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


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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
Award
Best Actor
Winner
Film
Honored
Religious Affiliation
of Actor
1927-28Emil JanningsThe Way of All Flesh; The Last CommandNazi
1928-29Warner BaxterIn Old Arizona?
1929-30George ArlissDisraeli?
1930-31Lionel BarrymoreA Free SoulCatholic
1931-32Fredric March (tie)Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
1931-32Wallace Beery (tie)The Champ?
1932-33Charles LaughtonThe Private Life of Henry VIII?
1934Clark GableIt Happened One NightCatholic
1935Victor McLaglenThe InformerAnglican
1936Paul MuniThe Story of Louis PasteurJewish
1937Spencer TracyCaptains CourageousCatholic
1938Spencer TracyBoys TownCatholic
1939Robert DonatGoodbye, Mr. Chips?
1940Jimmy StewartThe Philadelphia StoryPresbyterian
1941Gary CooperSergeant YorkCatholic (convert)
1942James CagneyYankee Doodle DandyCatholic
1943Paul LukasWatch on the Rhine?
1944Bing CrosbyGoing My WayCatholic
1945Ray MillandThe Lost Weekend?
1946Fredric MarchThe Best Years of Our Lives?
1947Ronald ColmanA Double Life?
1948Laurence OlivierHamletAnglican
1949Broderick CrawfordAll the King's Men?
1950Jose FerrerCyrano de Bergerac?
1951Humphrey BogartThe African QueenEpiscopalian (lapsed)
1952Gary CooperHigh Noon Catholic (convert)
1953William HoldenStalag 17Congregationalist
1954Marlon BrandoOn The Waterfrontminimal Christian Science;
Native American spirituality
1955Ernest BorgnineMartyJewish Catholic
1956Yul BrynnerThe King and I ?
1957Alec GuinnessThe Bridge On The River KwaiCatholic
1958David NivenSeparate Tables?
1959Charlton HestonBen-HurProtestant
1960Burt LancasterElmer GantryChurch of the Son of Man
("non-denominational" Protestant); ACLU
1961Maximillian SchellJudgment at Nuremburg?
1962Gregory PeckTo Kill a MockingbirdCatholic
1963Sidney PoitierLilies of the FieldVodoun; Anglican; Catholic
1964Rex HarrisonMy Fair Lady?
1965Lee MarvinCat Ballou?
1966Paul ScofieldA Man for All Seasons?
1967Rod SteigerIn the Heat of the NightJewish
1968Cliff RobertsonCharly?
1969John WayneTrue GritPresbyterian; Catholic
1970George C. ScottPatton?
1971Gene HackmanThe French Connection?
1972Marlon BrandoThe Godfatherminimal Christian Science;
Native American spirituality
1973Jack LemmonSave the TigerCatholic
1974Art CarneyHarry and Tonto?
1975Jack NicholsonOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestCatholic; Reichian
1976Peter FinchNetwork?
1977Richard DreyfussThe Goodbye GirlJudaism
1978Jon VoightComing HomeCatholic
1979Dustin HoffmanKramer vs. KramerJewish
1980Robert De NiroRaging BullCatholic (non-practicing)
1981Henry FondaOn Golden PondChristian Science (lapsed)
1982Ben KingsleyGandhiJewish Hindu Quaker
1983Robert DuvallTender MerciesChristian Science
1984F. Murray AbrahamAmadeus?
1985William HurtKiss of the Spider WomanLutheran
1986Paul NewmanThe Color of Moneyfather was Jewish
1987Michael DouglasWall Streethalf-Jewish
1988Dustin HoffmanRain ManJewish
1989Daniel Day-LewisMy Left Foot?
1990Jeremy IronsReversal of Fortune?
1991Anthony HopkinsThe Silence of the Lambs?
1992Al PacinoScent of a WomanCatholic
1993Tom HanksPhiladelphiaGreek Orthodox
1994Tom HanksForrest GumpGreek Orthodox
1995Nicolas CageLeaving Las VegasCatholic
1996Geoffrey RushShine?
