Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor

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Best Actor Award
Prix d'interprétation masculine
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Location Cannes
Country France
Presented by Festival International du Film de Cannes
First awarded 1946

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]

1940s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1946 Ray Milland (U.K.) Don Birnam The Lost Weekend
1947 No award this year
1949 Edward G. Robinson (USA) Gino Monetti House of Strangers

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1951 Michael Redgrave (U.K.) Andrew Crocker-Harris The Browning Version
1952 Marlon Brando (USA) Emiliano Zapata Viva Zapata!
1953 No award this year
1954 No award this year
1955 Spencer Tracy (USA) (Acting Award)[1] John J. Macreedy Bad Day at Black Rock
Whole cast (USSR) (Acting Award)[1] Bolshaya Semya
1956 (Acting Award)[2]
1957 John Kitzmiller (USA) Sgt. Jim Valley of Peace
1958 Paul Newman (USA) Ben Quick The Long, Hot Summer
1959 Bradford Dillman (USA)
Dean Stockwell (USA)
Orson Welles (USA)
Artie Strauss
Judd Steiner
Jonathan Wilk
Compulsion

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1960 No award this year
1961 Anthony Perkins (USA) Philip Van Der Besh Goodbye Again
1962 Dean Stockwell (USA)
Jason Robards (USA)
Ralph Richardson (U.K.)
Edmund Tyrone
James Tyrone Sr.
James Tyrone Jr.
Long Day's Journey into Night
Murray Melvin (U.K.) Geoffrey Inghman A Taste of Honey
1963 Richard Harris (Ireland) Frank Machin This Sporting Life
1964 Antal Páger (Hungary) Vajkay Ákos Pacsirta
Saro Urzì (Italy) Don Vincenzo Ascalone Seduced and Abandoned
1965 Terence Stamp (U.K.) Freddie Clegg The Collector
1966 Per Oscarsson (Sweden) Pontus Sult
1967 Oded Kotler (Israel) Eli Three Days and a Child
1968 Festival interrupted, no awards this year
1969 Jean-Louis Trintignant (France) The Examining Magistrate Z

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1970 Marcello Mastroianni (Italy) Oreste Nardi The Pizza Triangle
1971 Riccardo Cucciolla (Italy) Nicola Sacco Sacco e Vanzetti
1972 Jean Yanne (France Jean Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble
1973 Giancarlo Giannini (Italy) Antonio Soffiantini Love and Anarchy
1974 Jack Nicholson (USA) Billy L. Buddusky The Last Detail
1975 Vittorio Gassman (Italy) Fausto Consolo Profumo di donna
1976 José Luis Gómez (Spain) Pascual Duarte Pascual Duarte
1977 Fernando Rey (Spain) Luis Elisa, vida mía
1978 Jon Voight (USA) Luke Martin Coming Home
1979 Jack Lemmon (USA) Jack Godell The China Syndrome

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1980 Michel Piccoli (France) Mauro Ponticelli A Leap in the Dark
1981 Ugo Tognazzi (Italy) Primo Spaggiari La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo
1982 Jack Lemmon (USA) Edmund Horman Missing
1983 Gian Maria Volontè (Italy) Bernard Fontana La Mort de Mario Ricci
1984 Alfredo Landa (Spain)
Francisco Rabal (Spain)
Paco el Bajo
Azarías
Los santos inocentes
1985 William Hurt (USA) Luis Molina Kiss of the Spider Woman
1986 Michel Blanc (France) Antoine Ménage
Bob Hoskins (U.K.) George Mona Lisa
1987 Marcello Mastroianni (Italy) Romano Dark Eyes
1988 Forest Whitaker (USA) Charlie "Bird" Parker Bird
1989 James Spader (USA) Graham Dalton Sex, Lies, and Videotape

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
1990 Gérard Depardieu (France) Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
1991 John Turturro (USA) Barton Fink Barton Fink
1992 Tim Robbins (USA) Griffin Mill The Player
1993 David Thewlis (U.K.) Johnny Naked
1994 Ge You (China) Xu Fugui To Live
1995 Jonathan Pryce (U.K.) Lytton Strachey Carrington
1996 Pascal Duquenne (Belgium)
Daniel Auteuil (France)
Georges
Harry
Le huitième jour
1997 Sean Penn (USA) Eddie Quinn She's So Lovely
1998 Peter Mullan (U.K.) Joe Kavanagh My Name Is Joe
1999 Emmanuel Schotté (France) Pharaon de Winter Humanité

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
2000 Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Hong Kong) Chow Mo-wan In the Mood for Love
2001 Benoît Magimel (France) Walter Klemmer The Piano Teacher (La pianiste)
2002 Olivier Gourmet (Belgium) Olivier The Son (Le fils)
2003 Muzaffer Özdemir (Turkey)
Mehmet Emin Toprak (Turkey)
Mahmut
Yusuf
Uzak
2004 Yûya Yagira (Japan) Akira Fukushima Nobody Knows
2005 Tommy Lee Jones (USA) Pete Perkins The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
2006 Jamel Debbouze (France/Morocco)
Samy Naceri (France)
Roschdy Zem (France)
Sami Bouajila (France/Tunesia)
Bernard Blancan (France)
Saïd Otmari
Yassir
Messaoud Souni
Abdelkader
Sergent Roger Martinez
Days of Glory (Indigènes)
2007 Konstantin Lavronenko (Russia) Alex The Banishment (Izgnanie)
2008 Benicio del Toro (Puerto Rico) Ernesto "Che" Guevarra Che
2009 Christoph Waltz (Austria) Col. Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Role Film
2010 Javier Bardem (Spain) Uxbal Biutiful
Elio Germano (Italy) Claudio La nostra vita
2011 Jean Dujardin (France) George Valentin The Artist
2012 Mads Mikkelsen (Denmark) Lucas The Hunt
2013 Bruce Dern (USA) Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant Nebraska
2014 Timothy Spall (U.K.) J. M. W. Turner Mr. Turner
2015 Vincent Lindon (France) Thierry Taugourdeau The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché)
2016 Shahab Hosseini (Iran) Emad The Salesman (Forushande)
2017 Joaquin Phoenix (USA) Joe You Were Never Really Here

Multiple award winners[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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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