Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor

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The Best Actor Award (French: Prix d'interprétation masculine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is chosen by the jury from the 'official section' of movies at the festival. It was first awarded in 1946.

Award Winners[edit]

Year Actor Film Character
1946 United Kingdom Ray Milland The Lost Weekend Don Birnam
1947 No award this year
1948 Festival not held
1949 United States Edward G. Robinson House of Strangers Gino Monetti
1950 Festival not held
1951 United Kingdom Michael Redgrave The Browning Version Andrew Crocker-Harris
1952 United States Marlon Brando Viva Zapata! Emiliano Zapata
1953 No award this year
1955 United States Spencer Tracy Bad Day at Black Rock John J. Macreedy
Soviet Union Whole cast[1] Bolshaya Semya
1956 No award this year[2]
1957 United States John Kitzmiller Valley of Peace Sgt. Jim
1958 United States Paul Newman The Long, Hot Summer Ben Quick
1959 United States Bradford Dillman
United States Dean Stockwell
United States Orson Welles
Compulsion Artie Strauss / Judd Steiner / Jonathan Wilk
1960 No award this year
1961 United States Anthony Perkins Goodbye Again Philip Van Der Besh
1962 United States Dean Stockwell
United States Jason Robards
United Kingdom Ralph Richardson
Long Day's Journey into Night Edmund Tyrone /James Tyrone Sr. / James Tyrone Jr.
United Kingdom Murray Melvin A Taste of Honey Geoffrey Inghman
1963 Republic of Ireland Richard Harris This Sporting Life Frank Machin
1964 Hungary Antal Páger Pacsirta Vajkay Ákos
Italy Saro Urzì Seduced and Abandoned Don Vincenzo Ascalone
1965 United Kingdom Terence Stamp The Collector Freddie Clegg
1966 Sweden Per Oscarsson Sult Pontus
1967 Israel Oded Kotler Three Days and a Child Eli
1968 Festival not held
1969 France Jean-Louis Trintignant Z The Examining Magistrate
1970 Italy Marcello Mastroianni The Pizza Triangle Oreste Nardi
1971 Italy Riccardo Cucciolla Sacco e Vanzetti Nicola Sacco
1972 France Jean Yanne Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble Jean
1973 Italy Giancarlo Giannini Love and Anarchy Antonio Soffiantini
1974 United States Jack Nicholson The Last Detail Billy L. Buddusky
1975 Italy Vittorio Gassman Profumo di donna Fausto Consolo
1976 Spain José Luis Gómez Pascual Duarte Pascual Duarte
1977 Spain Fernando Rey Elisa, vida mía Luis
1978 United States Jon Voight Coming Home Luke Martin
1979 United States Jack Lemmon The China Syndrome Jack Godell
1980 France Michel Piccoli A Leap in the Dark Mauro Ponticelli
1981 Italy Ugo Tognazzi La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo Primo Spaggiari
1982 United States Jack Lemmon Missing Edmund Horman
1983 Italy Gian Maria Volontè La Mort de Mario Ricci Bernard Fontana
1984 Spain Alfredo Landa
Spain Francisco Rabal
Los santos inocentes Paco el Bajo / Azarías
1985 United States William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina
1986 France Michel Blanc Ménage Antoine
United Kingdom Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa George
1987 Italy Marcello Mastroianni Dark Eyes Romano
1988 United States Forest Whitaker Bird Charlie "Bird" Parker
1989 United States James Spader Sex, Lies, and Videotape Graham Dalton
1990 France Gérard Depardieu Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
1991 United States John Turturro Barton Fink Barton Fink
1992 United States Tim Robbins The Player Griffin Mill
1993 United Kingdom David Thewlis Naked Johnny
1994 China Ge You To Live Xu Fugui
1995 United Kingdom Jonathan Pryce Carrington Lytton Strachey
1996 Belgium Pascal Duquenne
France Daniel Auteuil
Le huitième jour Georges / Harry
1997 United States Sean Penn She's So Lovely Eddie Quinn
1998 United Kingdom Peter Mullan My Name Is Joe Joe Kavanagh
1999 France Emmanuel Schotté Humanité Pharaon de Winter
2000 Hong Kong Tony Leung Chiu Wai In the Mood for Love Chow Mo-wan
2001 France Benoît Magimel The Piano Teacher (La pianiste) Walter Klemmer
2002 Belgium Olivier Gourmet The Son (Le fils) Olivier
2003 Turkey Muzaffer Ozdemir
Turkey Mehmet Emin Toprak
Uzak Mahmut / Yusuf
2004 Japan Yûya Yagira Nobody Knows Akira Fukushima
2005 United States Tommy Lee Jones The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Pete Perkins
2006 France Jamel Debbouze
France Samy Naceri
France Roschdy Zem
France Sami Bouajila
France Bernard Blancan
Days of Glory (Indigènes) Saïd Otmari / Yassir / Messaoud Souni / Abdelkader / Sergent Roger Martinez
2007 Russia Konstantin Lavronenko The Banishment (Izgnanie) Alex
2008 Puerto Rico Benicio del Toro Che Ernesto "Che" Guevarra
2009 Austria Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Col. Hans Landa
2010 Spain Javier Bardem Biutiful Uxbal
Italy Elio Germano La nostra vita Claudio
2011 France Jean Dujardin The Artist George Valentin
2012 Denmark Mads Mikkelsen The Hunt Lucas
2013 United States Bruce Dern Nebraska Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant
2014 United Kingdom Timothy Spall Mr. Turner J. M. W. Turner
2015 France Vincent Lindon The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché) Thierry Taugourdeau
2016 Iran Shahab Hosseini The Salesman (Forushande) Emad
2017 United States Joaquin Phoenix You Were Never Really Here Joe

Multiple award winners[edit]


  1. ^ This year the award was changed to Prix d'Interprétation (Acting Award), without gender differentiation. The entire male and female cast of Bolshaya Semya was recipient of this award (Tied with Spencer Tracy).
  2. ^ This year the award was changed to Prix d'Interprétation (Acting Award), without gender differentiation, and it was a woman who won the award (Susan Hayward for I'll Cry Tomorrow).

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