) count as two separate nominations.
- Academy Award for Best Actor
- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor
- Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
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