Oscar winning leading actors and actresses through the years (35 images)

From Ginger Rogers to Leonardo DiCaprio, these are some of the actors and actresses who gave an Oscar-winning performance in a leading role. The 90th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air this Sunday on ABC.
Updated: March 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM
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Actor Jimmy Stewart (L) and Ginger Rogers hold their Oscars. Stewart won his Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story" and Rogers for "Kitty Foyle" in 1941. UPI File Photo
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor (R) holds her first Oscar, next to presenter Yul Brynner, for her Best Actress performance in the movie "Butterfield 8" on April 17, 1961. UPI File Photo
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Actor Dustin Hoffman (L) and actress Meryl Streep smile happily after winning their respective Oscars at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards on April 14, 1980. Hoffman won his Oscar for Best Actor in his role in the film “Kramer vs. Kramer,” while Streep won her Oscar for her role as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the same movie. File Photo by Bob Flora/UPI
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Actresses Jessica Lange (L) and Meryl Streep, both Oscar winners at the 55th Academy Awards, hold up their statuettes on April 11, 1983. Lange won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Tootsie" and Streep won the Best Actress award for her role in "Sophie's Choice." UPI File Photo
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Frances McDormand holds her Oscar on March 24, 1997 after winning Best Actress for her role in "Fargo." She is nominated for an Oscar this year for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri." UPI File Photo
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Geoffrey Rush poses with the Best Actor Oscar he garnered for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in "Shine" at the 69th annual Academy Awards March 24, 1997. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
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Kevin Spacey holds up his Oscar Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in "American Beauty" on March 26, 2000 at the 72nd Academy Award ceremonies. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI.
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