The Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor was an annual award given by the Toronto Film Critics Association, honouring the best performances by male actors in films.



Year Winner Film Role Ref
1997 Ian Holm The Sweet Hereafter Mitchell Stephens [1]
Jack Nicholson As Good As It Gets Melvin Udall
1998 Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters James Whale [2]
Robert Duvall The Apostle Sonny Dewey
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan John H. Miller
1999 Kevin Spacey American Beauty Lester Burnham [3]
Jim Carrey Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2000 Benicio del Toro Traffic Javier Rodriguez [4]
Mark Ruffalo You Can Count on Me Terry
2001 Ed Harris Pollock Jackson Pollock [5]
John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Robinson
Jack Nicholson The Pledge Jerry Black
2002 Nicolas Cage Adaptation. Charlie and Donald Kaufman [6]
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
Jack Nicholson About Schmidt Warren R. Schmidt
2003 Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris [7]
2004 Paul Giamatti Sideways Miles Raymond [8]
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Truman Capote [9]
2006 Sacha Baron Cohen Borat Borat Sagdiyev [10]
Ryan Gosling Half Nelson Dan Dunne
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
2007 Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises Nikolai Luzhin [11]
George Clooney Michael Clayton Michael Clayton
Gordon Pinsent Away from Her Grant Anderson
2008 Mickey Rourke The Wrestler Robin Ramzinski / Randy "The Ram" Robinson [12]
Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
Jean-Claude Van Damme JCVD Himself
2009 Nicolas Cage Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Terence McDonagh [13]
George Clooney Up in the Air Ryan Bingham
Michael Fassbender Hunger Bobby Sands
Colin Firth A Single Man George Falconer
Viggo Mortensen The Road Man


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2010 Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg [14]
Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
James Franco 127 Hours Aron Ralston
2011 Michael Shannon Take Shelter Curtis LaForche [15]
George Clooney The Descendants Matthew "Matt" King
Michael Fassbender Shame Brandon Sullivan
2012 Denis Lavant Holy Motors Mr. Oscar [16]
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell
2013 Oscar Isaac Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis [17]
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof
2014 Tom Hardy Locke Ivan Locke [18]
Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel Monsieur Gustave H.
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Louis "Lou" Bloom
2015 Tom Hardy Legend The Kray Twins [19]
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant Hugh Glass
Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
2016 Adam Driver Paterson Paterson [20]
Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler
Peter Simonischek Toni Erdmann Winfried Conradi / Toni Erdmann
2017 Daniel Day-Lewis Phantom Thread Reynolds Woodcock [21]
Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name Elio Perlman
Gary Oldman Darkest Hour Winston Churchill
2018 Ethan Hawke First Reformed Reverend Ernst Toller [22]
Willem Dafoe At Eternity's Gate Vincent van Gogh
Viggo Mortensen Green Book Tony Lip
2019 Adam Driver Marriage Story Charlie Barber [23]
Antonio Banderas Pain and Glory Salvador Mallo
Adam Sandler Uncut Gems Howard Ratner


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2020 Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal Ruben Stone [24]
Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Levee Green
Mads Mikkelsen Another Round (Druk) Martin
2021 Denzel Washington The Tragedy of Macbeth Macbeth [25]
Benedict Cumberbatch The Power of the Dog Phil Burbank
Andrew Garfield tick, tick... BOOM! Jonathan Larson
2022 Paul Mescal Aftersun Calum Paterson [26]
Colin Farrell The Banshees of Inisherin Pádraic Súilleabháin
Brendan Fraser The Whale Charlie


  1. ^ Liam Lacey, "Egoyan film top pick". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 1998.
  2. ^ "War movies are the big winners". Hamilton Spectator, December 18, 1998.
  3. ^ "Toronto critics pick Magnolia as best film of 1999 Yet-unreleased second picture from director of Boogie Nights follows linked stories of characters in San Fernando Valley". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 1999.
  4. ^ Peter Howell, "Toronto critics like Lee ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon named top movie". Toronto Star, December 21, 2000.
  5. ^ "Memento named best picture". Calgary Herald, December 20, 2001.
  6. ^ "Toronto critics pick Adaptation as top film". Ottawa Citizen, December 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "Coppola's Lost in Translation honoured by Toronto critics". Waterloo Region Record, December 18, 2003.
  8. ^ "Sideways named best film of 2004 by Toronto critics". Sault Star, December 17, 2004.
  9. ^ "Cronenberg's History of Violence tops T.O. critics' best-of list". Sudbury Star, December 22, 2005.
  10. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "'The Queen' named best picture by Toronto's film critics". Canadian Press, December 20, 2006.
  11. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Old Men No. 1; Coen Brothers flick tops T.O. film critics' 2007 list". Toronto Sun, December 19, 2007.
  12. ^ Chris Knight, "Toronto critics pick Wendy and Lucy". Windsor Star, December 17, 2008.
  13. ^ "Basterds, Hunger top Toronto critics' picks". Waterloo Region Record, December 17, 2009.
  14. ^ Peter Knegt, "“Social Network” Tops San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics’ Awards". IndieWire, December 14, 2010.
  15. ^ Brian D. Johnson, "Toronto critics name 'Tree of Life' Best Picture". Maclean's, December 14, 2011.
  16. ^ Cassandra Szklarski, "'The Master' rules with Toronto film critics, named best film, screenplay". Canadian Press, December 18, 2012.
  17. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association awards for 2013". Toronto Star, December 17, 2013.
  18. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto film critics champion Boyhood". Now, December 16, 2014.
  19. ^ Jeremy Kay, "Toronto critics honour 'Carol'". Screen Daily, December 14, 2015.
  20. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto critics bask in the Moonlight". Now, December 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Jim Slotek, "Toronto film critics give best picture thumbs up to The Florida Project". Original Cin, December 10, 2017.
  22. ^ Corey Atad, "Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Roma’ Best Picture Of 2018". ET Canada, December 10, 2018.
  23. ^ Radheyan Simonpillai, "Toronto Film Critics Association names Parasite the year’s best movie". Now, December 9, 2019.
  24. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.
  25. ^ Sarah Curran, "Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Big At Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". ET Canada, January 16, 2022.
  26. ^ Pat Mullen, "Toronto Film Critics Name All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Top Doc". Point of View, January 8, 2023.