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Religious Affiliation (Religion) of the Winners of the
Academy Award for Best Actor
and Best Supporting Actor

Related pages:
Religious Affiliation of 50 Greatest Actors and Actresses
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress annually since 1928. The Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress Awards has been awarded annually since 1936. The Academy Award (nicknamed the "Oscar") is the most prestigious award that a film actor can receive.

Year of
Best Actor
Religious Affiliation
of Actor
1927-28 Emil Jannings The Way of All Flesh; The Last Command Nazi
1928-29 Warner Baxter In Old Arizona ?
1929-30 George Arliss Disraeli ?
1930-31 Lionel Barrymore A Free Soul Catholic
1931-32 Fredric March (tie) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ?
1931-32 Wallace Beery (tie) The Champ ?
1932-33 Charles Laughton The Private Life of Henry VIII ?
1934 Clark Gable It Happened One Night Catholic
1935 Victor McLaglen The Informer Anglican
1936 Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur Jewish
1937 Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous Catholic
1938 Spencer Tracy Boys Town Catholic
1939 Robert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips ?
1940 Jimmy Stewart The Philadelphia Story Presbyterian
1941 Gary Cooper Sergeant York Catholic (convert)
1942 James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy Catholic
1943 Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine ?
1944 Bing Crosby Going My Way Catholic
1945 Ray Milland The Lost Weekend ?
1946 Fredric March The Best Years of Our Lives ?
1947 Ronald Colman A Double Life ?
1948 Laurence Olivier Hamlet Anglican
1949 Broderick Crawford All the King's Men ?
1950 Jose Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac ?
1951 Humphrey Bogart The African Queen Episcopalian (lapsed)
1952 Gary Cooper High Noon Catholic (convert)
1953 William Holden Stalag 17 Congregationalist
1954 Marlon Brando On The Waterfront minimal Christian Science;
Native American spirituality
1955 Ernest Borgnine Marty Jewish Catholic
1956 Yul Brynner The King and I ?
1957 Alec Guinness The Bridge On The River Kwai Catholic
1958 David Niven Separate Tables ?
1959 Charlton Heston Ben-Hur Protestant
1960 Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry Church of the Son of Man
("non-denominational" Protestant); ACLU
1961 Maximillian Schell Judgment at Nuremburg ?
1962 Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird Catholic
1963 Sidney Poitier Lilies of the Field Vodoun; Anglican; Catholic
1964 Rex Harrison My Fair Lady ?
1965 Lee Marvin Cat Ballou ?
1966 Paul Scofield A Man for All Seasons ?
1967 Rod Steiger In the Heat of the Night Jewish
1968 Cliff Robertson Charly ?
1969 John Wayne True Grit Presbyterian; Catholic
1970 George C. Scott Patton ?
1971 Gene Hackman The French Connection ?
1972 Marlon Brando The Godfather minimal Christian Science;
Native American spirituality
1973 Jack Lemmon Save the Tiger Catholic
1974 Art Carney Harry and Tonto ?
1975 Jack Nicholson One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Catholic; Reichian
1976 Peter Finch Network ?
1977 Richard Dreyfuss The Goodbye Girl Judaism
1978 Jon Voight Coming Home Catholic
1979 Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer Jewish
1980 Robert De Niro Raging Bull Catholic (non-practicing)
1981 Henry Fonda On Golden Pond Christian Science (lapsed)
1982 Ben Kingsley Gandhi Jewish Hindu Quaker
1983 Robert Duvall Tender Mercies Christian Science
1984 F. Murray Abraham Amadeus ?
1985 William Hurt Kiss of the Spider Woman Lutheran
1986 Paul Newman The Color of Money father was Jewish
1987 Michael Douglas Wall Street half-Jewish
1988 Dustin Hoffman Rain Man Jewish
1989 Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot ?
1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune ?
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs ?
1992 Al Pacino Scent of a Woman Catholic
1993 Tom Hanks Philadelphia Greek Orthodox
1994 Tom Hanks Forrest Gump Greek Orthodox
1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Catholic
1996 Geoffrey Rush Shine ?
1997 Jack Nicholson As Good as It Gets Catholic; Reichian
1998 Roberto Benigni Life is Beautiful ?
1999 Kevin Spacey American Beauty ?
2000 Russell Crowe Gladiator Seventh-day Adventist?
2001 Denzel Washington Training Day Church of God in Christ (Pentecostal)
2002 Adrien Brody The Pianist Jewish
2003 Sean Penn Mystic River Jewish Catholic
2004 Jamie Foxx Ray Protestant

