Silver Bear for Best Actor

The Silver Bear for Best Actor (German: Silberner Bär/Bester Darsteller) was an award presented at the Berlin International Film Festival from 1956 until 2020. It was given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance and was chosen by the jury from the films in the official competition slate at the festival. Beginning with the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, the award was replaced with the gender-neutral categories, Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance and Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance.

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Silberner Bär/Bester Darsteller (German)
Sidney Poitier 1968.jpg
Sidney Poitier was the first actor to win the award twice
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actor
CountryGermany
Presented byBerlin International Film Festival
First awarded1956
Last awarded2020
Currently held byElio Germano
Hidden Away (2020)
Websitewww.berlinale.de

At the 6th Berlin International Film Festival held in 1956, Burt Lancaster was the first winner of this award for his performance in Trapeze in 1956, and Elio Germano was the last winner in this category, for his role in Hidden Away at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020.

HistoryEdit

The award was first presented in 1956 and can be for lead or supporting roles. The prize was not awarded on three occasions (1969, 1973, and 1974). In 1970, no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the controversy over the official selection film, o.k. by Michael Verhoeven, which led to the resignation of the international jury. In 2011, the entire male cast of A Separation received the award. Sidney Poitier, Jean Gabin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, and Denzel Washington have won the most awards in this category, each winning twice.

The last of this award was given out in 2020, after which it was replaced with a gender-neutral categories, Best Leading Performance and Best Supporting Performance the following year.

