Oscar / Best Actress

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The Oscar for best leading actress honors the performance of a film actress in a leading role.


Best main actress
4-time award winner Katharine Hepburn (12)
2-time award winner Luise Rainer (2), Bette Davis (10), Olivia de Havilland (4), Vivien Leigh (2), Ingrid Bergman (6), Elizabeth Taylor (5), Glenda Jackson (4), Jane Fonda (6), Sally Field (2), Jodie Foster (3), Hilary Swank (2), Meryl Streep (17), Frances McDormand (2)
Laureate Janet Gaynor (2), Mary Pickford , Norma Shearer (6), Marie Dressler , Helen Hayes (2), Claudette Colbert (3), Ginger Rogers , Joan Fontaine (3), Greer Garson (7), Jennifer Jones (4) , Joan Crawford (3), Loretta Young (2), Jane Wyman (4), Judy Holliday , Shirley Booth , Audrey Hepburn (5), Grace Kelly , Anna Magnani (2), Joanne Woodward (4), Susan Hayward (5 ), Simone Signoret (2), Sophia Loren (2), Anne Bancroft (5), Patricia Neal (2), Julie Andrews (3), Julie Christie (4), Barbra Streisand (2), Maggie Smith (2), Liza Minnelli (2), Ellen Burstyn (5), Louise Fletcher , Faye Dunaway (3), Diane Keaton (4), Sissy Spacek (6), Shirley MacLaine (5), Geraldine Page (4), Marlee Matlin , Cher , Jessica Tandy , Kathy Bates , Emma Thompson (3), Holly Hunter (2), Jessica Lange (5), Susan Sarandon (5), Helen Hunt , Gwyneth Paltrow , Julia Roberts (2), Halle Berry , Nicole Kidman (2) , Charlize Theron (3), Reese Witherspoon (2), Helen Mirren (2), Marion Cotillard (2), Kate Winslet (4), Sandra Bullock (2 ), Natalie Portman (2), Jennifer Lawrence (3), Cate Blanchett (4), Julianne Moore (3), Brie Larson , Emma Stone , Olivia Colman , Renée Zellweger (3)
6 nominations Deborah Kerr
5 nominations Irene Dunne , Judi Dench
4-fold nomination Greta Garbo , Barbara Stanwyck , Rosalind Russell , Vanessa Redgrave , Marsha Mason , Glenn Close
3 times nomination Gloria Swanson , Eleanor Parker , Debra Winger , Annette Bening , Saoirse Ronan
Double nomination Ruth Chatterton , Marie Dressler , Leslie Caron , Natalie Wood , Jane Alexander , Liv Ullmann , Gena Rowlands , Isabelle Adjani , Jill Clayburgh , Bette Midler , Sigourney Weaver , Michelle Pfeiffer , Emily Watson , Laura Linney , Naomi Watts , Michelle Williams

The total number of nominations received in this category is shown in brackets. Films qualify for an Oscar in the year following their release. The table below shows the winners according to the year they were awarded.

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year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1929 Janet Gaynor Angel of the road
Happiness in the attic
sunrise - song of two people
Louise Dresser for Die neue Heimat
Gloria Swanson for ... but the meat is weak
1930 (1) Mary Pickford Coquette Ruth Chatterton for Madame X
Betty Compson for Love
Fair Jeanne Eagels for The Letter
Corinne Griffith for The Uncrowned Queen
Bessie Love for The Broadway Melody
1930 (2) Norma Shearer The woman for everyone Nancy Carroll for The Devil's Holiday
Ruth Chatterton for Lullaby
Greta Garbo for Anna Christie
Greta Garbo for Romance
Norma Shearer for Their Own Desire
Gloria Swanson for The Trespasser


In 1933 there was no Academy Awards.

