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2010s

2018 (91st)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

2017 (90th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

2016 (89th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

2015 (88th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

2014 (87th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

2013 (86th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

2012 (85th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

2011 (84th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

2010 (83rd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

2000s

2009 (82nd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

2008 (81st)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

2007 (80th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away from Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney – The Savages
Ellen Page – Juno

2006 (79th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Penélope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet – Little Children

2005 (78th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Judi Dench – Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman – Transamerica
Keira Knightley – Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron – North Country
Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

2004 (77th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Annette Bening – Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno – Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake
Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2003 (76th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Keisha Castle-Hughes – Whale Rider
Diane Keaton – Something’s Gotta Give
Samantha Morton – In America
Charlize Theron – Monster
Naomi Watts – 21 Grams

2002 (75th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Salma Hayek – Frida
Nicole Kidman – The Hours
Diane Lane – Unfaithful
Julianne Moore – Far from Heaven
Renée Zellweger – Chicago

2001 (74th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball
Judi Dench – Iris
Nicole Kidman – Moulin Rouge
Sissy Spacek – In the Bedroom
Renée Zellweger – Bridget Jones’s Diary

2000 (73rd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Joan Allen – The Contender
Juliette Binoche – Chocolat
Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney – You Can Count on Me
Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich

1990s

1999 (72nd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Annette Bening – American Beauty
Janet McTeer – Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore – The End of the Affair
Meryl Streep – Music of the Heart
Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry

1998 (71st)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth
Fernanda Montenegro – Central Station
Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
Meryl Streep – One True Thing
Emily Watson – Hilary and Jackie

1997 (70th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Helena Bonham Carter – The Wings of the Dove
Julie Christie – Afterglow
Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown
Helen Hunt – As Good as It Gets
Kate Winslet – Titanic

1996 (69th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
Diane Keaton – Marvin’s Room
Frances McDormand – Fargo
Kristin Scott Thomas – The English Patient
Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves

1995 (68th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking
Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas
Sharon Stone – Casino
Meryl Streep – The Bridges of Madison County
Emma Thompson – Sense and Sensibility

1994 (67th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jodie Foster – Nell
Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
Miranda Richardson – Tom & Viv
Winona Ryder – Little Women
Susan Sarandon – The Client

1993 (66th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Angela Bassett – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Stockard Channing – Six Degrees of Separation
Holly Hunter – The Piano
Emma Thompson – The Remains of the Day
Debra Winger – Shadowlands

1992 (65th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Catherine Deneuve – Indochine
Mary McDonnell – Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer – Love Field
Susan Sarandon – Lorenzo’s Oil
Emma Thompson – Howards End

1991 (64th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Geena Davis – Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern – Rambling Rose
Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs
Bette Midler – For the Boys
Susan Sarandon – Thelma & Louise

1990 (63rd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Kathy Bates – Misery
Anjelica Huston – The Grifters
Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman
Meryl Streep – Postcards from the Edge
Joanne Woodward – Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

1980s

1989 (62nd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Adjani – Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins – Shirley Valentine
Jessica Lange – Music Box
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Fabulous Baker Boys
Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy

1988 (61st)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close – Dangerous Liaisons
Jodie Foster – The Accused
Melanie Griffith – Working Girl
Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver – Gorillas in the Mist

1987 (60th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cher – Moonstruck
Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter – Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland – Anna
Meryl Streep – Ironweed

1986 (59th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jane Fonda – The Morning After
Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God
Sissy Spacek – Crimes of the Heart
Kathleen Turner – Peggy Sue Got Married
Sigourney Weaver – Aliens

1985 (58th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Anne Bancroft – Agnes of God
Whoopi Goldberg – The Color Purple
Jessica Lange – Sweet Dreams
Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful
Meryl Streep – Out of Africa

1984 (57th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Judy Davis – A Passage to India
Sally Field – Places in the Heart
Jessica Lange – Country
Vanessa Redgrave – The Bostonians
Sissy Spacek – The River

1983 (56th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jane Alexander – Testament
Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment
Meryl Streep – Silkwood
Julie Walters – Educating Rita
Debra Winger – Terms of Endearment

1982 (55th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Julie Andrews – Victor/Victoria
Jessica Lange – Frances
Sissy Spacek – Missing
Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
Debra Winger – An Officer and a Gentleman

