1970 is an easy place to make a break because it’s about half way through, but it’s also appropriate because here is where we have the first Best Actor nomination for the man who would come to dominate this list: Jack Nicholson.

The wave of actors coming into their own in the 70’s would have a far reaching impact, including Nicholson, De Niro, Pacino and Hoffman.

Of course, they’re all too old to win it now. If you want to win Best Actor, it helps to be between 30 and 62. The only two people to win outside that age range are Henry Fonda (76) and Adrien Brody (29). It actually helps not to be older than 56 as only 5 more people won past that age, 2 of whom were essentially getting career Oscars (Paul Newman and John Wayne), one was very early on (George Arliss) and one was dead (Peter Finch). That just leaves Jack Nicholson.

This category also has the most examples of Oscars not really given out for the actual performance, including the makeup Oscar (Russell Crowe), the career Oscar (Al Pacino and Henry Fonda), the “Hey, he can act” Oscar (Art Carney).

Which seems like a good place to mention that when they screw this one up, they really screw it up. To me the worst acting Oscar in any category is the one for Denzel Washington. To reward such a talented actor for such a bad performance is embarrassing. But close to as bad are the awards to Cliff Robertson (seriously? you passed up Peter O’Toole for that?), Warner Baxter, John Wayne (I’ve never been much of a John Wayne fan, but they could have at least given him an Oscar for a better performance than that – they passed up Richard Burton for that) and Roberto Benigni.

Top Oscar Acting Points (Best Actor only):

  1. Spencer Tracy  –  385  (9 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  2. Jack Nicholson  –  350  (8 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  3. Laurence Olivier  –  350  (9 nominations, 1 Oscar)
  4. Marlon Brando  /  Dustin Hoffman  –  315  (7 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  5. Paul Newman  –  315  (8 nominations, 1 Oscar)

Top Oscar Acting Points (combined):

  1. Jack Nicholson  –  500  (13 nominations, 3 Oscars)
  2. Spencer Tracy  –  385  (9 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  3. Laurence Olivier  –  350  (10 nominations, 1 Oscar)
  4. Marlon Brando  –  345  (8 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  5. Paul Newman  – 345  (9 nominations, 1 Oscar)
  6. Jack Lemmon  –  340  (8 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  7. Dustin Hoffman  –  315  (7 nominations, 2 Oscars)
  8. Al Pacino  –  300  (8 nominations, 1 Oscar)
  9. Peter O’Toole  –  280  (8 nominations)
  10. Robert De Niro  –  270  (6 nominations, 2 Oscars)

Grades: Winners: B  (overall: B) / Nominees: B-  (overall:  B) / Seen:  100%  (overall:  94.75% 97.53%)

Honor Roll: Mona Lisa / The Quiet American / Eastern Promises / The Visitor / A Single Man

Shame Roll: The Man in the Glass Booth / I Am Sam

1970 AA: George C. Scott (Patton)

  • Jack Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces)
  • James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope)
  • Melvyn Douglas (I Never Sang for My Father)
  • Ryan O’Neal (Love Story)

me: George C. Scott (Patton)

  • Jack Nicholson (Five Easy Pieces)
  • James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope)
  • Melvyn Douglas (I Never Sang for My Father)
  • Alan Arkin (Catch-22)

1971 AA: Gene Hackman (The French Connection)

  • Peter Finch (Sunday Bloody Sunday)
  • Topol (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • George C. Scott (The Hospital)
  • Walter Matthau (Kotch)

me: Gene Hackman (The French Connection)

  • Peter Finch (Sunday Bloody Sunday)
  • Warren Beatty (McCabe and Mrs. Miller)
  • Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange)
  • George C. Scott (The Hospital)

1972 AA: Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

  • Michael Caine (Sleuth)
  • Laurence Olivier (Sleuth)
  • Paul Winfield (Sounder)
  • Peter O’Toole (The Ruling Class)

me: Michael Caine (Sleuth)

