Volpi Cup for Best Actor

The Volpi Cup (Italian: Coppa Volpi) is the principal award given to actors at the Venice Film Festival and is named in honor of Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, the founder of the Venice Film Festival. The name and number of prizes have been changed several times since their introduction, ranging from two to four awards per edition and sometimes acknowledging both leading and supporting performances.

The festival was officially competitive for the first time in 1934. The acting award was named Grande medaglia d'oro dell'Associazione Nazionale Fascista dello Spettacolo per il migliore attore (Great Gold Medal of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment for the Best Actor). After a four-year hiatus caused by the war, the festival was once again competitive in 1947. The acting award in the immediate post-war period was named Premio Internazionale per il migliore attore (International Award for the Best Actor).[1][2][3][4] The festival was again competitive in 1980 but the acting awards given by the competition jury were not reinstated until 1983: the prizes were no longer called Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup) but were simply referred to as Premio per il migliore attore (Best Actor Award). The winners did not receive cup-shaped awards but were instead given rectangular plaques. In 1988, for the first time in 20 years, the most recognizable prizes of the festival were re-established. The two acting award was officially named Coppa Volpi per la migliore interpretazione maschile (Volpi Cup for the Best Actor).[5]

Award winners

The following actors received the Volpi Cup or other major Best Actor Award:[6][7]

