Actors Nominated for an Oscar as Film’s Sole Nominee Since 1970

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Actors Nominated as Film’s Sole Nominee Since 1970
By Staff
November 14, 2020

Here is the list of every actor since 1970 who got nominated as their film’s sole nominee:

Carrie Snodgress – Diary of a Mad Housewife (best actress)
Chief Dan George – Little Big Man (supporting actor)
Lee Grant – The Landlord (supporting actress)

Julie Christie – McCabe & Mrs. Miller (best actress)
Ann-Margret – Carnal Knowledge (supporting actress)
Barbara Harris – Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (supporting actress)
Margaret Leighton – The Go-Between (supporting actress)

Peter O’Toole – The Ruling Class (best actor)
Susan Tyrrell – Fat City (supporting actress)

Vincent Gardenia – Bang the Drum Slowly (supporting actor)

Diahann Carroll – Claudine (best actress)
Jeff Bridges – Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (supporting actor)

Maximilian Schell – The Man in the Glass Booth (best actor)
James Whitmore – Give ’em Hell, Harry! (best actor)
Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H. (best actress)
Glenda Jackson – Hedda (best actress)
Carol Kane – Hester Street (best actress)
Sylvia Miles – Farewell, My Lovely (supporting actress)
Brenda Vaccaro – Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough (supporting actress)

Laurence Olivier – Marathon Man (supporting actor)

John Travolta – Saturday Night Fever (best actor)

Richard Farnsworth – Comes a Horseman (supporting actor)

Marsha Mason – Chapter Two (best actress)

Jack Lemmon – Tribute (best actor)
Gena Rowlands – Gloria (best actress)
Diana Scarwid – Inside Moves (supporting actress)

Peter O’Toole – My Favorite Year (best actor)
Charles Durning – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (supporting actor)

Jane Alexander – Testament (best actress)
Charles Durning – To Be or Not to Be (supporting actor)
Linda Hunt – The Year of Living Dangerously (supporting actress)

Jeff Bridges – Starman (best actor)
Jessica Lange – Country (best actress)
Pat Morita – The Karate Kid (supporting actor)
Christine Lahti – Swing Shift (supporting actress)
Geraldine Page – The Pope of Greenwich Village (supporting actress)

Jessica Lange – Sweet Dreams (best actress)
Robert Loggia – Jagged Edge (best supporting actor)
Amy Madigan – Twice in a Lifetime (best supporting actress)

Bob Hoskins – Mona Lisa (best actor)
Jane Fonda – The Morning After (best actress)

Michael Douglas – Wall Street (best actor)
Marcello Mastroianni – Dark Eyes (best actor)
Robin Williams – Good Morning, Vietnam (best actor)
Sally Kirkland – Anna (best actress)
Morgan Freeman – Street Smart (best supporting actor)
Norma Aleandro – Gaby: A True Story (best supporting actress)
Anne Ramsey – Throw Momma from the Train (best supporting actress)
Ann Sothern – The Whales of August (best supporting actress)

Edward James Olmos – Stand and Deliver (best actor)
Jodie Foster – The Accused (best actress)
Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark (best actress)
Dean Stockwell – Married to the Mob (best supporting actor)

Jessica Lange – Music Box (best actress)
Marlon Brando – A Dry White Season (best supporting actor)
Julia Roberts – Steel Magnolias (best supporting actress)

Richard Harris – The Field (best actor)
Kathy Bates – Misery (best actress)
Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman (best actress)
Joanne Woodward – Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (best actress)
Bruce Davison – Longtime Companion (best supporting actor)
Diane Ladd – Wild at Heart (best supporting actress)

Bette Midler – For the Boys (best actress)
Jack Palance – City Slickers (best supporting actor)

Michelle Pfeiffer – Love Field (best actress)
Al Pacino – Glengarry Glen Ross (best supporting actor)
David Paymer – Mr. Saturday Night (best supporting actor)
Marisa Tomei – My Cousin Vinny (best supporting actress)
Miranda Richardson – Damage (best supporting actress)

Stockard Channing – Six Degrees of Separation (best actress)
Leonardo DiCaprio – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (best supporting actor)
Rosie Perez – Fearless (best supporting actress)

Jessica Lange – Blue Sky (best actress)
Jodie Foster – Nell (best actress)
Susan Sarandon – The Client (best actress)

Richard Dreyfuss – Mr. Holland’s Opus (best actor)
Sharon Stone – Casino (best actress)
Meryl Streep – The Bridges of Madison County (best actor)
Tim Roth – Rob Roy (best supporting actor)
Mare Winningham – Georgia (best supporting actress)

Diane Keaton – Marvin’s Room (best actress)
Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves (best actress)
Edward Norton – Primal Fear (best supporting actor)

Robert Duvall – The Apostle (best actor)
Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold (best actor)
Julie Christie – Afterglow (best actress)
Robert Forster – Jackie Brown (best supporting actor)
Joan Cusack – In & Out (best supporting actress)

Edward Norton – American History X (best actor)
Meryl Streep – One True Thing (best actress)
Brenda Blethyn – Little Voice (best supporting actress)

Richard Farnsworth – The Straight Story (best actor)
Denzel Washington – The Hurricane (best actor)
Janet McTeer – Tumbleweeds (best actress)
Angelina Jolie – Girl, Interrupted (best supporting actress)

Javier Bardem – Before Night Falls (best actor)
Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream (best actress)

Sean Penn – I Am Sam (best actor)
Renée Zellweger – Bridget Jones’s Diary (best actress)
Ben Kingsley – Sexy Beast (best supporting actor)

Michael Caine – The Quiet American (best actor)
Diane Lane – Unfaithful (best actress)

Charlize Theron – Monster (best actress)
Keisha Castle-Hughes – Whale Rider (best actress)
Diane Keaton – Something’s Gotta Give (best actress)
Alec Baldwin – The Cooler (best supporting actor)
Patricia Clarkson – Pieces of April (best supporting actress)
Holly Hunter – Thirteen (best supporting actress)

Annette Bening – Being Julia (best actress)
Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace (best actress)
Laura Linney – Kinsey (best supporting actress)

Amy Adams – Junebug (best supporting actress)

Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland (best actor)
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson (best actor)
Peter O’Toole – Venus (best actor)
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness (best actor)
Penélope Cruz – Volver (best actress)

Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah (best actor)
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises (best actor)
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War (best supporting actor)
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There (best supporting actress)
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone (best supporting actress)

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor (best actor)
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married (best actress)
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder (best supporting actor)
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (best supporting actress)

Colin Firth – A Single Man (best actor)
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia (best actress)
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones (best supporting actor)

Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole (best actress)
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine (best actress)
Jeremy Renner – The Town (best supporting actor)
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom (best supporting actress)

Demián Bichir – A Better Life (best actor)
Christopher Plummer – Beginners (best supporting actor)
Nick Nolte – Warrior (best supporting actor)

Naomi Watts – The Impossible (best actress)
Helen Hunt – The Sessions (best supporting actress)

Julianne Moore – Still Alice (best actress)
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night (best actress)
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl (best actress)
Robert Duvall – The Judge (best supporting actor)

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo (best actor)
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy (best actress)
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years (best actress)
Sylvester Stallone – Creed (best supporting actor)

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic (best actor)
Isabelle Huppert – Elle (best actress)
Ruth Negga – Loving (best actress)
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals (best supporting actor)

Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq. (best actor)
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project (best supporting actor)
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World (best supporting actor)

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate (best actor)
Glenn Close – The Wife (best actress)

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (best supporting actor)
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell (best supporting actress)

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