year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1931 Marie Dressler The strange mother Marlene Dietrich for Morocco
Irene Dunne for Pioneers of the Wild West
Ann Harding for Holiday
Norma Shearer for Der Mut zum Glück
1932 Helen Hayes The sin of Madelon Claudet Marie Dressler for Emma, ​​the pearl
Lynn Fontanne for The Guardsman
1934 Katharine Hepburn Dawn of fame May Robson for Lady for a Day
Diana Wynyard for Cavalcade
1935 Claudette Colbert It happened in one night Bette Davis for Of Human Bondage (Davis' name only appears in the official statistics with the addition of a “write-in nominee” )
Grace Moore for The Shining Target
Norma Shearer for The Barretts of Wimpole Street
1936 Bette Davis Dangerous Elisabeth Bergner for Never Leave Me Again
Claudette Colbert for Senior Physician Dr. Monet
Katharine Hepburn for Alice Adams
Miriam Hopkins for Vanity Fair
Merle Oberon for The Path in the Dark
1937 Luise Rainer The great Ziegfeld Irene Dunne for Theodora Goes Wild
Gladys George for The Second Mother
Carole Lombard for My Husband Godfrey
Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet
1938 Luise Rainer The good earth Irene Dunne for The Terrible Truth
Greta Garbo for The Lady of the Camellias
Janet Gaynor for A Star Goes to
Barbara Stanwyck for Stella Dallas
1939 Bette Davis Jezebel - The malicious lady Fay Bainter for White Banners
Wendy Hiller for The Novel of a Flower Girl
Norma Shearer for Marie-Antoinette
Margaret Sullavan for Three Comrades
1940 Vivien Leigh Blown by the wind Bette Davis for Victims of a Great Love
Irene Dunne for Restless Love
Greta Garbo for Ninotschka
Greer Garson for Goodbye, Mr. Chips


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1941 Ginger Rogers Miss Kitty Bette Davis for The Secret of Malampur
Joan Fontaine for Rebecca
Katharine Hepburn for The Night Before Wedding
Martha Scott for Our Little Town
1942 Joan Fontaine Suspicion Bette Davis for The Little Foxes
Olivia de Havilland for The Golden Gate
Greer Garson for Flowers in Dust
Barbara Stanwyck for The Strange Taming of the Gangster Bride Sugarpuss
1943 Greer Garson Mrs. Miniver Bette Davis for Journey from the Past
Katharine Hepburn for The Woman
Who Is Talked About Rosalind Russell for My Sister Ellen
Teresa Wright for The Big Throw
1944 Jennifer Jones The song of Bernadette Jean Arthur for More and More, More and More Happy
Ingrid Bergman for Whom the Hour Strikes
Joan Fontaine for Liebesleid
Greer Garson for Madame Curie
1945 Ingrid Bergman Lady Alquist's house Claudette Colbert for When you said goodbye,
Bette Davis for The Life of Mrs. Skeffington
Greer Garson for Diary of a Woman
Barbara Stanwyck for Woman Without a Conscience
1946 Joan Crawford As long as a heart beats Ingrid Bergman for The Bells of St. Mary
Greer Garson for The Decision
Jennifer Jones for Love Letters
Gene Tierney for Mortal Sin
1947 Olivia de Havilland Mother heart Celia Johnson for Encounter
Jennifer Jones for Duel in the Sun
Rosalind Russell for Sister Kenny
Jane Wyman for The Wilds Calls
1948 Loretta Young The farmer's daughter Joan Crawford for Unrestrained Love
Susan Hayward for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire for Taboo of the Righteous
Rosalind Russell for Mourning Becomes Electra
1949 Jane Wyman Silent lips Ingrid Bergman for Johanna von Orleans
Olivia de Havilland for Die Schlangengrube
Irene Dunne for Mystery of Mother
Barbara Stanwyck for You are still alive 105 minutes
1950 Olivia de Havilland The heiress Jeanne Crain for Pinky
Susan Hayward for Fear of Shame
Deborah Kerr for Edward, my son
Loretta Young for ... and Heaven laughs at that


