Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor

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

Year Film Actor
1946 The Lost Weekend United Kingdom Ray Milland
1947 No award this year
1948 Festival not held
1949 House of Strangers United States Edward G. Robinson
1950 Festival not held
1951 The Browning Version United Kingdom Michael Redgrave
1952 Viva Zapata! United States Marlon Brando
1953 No award this year
1955 Bad Day at Black Rock United States Spencer Tracy
Bolshaya Semya Soviet Union Whole cast[1]
1956 No award this year[2]
1957 Valley of Peace United States John Kitzmiller
1958 The Long, Hot Summer United States Paul Newman
1959 Compulsion United States Bradford Dillman
United States Dean Stockwell
United States Orson Welles
1960 No award this year
1961 Goodbye Again United States Anthony Perkins
1962 Long Day's Journey into Night United States Dean Stockwell
United States Jason Robards
United Kingdom Ralph Richardson
A Taste of Honey United Kingdom Murray Melvin
1963 This Sporting Life Republic of Ireland Richard Harris
1964 Pacsirta Hungary Antal Páger
Seduced and Abandoned Italy Saro Urzì
1965 The Collector United Kingdom Terence Stamp
1966 Sult Sweden Per Oscarsson
1967 Three Days and a Child Israel Oded Kotler
1968 Festival not held
1969 Z France Jean-Louis Trintignant
1970 The Pizza Triangle Italy Marcello Mastroianni
1971 Sacco e Vanzetti Italy Riccardo Cucciolla
1972 Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble France Jean Yanne
1973 Love and Anarchy Italy Giancarlo Giannini
1974 The Last Detail United States Jack Nicholson
1975 Profumo di donna Italy Vittorio Gassman
1976 Pascual Duarte Spain José Luis Gómez
1977 Elisa, vida mía Spain Fernando Rey
1978 Coming Home United States Jon Voight
1979 The China Syndrome United States Jack Lemmon
1980 A Leap in the Dark France Michel Piccoli
1981 La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo Italy Ugo Tognazzi
1982 Missing United States Jack Lemmon
1983 La Mort de Mario Ricci Italy Gian Maria Volontè
1984 Los santos inocentes Spain Alfredo Landa
Spain Francisco Rabal
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman United States William Hurt
1986 Ménage France Michel Blanc
Mona Lisa United Kingdom Bob Hoskins
1987 Dark Eyes Italy Marcello Mastroianni
1988 Bird United States Forest Whitaker
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape United States James Spader
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac France Gérard Depardieu
1991 Barton Fink United States John Turturro
1992 The Player United States Tim Robbins
1993 Naked United Kingdom David Thewlis
1994 To Live China Ge You
1995 Carrington United Kingdom Jonathan Pryce
1996 Le huitième jour Belgium Pascal Duquenne
France Daniel Auteuil
1997 She's So Lovely United States Sean Penn
1998 My Name Is Joe United Kingdom Peter Mullan
1999 Humanité France Emmanuel Schotté
2000 In the Mood for Love Hong Kong Tony Leung Chiu Wai
2001 The Piano Teacher (La pianiste) France Benoît Magimel
2002 The Son (Le fils) Belgium Olivier Gourmet
2003 Uzak Turkey Muzaffer Ozdemir
Turkey Mehmet Emin Toprak
2004 Nobody Knows Japan Yûya Yagira
2005 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada United States Tommy Lee Jones
2006 Days of Glory (Indigènes) France Jamel Debbouze
France Samy Naceri
France Roschdy Zem
France Sami Bouajila
France Bernard Blancan
2007 The Banishment (Izgnanie) Russia Konstantin Lavronenko
2008 Che Puerto Rico Benicio del Toro
2009 Inglourious Basterds Austria Christoph Waltz
2010 Biutiful Spain Javier Bardem
La nostra vita Italy Elio Germano
2011 The Artist France Jean Dujardin
2012 The Hunt Denmark Mads Mikkelsen
2013 Nebraska United States Bruce Dern
2014 Mr. Turner United Kingdom Timothy Spall
2015 The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché)France Vincent Lindon
2016 The Salesman (Forushande)Iran Shahab Hosseini

Multiple award winners


  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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