Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. Previously, there was a single award for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture" but the splitting allowed for recognition of it and the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy.

Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Awarded forBest Performance by a Leading Actor in a Drama
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byRami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Websitewww.goldenglobes.com

The formal title has varied since its inception. In 2005, it was officially called: "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama". As of 2013, the wording is "Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama".

Winners and nominees

1940s

Year Actor Character Film
1943Paul Lukas Kurt MullerWatch on the Rhine
1944Alexander Knox Woodrow WilsonWilson
1945Ray Milland Don BirnamThe Lost Weekend
1946Gregory Peck Penny BaxterThe Yearling
1947Ronald Colman Anthony JohnA Double Life
1948Laurence Olivier Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkHamlet
1949Broderick Crawford Willie StarkAll the King's Men
Richard ToddCpl. Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlanThe Hasty Heart

1950s

Year Actor Character Film
1950José Ferrer Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
Louis CalhernOliver Wendell HolmesThe Magnificent Yankee
James StewartElwood P. DowdHarvey
1951Fredric March Willy LomanDeath of a Salesman
Kirk DouglasDet. James McLeodDetective Story
Arthur KennedyLarry NevinsBright Victory
1952Gary Cooper Marshal Will KaneHigh Noon
Ray MillandAllan FieldsThe Thief
Charles BoyerJacques BonnardThe Happy Time
1953Spencer Tracy Clinton JonesThe Actress
1954Marlon Brando Terry MalloyOn the Waterfront
1955Ernest Borgnine Marty PilettiMarty
1956Kirk DouglasVincent van GoghLust for Life
Karl MaldenArchie Lee MeighanBaby Doll
Gary CooperJess BirdwellFriendly Persuasion
Burt LancasterBill StarbuckThe Rainmaker
Charlton HestonMosesThe Ten Commandments
1957Alec GuinnessColonel NicholsonThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Marlon BrandoMaj. Lloyd "Ace" GruverSayonara
1958David NivenMajor PollockSeparate Tables
Tony CurtisJohn "Joker" JacksonThe Defiant Ones
Robert DonatThe Mandarin of Yang ChengThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Sidney PoitierNoah CullenThe Defiant Ones
Spencer TracySantiago (The Old Man)The Old Man and the Sea
1959Anthony Franciosa Sam LawsonCareer
Richard BurtonJimmy PorterLook Back in Anger
Charlton HestonJudah Ben-HurBen-Hur
Fredric MarchJerry KingsleyMiddle of the Night
Joseph SchildkrautOtto FrankThe Diary of Anne Frank