  • Laurence Olivier (Sleuth)
  • Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
  • Charlie Chaplin (Limelight)
  • Burt Reynolds (Deliverance)

1973 AA: Jack Lemmon (Save the Tiger)

  • Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris)
  • Al Pacino (Serpico)
  • Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail)
  • Robert Redford (The Sting)

me: Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris)

  • Al Pacino (Serpico)
  • Jack Lemmon (Save the Tiger)
  • Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail)
  • Robert Mitchum  (The Friends of Eddie Coyle)
  • Edward Fox (Day of the Jackal)

1974 AA: Art Carney (Harry and Tonto)

  • Jack Nicholson (Chinatown)
  • Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Lenny)
  • Albert Finney (Murder on the Orient Express)

me: Jack Nicholson (Chinatown)

  • Al Pacino (The Godfather Part II)
  • Erland Josephson (Scenes from a Marriage)
  • Gene Hackman (The Conversation)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Lenny)

note:  “Harry & Tonto‘s Art Carney said he’d be there, but the New York Daily News told him not to bother: ‘Not since Ray Milland guzzled his way to an Oscar in The Lost Weekend has an actor been such a sure bet as Jack Nicholson’.”  (Inside Oscar, p 501)

1975 AA: Jack Nicholson (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

  • Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon)
  • Walther Matthau (The Sunshine Boys)
  • James Whitmore (Give Em Hell Harry)
  • Maximillian Schell (Man in the Glass Booth)

me: Jack Nicholson (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

  • Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon)
  • Juri Jarvet (King Lear)
  • Walter Matthau (The Sunshine Boys)
  • Michael Caine (The Man Who Would Be King)

1976 AA: Peter Finch (Network)

  • William Holden (Network)
  • Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver)
  • Sylvester Stallone (Rocky)
  • Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties)

me: Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver)

  • William Holden (Network)
  • Peter Finch (Network)
  • Clint Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales)
  • Woody Allen (The Front)

1977 AA: Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)

  • Richard Burton (Equus)
  • Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
  • John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever)
  • Marcello Mastroianni (A Special Day)

me: Klaus Kinski (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)

  • Richard Burton (Equus)
  • Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
  • Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) also for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever)

1978 AA: Jon Voight (Coming Home)

  • Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter)
  • Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait)
  • Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story)
  • Laurence Olivier (The Boys from Brazil)

me: Robert De Niro (The Deer Hunter)

  • Jon Voight (Coming Home)
  • Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Magic)
  • Laurence Olivier (The Buddy Holly Story)

1979 AA: Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs Kramer)

  • Peter Sellers (Being There)
  • Jack Lemmon (The China Syndrome)
  • Al Pacino (And Justice for All)
  • Roy Scheider (All That Jazz)

me: Peter Sellers (Being There)

  • Roy Scheider (All That Jazz)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs Kramer)
  • Jack Lemmon (The China Syndrome)
  • Al Pacino (And Justice for All)

note:  For me to agree with the Academy 5 for 5 on Best Actor is amazing.  So, of course, we have different winners.

1980 AA: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)

  • John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
  • Peter O’Toole (The Stunt Man)
  • Robert Duvall (The Great Santini)
  • Jack Lemmon (Tribute)

me: Robert De Niro (Raging Bull)

  • John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
  • Edward Woodward (Breaker Morant)
  • Jack Nicholson (The Shining)
  • Tatsuya Nakadai (Kagemusha)

1981 AA: Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)

  • Warren Beatty (Reds)
  • Burt Lancaster (Atlantic City)
  • Paul Newman (Absence of Malice)
  • Dudley Moore (Arthur)

me: Warren Beatty (Reds)

  • Burt Lancaster (Atlantic City)
  • Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Paul Newman (Absence of Malice)
  • Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond)