1981 (54th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond
Diane Keaton – Reds
Marsha Mason – Only When I Laugh
Susan Sarandon – Atlantic City
Meryl Streep – The French Lieutenant’s Woman

1980 (53rd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Ellen Burstyn – Resurrection
Goldie Hawn – Private Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore – Ordinary People
Gena Rowlands – Gloria
Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter

1970s

1979 (52nd)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jill Clayburgh – Starting Over
Sally Field – Norma Rae
Jane Fonda – The China Syndrome
Marsha Mason – Chapter Two
Bette Midler – The Rose

1978 (51st)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Ingrid Bergman – Autumn Sonata
Ellen Burstyn – Same Time, Next Year
Jill Clayburgh – An Unmarried Woman
Jane Fonda – Coming Home
Geraldine Page – Interiors

1977 (50th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Anne Bancroft – The Turning Point
Jane Fonda – Julia
Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
Shirley MacLaine – The Turning Point
Marsha Mason – The Goodbye Girl

1976 (49th)

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Marie-Christine Barrault – Cousin, Cousine
Faye Dunaway – Network
Talia Shire – Rocky
Sissy Spacek – Carrie
Liv Ullmann – Face to Face

1975 (48th)

ACTRESS

Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H.
Ann-Margret – Tommy
Louise Fletcher – One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Glenda Jackson – Hedda
Carol Kane – Hester Street

1974 (47th)

ACTRESS

Ellen Burstyn – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Diahann Carroll – Claudine
Faye Dunaway – Chinatown
Valerie Perrine – Lenny
Gena Rowlands – A Woman under the Influence

1973 (46th)

ACTRESS

Ellen Burstyn – The Exorcist
Glenda Jackson – A Touch of Class
Marsha Mason – Cinderella Liberty
Barbra Streisand – The Way We Were
Joanne Woodward – Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

1972 (45th)

ACTRESS

Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
Diana Ross – Lady Sings the Blues
Maggie Smith – Travels with My Aunt
Cicely Tyson – Sounder
Liv Ullmann – The Emigrants

1971 (44th)

ACTRESS

Julie Christie – McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Jane Fonda – Klute
Glenda Jackson – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave – Mary, Queen of Scots
Janet Suzman – Nicholas and Alexandra

1970 (43rd)

ACTRESS

Jane Alexander – The Great White Hope
Glenda Jackson – Women in Love
Ali MacGraw – Love Story
Sarah Miles – Ryan’s Daughter
Carrie Snodgress – Diary of a Mad Housewife

1960s

1969 (42nd)

ACTRESS

Genevieve Bujold – Anne of the Thousand Days
Jane Fonda – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Liza Minnelli – The Sterile Cuckoo
Jean Simmons – The Happy Ending
Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1968 (41st)

ACTRESS

Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter [7]
Patricia Neal – The Subject Was Roses
Vanessa Redgrave – Isadora
Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl [8]
Joanne Woodward – Rachel, Rachel

1967 (40th)

ACTRESS

Anne Bancroft – The Graduate
Faye Dunaway – Bonnie and Clyde
Dame Edith Evans – The Whisperers
Audrey Hepburn – Wait until Dark
Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1966 (39th)

ACTRESS

Anouk Aimee – A Man and a Woman
Ida Kaminska – The Shop on Main Street
Lynn Redgrave – Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave – Morgan!
Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1965 (38th)

ACTRESS

Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music
Julie Christie – Darling
Samantha Eggar – The Collector
Elizabeth Hartman – A Patch of Blue
Simone Signoret – Ship of Fools

1964 (37th)

ACTRESS

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
Anne Bancroft – The Pumpkin Eater
Sophia Loren – Marriage Italian Style
Debbie Reynolds – The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Kim Stanley – Seance on a Wet Afternoon

1963 (36th)

ACTRESS

Leslie Caron – The L-Shaped Room
Shirley MacLaine – Irma La Douce
Patricia Neal – Hud
Rachel Roberts – This Sporting Life
Natalie Wood – Love with the Proper Stranger

1962 (35th)

ACTRESS

Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker
Bette Davis – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Katharine Hepburn – Long Day’s Journey into Night
Geraldine Page – Sweet Bird of Youth
Lee Remick – Days of Wine and Roses

1961 (34th)

ACTRESS

Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Piper Laurie – The Hustler
Sophia Loren – Two Women
Geraldine Page – Summer and Smoke
Natalie Wood – Splendor in the Grass

1960 (33rd)

