Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor is one of the awards, which are annually awarded in the United States by the Screen Actors Guild, a union of actors. It is aimed at actors who have done an outstanding performance in a leading role in a feature film. The category was created in 1995. The winners will be chosen in a secret ballot by the full members of the union.

History and Records

During the last 20 years, the Screen Actors Guild has awarded a total of 20 Awards in the category Best Actor in 18 different actors. The first prize winner was Tom Hanks, who was honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1995 for his role as Forrest Gump in the film of the same name. The latest up to winners was Matthew McConaughey, who was honored for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014.

So far (as of 2014) voted the winner of this award in only four cases, not with that of the later Academy Award-winning match. That was Benicio del Toro in 2001 for his role in Traffic - power of the cartel (but he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor ), Russell Crowe in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind, Daniel Day- Lewis in 2003 for Gangs of New York and Johnny Depp 2004 Pirates of the Caribbean. The oldest winner at age 60 in 1998 was the American Jack Nicholson ( Good as It Gets ); oldest nominated actor with 79 years in 2011, the American Robert Duvall ( At the end of the road - a true tall tale ). Youngest winner at age 32 in 1996 Nicolas Cage ( Leaving Las Vegas ), recently nominated actor with 14 years in 2001, the Briton Jamie Bell ( Billy Elliot - I Will Dance).

The following list is a list of nominees and winners of the most common records in the category of Best Actor. The winners and nominees in the other actor categories are not counted.

Winners and nominees

The films listed below are indicated ( determined if any) with its German release title, followed in brackets in italics of the original foreign-language titles. The mention of the original title does not apply if German and foreign film titles are identical. The winners are highlighted in bold type in the first place.


Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump

Nicolas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas

Geoffrey Rush - Shine - The Path into Light (Shine )

Jack Nicholson - Good As It Gets ( As Good as It Gets )

Roberto Benigni - Life is Beautiful (La vita è bella )

Kevin Spacey - American Beauty


Benicio del Toro - Traffic - power of the cartel ( Traffic )

Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind - Beautiful Mind (A Beautiful Mind )

Daniel Day- Lewis - Gangs of New York

Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean ( Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)

Jamie Foxx - Ray

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland - In the clutches of power ( The Last King of Scotland)

Daniel Day- Lewis - There Will Be Blood

Sean Penn - Milk

Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart


Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Daniel Day- Lewis - Lincoln

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club