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1951 Judy Holliday It is not from yesterday Anne Baxter for All About Eva
Bette Davis for All About Eva
Eleanor Parker for Gloria Swanson Women's Prison for Twilight Boulevard
1952 Vivien Leigh End of the line longing Katharine Hepburn for African Queen
Eleanor Parker for Police Station 21
Shelley Winters for A Place in the Sun
Jane Wyman for A Mother's Heart
1953 Shirley Booth Come back, little Sheba Joan Crawford for Masked Hearts
Bette Davis for The Star
Julie Harris for The Girl Frankie
Susan Hayward for With A Song In My Heart
1954 Audrey Hepburn A heart and a crown Leslie Caron for Lili
Ava Gardner for Mogambo
Deborah Kerr for Damned forever
Maggie McNamara for Clouds are everywhere
1955 Grace Kelly A country girl Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones
Judy Garland for A New Star in the Sky
Audrey Hepburn for Sabrina
Jane Wyman for The Wonderful Power
1956 Anna Magnani The tattooed rose Susan Hayward for And Tomorrow I'll Cry
Katharine Hepburn for Dream Of My Life
Jennifer Jones for All Glory On Earth
Eleanor Parker for Interrupted Melody
1957 Ingrid Bergman Anastasia Carroll Baker for Baby Doll - Don't Desire Each Other's Wife
Katharine Hepburn for The Rainmaker
Nancy Kelly for Bad Seed
Deborah Kerr for The King and Me
1958 Joanne Woodward Eva with the three faces Deborah Kerr for The Sailor and the Nun
Anna Magnani for Wild is the wind
Elizabeth Taylor for The Land of the Rain Tree
Lana Turner for Embers under the Ashes
1959 Susan Hayward Let me live Deborah Kerr for Separate from Table and Bed
Shirley MacLaine for Damn They Are All
Rosalind Russell for The Great Aunt
Elizabeth Taylor for The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1960 Simone Signoret The way up Doris Day for Bed Whispered
Audrey Hepburn for A Nun's Story
Katharine Hepburn for Suddenly Last Summer
Elizabeth Taylor for Suddenly Last Summer


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1961 Elizabeth Taylor Telephone Butterfield 8 Greer Garson for Sunrise at Campobello
Deborah Kerr for The Endless Horizon
Shirley MacLaine for The Apartment
Melina Mercouri for Sundays ... never!
1962 Sophia Loren And yet they live Audrey Hepburn for breakfast at Tiffany's
Piper Laurie for Sharks of the City
Geraldine Page for Summer and Rauch
Natalie Wood for Fever in the Blood
1963 Anne Bancroft Light in the dark Bette Davis for What Really Happened To Baby Jane?
Katharine Hepburn for Long Day's Journey into Night
Geraldine Page for Süßer Vogel Jugend
Lee Remick for The Days of Wine and Roses
1964 Patricia Neal The wildest among a thousand Leslie Caron for The Indiscreet Room
Shirley MacLaine for The Girl Irma la Douce
Rachel Roberts for Alluring Laurel
Natalie Wood for In Love with a Stranger
1965 Julie Andrews Mary Poppins Anne Bancroft for Bedroom Dispute
Sophia Loren for Italian Wedding
Debbie Reynolds for Gold Digger-Molly
Kim Stanley for On a Dull Afternoon
1966 Julie Christie Darling Julie Andrews for My Songs - My Dreams
Samantha Eggar for The Catcher
Elizabeth Hartman for Dreaming Lips
Simone Signoret for The Ship of Fools
1967 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Anouk Aimée for A Man and a Woman
Ida Kamińska for The
Lynn Redgrave Main Street Shop for Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave for Protest
1968 Katharine Hepburn Guess who comes to eat Anne Bancroft for The Graduate
Faye Dunaway for Bonnie and Clyde
Edith Evans for Whisperers
Audrey Hepburn for Wait Until Dark is
1969 Katharine Hepburn The lion in winter Patricia Neal for Rosen for Lady
Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora
Joanne Woodward for The Love of a Summer
Barbra Streisand Funny girl
1970 Maggie Smith Miss Jean Brodie's best years Geneviève Bujold for Queen for a Thousand Days
Jane Fonda for Horses Only
Liza Minnelli for Pookie
Jean Simmons for Happy Ending for a Marriage


