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Oscars - Best Leading Role

Leading names matter. Names like Streep, Stanwyck, Mirren, Rampling and Moore, just part of this formidable roll call.

Their films vault across time and trend to show us people and nations at war, lovers fragmenting and humanity at its most hauntingly real.

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WINNERS

There Will Be Blood
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There Will Be Blood

Drama2007158 minsDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning performance as a ruthless oil baron bestrides Paul Thomas Anderson's towering 21st-century classic.

Ray
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Ray

Biopic2004152 minsDirector: Taylor Hackford

Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his extraordinary performance as Ray Charles, in a film that revived the potency of the musical biopic.

Manchester by the Sea
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Manchester by the Sea

Drama2016137 minsDirector: Kenneth Lonergan

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

Still Alice
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Still Alice

Drama2014102 minsDirector: Richard Glatzer

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her extraordinary performance as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The Iron Lady
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The Iron Lady

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Phyllida Lloyd

Meryl Streep delivers an extraordinary performance as Margaret Thatcher in a provocative portrait.

Room
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Room

Thriller2015118 minsDirector: Lenny Abrahamson

Brie Larson’s Oscar-winning performance is the beating heart of Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinarily moving drama.

The King's Speech
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The King's Speech

Historical drama2010113 minsDirector: Tom Hooper

Oscar-winning tale of the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth) and the Australian speech therapist who treated his stammer.

La La Land
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La La Land

Musical2016128 minsDirector: Damien Chazelle

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

The Imitation Game
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The Imitation Game

Biopic2014115 minsDirector: Morten Tyldum

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

The Queen
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The Queen

Drama2006103 minsDirector: Stephen Frears

Helen Mirren won as Oscar for her performance as the enduring monarch who comes under scrutiny following the death of Princess Diana.

Room at the Top
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Room at the Top

Drama1958117 minsDirector: Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton directs this romantic, love-triangle drama featuring Simone Signoret in an Oscar-winning performance.

NOMINEES

The Post
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The Post

Drama2017116 minsDirector: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed, gripping and timely drama about the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, featuring Tom Hanks and an Oscar-nominated performance from Meryl Streep.

Hacksaw Ridge
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Hacksaw Ridge

War2016139 minsDirector: Mel Gibson

Andrew Garfield stars in Mel Gibson’s visceral war film, telling the extraordinary story of the soldier who saved 75 lives in one of WWII’s bloodiest battles.

Captain Fantastic
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Captain Fantastic

Drama2016119 minsDirector: Matt Ross

Viggo Mortensen plays the father-gone-primitive in this wonderful award-winning comedy about an off-grid family.

Jackie
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Jackie

Biopic2016100 minsDirector: Pablo Larraín

Natalie Portman is exceptional as the iconic First Lady who has to quickly adjust to the world-shaking trauma of her husband’s assassination.

Amour
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Amour

2012127 minsDirector: Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner, about an octogenarian couple trying to cope when a stroke leaves the wife partly paralysed and speechless.

45 Years
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45 Years

Drama201495 minsDirector: Andrew Haigh

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

Elle
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Elle

Drama2015131 minsDirector: Paul Verhoeven

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

Pride & Prejudice
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Pride & Prejudice

Drama2005127 minsDirector: Joe Wright

Keira Knightley stars in Jane Austen’s timeless romance, reinvigorated for the modern age by the masters of British rom-com, Working Title.

Volver
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Volver

2005121 minsDirector: Pedro Almodóvar

Family secrets echo around a Spanish clan, ringing loud enough to rouse the dead, in Pedro Almodóvar's assured melodrama.

Two Days, One Night
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Two Days, One Night

Drama201495 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Drama201293 minsDirector: Benh Zeitlin

Set in a Deep South delta, Zeitlin’s feature debut takes a child’s eye view of poverty, adult apathy and ecological crisis. Hallucinatory fare

Vera Drake
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Vera Drake

Drama2004120 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s acclaimed story of a selfless woman who performs unlawful abortions in 1950s Britain; both an affecting drama and vital social history.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Drama2004103 minsDirector: Michel Gondry

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play the couple who fall in love so quickly it seems they must have known each other in a past life ... only to discover they did.

12 Years a Slave
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12 Years a Slave

Biopic2013134 minsDirector: Steve McQueen

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in Steve McQueen’s fearless, Oscar-winning story of a free man who’s sold into slavery.

Foxcatcher
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Foxcatcher

Drama2014135 minsDirector: Bennett Miller

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum deliver stunning performance in the story of the strange relationship between two Olympic wrestlers and their millionaire benefactor.

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

Romance2015112 minsDirector: John Crowley

Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.

Trumbo
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Trumbo

Biopic2015124 minsDirector: Jay Roach

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.

The Hurt Locker
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The Hurt Locker

War2008131 minsDirector: Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

Cape Fear
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Cape Fear

Legal and Courtroom drama1991128 minsDirector: Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s remake of J Lee Thompson’s 1962 thriller stars Robert De Niro as a psychotic rapist out to avenge the lawyer he blames for his conviction (Nick Nolte).

Carol
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Carol

Drama2014119 minsDirector: Todd Haynes

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

Pulp Fiction
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Pulp Fiction

Crime1994154 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s crackling crime classic still retains its swagger as one of the great American films of recent decades.

Mona Lisa
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Mona Lisa

Gangster1986100 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan's gritty thriller stars Bob Hoskins as a gangster recently released from prison who falls in love with the prostitute he is supposed to be protecting.

Venus
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Venus

Comedy200695 minsDirector: Roger Michell

Peter O’Toole in one of his last, finest performances in this story about an aging actor who thought he’d seen it all – until he met her.

Double Indemnity
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Double Indemnity

Crime1944108 minsDirector: Billy Wilder

Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.