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365 Days of Oscar: Ranking the Lead Actor Wins of the 1980s

  1. F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
  2. Robert De Niro, Raging Bull
  3. Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
  4. Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
  5. Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies
  6. Ben Kingsley, Gandhi
  7. William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman
  8. Paul Newman, The Color of Money (this kills me, but it’s true! He was so overdue for so many others.)
  9. Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond
  10. Michael Douglas, Wall Street

This article is part of a special year-long series of anecdotes, reflections and thoughts about the Academy Awards.