Emil Jannings won the very first Best Actor award in 1929. Last year's honors went to Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. Daniel Day-Lewis leads the pack of winners with three Best Actor Oscars, while Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy share the honor of most nominations with nine apiece.
In 1929, Janet Gaynor was awarded the first Best Actress Oscar. The 2013 winner was Cate Blanchett for her performance in Blue Jasmine. With four Best Actress wins, Katharine Hepburn has yet to be beat. Meryl Streep, with two wins, has been nominated for the honor 15 times!
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