1960s

Year Actor Character Film
1960Burt LancasterElmer GantryElmer Gantry
Trevor HowardWalter MorelSons and Lovers
Laurence OlivierCrassusSpartacus
Dean StockwellPaul MorelSons and Lovers
Spencer TracyHenry DrummondInherit the Wind
1961Maximilian SchellHans RolfeJudgment at Nuremberg
Warren BeattyBud StamperSplendor in the Grass
Maurice ChevalierPannisseFanny
Paul NewmanFast Eddie FelsonThe Hustler
Sidney PoitierWalter Lee YoungerA Raisin in the Sun
1962Gregory PeckAtticus FinchTo Kill a Mockingbird
Laurence HarveyWilhelm Grimm/The CobblerThe Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Burt LancasterRobert Franklin StroudBirdman of Alcatraz
Jack LemmonJoe ClayDays of Wine and Roses
James MasonHumbert HumbertLolita
Paul NewmanChance WayneSweet Bird of Youth
Peter O'TooleT. E. LawrenceLawrence of Arabia
Anthony QuinnAuda ibu Tayi
1963Sidney PoitierHomer SmithLilies of the Field
Marlon BrandoHarrison Carter MacWhiteThe Ugly American
Stathis GiallelisStavros TopouzoglouAmerica America
Rex HarrisonJulius CaesarCleopatra
Steve McQueenRocky PapasanoLove with the Proper Stranger
Paul NewmanHud BannonHud
Gregory PeckCaptain Josiah NewmanCaptain Newman, M.D.
Tom TryonStephen FermoyleThe Cardinal
1964Peter O'TooleKing Henry IIBecket
Richard BurtonThomas BecketBecket
Anthony FranciosaJuan Luis RodriguezRio Conchos
Fredric MarchPresident LymanSeven Days in May
Anthony QuinnAlexis ZorbaZorba the Greek
1965Omar SharifYuri ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago
Rex HarrisonPope Julius IIThe Agony and the Ecstasy
Sidney PoitierGordon RalfeA Patch of Blue
Rod SteigerSol NazermanThe Pawnbroker
Oskar WernerWillie SchumannShip of Fools
1966Paul ScofieldSir Thomas MoreA Man for All Seasons
Richard BurtonGeorgeWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Michael CaineAlfieAlfie
Steve McQueenMachinist's Mate 1st Class Jake HolmanThe Sand Pebbles
Max von SydowReverend Abner HaleHawaii
1967Rod SteigerPolice Chief Bill GillespieIn the Heat of the Night
Alan BatesGabriel OakFar from the Madding Crowd
Warren BeattyClyde BarrowBonnie and Clyde
Paul NewmanLucas "Luke" JacksonCool Hand Luke
Sidney PoitierDetective Virgil TibbsIn the Heat of the Night
Spencer TracyMatt DraytonGuess Who's Coming to Dinner
1968Peter O'TooleKing Henry IIThe Lion in Winter
Alan ArkinJohn SingerThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Alan BatesYakov BokThe Fixer
Tony CurtisAlbert DeSalvoThe Boston Strangler
Cliff RobertsonCharlie GordonCharly
1969John WayneRooster CogburnTrue Grit
Alan ArkinAbraham "Popi" RodriguezPopi
Richard BurtonKing Henry VIIIAnne of the Thousand Days
Dustin HoffmanEnrico "Ratso" RizzoMidnight Cowboy
Jon VoightJoe Buck

1970s

Year Actor Character Film
1970George C. ScottGeorge S. PattonPatton
Melvyn DouglasTom GarrisonI Never Sang for My Father
James Earl JonesJack JeffersonThe Great White Hope
Jack NicholsonRobert Eroica DupeaFive Easy Pieces
Ryan O'NealOliver Barret IVLove Story
1971Gene HackmanDetective Jimmy "Popeye" DoyleThe French Connection
Peter FinchDaniel HirshSunday Bloody Sunday
Malcolm McDowellAlex DeLargeA Clockwork Orange
Jack NicholsonJonathan FuerstCarnal Knowledge
George C. ScottDr. Herbert BockThe Hospital
1972Marlon BrandoVito CorleoneThe Godfather
Michael CaineMilo TindleSleuth
Laurence OlivierAndrew Wyke
Al PacinoMichael CorleoneThe Godfather
Jon VoightEdDeliverance
1973Al PacinoFrank SerpicoSerpico
Robert BlakeJohn WintergreenElectra Glide in Blue
Jack LemmonHarry StonerSave the Tiger
Steve McQueenHenri "Papillon" CharrièrePapillon
Jack NicholsonSignalman 1st Class Billy L. "Badass" BudduskyThe Last Detail
1974Jack NicholsonJ. J. "Jake" GittesChinatown
James CaanAxel FreedThe Gambler
Gene HackmanHarry CaulThe Conversation
Dustin HoffmanLenny BruceLenny
Al PacinoMichael CorleoneThe Godfather Part II
1975Jack NicholsonRandle Patrick "Mac" McMurphyOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Gene HackmanDetective Jimmy "Popeye" DoyleFrench Connection II
Al PacinoSonny WortzikDog Day Afternoon
Maximilian SchellArthur GoldmanThe Man in the Glass Booth
James WhitmoreHarry S. TrumanGive 'em Hell, Harry!
1976Peter FinchHoward BealeNetwork
David CarradineWoody GuthrieBound for Glory
Robert De NiroTravis BickleTaxi Driver
Dustin Hoffman"Babe" LevyMarathon Man
Sylvester StalloneRocky BalboaRocky
1977Richard BurtonDr. Martin DysartEquus
Marcello MastroianniGabrieleA Special Day
Al PacinoBobby DeerfieldBobby Deerfield
Gregory PeckDouglas MacArthurMacArthur
Henry WinklerJack DunneHeroes
1978Jon VoightLuke MartinComing Home
Brad DavisBilly HayesMidnight Express
Robert De NiroMichael VronskyThe Deer Hunter
Anthony HopkinsCorky Withers / "Fats"Magic
Gregory PeckDr. Josef MengeleThe Boys from Brazil
1979Dustin HoffmanTed KramerKramer vs. Kramer
Jack LemmonJack GodellThe China Syndrome
Al PacinoArthur Kirkland...And Justice for All
Jon VoightBilly FlynnThe Champ
James WoodsGregory PowellThe Onion Field

