BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
|BAFTA Award for Best Actor|
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Presented by||British Academy of Film and Television Arts|
|Currently held by||Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour (2017)|
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||Dustin Hoffman||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.
- "†" indicates the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor.
- "‡" indicates a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
- "††" indicates the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
- "‡‡" indicates a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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), Anthony Hopkins (1993) and Sean Penn (2003) count as two separate nominations.
- 5 wins
- Peter Finch (2 consecutive)
- 4 wins
- Daniel Day-Lewis
- 3 wins
- Marlon Brando (consecutive)
- Jack Lemmon (2 consecutive)
- 2 wins
- Dirk Bogarde
- Colin Firth (consecutive)
- Anthony Hopkins
- Dustin Hoffman
- Burt Lancaster
- Marcello Mastroianni (consecutive)
- Jack Nicholson
- Rod Steiger (consecutive)
- 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
- Crouse 2005, p. 177
- Osborne 2013, p. 423
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- According to Ronald Bergan and Robyn Karney in the Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide (London: Bloomsbury, 1988, p.224) and Melissa E. Biggs (French Films, 1945–1993, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1996, p.221) the film has these two alternate English titles. The English title used on the original British release is unclear.