1982 AA: Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)

  • Paul Newman (The Verdict)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie)
  • Jack Lemmon (Missing)
  • Peter O’Toole (My Favorite Year)

me: Paul Newman (The Verdict)

  • Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie)
  • Ben Kingsley (Gandhi)
  • Jack Lemmon (Missing)
  • Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday)

1983 AA: Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies)

  • Michael Caine (Educating Rita)
  • Albert Finney (The Dresser)
  • Tom Courtenay (The Dresser)
  • Tom Conti (Reuben Reuben)

me: Michael Caine (Educating Rita)

  • Jeremy Irons (Betrayal)
  • Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy)
  • Albert Finney (The Dresser)
  • Tom Courtenay (The Dresser)

1984 AA: F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)

  • Tom Hulce (Amadeus)
  • Sam Waterston (The Killing Fields)
  • Albert Finney (Under the Volcano)
  • Jeff Bridges (Starman)

me: Tom Hulce (Amadeus)

  • F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus)
  • Albert Finney (Under the Volcano)
  • Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India)
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Bounty)

1985 AA: William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

  • Harrison Ford (Witness)
  • Jack Nicholson (Prizzi’s Honor)
  • James Garner (Murphy’s Romance)
  • Jon Voight (Runaway Train)

me: William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

  • Tatsuya Nakadai (Ran)
  • Harrison Ford (Witness)
  • M. Emmett Walsh (Blood Simple)
  • Jack Nicholson (Prizzi’s Honor)

1986 AA: Paul Newman (The Color of Money)

  • Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa)
  • William Hurt (Children of a Lesser God)
  • James Woods (Salvador)
  • Dexter Gordon (‘Round Midnight)

me: Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa)

  • William Hurt (Children of a Lesser God)
  • Paul Newman (The Color of Money)
  • Harrison Ford (The Mosquito Coast)
  • James Woods (Salvador)

1987 AA: Michael Douglas (Wall Street)

  • William Hurt (Broadcast News)
  • Jack Nicholson (Ironweed)
  • Robin Williams (Good Morning Vietnam)
  • Marcello Mastroianni (Dark Eyes)

me: William Hurt (Broadcast News)

  • Jack Nicholson (Ironweed)
  • Steve Martin (Roxanne)
  • Michael Douglas (Wall Street)
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Good Father)

note:  Michael Douglas becomes the first since 1950 and only third ever winner from a film with no other nominations.

1988 AA: Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)

  • Gene Hackman (Mississippi Burning)
  • Tom Hanks (Big)
  • Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver)
  • Max Von Sydow (Pelle the Conqueror)

me: Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man)

  • Gene Hackman (Mississippi Burning)
  • Forest Whitaker (Bird)
  • Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers)
  • Kevin Costner (Bull Durham)

1989 AA: Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)

  • Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Henry V)
  • Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy)
  • Robin Williams (Dead Poet’s Society)

me: Daniel Day-Lewis (My Left Foot)

  • Kenneth Branagh (Henry V)
  • Tom Cruise (Born on the Fourth of July)
  • John Cusack (Say Anything)
  • Matt Dillon (Drugstore Cowboy)

1990 AA: Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune)

  • Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves)
  • Robert De Niro (Awakenings)
  • Richard Harris (The Field)
  • Gerard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac)

me: Ray Liotta (GoodFellas)

  • Robert De Niro (GoodFellas)
  • Harrison Ford (Presumed Innocent)
  • Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune)
  • Clint Eastwood (White Hunter, Black Heart)

1991 AA: Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs)

  • Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides)
  • Warren Beatty (Bugsy)
  • Robin Williams (The Fisher King)
  • Robert De Niro (Cape Fear)

me: Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs)

  • Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides)
  • Warren Beatty (Bugsy)
  • Robin Williams (The Fisher King)
  • River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho)

1992 AA: Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman)

  • Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)
  • Denzel Washington (Malcolm X)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin)
  • Stephen Rea (The Crying Game)

me: Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven)