1997Jack NicholsonAs Good as It GetsCatholic; Reichian
1998Roberto BenigniLife is Beautiful?
1999Kevin SpaceyAmerican Beauty?
2000Russell CroweGladiatorSeventh-day Adventist?
2001Denzel WashingtonTraining DayChurch of God in Christ (Pentecostal)
2002Adrien BrodyThe PianistJewish
2003Sean PennMystic RiverJewish Catholic
2004Jamie FoxxRayProtestant



Year of
Award
Best Actress
Winner
Film
Honored
Religious Affiliation
of Actress
1927-28Janet GaynorSeventh Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise?
1928-29Mary PickfordCoquetteCatholic; Christian Science (convert)
1929-30Norma ShearerThe DivorceeJudaism (convert)
1930-31Marie DresslerMin and BillAnglican
1931-32Helen HayesThe Sin of Madelon ClaudetCatholic
1932-33Katharine HepburnMorning Glorynominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1934Claudette ColbertIt Happened One NightCatholic
1935Bette DavisDangerousBaptist/Episcopalian family background;
Christian Science (temporary)
1936Luise RainerThe Great ZiegfeldJewish
1937Luise RainerThe Good EarthJewish
1938Bette DavisJezebelBaptist/Episcopalian family background;
Christian Science (temporary)
1939Vivien LeighGone With the WindCatholic
1940Ginger RogersKitty FoyleChristian Science
1941Joan FontaineSuspicion?
1942Greer GarsonMrs. MiniverPresbyterian
1943Jennifer JonesThe Song of Bernadette ?
1944Ingrid BergmanGaslightLutheran
1945Joan CrawfordMildred Pierceraised Catholic;
Christian Science (convert)
1946Olivia de HavillandTo Each His OwnAnglican
1947Loretta YoungThe Farmer's DaughterCatholic from Utah
1948Jane WymanJohnny Belinda?
1949Olivia de HavillandThe HeiressAnglican
1950Judy HollidayBorn YesterdayJewish
1951Vivien LeighA Streetcar Named Desire Catholic
1952Shirley BoothCome Back, Little Sheba?
1953Audrey HepburnRoman HolidayChristian Science
1954Grace KellyThe Country GirlCatholic
1955Anna MagnaniThe Rose TattooCatholic
1956Ingrid BergmanAnastasiaLutheran
1957Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve?
1958Susan HaywardI Want to Live!Catholic
1959Simone SignoretRoom at the Toppart Jewish
1960Elizabeth TaylorButterfield 8 Christian Scientist;
convert to Reform Judaism
1961Sophia LorenTwo WomenCatholic
1962Anne BancroftThe Miracle WorkerCatholic
1963Patricia NealHudCatholic; Methodist
1964Julie AndrewsMary PoppinsFreudian psychoanalysis
1965Julie ChristieDarling?
1966Elizabeth TaylorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Christian Scientist;
convert to Reform Judaism
1967Katharine HepburnGuess Who's Coming to Dinnernominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1968Katharine Hepburn (tie)The Lion in Winternominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1968Barbra Streisand (tie)Funny GirlJewish
1969Maggie SmithThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?
1970Glenda JacksonWomen in Love?
1971Jane FondaKluteborn-again Christian
1972Liza MinnelliCabaret?
1973Glenda JacksonA Touch of Class?
1974Ellen BurstynAlice Doesn't Live Here Anymore?
1975Louise FletcherOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?
1976Faye DunawayNetwork Catholic
1977Diane KeatonAnnie Hall ?
1978Jane FondaComing Homeborn-again Christian
1979Sally FieldNorma Rae?
1980Sissy SpacekCoal Miner's Daughter?
1981Katharine HepburnOn Golden Pondnominal Episcopalian background; atheist
1982Meryl StreepSophie's Choice?
1983Shirley MacLaineTerms of EndearmentBaptist; New Age; eclectic
1984Sally FieldPlaces in the Heart?
1985Geraldine PageThe Trip to Bountiful?
1986Marlee MatlinChildren of a Lesser GodJewish
1987CherMoonstruck?
1988Jodie FosterThe Accused?
