#1. In 2009, Sean Penn won the Best Actor Award for his role in this film:
Sean Penn has won the Best Actor Academy Awards for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008).
#2. Who won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Hamlet at the 21st Academy Awards in 1949?
Hamlet won the award for Best Picture at the 21st Academy Awards in 1949. Laurence Olivier won the award for Best Actor in a leading role. Olivier also directed the film. It was the first time an actor directed himself in an Oscar-winning performance.
#3. Who received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Color of Money (1986)?
At the 59th Academy Awards in 1987, Paul Newman received the Best Actor Award for his role in The Color of Money, directed by Martin Scorsese (not nominated).
#4. In 1961, Peter Ustinov got an Oscar for his role as Batiatus in:
Spartacus received four academy awards in 1961, including an Oscar to Peter Ustinov for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
#5. Who plays the role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the award winning The Silence of the Lambs (1991)?
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American film directed by Jonathan Demme. Jodie Foster plays the role as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins the role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Anthony Hopkins won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Demme), Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).
#6. For which film did Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Best Actor Award?
In 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated for six Academy Awards (five for acting and one for producing). For his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant, he won his first Academy Award for Best Actor.
#7. Jack Nicholson has been awarded an Oscar for his role in which of these films?
Jack Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Easy Rider and A Few Good Men, but did not win. He was nominated for the Oscar in a leading role with As Good as It Gets and About Schmidt. He won the Oscar for his role as Melvin Udall in As Good as It Gets. Helen Hunt, who plays a single mother with a chronically ill son, won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
#8. Who received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Boys Town in 1939?
The 11th Academy Awards in 1939, Spencer Tracy was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Boys Town. Spencer Tracy became the first lead actor to win two years in a row. In 1941, MGM made a sequel, Men of Boys Town, with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney reprising their roles from the earlier film.
#9. Which American actor appeared in most movies before winning an Oscar for Best Actor?
Appearing the first time as an unbilled football player in Brown of Harvard (1926), John Wayne starred in over 170 movies. He had to wait until 1969 (almost 150 films) before receiving an Academy Award for his role in True Grit. He was only nominated twice for Best Actor.
#10. In 2007, Forest Whitaker won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as which brutal Ugandan dictator?
Forest Whitaker received outstanding critical acclaim for his performance as dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He won Best Actor at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
This Best Actor Awards Quiz
Best Actor Awards
The first Oscar for Best Actor was presented in 1929 to actor Emil Jannings. He got the award for his performances in The Last Command (1928) and The Way of All Flesh (1927).
Not an easy one to remember, unless you are a real movie buff. But perhaps you remember some of these great actors. All of them have been awarded an Oscar for a leading or supporting role in a memorable movie.
The average score on this Best Actor Quiz is 7 correct answers. Can you do better?