Year of
Best Actress
Religious Affiliation
of Actress
1927-28 Janet Gaynor Seventh Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise ?
1928-29 Mary Pickford Coquette Catholic; Christian Science (convert)
1929-30 Norma Shearer The Divorcee Judaism (convert)
1930-31 Marie Dressler Min and Bill Anglican
1931-32 Helen Hayes The Sin of Madelon Claudet Catholic
1932-33 Katharine Hepburn Morning Glory nominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1934 Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night Catholic
1935 Bette Davis Dangerous Baptist/Episcopalian family background;
Christian Science (temporary)
1936 Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld Jewish
1937 Luise Rainer The Good Earth Jewish
1938 Bette Davis Jezebel Baptist/Episcopalian family background;
Christian Science (temporary)
1939 Vivien Leigh Gone With the Wind Catholic
1940 Ginger Rogers Kitty Foyle Christian Science
1941 Joan Fontaine Suspicion ?
1942 Greer Garson Mrs. Miniver Presbyterian
1943 Jennifer Jones The Song of Bernadette ?
1944 Ingrid Bergman Gaslight Lutheran
1945 Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce raised Catholic;
Christian Science (convert)
1946 Olivia de Havilland To Each His Own Anglican
1947 Loretta Young The Farmer's Daughter Catholic from Utah
1948 Jane Wyman Johnny Belinda ?
1949 Olivia de Havilland The Heiress Anglican
1950 Judy Holliday Born Yesterday Jewish
1951 Vivien Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire Catholic
1952 Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba ?
1953 Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Christian Science
1954 Grace Kelly The Country Girl Catholic
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Catholic
1956 Ingrid Bergman Anastasia Lutheran
1957 Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve ?
1958 Susan Hayward I Want to Live! Catholic
1959 Simone Signoret Room at the Top part Jewish
1960 Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 Christian Scientist;
convert to Reform Judaism
1961 Sophia Loren Two Women Catholic
1962 Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker Catholic
1963 Patricia Neal Hud Catholic; Methodist
1964 Julie Andrews Mary Poppins Freudian psychoanalysis
1965 Julie Christie Darling ?
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Christian Scientist;
convert to Reform Judaism
1967 Katharine Hepburn Guess Who's Coming to Dinner nominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1968 Katharine Hepburn (tie) The Lion in Winter nominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1968 Barbra Streisand (tie) Funny Girl Jewish
1969 Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ?
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love ?
1971 Jane Fonda Klute born-again Christian
1972 Liza Minnelli Cabaret ?
1973 Glenda Jackson A Touch of Class ?
1974 Ellen Burstyn Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ?
1975 Louise Fletcher One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest ?
1976 Faye Dunaway Network Catholic
1977 Diane Keaton Annie Hall ?
1978 Jane Fonda Coming Home born-again Christian
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae ?
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter ?
1981 Katharine Hepburn On Golden Pond nominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice ?
1983 Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment Baptist; New Age; eclectic
1984 Sally Field Places in the Heart ?
1985 Geraldine Page The Trip to Bountiful ?
1986 Marlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God Jewish
1987 Cher Moonstruck ?
1988 Jodie Foster The Accused ?
1989 Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy ?
1990 Kathy Bates Misery ?
1991 Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs ?
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End ?
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano ?
1994 Jessica Lange Blue Sky ?
1995 Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking Catholic
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1997 Helen Hunt As Good As It Gets Jewish father
1998 Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Jewish father
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry ?
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich ?
2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball ?
2002 Nicole Kidman The Hours Catholic
2003 Charlize Theron Monster ?
2004 Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby ?

Year of
Best Supporting
Actor Winner
Religious Affiliation
of Actor
1936 Walter Brennan Come and Get It  
1937 Joseph Schildkraut The Life of Emile Zola Jewish
1938 Walter Brennan Kentucky  
1939 Thomas Mitchell Stagecoach  
1940 Walter Brennan The Westerner  
1941 Donald Crisp How Green Was My Valley  
1942 Van Heflin Johnny Eager  
1943 Charles Coburn The More the Merrier  
1944 Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way  
1945 James Dunn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  
1946 Harold Russell The Best Years of Our Lives  
1947 Edmund Gwenn Miracle on 34th Street  
1948 Walter Huston The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Episcopalian
1949 Dean Jagger Twelve O'Clock High Latter-day Saint
1950 George Sanders All About Eve  
1951 Karl Malden A Streetcar Named Desire  
1952 Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata Catholic;
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
1953 Frank Sinatra From Here to Eternity  
1954 Edmond O'Brien The Barefoot Contessa Catholic
1955 Jack Lemmon Mister Roberts  
1956 Anthony Quinn Lust for Life Catholic;
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
1957 Red Buttons Sayonara Jewish
1958 Burl Ives The Big Country  
1959 Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur  
1960 Peter Ustinov Spartacus  
1961 George Chakiris West Side Story  
1962 Ed Begley Sweet Bird of Youth  
1963 Melvyn Douglas Hud Jewish
1964 Peter Ustinov Topkapi  
1965 Martin Balsam A Thousand Clowns Jewish
1966 Walter Matthau The Fortune Cookie Jewish
1967 George Kennedy Cool Hand Luke  
1968 Jack Albertson The Subject Was Roses Jewish
1969 Gig Young They Shoot Horses, Don't They?  
1970 John Mills Ryan's Daughter  
1971 Ben Johnson The Last Picture Show  
1972 Joel Gray Cabaret  
1973 John Houseman The Paper Chase Jewish
1974 Robert De Niro The Godfather, Part 2 Catholic (non-practicing)
1975 George Burns The Sunshine Boys Orthodox Judaism (lapsed)
1976 Jason Robards All the President's Men  
1977 Jason Robards Julia  
1978 Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter Methodist
1979 Melvyn Douglas Being There Jewish
1980 Timothy Hutton Ordinary People  
1981 John Gielgud Arthur  
1982 Louis Gossett, Jr. An Officer and a Gentleman  
1983 Jack Nicholson Terms of Endearment Catholic; Reichian
1984 Haing S. Ngor The Killing Fields Buddhist
1985 Don Ameche Cocoon Catholic
1986 Michael Caine Hannah and Her Sisters  
1987 Sean Connery The Untouchables Catholic
1988 Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda Catholic
1989 Denzel Washington Glory Church of God in Christ (Pentecostal)
1990 Joe Pesci GoodFellas  
1991 Jack Palance City Slickers  
1992 Gene Hackman Unforgiven  
1993 Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive  
1994 Martin Landau Ed Wood Jewish
1995 Kevin Spacey The Usual Suspects  
1996 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Jerry Maguire  
1997 Robin Williams Good Will Hunting Christian Science; Episcopalian
1998 James Coburn Affliction  
1999 Michael Caine The Cider House Rules  
2000 Benicio Del Toro Traffic  
2001 Jim Broadbent Iris  
2002 Chris Cooper Adaptation  
2003 Tim Robbins Mystic River  
2004 Morgan Freeman Million Dollar Baby  

