Leading actor

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A leading actor, leading actress, star, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist of a film, television show or play.wikipedia
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Typecasting (acting)

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Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others.
It is especially common among leading actors in popular television series and films.

Supporting actor

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Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others.
A supporting actor is an actor who performs a role in a play or film below that of the leading actor(s), and above that of a bit part.

Character actor

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Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others.
The term, often contrasted with that of leading actor, is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation.

Academy Award for Best Actor

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Thus, sometimes two actors in the same performance piece are nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress -- categories traditionally reserved for leads.
It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.

Academy Award for Best Actress

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Thus, sometimes two actors in the same performance piece are nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress -- categories traditionally reserved for leads.
It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.

Actor

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Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others.
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Leading lady

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Leading lady
Leading lady is a term often applied to the leading actress in the performance if her character is the protagonist.

Title role

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A title role is often but not necessarily the lead.
The performer playing the title role is not always the lead and the title role may or may not be the protagonist.

Leading man

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Leading man
A leading man is the actor who is the protagonist or plays a love interest to the leading actress in a film or play.

Protagonist

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A leading actor, leading actress, star, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist of a film, television show or play.

Clark Gable

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For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty.

Charles Laughton

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For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty.

Franchot Tone

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For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty.

Academy Awards

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For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 film)

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For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty.

List of awards for supporting actor

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There can even be controversy over whether a particular performance should be nominated in the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress category.

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

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It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role in a musical or comedy film.

Urvashi (actress)

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Urvashi was a prominent lead actress of the 1980s and 1990s, primarily in Malayalam and Tamil films.

Zac Efron

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He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical franchise (2006–2008).

Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film

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The Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film is one of the Young Artist Awards presented annually by the Young Artist Association to recognize a young actor under the age of 21, who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.

Gawad Urian for Best Actor

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The Gawad Urian Best Actor, (officially, the Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) is a movie award given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics) to lead actors in a Philippine movie.

Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead

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The Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead is an award presented annually at the Independent Spirit Awards to honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding lead performance in the independent film.

Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film

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The Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film is one of the Young Artist Awards presented annually by the Young Artist Association to recognize a young actress under the age of 21, who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry.

Gawad Urian for Best Actress

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The Gawad Urian Best Actress, (officially, the Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres), is a movie award given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino to lead actresses in a Philippine movie.

Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

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