The David di Donatello Award for Best Actor (Italian: David di Donatello per il miglior attore protagonista) is a film award presented annually by the Accademia del Cinema Italiano (ACI, Academy of Italian Cinema) to recognize the outstanding performance in a leading role of a male actor in an Italian film released during the year preceding the ceremony. The award was first given in 1956, and became competitive in 1981.
Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi are the record holders in this category with seven awards each, followed by Marcello Mastroianni with five.
Nominees and winners are selected via runoff voting by all the members of the Accademia.
Winners and nominees
Below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by other nominees.
Multiple wins and nominations
The following individuals have won multiple Best Actor awards:
has been nominated nine times, more than everyone else.
The following directors have received three or more Best Actor nominations (* indicates no wins):