  • Jack Lemmon (Glengarry Glenn Ross)
  • Denzel Washington (Malcolm X)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (The Last of the Mohicans)
  • Stephen Rea (The Crying Game)

1993 AA: Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father)
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day)
  • Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)
  • Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It)

me: Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father) also for The Age of Innocence

  • Anthony Hopkins (Shadowlands) also for The Remains of the Day
  • Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing)
  • Kevin Costner (A Perfect World)
  • Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List)

1994 AA: Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump)

  • Paul Newman (Nobody’s Fool)
  • Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George)
  • Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption)
  • John Travolta (Pulp Fiction)

me: Johnny Depp (Ed Wood)

  • Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Quiz Show)
  • Terrance Stamp (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)
  • Paul Newman (Nobody’s Fool)

1995 AA: Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)

  • Anthony Hopkins (Nixon)
  • Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking)
  • Massimo Troisi (Il Postino)
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland’s Opus)

me: Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)

  • Ian McKellen (Richard III)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Nixon)
  • Massimo Troisi (Il Postino)
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo (Les Miserables)

1996 AA: Geoffrey Rush (Shine)

  • Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient)
  • Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire)
  • Woody Harrelson (The People vs Larry Flynt)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade)

me: Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient)

  • Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (The Crucible)
  • Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire)
  • Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting)

note:  It’s like flipping a coin deciding between the top three.

1997 AA: Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)

  • Dustin Hoffman (Wag the Dog)
  • Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)
  • Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold)
  • Robert Duvall (The Apostle)

me: Ian Holm (The Sweet Hereafter)

  • Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Wag the Dog)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Oscar and Lucinda)
  • Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)

1998 AA: Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful)

  • Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters)
  • Nick Nolte (Affliction)
  • Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan)
  • Edward Norton (American History X)

me: Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters)

  • George Clooney (Out of Sight)
  • Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan)
  • Brendan Gleeson (The General)
  • Jim Carrey (The Truman Show)

1999 AA: Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)

  • Russell Crowe (The Insider)
  • Denzel Washington (The Hurricane)
  • Sean Penn (Sweet and Lowdown)
  • Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story)

me: Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)

  • Ralph Fiennes (The End of the Affair)
  • Russell Crowe (The Insider)
  • George Clooney (Three Kings)
  • Sean Penn (Sweet and Lowdown)

2000 AA: Russell Crowe (Gladiator)

  • Tom Hanks (Cast Away)
  • Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls)
  • Geoffrey Rush (Quills)
  • Ed Harris (Pollock)

me: Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys)

  • John Cusack (High Fidelity)
  • Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot)
  • George Clooney (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou)
  • Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

note:  A terrible year.  The only year I don’t agree with any of the choices.

2001 AA: Denzel Washington (Training Day)

  • Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom)
  • Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind)
  • Will Smith (Ali)
  • Sean Penn (I Am Sam)

me: Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom)

  • Billy Bob Thornton (The Man Who Wasn’t There) also for Monster’s Ball
  • Guy Pearce (Memento)
  • Gene Hackman (The Royal Tenenbaums)
  • Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky)

2002 AA: Adrian Brody (The Pianist)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)
  • Michael Caine (The Quiet American)
  • Nicholas Cage (Adaptation)
  • Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt)

me: Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)

  • Michael Caine (The Quiet American)
  • Adrian Brody (The Pianist)
  • Nicholas Cage (Adaptation)
  • Tom Hanks (The Road to Perdition)

note:  You are reading that correctly.  I didn’t nominate Tom Hanks for either of his Oscars, but nominated him here when the Academy didn’t.  Years like this make me wish there were 6 nominees, so I could put in Nicholson.  A truly phenomenal year.