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1971 Glenda Jackson Loving women Jane Alexander for The Great White Hope
Ali MacGraw for Love Story
Sarah Miles for Ryan's daughter
Carrie Snodgress for Diary of Adultery
1972 Jane Fonda Klute Julie Christie for McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Glenda Jackson for Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave for Mary Queen of
Scots , Queen of Scotland Janet Suzman for Nicholas and Alexandra
1973 Liza Minnelli Cabaret Diana Ross for Lady Sings the Blues
Maggie Smith for traveling with my aunt
Cicely Tyson for The Year Without Father
Liv Ullmann for emigrants
1974 Glenda Jackson Man are you class! Ellen Burstyn for The Exorcist
Marsha Mason for Zapfenstreich
Barbra Streisand for Cherie Bitter
Joanne Woodward for Summer Wishes - Winter Dreams
1975 Ellen Burstyn Alice no longer lives here Diahann Carroll for Claudine
Faye Dunaway for Chinatown
Valerie Perrine for Lenny
Gena Rowlands for A Woman Under Influence
1976 Louise Fletcher One flew over the cuckoo's nest Isabelle Adjani for The Story of Adèle H.
Ann-Margret for Tommy
Glenda Jackson for Hedda Gabler
Carol Kane for Hester Street
1977 Faye Dunaway Network Marie-Christine Barrault for cousin, cousin
Talia Shire for Rocky
Sissy Spacek for Carrie - Satan's youngest daughter
Liv Ullmann for Face to Face
1978 Diane Keaton The city neurotic Anne Bancroft for At the turning point
Jane Fonda for Julia
Shirley MacLaine for At the turning point
Marsha Mason for The Subtenant
1979 Jane Fonda Coming Home - you are coming home Ingrid Bergman for Ellen Burstyn Fall Sonata for Next Year, same time Jill Clayburgh for An Unmarried Woman Geraldine Page for Inner Life

1980 Sally Field Norma Rae - A woman looks after her husband Jill Clayburgh for Auf ein New
Jane Fonda for The China Syndrome
Marsha Mason for The Second Chapter
Bette Midler for The Rose


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1981 Sissy Spacek Nashville Lady Ellen Burstyn for Der stark Wille
Goldie Hawn for Sagittarius Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore for A normal family
Gena Rowlands for Gloria, the gangster bride
1982 Katharine Hepburn At the golden lake Diane Keaton for Reds
Marsha Mason for Mrs. Hines and daughter
Susan Sarandon for Atlantic City, USA
Meryl Streep for the French lieutenant's mistress
1983 Meryl Streep Sophie's decision Julie Andrews for Victor / Victoria
Jessica Lange for Frances
Sissy Spacek for Missing
Debra Winger for An Officer and a Gentleman
1984 Shirley MacLaine Time of tenderness Jane Alexander for The Last Testament
Meryl Streep for Silkwood
Julie Walters for Rita finally wants to know
Debra Winger for Time of Tenderness
1985 Sally Field A place in the heart Judy Davis for Trip to India
Jessica Lange for Country
Vanessa Redgrave for The Ladies from Boston
Sissy Spacek for People by the River
1986 Geraldine Page A Trip to Bountiful Anne Bancroft for Agnes - Angel in Fire
Whoopi Goldberg for The Color Purple
Jessica Lange for Sweet Dreams
Meryl Streep for Out of Africa
1987 Marlee Matlin God's forgotten children Jane Fonda for The Morning After
Sissy Spacek for Criminal Hearts
Kathleen Turner for Peggy Sue has married
Sigourney Weaver for Aliens - The Return
1988 Cher Moonstruck Glenn Close for A Fateful Affair
Holly Hunter for News Fever - Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland for Anna… Exile New York
Meryl Streep for Spurge
1989 Jodie Foster Accused Glenn Close for Dangerous Liaisons
Melanie Griffith for Women’s Guns
Meryl Streep for A Scream in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver for Gorillas in the Fog
1990 Jessica Tandy Miss Daisy and her chauffeur Isabelle Adjani for Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins for Shirley Valentine - Goodbye, my dear husband
Jessica Lange for Music Box - The Whole Truth
Michelle Pfeiffer for The Fabulous Baker Boys