WinnersEdit

Table key
# Indicates Ex-aequo winners
Year Actor Role Film Original title Ref.
1950s
1956 Burt Lancaster Mike Ribble Trapeze [1]
1957 Pedro Infante Tizoc Tizoc [2]
1958 Sidney Poitier Noah Cullen The Defiant Ones [3]
1959 Jean Gabin Joseph Hughes Guillamume Boutier-Blainville / Archimède Archimède le clochard [4]
1960s
1960 Fredric March Matthew Harrison Brady Inherit The Wind [5]
1961 Peter Finch Johnnie Byrne No Love for Johnnie [6]
1962 James Stewart Roger Hobbs Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation [7]
1963 Sidney Poitier Homer Smith Lilies of the Field [8]
1964 Rod Steiger Sol Nazerman The Pawnbroker [9]
1965 Lee Marvin Kid Shellen and Tim Strawn Cat Ballou [10]
1966 Jean-Pierre Léaud Paul Masculin Féminin [11]
1967 Michel Simon Pépé The Two of Us Le vieil homme et l’enfant [12]
1968 Jean-Louis Trintignant Jan Robin / Boris Varissa The Man Who Lies L’Homme qui ment [13]
1969
No award given that year
1970s
1970
No awards given that year because of the controversy surrounding the participation in the main competition of director Michael Verhoeven's film o.k. that led to the resignation of the international jury before the festival ended
1971 Jean Gabin Julien Bouin Le Chat [14]
1972 Alberto Sordi Giusseppe Di Noi In Prison Awaiting Trial Detenuto in attesa di giudizio [15]
1973
No award given that year
1974
No award given that year
1975 Vlastimil Brodský Jakob Heym Jacob the Liar Jakob der Lügner [16]
1976 Gerhard Olschewski Cioska A Lost Life Verlorenes Leben [17]
1977 Fernando Fernán Gómez Fernando The Anchorite El anacoreta [18]
1978 Craig Russell Robin Turner Outrageous! [19]
1979 Michele Placido The Man Ernesto [20]
1980s
1980 Andrzej Seweryn Adam Pietryk The Orchestra Conductor Dyrygent [21]
1981 Jack Lemmon # Scottie Templeton Tribute [22]
Anatoly Solonitsyn # Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky Двадцать шесть дней из жизни Достоевского
1982 Michel Piccoli # Bertrand Malair Strange Affair Une étrange affaire [23]
Stellan Skarsgård # Sven The Simple-Minded Murderer Den enfaldige mördaren
1983 Bruce Dern George Sitkowski That Championship Season [24]
1984 Albert Finney Sir The Dresser [25]
1985 Fernando Fernán Gómez Don Leopoldo Contreras de Tejada Stico [26]
1986 Tuncel Kurtiz Hilmi The Smile of the Lamb חיוך הגדי [27]
1987 Gian Maria Volonté Aldo Moro The Moro Affair Il Caso Moro [28]
1988 Manfred Möck # Hubertus Koschenz Bear Ye One Another's Burden Einer trage des anderen Last [29]
Jörg Pose # Josef Heiliger
1989 Gene Hackman Rupert Anderson Mississippi Burning [30]
1990s
1990 Iain Glen Larry Winters Silent Scream [31]
1991 Maynard Eziashi Mister Johnson Mister Johnson [32]
1992 Armin Mueller-Stahl Baron Kaspar Joachim von Utz Utz [33]
1993 Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X [34]
1994 Tom Hanks Andrew Beckett Philadelphia [35]
1995 Paul Newman Donald Sullivan Nobody's Fool [36]
1996 Sean Penn Matthew Poncelet Dead Man Walking [37]
1997 Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo Montague Romeo + Juliet [38]
1998 Samuel L. Jackson Ordell Robbie Jackie Brown [39]
1999 Michael Gwisdek Peschke Nightshapes Nachtgestalten [40]
2000s
2000 Denzel Washington Rubin "Hurricane" Carter The Hurricane [41]
2001 Benicio del Toro Javier Rodriguez Traffic [42]
2002 Jacques Gamblin Jean Devaivre Safe Conduct Laissez-passer [43]
2003 Sam Rockwell Chuck Barris Confessions of a Dangerous Mind [44]
2004 Daniel Hendler Ariel Makaroff Lost Embrace El abrazo partido [45]
2005 Lou Taylor Pucci Justin Cobb Thumbsucker [46]
2006 Moritz Bleibtreu Bruno Atomised Elementarteilchen [47]
2007 Julio Chávez Juan Desouza The Other El otro [48]
2008 Reza Naji Karim The Song of Sparrows آواز گنجشک‌ها [49]
2009 Sotigui Kouyaté Ousmane London River [50]
2010s
2010 Grigoriy Dobrygin # Pavel Danilov How I Ended This Summer Как я провёл этим летом [51]
Sergei Puskepalis # Sergei Gulybin
2011 Payman Maadi [A] Nader A Separation جدایی نادر از سیمین [52]
Shahab Hosseini [A] Hodjat
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi [A] Nader's Father
Babak Karimi [A] Judge
2012 Mikkel Følsgaard King Christian VII of Denmark A Royal Affair En kongelig affære [53]
2013 Nazif Mujić Nazif An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker Epizoda u životu berača željeza [54]
2014 Liao Fan Zhang Zili Black Coal, Thin Ice Báirì Yànhuǒ [55]
2015 Tom Courtenay Geoff Mercer 45 Years [56]
2016 Majd Mastoura Hedi Hedi نحبك هادي [57]
2017 Georg Friedrich Michael Bright Nights Helle nächte [58]
2018 Anthony Bajon Thomas The Prayer La prière [59]
2019 Wang Jingchun Liu Yaojun So Long, My Son 地久天长 [60]
2020s
2020 Elio Germano Antonio Ligabue Hidden Away Volevo nascondermi [61]

Multiple winnersEdit

The following individuals have received multiple Best Actor awards:

Wins Actor Nationality Films
2 Sidney Poitier United States The Defiant Ones (1958),
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Jean Gabin France Archimède le clochard (1959),
Le Chat (1971)
Fernando Fernán Gómez Spain The Anchorite (1977),
Stico (1985)
Denzel Washington United States Malcolm X (1993),
The Hurricane (2000)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

A^ : The entire male and female cast of A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین) was recipient of this award.

ReferencesEdit

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