Year of
Best Supporting
Actress Winner
Religious Affiliation
of Actress
1936 Gale Sondergaard Anthony Adverse  
1937 Alice Brady In Old Chicago  
1938 Fay Bainter Jezebel  
1939 Hattie McDaniel Gone With the Wind  
1940 Jane Darwell The Grapes of Wrath  
1941 Mary Astor The Great Lie Catholic
1942 Teresa Wright Mrs. Miniver  
1943 Katina Paxinou For Whom the Bell Tolls  
1944 Ethel Barrymore None But the Lonely Heart Catholic
1945 Anne Revere National Velvet  
1946 Anne Baxter The Razor's Edge  
1947 Celeste Holm Gentleman's Agreement  
1948 Claire Trevor Key Largo  
1949 Mercedes McCambridge All the King's Men  
1950 Josephine Hull Harvey  
1951 Kim Hunter A Streetcar Named Desire  
1952 Gloria Grahame The Bad and the Beautiful  
1953 Donna Reed From Here to Eternity Methodist
1954 Eva Marie Saint On the Waterfront  
1955 Jo Van Fleet East of Eden  
1956 Dorothy Malone Written on the Wind  
1957 Miyoshi Umeki Sayonara  
1958 Wendy Hiller Separate Tables  
1959 Shelley Winters The Diary of Anne Frank Jewish
1960 Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry Methodist
1961 Rita Moreno West Side Story  
1962 Patty Duke The Miracle Worker Catholic
1963 Margaret Rutherford The V.I.P.'s  
1964 Lila Kedrova Zorba the Greek  
1965 Shelley Winters A Patch of Blue Jewish
1966 Sandy Dennis Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  
1967 Estelle Parsons Bonnie and Clyde Jewish
1968 Ruth Gordon Rosemary's Baby  
1969 Goldie Hawn Cactus Flower Jewish mother; Buddhist
1970 Helen Hayes Airport Catholic
1971 Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show Jewish
1972 Eileen Heckart Butterflies Are Free  
1973 Tatum O'Neal Paper Moon Protestant (nominal)
(mother: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel)
1974 Ingrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express Lutheran
1975 Lee Grant Shampoo Jewish
1976 Beatrice Straight Network  
1977 Vanessa Redgrave Julia  
1978 Maggie Smith California Suite  
1979 Meryl Streep Kramer vs. Kramer  
1980 Mary Steenburgen Melvin and Howard  
1981 Maureen Stapleton Reds Catholic
1982 Jessica Lange Tootsie  
1983 Linda Hunt The Year of Living Dangerously  
1984 Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India agnostic
1985 Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor nominal Episcopalian family background
1986 Dianne West Hannah and Her Sisters  
1987 Olympia Dukakis Moonstruck Greek Orthodox
1988 Geena Davis The Accidental Tourist  
1989 Brenda Fricker My Left Foot  
1990 Whoopi Goldberg Ghost
1991 Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King Catholic
1992 Marisa Tomei My Cousin Vinny  
1993 Anna Paquin The Piano  
1994 Dianne West Bullets Over Broadway  
1995 Mira Sorvino Mighty Aphrodite
1996 Juliette Binoche The English Patient  
1997 Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential  
1998 Judi Dench Shakespeare in Love Quaker
1999 Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted
2000 Marcia Gay Harden Pollock  
2001 Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind Jewish
2002 Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago Catholic
2003 Renee Zellweger Cold Mountain  
2004 Cate Blanchett The Aviator  


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