2003 AA: Sean Penn (Mystic River)

  • Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
  • Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Jude Law (Cold Mountain)
  • Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog)

me: Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)

  • Sean Penn (Mystic River)
  • Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  • Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Viggo Mortenson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

2004 AA: Jamie Foxx (Ray)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator)
  • Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
  • Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland)
  • Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda)

me: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator)

  • Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Jamie Foxx (Ray)
  • Liam Neeson (Kinsey)
  • Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)

2005 AA: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

  • Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)
  • David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)
  • Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow)

me: Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
  • David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)
  • Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardener)

2006 AA: Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond)
  • Peter O’Toole (Venus)
  • Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
  • Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson)

me: Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland)

  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed)
  • Clive Owen (Children of Men)
  • Hugh Jackman (The Fountain)
  • Christan Bale (The Prestige)

2007 AA: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

  • George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
  • Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)
  • Viggo Mortenson (Eastern Promises)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah)

me: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

  • George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
  • Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)
  • Viggo Mortenson (Eastern Promises)
  • James MacAvoy (Atonement)

2008 AA: Sean Penn  (Milk)

  • Mickey Rourke  (The Wrestler)
  • Frank Langella  (Frost/Nixon)
  • Brad Pitt  (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
  • Richard Jenkins  (The Visitor)

me:  Sean Penn (Milk)

  • Mickey Rourke  (The Wrestler)
  • Richard Jenkins  (The Visitor)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio  (Revolutionary Road)
  • Frank Langella  (Frost/Nixon)

2009 AA:

  • Jeff Bridges  (Crazy Heart)
  • George Clooney  (Up in the Air)
  • Jeremy Renner  (The Hurt Locker)
  • Morgan Freeman  (Invictus)
  • Colin Firth  (A Single Man)

me:  Jeremy Renner  (The Hurt Locker)

  • Colin Firth  (A Single Man)
  • George Clooney  (Up in the Air)
  • Jeff Bridges  (Crazy Heart)
  • Michael Stahlberg  (A Serious Man)

note:  This year was so easy to predict that I wrote an article on it for LAMB and submitted it the night before the nominations were announced.

Honorary Mentions:

  • 1980: Peter O’Toole (Stunt Man)
  • 1992: Tim Robbins (The Player)
  • 1996: Chris Cooper (Lone Star)
  • 2002: Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt)
  • 2004: Paul Giamatti (Sideways)
  • 2005: Viggo Mortenson (A History of Violence)
  • 2007: Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah)

My Top Acting Points  (Best Actor Only):

  1. Charlie Chaplin  –  385  (6 nominations, 4 Nighthawk Awards)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis  –  385  (7 nominations, 3 Nighthawk Awards)
  3. Jack Nicholson  –  350  (8 nominations, 2 Nighthawk Awards)
  4. Paul Newman  –  350  (9 nominations, 2 Nighthawk Awards)
  5. Laurence Olivier  –  315  (8 nominations, 1 Nighthawk Award)

My Top Acting Points  (combined):

  1. Jack Nicholson  –  530  (13 nominations, 3 Nighthawk Awards)
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis  –  445  (8 nominations, 3 Nighthawk Awards)
  3. Robert De Niro  –  430  (8 nominations, 5 Nighthawk Awards)
  4. Alec Guinness  –  425  (10 nominations, 2 Nighthawk Awards)
  5. Laurence Olivier  –  405  (10 nominations, 2 Nighthawk Awards)
  6. Claude Rains  –  395  (10 nominations, 3 Nighthawk Awards)
  7. Michael Caine  –  390  (8 nominations, 4 Nighthawk Awards)
  8. Charlie Chaplin  –  385  (6 nominations, 4 Nighthawk Awards)
  9. Paul Newman  –  380  (10 nominations, 1 Nighthawk Award)
  10. Anthony Hopkins  –  365  (9 nominations, 2 Nighthawk Awards)

My most unfortunate actor is Burt Lancaster who earns 7 Nighthawk nominations without a win, though Gary Cooper with 5 leading nominations without a win is the unluckiest among Best Actor.

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