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Oscar Winners – Best Actressess

Best Actress Oscar Winners – 2018 Academy Awards

On 4 March 2018 the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, for films made during 2017, were presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Every year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the professional organization of the movie industry, ballots its members to decide who wins the prestigious Academy Awards, including the best actress Oscar winners. Since 1935, the awards are presented for films released in the preceding year.

Top Best Actress Oscar Trivia Facts

6 Best Actress Oscar Trivia Facts

  1. Who votes in the Academy Awards? Only AMPAS members can vote in the Oscars. You cannot apply to join AMPAS, you have to be sponsored by two existing members OR nominated for an Academy Award to be considered for membership by the Academy’s Board of Governors – it’s complicated.
  2. How many Oscar categories are there? There are currently 24 categories, some have been discontinued, others may be added next time around.
  3. Most best actress Oscar winners is currently Katharine Hepburn with 4 Best Actress Oscars for Morning Glory in 1933, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a 1967 comedy drama, The Lion In Winter in 1968 and again in 1981 for On Golden Pond alongside Henry Fonda who won Best Actor for the same movie.
  4. The most nominated best actress is Meryl Streep out in front with 2 wins from 15 nominations, ahead of Katharine Hepburn with 12 and Bette Davis with 10.
  5. The biggest loser is Deborah Kerr with no Oscar from 6 nominations, closely followed by Irene Dunne and Dame Judi Dench.
  6. Shortest Oscar Winning Performance: Beatrice Straight, won Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner, for a single scene lasting 5 minutes, 40 seconds in the 1976 movie Network.