1980s

Year Actor Character Film
1980Robert De NiroJake LaMottaRaging Bull
John HurtJohn MerrickThe Elephant Man
Jack LemmonScottie TempletonTribute
Peter O'TooleEli CrossThe Stunt Man
Donald SutherlandCalvin JarrettOrdinary People
1981Henry FondaNorman ThayerOn Golden Pond
Warren BeattyJohn ReedReds
Timothy HuttonBrian MorelandTaps
Burt LancasterLou PascalAtlantic City
Treat WilliamsDaniel CielloPrince of the City
1982Ben KingsleyMahatma GandhiGandhi
Albert FinneyGeorge DunlapShoot the Moon
Richard GereZack MayoAn Officer and a Gentleman
Jack LemmonEd HormanMissing
Paul NewmanFrank GalvinThe Verdict
1983Tom CourtenayNormanThe Dresser
Robert DuvallMac SledgeTender Mercies
Tom ContiGowan McGlandReuben, Reuben
Richard FarnsworthBill MinerThe Grey Fox
Albert FinneySirThe Dresser
Al PacinoTony MontanaScarface
Eric RobertsPaul SniderStar 80
1984F. Murray AbrahamAntonio SalieriAmadeus
Jeff BridgesStarman ("Scott Hayden")Starman
Albert FinneyGeoffrey FirminUnder the Volcano
Tom HulceWolfgang Amadeus MozartAmadeus
Sam WaterstonSydney SchanbergThe Killing Fields
1985Jon VoightOscar ManheimRunaway Train
Harrison FordJohn BookWitness
Gene HackmanHarry MacKenzieTwice in a Lifetime
William HurtLuis MolinaKiss of the Spider Woman
Raul JuliaValentin Arregui
1986Bob HoskinsGeorgeMona Lisa
Harrison FordAllie FoxThe Mosquito Coast
Dexter GordonDale TurnerRound Midnight
William HurtJames LeedsChildren of a Lesser God
Jeremy IronsFather GabrielThe Mission
Paul NewmanFast Eddie FelsonThe Color of Money
1987Michael DouglasGordon GekkoWall Street
John LonePuyiThe Last Emperor
Jack NicholsonFrancis PhelanIronweed
Nick NolteLee UmstetterWeeds
Denzel WashingtonSteve BikoCry Freedom
1988Dustin HoffmanRaymond BabbittRain Man
Gene HackmanRupert AndersonMississippi Burning
Tom HulceDominick LucianoDominick and Eugene
Edward James OlmosJaime EscalanteStand and Deliver
Forest WhitakerCharlie ParkerBird
1989Tom CruiseRon KovicBorn on the Fourth of July
Daniel Day-LewisChristy BrownMy Left Foot
Jack LemmonJake TremontDad
Al PacinoFrank KellerSea of Love
Robin WilliamsJohn KeatingDead Poets Society