ACTRESS

Greer Garson – Sunrise at Campobello
Deborah Kerr – The Sundowners
Shirley MacLaine – The Apartment
Melina Mercouri – Never on Sunday
Elizabeth Taylor – Butterfield 8

1950s

1959 (32nd)

ACTRESS

Doris Day – Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn – The Nun’s Story
Katharine Hepburn – Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret – Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor – Suddenly, Last Summer

1958 (31st)

ACTRESS

Susan Hayward – I Want to Live!
Deborah Kerr – Separate Tables
Shirley MacLaine – Some Came Running
Rosalind Russell – Auntie Mame
Elizabeth Taylor – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1957 (30th)

ACTRESS

Deborah Kerr – Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Anna Magnani – Wild Is the Wind
Elizabeth Taylor – Raintree County
Lana Turner – Peyton Place
Joanne Woodward – The Three Faces of Eve

1956 (29th)

ACTRESS

Carroll Baker – Baby Doll
Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia
Katharine Hepburn – The Rainmaker
Nancy Kelly – The Bad Seed
Deborah Kerr – The King and I

1955 (28th)

ACTRESS

Susan Hayward – I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Katharine Hepburn – Summertime
Jennifer Jones – Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Anna Magnani – The Rose Tattoo
Eleanor Parker – Interrupted Melody

1954 (27th)

ACTRESS

Dorothy Dandridge – Carmen Jones
Judy Garland – A Star Is Born
Audrey Hepburn – Sabrina
Grace Kelly – The Country Girl
Jane Wyman – Magnificent Obsession

1953 (26th)

ACTRESS

Leslie Caron – Lili
Ava Gardner – Mogambo
Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
Deborah Kerr – From Here to Eternity
Maggie McNamara – The Moon Is Blue

1952 (25th)

ACTRESS

Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little Sheba
Joan Crawford – Sudden Fear
Bette Davis – The Star
Julie Harris – The Member of the Wedding
Susan Hayward – With a Song in My Heart

1951 (24th)

ACTRESS

Katharine Hepburn – The African Queen
Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
Eleanor Parker – Detective Story
Shelley Winters – A Place in the Sun
Jane Wyman – The Blue Veil

1950 (23rd)

ACTRESS

Anne Baxter – All about Eve
Bette Davis – All about Eve
Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday
Eleanor Parker – Caged
Gloria Swanson – Sunset Blvd.

1940s

1949 (22nd)

ACTRESS

Jeanne Crain – Pinky
Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress
Susan Hayward – My Foolish Heart
Deborah Kerr – Edward, My Son
Loretta Young – Come to the Stable

1948 (21st)

ACTRESS

Ingrid Bergman – Joan of Arc
Olivia de Havilland – The Snake Pit
Irene Dunne – I Remember Mama
Barbara Stanwyck – Sorry, Wrong Number
Jane Wyman – Johnny Belinda

1947 (20th)

ACTRESS

Joan Crawford – Possessed
Susan Hayward – Smash-Up–The Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire – Gentleman’s Agreement
Rosalind Russell – Mourning Becomes Electra
Loretta Young – The Farmer’s Daughter

1946 (19th)

ACTRESS

Olivia de Havilland – To Each His Own
Celia Johnson – Brief Encounter
Jennifer Jones – Duel in the Sun
Rosalind Russell – Sister Kenny
Jane Wyman – The Yearling

1945 (18th)

ACTRESS

Ingrid Bergman – The Bells of St. Mary’s
Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce
Greer Garson – The Valley of Decision
Jennifer Jones – Love Letters
Gene Tierney – Leave Her to Heaven

1944 (17th)

ACTRESS

Ingrid Bergman – Gaslight
Claudette Colbert – Since You Went Away
Bette Davis – Mr. Skeffington
Greer Garson – Mrs. Parkington
Barbara Stanwyck – Double Indemnity

1943 (16th)

ACTRESS

Jean Arthur – The More the Merrier
Ingrid Bergman – For Whom the Bell Tolls
Joan Fontaine – The Constant Nymph
Greer Garson – Madame Curie
Jennifer Jones – The Song of Bernadette

1942 (15th)

ACTRESS

Bette Davis – Now, Voyager
Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
Katharine Hepburn – Woman of the Year
Rosalind Russell – My Sister Eileen
Teresa Wright – The Pride of the Yankees

1941 (14th)

