Denzel Washington could potentially join an exclusive group of actors when the Oscars are handed out later this month. Washington, who was named Best Actor in 2001 for “Training Day,” is currently locked in a tight race to win a second Best Actor Oscar for his role in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences.” If he prevails, he will be only the 10th actor to win in this category more than once. Click through our photo gallery above to see every Best Actor winner in Oscar history.
The following men have won two or more times in the Best Actor category:
Daniel Day-Lewis: “My Left Foot” (1989), “There Will Be Blood” (2007), “Lincoln” (2012)
Marlon Brando: “On the Waterfront” (1954), “The Godfather” (1972)
Gary Cooper: “Sergeant York” (1941), “High Noon” (1952)
Tom Hanks: “Philadelphia” (1993), “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Dustin Hoffman: “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Rain Man” (1988)
Fredric March: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1932), “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)
Jack Nicholson: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “As Good as It Gets” (1997)
Sean Penn: “Mystic River” (2003), “Milk” (2008)
Spencer Tracy: “Captains Courageous” (1937), “Boys Town” (1938)
A second win for Washington would be a first for the Oscars; to date, no person of color has won an Oscar in a leading category more than once. Washington is currently the only actor of color to have two acting Oscars, having also prevailed in the supporting category for 1989’s “Glory.” If Washington is able to grab that third Oscar, he would join Katherine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan, Ingrid Bergman, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis on this list of actors who have three or more Oscar wins.
Video produced by David Janove
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