1990s

Year Actor Character Film
1990Jeremy IronsClaus von BülowReversal of Fortune
Kevin CostnerLt. John J. Dunbar / Dances with WolvesDances with Wolves
Richard HarrisBull McCabeThe Field
Al PacinoMichael CorleoneThe Godfather Part III
Robin WilliamsDr. Malcolm SayerAwakenings
1991Nick NolteTom WingoThe Prince of Tides
Warren BeattyBugsy SiegelBugsy
Kevin CostnerJim GarrisonJFK
Robert De NiroMax CadyCape Fear
Anthony HopkinsDr. Hannibal LecterThe Silence of the Lambs
1992Al PacinoLieutenant Colonel Frank SladeScent of a Woman
Tom CruiseLt. Daniel Kaffee, USN, JAG CorpsA Few Good Men
Robert Downey Jr.Charlie ChaplinChaplin
Jack NicholsonJimmy HoffaHoffa
Denzel WashingtonMalcolm XMalcolm X
1993Tom HanksAndrew BeckettPhiladelphia
Daniel Day-LewisGerry ConlonIn the Name of the Father
Harrison FordDr. Richard KimbleThe Fugitive
Anthony HopkinsJames StevensThe Remains of the Day
Liam NeesonOskar SchindlerSchindler's List
1994Tom HanksForrest GumpForrest Gump
Morgan FreemanEllis Boyd "Red" ReddingThe Shawshank Redemption
Paul NewmanDonald "Sully" SullivanNobody's Fool
Brad PittTristan LudlowLegends of the Fall
John TravoltaVincent VegaPulp Fiction
1995Nicolas CageBen SandersonLeaving Las Vegas
Richard DreyfussGlenn HollandMr. Holland's Opus
Anthony HopkinsRichard NixonNixon
Ian McKellenKing Richard IIIRichard III
Sean PennMatthew PonceletDead Man Walking
1996Geoffrey RushDavid HelfgottShine
Ralph FiennesLászló de AlmásyThe English Patient
Mel GibsonTom MullenRansom
Woody HarrelsonLarry FlyntThe People vs. Larry Flynt
Liam NeesonMichael CollinsMichael Collins
1997Peter FondaUlee JacksonUlee's Gold
Matt DamonWill HuntingGood Will Hunting
Daniel Day-LewisDanny FlynnThe Boxer
Leonardo DiCaprioJack DawsonTitanic
Djimon HounsouJoseph CinquéAmistad
1998Jim CarreyTruman BurbankThe Truman Show
Stephen FryOscar WildeWilde
Tom HanksCaptain John H. MillerSaving Private Ryan
Ian McKellenJames WhaleGods and Monsters
Nick NolteWade WhitehouseAffliction
1999Denzel WashingtonRubin "Hurricane" CarterThe Hurricane
Russell CroweJeffrey WigandThe Insider
Matt DamonTom RipleyThe Talented Mr. Ripley
Richard FarnsworthAlvin StraightThe Straight Story
Kevin SpaceyLester BurnhamAmerican Beauty

2000s

Year Actor Character Film
2000[1]Tom HanksChuck NolandCast Away
Javier BardemReinaldo ArenasBefore Night Falls
Russell CroweMaximus Decimus MeridiusGladiator
Michael DouglasGrady TrippWonder Boys
Geoffrey RushMarquis de SadeQuills
2001Russell CroweJohn NashA Beautiful Mind
Will SmithMuhammad AliAli
Kevin SpaceyQuoyleThe Shipping News
Billy Bob ThorntonEd CraneThe Man Who Wasn't There
Denzel WashingtonDetective Alonzo HarrisTraining Day
2002Jack NicholsonWarren R. SchmidtAbout Schmidt
Adrien BrodyWładysław SzpilmanThe Pianist
Michael CaineThomas FowlerThe Quiet American
Daniel Day-LewisWilliam "Bill the Butcher" CuttingGangs of New York
Leonardo DiCaprioFrank Abagnale, Jr.Catch Me If You Can
2003Sean PennJimmy MarkumMystic River
Russell CroweCaptain Jack AubreyMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Tom CruiseCaptain Nathan AlgrenThe Last Samurai
Ben KingsleyMassoud BehraniHouse of Sand and Fog
Jude LawW. P. InmanCold Mountain
2004Leonardo DiCaprioHoward HughesThe Aviator
Javier BardemRamón SampedroThe Sea Inside
Don CheadlePaul RusesabaginaHotel Rwanda
Johnny DeppJ. M. BarrieFinding Neverland
Liam NeesonAlfred KinseyKinsey
2005Philip Seymour HoffmanTruman CapoteCapote
Russell CroweJames J. BraddockCinderella Man
Terrence HowardDJayHustle & Flow
Heath LedgerEnnis Del MarBrokeback Mountain
David StrathairnEdward R. MurrowGood Night, and Good Luck
2006Forest WhitakerIdi AminThe Last King of Scotland
Leonardo DiCaprioDanny ArcherBlood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprioWilliam "Billy" Costigan, Jr.The Departed
Peter O'TooleMaurice RussellVenus
Will SmithChris GardnerThe Pursuit of Happyness
2007Daniel Day-LewisDaniel PlainviewThere Will Be Blood
George ClooneyMichael ClaytonMichael Clayton
James McAvoyRobbie TurnerAtonement
Viggo MortensenNikolai LuzhinEastern Promises
Denzel WashingtonFrank LucasAmerican Gangster
2008Mickey RourkeRandy "The Ram" RobinsonThe Wrestler
Leonardo DiCaprioFrank WheelerRevolutionary Road
Frank LangellaRichard NixonFrost/Nixon
Sean PennHarvey MilkMilk
Brad PittBenjamin ButtonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009Jeff BridgesOtis "Bad" BlakeCrazy Heart
George ClooneyRyan BinghamUp in the Air
Colin FirthGeorge FalconerA Single Man
Morgan FreemanNelson MandelaInvictus
Tobey MaguireCaptain Sam CahillBrothers

