Friday, April 6, 2012

Best Actor: 1980s

1980: Jack Nicholson, The Shining
Oscar winner: Robert De Niro, Raging Bull
Was he nominated?: No

1981: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Mephisto
Oscar winner: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond
Was he nominated?: No

1982: Albert Finney, Shoot the Moon
Oscar winner: Ben Kingsley, Gandhi
Was he nominated?: No

1983: Tom Courtenay, The Dresser
Oscar winner: Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies
Was he nominated?: Yes

1984: F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
Oscar winner: F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus

1985: Harrison Ford, Witness
Oscar winner: William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman
Was he nominated?: Yes

1986: Gary Oldman, Sid & Nancy
Oscar winner: Paul Newman, The Color of Money
Was he nominated?: No

1987: Christian Bale, Empire of the Sun
Oscar winner: Michael Douglas, Wall Street
Was he nominated?: No

1988: Bruce Willis, Die Hard
Oscar winner: Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
Was he nominated?: No

1989: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
Oscar winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot

Updated: 10/24/14


  1. O
    I love that you give the 1988 award to Bruce! I nominate him, although I don't give him the win (Jeremy Irons is just too amazing to ignore in Dead Ringers. Still, your list is awesome here :-D

    1. It's an iconic performance by Bruce. And I haven't seen Dead Ringers yet, or Reversal of Fortune for that matter. Definitely need to see those at some point.