The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s are some of Hollywood’s most beloved acting legends. We saw icons of yesteryear finally winning their first Oscar, like Henry Fonda and Paul Newman
, in addition to actors who have endured through decades of film, like Robert De Niro
, Ben Kingsley
, Robert Duvall
, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman
and Daniel Day-Lewis
. The decade also saw newer stars like F. Murray Abraham
and William Hurt
step into the spotlight and launch lasting careers of their own.
Who is your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.
Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull
” (1980) — The ’80s started off with one of the most memorable performances in movie history — De Niro as troubled boxer Jake Lamotta
in “Raging Bull
.” De Niro won Best Supporting Actor five years earlier for “The Godfather Part