ACTRESS

Bette Davis – The Little Foxes
Olivia de Havilland – Hold Back the Dawn
Joan Fontaine – Suspicion
Greer Garson – Blossoms in the Dust
Barbara Stanwyck – Ball of Fire

1940 (13th)

ACTRESS

Bette Davis – The Letter
Joan Fontaine – Rebecca
Katharine Hepburn – The Philadelphia Story
Ginger Rogers – Kitty Foyle
Martha Scott – Our Town

1930s

1939 (12th)

ACTRESS

Bette Davis – Dark Victory
Irene Dunne – Love Affair
Greta Garbo – Ninotchka
Greer Garson – Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind

1938 (11th)

ACTRESS

Fay Bainter – White Banners
Bette Davis – Jezebel
Wendy Hiller – Pygmalion
Norma Shearer – Marie Antoinette
Margaret Sullavan – Three Comrades

1937 (10th)

ACTRESS

Irene Dunne – The Awful Truth
Greta Garbo – Camille
Janet Gaynor – A Star Is Born
Luise Rainer – The Good Earth
Barbara Stanwyck – Stella Dallas

1936 (9th)

ACTRESS

Irene Dunne – Theodora Goes Wild
Gladys George – Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Carole Lombard – My Man Godfrey
Luise Rainer – The Great Ziegfeld
Norma Shearer – Romeo and Juliet

1935 (8th)

ACTRESS

Elisabeth Bergner – Escape Me Never [5]
Claudette Colbert – Private Worlds
Bette Davis – Dangerous
Katharine Hepburn – Alice Adams [4]
Miriam Hopkins – Becky Sharp
Merle Oberon – The Dark Angel

1934 (7th)

ACTRESS

Claudette Colbert – It Happened One Night
Bette Davis – Of Human Bondage [5,6]
Grace Moore – One Night of Love
Norma Shearer – The Barretts of Wimpole Street [4]

1932/33 (6th)

ACTRESS

Katharine Hepburn – Morning Glory
May Robson – Lady for a Day [4]
Diana Wynyard – Cavalcade [5]

1931/32 (5th)

ACTRESS

Marie Dressler – Emma
Lynn Fontanne – The Guardsman
Helen Hayes – The Sin of Madelon Claudet

1930/31 (4th)

ACTRESS

Marlene Dietrich – Morocco
Marie Dressler – Min and Bill
Irene Dunne – Cimarron
Ann Harding – Holiday
Norma Shearer – A Free Soul

1929/30 (3rd)

ACTRESS

Nancy Carroll – The Devil’s Holiday
Ruth Chatterton – Sarah and Son
Greta Garbo – Anna Christie; Romance
Norma Shearer – The Divorcee [3]
Norma Shearer – Their Own Desire [3]
Gloria Swanson – The Trespasser

1920s

1928/29 (2nd)

ACTRESS

Ruth Chatterton – Madame X [2]
Betty Compson – The Barker [2]
Jeanne Eagels – The Letter [2]
Corinne Griffith – The Divine Lady [2]
Bessie Love – The Broadway Melody [2]
Mary Pickford – Coquette [1]

1927/28 (1st)

ACTRESS

Louise Dresser – A Ship Comes In
Janet Gaynor – 7th Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise
Gloria Swanson – Sadie Thompson

ACADEMY NOTES

  1. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. There were no announcements of nominations, no certificates of nomination or honorable mention, and only the winners (*) were revealed during the awards banquet on April 3, 1930.]
  2. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. There were no announcements of nominations, no certificates of nomination or honorable mention, and only the winners (*) were revealed during the awards banquet on April 3, 1930. Though not official nominations, the additional names in each category, according to in-house records, were under consideration by the various boards of judges.]
  3. [NOTE: As allowed by the award rules for this year, a single nomination could honor work in one or more films. Though the final awards ballot listed both The Divorcee and Their Own Desire in her nomination, the award was announced for only the The Divorcee performance. It has never been established as to why this was, but it possibly could have been because the original report from the Acting Branch Board of Judges only listed The Divorcee performance in the results of the nominations voting, or it could have been because on some of the final ballots, the voters had indicated the The Divorcee performance over the other.]
  4. [came in 2nd]
  5. [came in 3rd]
  6. [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. Write-in candidate.]
  7. [NOTE: A tie. The other winner in this category was Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl).]
  8. [NOTE: A tie. The other winner in this category was Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter).]

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