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
1991 Kathy Bates Misery Anjelica Huston for Grifters
Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman
Meryl Streep for Greetings from Hollywood
Joanne Woodward for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
1992 Jodie Foster The silence of the Lambs Geena Davis for Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern for The Pleasure of Beautiful Rose
Bette Midler for For the Boys - Days of Fame, Days of Love
Susan Sarandon for Thelma & Louise
1993 Emma Thompson See you in Howards End Catherine Deneuve for Indochine
Mary McDonnell for Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer for Love Field
Susan Sarandon for Lorenzo's Oil
1994 Holly Hunter The piano Angela Bassett for Tina - What's Love Got to Do with It?
Stockard Channing for Life - A Six-Pack
Emma Thompson for What Was Left Of The Day,
Debra Winger for Shadowlands
1995 Jessica Lange Operation Blue Sky Jodie Foster for Nell
Miranda Richardson for Tom & Viv
Winona Ryder for Betty and her sisters
Susan Sarandon for Der Klient
1996 Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking - His last walk Elisabeth Shue for Leaving Las Vegas
Sharon Stone for Casino
Meryl Streep for The Bridges on the River
Emma Thompson for Sense and Sensuality
1997 Frances McDormand Fargo Brenda Blethyn for Lies and Secrets
Diane Keaton for Marvin's Daughters
Kristin Scott Thomas for The English Patient
Emily Watson for Breaking the Waves
1998 Helen Hunt It couldn't be better Helena Bonham Carter for Wings of the Dove
Julie Christie for Love Whispers
Judi Dench for Her Majesty Mrs. Brown
Kate Winslet for Titanic
1999 Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth
Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station
Meryl Streep for Family
Affairs Emily Watson for Hilary & Jackie
2000 Hilary Swank Boys don't cry Annette Bening for American Beauty
Janet McTeer for Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore for The End of an Affair
Meryl Streep for Music of the Heart


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2001 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Joan Allen for Character Assassination - Beyond Morality
Juliette Binoche for Chocolat - One small bite is enough for
Ellen Burstyn for Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney for You Can Count on Me
2002 Halle Berry Monster's Ball Judi Dench for Iris
Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge
Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom
Renée Zellweger for Bridget Jones - Chocolate for Breakfast
2003 Nicole Kidman The Hours - From Eternity to Eternity Salma Hayek for Frida
Diane Lane for Unfaithful
Julianne Moore for Dem Himmel so Fern
Renée Zellweger for Chicago
2004 Charlize Theron monster Keisha Castle-Hughes for Whale Rider
Diane Keaton for What Your Heart Desires
Samantha Morton for In America
Naomi Watts for 21 grams
2005 Hilary Swank Million dollar baby Annette Bening for Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno for Mary full of grace
Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake
Kate Winslet for Forget mine not!
2006 Reese Witherspoon Walk the line Judi Dench for Lady Henderson presents
Felicity Huffman for Transamerica
Keira Knightley for Pride and Prejudice
Charlize Theron for Cold Land
2007 Helen Mirren The Queen Penélope Cruz for Volver - Returning
Judi Dench for Diary of a Scandal
Meryl Streep for Der Teufel wears Prada
Kate Winslet for Little Children
2008 Marion Cotillard La vie en rose Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth
Julie Christie for At Her Side
Laura Linney for The Savage Siblings
Ellen Page for Juno
2009 Kate Winslet The Reader Anne Hathaway for Rachel's wedding
Angelina Jolie for The Stranger Son
Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Meryl Streep for Faith
2010 Sandra Bullock Blind Side - The great opportunity Helen Mirren for A Russian Summer
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Gabourey Sidibe for Precious - Life is Precious
Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia


year Award winners for the movie Nominations
2011 Natalie Portman Black Swan Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
2012 Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis for The Help
Rooney Mara for Verblendung
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
2013 Jennifer Lawrence Silver linings Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Emmanuelle Riva for Liebe
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts for The Impossible
2014 Cate Blanchett Blue jasmine Amy Adams for American Hustle
Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Judi Dench for Philomena
Meryl Streep for Im August in Osage County
2015 Julianne Moore Still Alice - My life without yesterday Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones for The Discovery of Infinity
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon for The Big Trip - Wild
2016 Brie Larson room Cate Blanchett for Carol
Jennifer Lawrence for Joy - Everything but Ordinary
Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn - A Love Between Two Worlds
2017 Emma Stone La La Land Isabelle Huppert for Elle
Ruth Negga for Loving
Natalie Portman for Jackie: The First Lady
Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins
2018 Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Sally Hawkins for Shape of Water
Margot Robbie for I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird
Meryl Streep for Die Verlegerin
2019 Olivia Colman The Favorite - intrigue and madness Yalitza Aparicio for Roma
Glenn Close for Nobel Laureate's Wife
Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
2020 Renée Zellweger Judy Cynthia Erivo for Harriet - The Path to Freedom
Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan for Little Women
Charlize Theron for Bombshell - The End of Silence