Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor

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The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.

Winners[edit]

2000s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
Casey Affleck Gone Baby Gone Patrick Kenzie
George Clooney Michael Clayton Michael Clayton
Emile Hirsch Into the Wild Chris McCandless
Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises Nikolai Luzhin
2008 Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
Leonardo DiCaprio Revolutionary Road Frank Wheeler
Richard Jenkins The Visitor Walter Vale
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Brad Pitt The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke The Wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson
2009 George Clooney Up in the Air Ryan Bingham
Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart Bad Blake
Morgan Freeman Invictus Nelson Mandela
Viggo Mortensen The Road Man
Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James

2010s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2010 Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg
Jeff Bridges True Grit Rooster Cogburn
Robert Duvall Get Low Felix Bush
Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
James Franco 127 Hours Aron Ralston
2011 Michael Fassbender Shame Brandon Sullivan
George Clooney The Descendants Matt King
Jean Dujardin The Artist George Valentin
Brad Pitt Moneyball Billy Beane
Michael Shannon Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
John Hawkes The Sessions Mark O'Brien
Hugh Jackman Les Misérables Jean Valjean
Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell
Denzel Washington Flight Whip Whitaker
2013 Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Bruce Dern Nebraska Woody Grant
Christian Bale American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof
Mads Mikkelsen The Hunt Lucas
Robert Redford All Is Lost Our Man
2014 Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Louis "Lou" Bloom
Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game Alan Turing
Tom Hardy Locke Ivan Locke
Michael Keaton Birdman Riggan Thomson / Birdman
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking
2015 Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
Bryan Cranston Trumbo Dalton Trumbo
Matt Damon The Martian Mark Watney
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant Hugh Glass
Tom Hardy Legend Ronald "Ronnie" Kray & Reginald "Reggie" Kray
2016 Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler
Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge Desmond T. Doss
Ryan Gosling La La Land Sebastian Wilder
Jake Gyllenhaal Nocturnal Animals Tony Hastings/Edward Sheffield
Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic Ben Cash
Denzel Washington Fences Troy Maxson
2017 James Franco The Disaster Artist Tommy Wiseau
Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name Elio Perlman
Daniel Kaluuya Get Out Chris Washington
Robert Pattinson Good Time Constantine "Connie" Nikas
Andy Serkis War for the Planet of the Apes Caesar
2018 Christian Bale Vice Dick Cheney
Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Jackson Maine
Ethan Hawke First Reformed Ernst Toller
Rami Malek Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury
Viggo Mortensen Green Book Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga
2019 Adam Driver Marriage Story Charlie Barber
Leonardo DiCaprio Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Rick Dalton
Eddie Murphy Dolemite Is My Name Rudy Ray Moore
Joaquin Phoenix Joker Arthur Fleck / Joker
Adam Sandler Uncut Gems Howard Ratner

2020s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2020 Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal Ruben
Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Levee Green
Anthony Hopkins The Father Anthony
Delroy Lindo Da 5 Bloods Paul
Steven Yeun Minari Jacob Yi
2021 Benedict Cumberbatch The Power of the Dog Phil Burbank
Peter Dinklage Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
Andrew Garfield tick, tick... BOOM! Jonathan Larson
Will Smith King Richard Richard Williams
Denzel Washington The Tragedy of Macbeth Lord Macbeth

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