2010s

Year Actor Character Film
2010Colin FirthKing George VIThe King's Speech
Jesse EisenbergMark ZuckerbergThe Social Network
James FrancoAron Ralston127 Hours
Ryan GoslingDean PereiraBlue Valentine
Mark WahlbergMicky WardThe Fighter
2011George ClooneyMatt KingThe Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprioJ. Edgar HooverJ. Edgar
Michael FassbenderBrandon SullivanShame
Ryan GoslingStephen MeyersThe Ides of March
Brad PittBilly BeaneMoneyball
2012Daniel Day-LewisAbraham LincolnLincoln
Richard GereRobert MillerArbitrage
John HawkesMark O'BrienThe Sessions
Joaquin PhoenixFreddie QuellThe Master
Denzel WashingtonWilliam "Whip" Whitaker, Sr.Flight
2013Matthew McConaugheyRon WoodroofDallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel EjioforSolomon Northup12 Years a Slave
Idris ElbaNelson MandelaMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom HanksCaptain Richard PhillipsCaptain Phillips
Robert RedfordOur ManAll Is Lost
2014Eddie RedmayneStephen HawkingThe Theory of Everything
Steve CarellJohn Eleuthère du PontFoxcatcher
Benedict CumberbatchAlan TuringThe Imitation Game
Jake GyllenhaalLouis "Lou" BloomNightcrawler
David OyelowoMartin Luther King Jr.Selma
2015Leonardo DiCaprioHugh GlassThe Revenant
Bryan CranstonDalton TrumboTrumbo
Michael FassbenderSteve JobsSteve Jobs
Eddie RedmayneLili ElbeThe Danish Girl
Will SmithDr. Bennet OmaluConcussion
2016Casey AffleckLee ChandlerManchester by the Sea
Joel EdgertonRichard LovingLoving
Andrew GarfieldDesmond T. DossHacksaw Ridge
Viggo MortensenBen CashCaptain Fantastic
Denzel WashingtonTroy MaxsonFences
2017Gary OldmanWinston ChurchillDarkest Hour
Timothée ChalametElio PerlmanCall Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-LewisReynolds WoodcockPhantom Thread
Tom HanksBen BradleeThe Post
Denzel WashingtonRoman J. IsraelRoman J. Israel, Esq.
2018Rami MalekFreddie MercuryBohemian Rhapsody
Bradley CooperJackson MaineA Star Is Born
Willem DafoeVincent van GoghAt Eternity's Gate
Lucas HedgesJared EamonsBoy Erased
John David WashingtonRon StallworthBlacKkKlansman
2019Christian BaleKen MilesFord v. Ferrari
Antonio BanderasSalvador MalloPain and Glory
Adam DriverCharlie BarberMarriage Story
Joaquin PhoenixArthur FleckJoker
Jonathan PryceCardinal Jorge Mario BergoglioThe Two Popes

Multiple nominations

Multiple wins

See also

References

  1. "Golden Globes announce TV, film award nominees". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. December 22, 2000. p. 8B. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
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