Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Simon Rex during an interview, March 2022.jpg
Last recipient: Simon Rex
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byLos Angeles Film Critics Association
First awardedAl Pacino
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Last awardedSimon Rex
Red Rocket (2021)

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor was an award given annually by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. It was first introduced in 1975 to reward the best performance by a leading actor. In 2022, it was announced that the four acting categories would be retired and replaced with two gender neutral categories, with both Best Actor and Best Actress merging into the Best Lead Performance category.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1975 Al Pacino Dog Day Afternoon Sonny Wortzik
1976 Robert De Niro Taxi Driver Travis Bickle
1977 Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield †
1978 Jon Voight Coming Home Luke Martin †
1979 Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer Ted Kramer †


Year Winner(s) Film Role
1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull Jake LaMotta
1981 Burt Lancaster Atlantic City Lou Pascal ‡
1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi
1983 Robert Duvall Tender Mercies Mac Sledge †
1984 F. Murray Abraham Amadeus Antonio Salieri
Albert Finney Under the Volcano Geoffrey Firmin ‡
1985 William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina †
1986 Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa George ‡
1987 Jack Nicholson Ironweed Francis Phelan ‡
The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne
Steve Martin Roxanne Charlie "C.D." Bales
1988 Tom Hanks Big Josh Baskin ‡
Punchline Steven Gold
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot Christy Brown


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune Claus von Bülow
1991 Nick Nolte The Prince of Tides Tom Wingo ‡
1992 Clint Eastwood Unforgiven William "Will" Munny ‡
1993 Anthony Hopkins The Remains of the Day James Stevens ‡
Shadowlands Jack Lewis
1994 John Travolta Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega ‡
1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Ben Sanderson †
1996 Geoffrey Rush Shine David Helfgott (adult) †
1997 Robert Duvall The Apostle Euliss "Sonny" Dewey / The Apostle ‡
1998 Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters James Whale
1999 Russell Crowe The Insider Jeffrey Wigand


Year Winner(s) Film Role
2000 Michael Douglas Wonder Boys Grady Tripp
2001 Denzel Washington Training Day Detective Alonzo Harris †
2002 Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
Jack Nicholson About Schmidt Warren Schmidt ‡
2003 Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris ‡
2004 Liam Neeson Kinsey Dr. Alfred Kinsey
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Truman Capote
2006 Sacha Baron Cohen Borat Borat Sagdiyev
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview †
2008 Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
2009 Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart Otis "Bad" Blake †


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
2011 Michael Fassbender A Dangerous Method Carl Jung
Jane Eyre Edward Rochester
Shame Brandon Sullivan
X-Men: First Class Erik Lensherr / Magneto
2012 Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell ‡
2013 Bruce Dern Nebraska Woody Grant ‡
2014 Tom Hardy Locke Ivan Locke
2015 Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
2016 Adam Driver Paterson Paterson
2017 Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name Elio Perlman[2]
2018 Ethan Hawke First Reformed Reverend Ernst Toller[3]
2019 Antonio Banderas Pain and Glory Salvador Mallo ‡[4]


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Levee Green ‡[5]
2021 Simon Rex Red Rocket Mikey Saber[6]

Multiple winners

3 wins
2 wins

See also


  1. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics Association [@LAFilmCritics] (October 12, 2022). "For this year's awards vote, LAFCA will also introduce gender-neutral acting categories, with two awards for Best Lead Performance and two awards for Best Supporting Performance. Our voting meeting will take place on December 11, 2022" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 8, 2022. Retrieved December 12, 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (3 December 2017). "'Call Me by Your Name' Selected as Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2018 Winners|IndieWire
  4. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2019 Winners — Full List — Deadline
  5. ^ 'Small Axe' Wins LAFCA Best Picture Despite Not Submitted for Oscars - Variety
  6. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics 2021 Winners List - Variety