Table key
Indicates the performance was also an Academy Award winner
Indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award
YearActorRoleFilmNationality of actor
1932 & 1934 - Awarded as "Great Gold Medal of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment for the Best Actor"
1932Fredric March (Special Award)Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde United States
1934Wallace Beery[8] (Special Award)Pancho VillaViva Villa! United States
1935-1942 - Awarded as "Volpi Cup"
1935Pierre BlancharRaskolnikovCrime and Punishment (Crime et châtiment) France
1936Paul MuniLouis PasteurThe Story of Louis Pasteur United States
1937Emil JanningsMatthias ClausenDer Herrscher Germany
1938Leslie HowardProfessor Henry Higgins ‡Pygmalion United Kingdom
No Award
No Award
1941Ermete ZacconiDon Geronimo BuonaparteDon Buonaparte Italy
1942Fosco GiachettiCaptain Enrico BertiBengasi Italy
1947-1950 - Awarded as "International Award for the Best Actor"
No Award
1947Pierre FresnayVincent de PaulMonsieur Vincent France
1948Ernst DeutschScharfThe Trial (Der Prozeß) Austria
1949Joseph CottenEben AdamsPortrait of Jennie United States
1950Sam JaffeErwin “Doc” Riedenschneider ‡The Asphalt Jungle United States
1951-1968 - Awarded as "Volpi Cup"
1951Jean GabinRaymond PinsardThe Night Is My Kingdom (La nuit est mon royaume) France
1952Fredric MarchWilly LomanDeath of a Salesman United States
1953Henri VilbertFrançois DupontLe bon Dieu sans confession France
1954Jean GabinVictor Le GarrecAir of Paris (L’Air de Paris) France
Max ("Max le Menteur") Touchez pas au grisbi
1955Curd Jürgens (Tie)Wolf GerkeHeroes and Sinners (Les héros sont fatigués) Austria /  West Germany
Kenneth More (Tie)Freddie PageThe Deep Blue Sea United Kingdom
1956BourvilMarcel MartinLa Traversée de Paris (The trip across Paris) France
1957Anthony FranciosaPolo Pope ‡A Hatful of Rain United States
1958Alec GuinnessGulley JimsonThe Horse’s Mouth United Kingdom
1959James StewartPaul Biegler ‡Anatomy of a Murder United States
1960John MillsLt. Col. Basil BarrowTunes of Glory United Kingdom
1961Toshirō MifuneSanjuroYojimbo (用心棒) Japan
1962Burt LancasterRobert StroudBirdman of Alcatraz United States
1963Albert FinneyTom Jones ‡Tom Jones United Kingdom
1964Tom CourtenayPrivate Arthur HampKing & Country United Kingdom
1965Toshirō MifuneDr. Kyojō NiideRed Beard (赤ひげ) Japan
1966Jacques PerrinMicheleUn uomo a metà (Almost a Man) France
1967Ljubiša SamardžićMaliThe Morning (Jutro) Yugoslavia
1968John MarleyRichard ForstFaces United States
1983–1987 - Awarded as "Best Actor Award"
1983Guy Boyd (Tie)RooneyStreamers United States
George Dzundza (Tie)Cokes United States
David Alan Grier (Tie)Roger United States
Mitchell Lichtenstein (Tie)Richie United States
Matthew Modine (Tie)Billy United States
Michael Wright (Tie)Carlyle United States
1984Naseeruddin ShahNaurangiaPaar India
1985Gérard DepardieuLouis Vincent ManginPolice France
1986Carlo Delle PianeAntonio Sant’EliaChristmas Present (Regalo di Natale) Italy
1987Hugh Grant (Tie)Clive DurhamMaurice United Kingdom
James Wilby (Tie)Maurice Hall United Kingdom
1988-present - Awarded as "Volpi Cup for the Best Actor" (also "Volpi Cup for the Best Supporting Actor")
1988Don Ameche (Tie)GinoThings Change United States
Joe Mantegna (Tie)Jerry United States
1989Marcello Mastroianni (Tie)MarcelloWhat Time Is It? (Che ora è?) Italy
Massimo Troisi (Tie)Michele Italy
1990Oleg BorisovSvidetel / Christo PanovThe Only Witness (Edinstveniyat svidetel) Soviet Union
1991River PhoenixMikey WatersMy Own Private Idaho United States
1992Jack LemmonShelley “The Machine” LeveneGlengarry Glen Ross United States
1993Fabrizio BentivoglioPietro De LeoA Soul Split in Two (Un’anima divisa in due) Italy
Marcello Mastroianni (Supporting)Constantin Laspada1, 2, 3, Sun (Un, deux, trois, soleil) Italy
1994Xia YuMa XiaojunIn the Heat of the Sun (陽光燦爛的日子) China
Roberto Citran (Supporting)LorisIl Toro Italy
1995Götz GeorgeFritz HaarmannDeathmaker (Der Totmacher) Germany
Ian Hart (Supporting)GingerNothing Personal United Kingdom
1996Liam NeesonMichael CollinsMichael Collins United Kingdom
Chris Penn (Supporting)Cesarian "Chez" TempioThe Funeral United States
1997Wesley SnipesMax CarlyleOne Night Stand United States
1998Sean PennEddieHurlyburly United States
1999Jim BroadbentW.S. GilbertTopsy-Turvy United Kingdom
2000Javier BardemReinaldo ArenasBefore Night Falls Spain
2001Luigi Lo CascioAntonioLight of My Eyes (Luce dei miei occhi) Italy
2002Stefano AccorsiDino CampanaA Journey Called Love (Un viaggio chiamato amore) Italy
2003Sean PennPaul Rivers21 Grams United States
2004Javier BardemRamón SampedroThe Sea Inside (Mar adentro) Spain
2005David StrathairnEdward R. MurrowGood Night, and Good Luck United States
2006Ben AffleckGeorge ReevesHollywoodland United States
2007Brad PittJesse JamesThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford United States
2008Silvio OrlandoMichele CasaliGiovanna's Father (Il papà di Giovanna) Italy
2009Colin FirthGeorge Falconer ‡A Single Man United Kingdom
2010Vincent GalloMohammedEssential Killing United States
2011Michael FassbenderBrandon SullivanShame Ireland /  Germany
2012Joaquin Phoenix (Tie)Freddie Quell ‡The Master United States
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Tie)Lancaster Dodd ‡ United States
2013Themis PanouFatherMiss Violence Greece
2014Adam DriverJudeHungry Hearts United States
2015Fabrice LuchiniMichel RacineCourted (L’Hermine) France
2016Oscar MartínezDaniel MantovaniThe Distinguished Citizen (El ciudadano ilustre) Argentina
2017Kamel El BashaYasser Abdallah SalamehThe Insult (L’insulte) Palestine
2018Willem DafoeVincent Van GoghAt Eternity's Gate United States
2019Luca MarinelliMartin EdenMartin Eden Italy

Multiple winners

2 awards

See also


  1. "La Magnani premiata come miglior attrice". La Stampa. 16 September 1947. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  2. "Il Gran Premio ad "Amleto" di Olivier". La Stampa. 5 September 1948. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  3. "L'assegnazione dei diciassette premi". L'Unità. 2 September 1949. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  4. "L'assegnazione dei premi". La Stampa. 11 September 1950. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  5. "Tutti i premiati". La Stampa. 10 September 1988. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. "Coppa Volpi for best actors since 1935". labiennale.org. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  7. "Volpi Cup for Best Actor". carnivalofvenice.com. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  8. Beery received an award titled the Great Gold Medal of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment for the Best Actor"I divertimenti". La Stampa. 5 December 1934. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
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