Laurence Olivier in Hamlet and Roberto Benigni in Life Is Beautiful.

Both actors were also nominated for Best Director, with Olivier losing to John Huston
for Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Benigni losing to Steven Spielberg for
Saving Private Ryan.

Actors who have directed themselves in a performance nominated for Best Actor are:

Charles Chaplin in The Circus (1927/28)*
Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)
Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941)#
Laurence Olivier in Henry V (1946)
Laurence Olivier in Richard III (1956)
Woody Allen in Annie Hall (1977)+
Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait (1978)#
Warren Beatty in Reds (1981)+
Kenneth Branagh in Henry V (1989)#
Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990)+
Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven (1992)+
Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade (1996)
Robert Duvall in The Apostle (1997)
Ed Harris in Pollock (2000)
Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby (2004)+



Chaplin was orignally announced as a nominee for Best Actor and Best Comedy Direction, but those nominations were later withdrawn when he was instead given a special award for The Circus.
Was nominated for Best Director, but did not win.
Won the Best Director Oscar.

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