1989Jessica TandyDriving Miss Daisy?
1990Kathy BatesMisery?
1991Jodie FosterThe Silence of the Lambs?
1992Emma ThompsonHowards End?
1993Holly HunterThe Piano?
1994Jessica LangeBlue Sky?
1995Susan SarandonDead Man WalkingCatholic
1996Frances McDormandFargoChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1997Helen HuntAs Good As It GetsJewish father
1998Gwyneth PaltrowShakespeare in LoveJewish father
1999Hilary SwankBoys Don't Cry?
2000Julia RobertsErin Brockovich?
2001Halle BerryMonster's Ball?
2002Nicole KidmanThe HoursCatholic
2003Charlize TheronMonster?
2004Hilary SwankMillion Dollar Baby?



Year of
Award
Best Supporting
Actor Winner
Film
Honored
Religious Affiliation
of Actor
1936Walter BrennanCome and Get It 
1937Joseph SchildkrautThe Life of Emile ZolaJewish
1938Walter BrennanKentucky 
1939Thomas MitchellStagecoach 
1940Walter BrennanThe Westerner 
1941Donald CrispHow Green Was My Valley 
1942Van HeflinJohnny Eager 
1943Charles CoburnThe More the Merrier 
1944Barry FitzgeraldGoing My Way 
1945James DunnA Tree Grows in Brooklyn 
1946Harold RussellThe Best Years of Our Lives 
1947Edmund GwennMiracle on 34th Street 
1948Walter HustonThe Treasure of the Sierra MadreEpiscopalian
1949Dean JaggerTwelve O'Clock HighLatter-day Saint
1950George SandersAll About Eve 
1951Karl MaldenA Streetcar Named Desire 
1952Anthony QuinnViva ZapataCatholic;
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
1953Frank SinatraFrom Here to Eternity 
1954Edmond O'BrienThe Barefoot ContessaCatholic
1955Jack LemmonMister Roberts 
1956Anthony QuinnLust for LifeCatholic;
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
1957Red ButtonsSayonaraJewish
1958Burl IvesThe Big Country 
1959Hugh GriffithBen-Hur 
1960Peter UstinovSpartacus 
1961George ChakirisWest Side Story 
1962Ed BegleySweet Bird of Youth 
1963Melvyn DouglasHudJewish
1964Peter UstinovTopkapi 
1965Martin BalsamA Thousand ClownsJewish
1966Walter MatthauThe Fortune CookieJewish
1967George KennedyCool Hand Luke 
1968Jack AlbertsonThe Subject Was RosesJewish
1969Gig YoungThey Shoot Horses, Don't They? 
1970John MillsRyan's Daughter 
1971Ben JohnsonThe Last Picture Show 
1972Joel GrayCabaret 
1973John HousemanThe Paper ChaseJewish
1974Robert De NiroThe Godfather, Part 2Catholic (non-practicing)
1975George BurnsThe Sunshine BoysOrthodox Judaism (lapsed)
1976Jason RobardsAll the President's Men 
1977Jason RobardsJulia 
1978Christopher WalkenThe Deer HunterMethodist
1979Melvyn DouglasBeing ThereJewish
1980Timothy HuttonOrdinary People 
1981John GielgudArthur 
1982Louis Gossett, Jr.An Officer and a Gentleman 
1983Jack NicholsonTerms of EndearmentCatholic; Reichian
1984Haing S. NgorThe Killing FieldsBuddhist
1985Don AmecheCocoonCatholic
1986Michael CaineHannah and Her Sisters 
1987Sean ConneryThe UntouchablesCatholic
1988Kevin KlineA Fish Called WandaCatholic
1989Denzel WashingtonGloryChurch of God in Christ (Pentecostal)
1990Joe PesciGoodFellas 
1991Jack PalanceCity Slickers 
1992Gene HackmanUnforgiven 
1993Tommy Lee JonesThe Fugitive 
1994Martin LandauEd WoodJewish
1995Kevin SpaceyThe Usual Suspects 
1996Cuba Gooding, Jr.Jerry Maguire 
1997Robin WilliamsGood Will HuntingChristian Science; Episcopalian
1998James CoburnAffliction 
1999Michael CaineThe Cider House Rules 
2000Benicio Del ToroTraffic 
2001Jim BroadbentIris 
2002Chris CooperAdaptation 
2003Tim RobbinsMystic River 
2004Morgan FreemanMillion Dollar Baby 



Year of
Award
Best Supporting
Actress Winner
Film
Honored
Religious Affiliation
of Actress
1936Gale SondergaardAnthony Adverse 
1937Alice BradyIn Old Chicago 
1938Fay BainterJezebel 
1939Hattie McDanielGone With the Wind 
1940Jane DarwellThe Grapes of Wrath 
1941Mary AstorThe Great LieCatholic
1942Teresa WrightMrs. Miniver 
1943Katina PaxinouFor Whom the Bell Tolls 
1944Ethel BarrymoreNone But the Lonely HeartCatholic
1945Anne RevereNational Velvet 
1946Anne BaxterThe Razor's Edge 
1947Celeste HolmGentleman's Agreement 
1948Claire TrevorKey Largo 
1949Mercedes McCambridgeAll the King's Men 
1950Josephine HullHarvey 
1951Kim HunterA Streetcar Named Desire 
1952Gloria GrahameThe Bad and the Beautiful 
1953Donna ReedFrom Here to EternityMethodist
1954Eva Marie SaintOn the Waterfront 
1955Jo Van FleetEast of Eden 
1956Dorothy MaloneWritten on the Wind 
1957Miyoshi UmekiSayonara 
1958Wendy HillerSeparate Tables 
1959Shelley WintersThe Diary of Anne FrankJewish
1960Shirley JonesElmer GantryMethodist
1961Rita MorenoWest Side Story 
1962Patty DukeThe Miracle WorkerCatholic
1963Margaret RutherfordThe V.I.P.'s 
1964Lila KedrovaZorba the Greek 
1965Shelley WintersA Patch of BlueJewish
1966Sandy DennisWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
1967Estelle ParsonsBonnie and ClydeJewish
1968Ruth GordonRosemary's Baby 
1969Goldie HawnCactus FlowerJewish mother; Buddhist
1970Helen HayesAirportCatholic
1971Cloris LeachmanThe Last Picture ShowJewish
1972Eileen HeckartButterflies Are Free 
1973Tatum O'NealPaper MoonProtestant (nominal)
(mother: International Church of the Foursquare Gospel)
1974Ingrid BergmanMurder on the Orient ExpressLutheran
1975Lee GrantShampooJewish
1976Beatrice StraightNetwork 
1977Vanessa RedgraveJulia 
1978Maggie SmithCalifornia Suite 
1979Meryl StreepKramer vs. Kramer 
1980Mary SteenburgenMelvin and Howard 
1981Maureen StapletonRedsCatholic
1982Jessica LangeTootsie 
1983Linda HuntThe Year of Living Dangerously 
1984Peggy AshcroftA Passage to Indiaagnostic
1985Anjelica HustonPrizzi's Honornominal Episcopalian family background
1986Dianne WestHannah and Her Sisters 
1987Olympia DukakisMoonstruckGreek Orthodox
1988Geena DavisThe Accidental Tourist 
1989Brenda FrickerMy Left Foot 
1990Whoopi GoldbergGhost
1991Mercedes RuehlThe Fisher KingCatholic
1992Marisa TomeiMy Cousin Vinny 
1993Anna PaquinThe Piano 
1994Dianne WestBullets Over Broadway 
1995Mira SorvinoMighty Aphrodite
1996Juliette BinocheThe English Patient 
1997Kim BasingerL.A. Confidential 
1998Judi DenchShakespeare in LoveQuaker
1999Angelina JolieGirl, Interrupted
2000Marcia Gay HardenPollock 
2001Jennifer ConnellyA Beautiful MindJewish
2002Catherine Zeta-JonesChicagoCatholic
2003Renee ZellwegerCold Mountain 
2004Cate BlanchettThe Aviator 

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