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Academy Awards CeremonyBest Actress Oscar WinnersCountryFor her leading role in:Character:BornDiedFilms in:
1st Academy Awards 16 May 1929Janet GaynorUSAStreet AngelAngela190619841927/8
2nd Academy Awards 3 April 1930Mary PickfordCanadaCoquetteNorma Besant189219791928/9
3rd Academy Awards 5 Nov 1930Norma ShearerUSAThe DivorceeJerry Martin190219831929/30
4th Academy Awards 10 Nov 2931Marie DresslerCanadaMin and BillMin Divot186819341930/1
5th Academy Awards 18 Nov 1932Helen HayesUSAThe Sin of Madelon ClaudetMadelon Claudet190019931931/2
6th Academy Awards 16 Mar 1934Katharine Hepburn (most best actress Oscar winners)USAMorning GloryEva Lovelace190720031932/3
7th Academy Awards 27 Feb 1935Claudette ColbertFranceIt Happened One NightEllen “Ellie” Andrews190319961934
8th Academy Awards 5 Mar 1936Bette DavisUSADangerousJoyce Heath190819891935
9th Academy Awards 4 Mar 1937Luise RainerGermanyThe Great ZiegfeldAnna Held191020141936
10th Academy Awards 10 Mar 1938Luise RainerGermanyThe Good EarthO-Lan191020141937
11th Academy Awards 23 Feb 1939Bette DavisUSAJezebelJulie Marsden190819891938
12th Academy Awards 29 Feb 1940Vivien LeighIndia, EnglandGone with the windScarlett O’Hara191319671939
13th Academy Awards 27 Feb 1941Ginger RogersUSAKitty FoyleKitty Foyle191119951940
14th Academy Awards 26 Feb 1942Joan FontaineUSASuspicionLina McLaidlaw Aysgarth191720131941
15th Academy Awards 4 Mar 1943Greer Garson, CBEEngland, USAMrs. MiniverKay Miniver190419961942
16th Academy Awards 2 Mar 1944Jennifer JonesUSAThe Song of BernadetteBernadette Soubirous191920091943
17th Academy Awards 15 Mar 1945Ingrid BergmanSwedenGaslightPaula Alquist Anton191519821944
18th Academy Awards 7 Mar 1946Joan CrawfordUSAMildred PierceMildred Pierce Beragon190519771945
19th Academy Awards 17 Mar 1947Olivia de HavillandUSATo Each His OwnMiss Josephine “Jody” Norris19161946
20th Academy Awards 20 Mar 1948Loretta YoungUSAThe Farmer’s DaughterKatie Holstrom191320001947
21st Academy Awards 24 Mar 1949Jane WymanUSAJohnny BelindaBelinda MacDonald191720071948
22nd Academy Awards 23 Mar 1950Olivia de HavillandUSAThe HeiressCatherine Sloper19161949
23rd Academy Awards 29 Mar 1951Judy HollidayUSABorn YesterdayEmma “Billie” Dawn192119651950
24th Academy Awards 20 Mar 1952Vivien LeighIndia, EnglandA Streetcar Named DesireBlanche Dubois191319671951
25th Academy Awards 19 Mar 1953Shirley BoothUSACome Back, Little ShebaLola Delaney189819921952
26th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1954Audrey HepburnBelgium, BritishRoman HolidayPrincess Ann192919931953
27th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1955Grace KellyUSAThe Country GirlGeorgie Elgin192919821954
28th Academy Awards 21 Mar 1956Anna MagnaniItalyThe Rose TattooSerafina Delle Rose190819731955
29th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1957Ingrid BergmanSwedenAnastasiaAnna Koreff191519821956
30th Academy Awards 26 Mar 1958Joanne WoodwardUSAThe Three Faces of EveEve White, Eve Black & Jane19301957
31st Academy Awards 6 Apr 1959Susan HaywardUSAI Want to Live!Barbara Graham191719751958
32nd Academy Awards 4 Apr 1960Simone SignoretFranceRoom at the TopAlice Aisgill192119851959
33rd Academy Awards 17 Apr 1961Elizabeth TaylorEngland, USAButterfield 8Gloria Wandrous193220111960
34th Academy Awards 9 Apr 1962Sophia LorenItalyTwo WomenCesira19341961
35th Academy Awards 8 Apr 1963Anne BancroftUSAThe Miracle WorkerAnne Sullivan193120051962
36th Academy Awards 13 Apr 1964Patricia Neal,USAHudHud192620101963
37th Academy Awards 5 Apr 1965Julie Andrews, DameEnglandMary PoppinsMary Poppins19351964
38th Academy Awards 18 Apr 1966Julie ChristieIndia, EnglandDarlingDiana Scott19411965
39th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1967Elizabeth TaylorEngland, USAWho’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?Martha193220111966
40th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1968Katharine Hepburn (most best actress Oscar winners)USAGuess Who’s Coming to DinnerChristina Drayton190720031967
41st Academy Awards 14 Apr 1969*Katharine Hepburn (most best actress Oscar winners)USAThe Lion in WinterEleanor of Aquitaine190720031968*
41st Academy Awards 14 Apr 1969*Barbra StreisandUSAFunny GirlFanny Brice19421968*
42nd Academy Awards 7 Apr 1970Maggie Smith, DameEnglandThe Prime of Miss Jean BrodieJean Brodie19341969
43rd Academy Awards 15 Apr 1971Glenda Jackson, CBEEnglandWomen in LoveGundrun Brangwen19361970
44th Academy Awards 10 Apr 1972Jane FondaUSAKluteBree Daniels19371971
45th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1973Liza MinnelliUSACabaretSally Bowles19461972
46th Academy Awards 2 Apr 1974Glenda Jackson, CBEEnglandA Touch of ClassVicki Allessio19361973
47th Academy Awards 8 Apr 1975Ellen BurstynUSAAlice Doesn’t Live Here AnymoreAlice Hyatt19321974
48th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1976Louise FletcherUSAOne flew over the cuckoo’s nestNurse Mildred Ratched19341975
49th Academy Awards 28 Mar 1977Faye DunawayUSANetworkDiana Christensen19411976
50th Academy Awards 3 Apr 1978Diane KeatonUSAAnnie HallAnnie Hall19461977
51st Academy Awards 9 Apr 1979Jane FondaUSAComing HomeSally Hyde19371978
52nd Academy Awards 14 Apr 1980Sally FieldUSANorma RaeNorma Rae Webster19461979
53rd Academy Awards 31 Mar 1981Sissy SpacekUSACoal Miner’s DaughterLoretta Lynn19491980
54th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1982Katharine Hepburn (most best actress Oscar winners)USAOn Golden PondEthel Thayer190720031981
55th Academy Awards 11 Apr 1983Meryl StreepUSASophie’s choiceZofia “Sophie” Zawistowski19491982
56th Academy Awards 9 Apr 1984Shirley MacLaineUSATerms of EndearmentAurora Greenway19341983
57th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1985Sally FieldUSAPlaces in the HeartEdna Spalding19461984
58th Academy Awards 24 Mar 1986Geraldine PageUSAThe Trip to BountifulCarrie Watts192419871985
59th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1987Marlee MatlinUSAChildren of a Lesser GodSarah Norman19651986
60th Academy Awards 11 Apr 1988CherUSAMoonstruckLoretta Castorini19461987
61st Academy Awards 29 Mar 1989Jodie FosterUSAThe AccusedSarah Tobias19621988
62nd Academy Awards 26 Mar 1990Jessica TandyEnglandDriving Miss DaisyDaisy Werthan190919941989
63rd Academy Awards 25 Mar 1991Kathy BatesUSAMiseryAnnie Wilkes19481990
64th Academy Awards 30 Mar 1992Jodie FosterUSAThe silence of the lambsClarice Starling19621991
65th Academy Awards 29 Mar 1993Emma ThompsonEnglandHowards EndMargaret Schlegel19591992
66th Academy Awards 21 Mar 1994Holly HunterUSAThe PianoAda McGrath19581993
67th Academy Awards 27 Mar 1995Jessica LangeUSABlue SkyCarly Marshall19491994
68th Academy Awards 25 Mar 1996Susan SarandonUSADead Man WalkingHelen Prejean19461995
69th Academy Awards 24 Mar 1997Frances McDormandUSAFargoMarge Gunderson19571996
70th Academy Awards 23 Mar 1998Helen HuntUSAAs Good as It GetsCarol Connelly19631997
71st Academy Awards 21 Mar 1999Gwyneth PaltrowUSAShakespeare in LoveViola De Lesseps19721998
72nd Academy Awards 26 Mar 2000Hilary SwankUSABoys don’t cryBrandon Teena19741999
73rd Academy Awards 25 Mar 2001Julia RobertsUSAErin BrockovichErin Brockovich19672000
74th Academy Awards 24 Mar 2002Halle BerryUSAMonster’s BallLeticia Musgrove19662001
75th Academy Awards 23 Mar 2003Nicole KidmanAustralia, USAThe HoursVirginia Woolf19672002
76th Academy Awards 29 Feb 2004Charlize TheronSouth Africa, USAMonsterAileen Wuornos19752003
77th Academy Awards 27 Feb 2005Hilary SwankUSAMillion Dollar BabyMargaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald19742004
78th Academy Awards 5 Mar 2006Reese WitherspoonUSAWalk the LineJune Carter Cash19762005
79th Academy Awards 25 Feb 2007Helen Mirren DameEnglandThe QueenQueen Elizabeth II19452006
80th Academy Awards 24 Feb 2008Marion CotillardFranceLa vie en roseÉdith Piaf19752007
81st Academy Awards 22 Feb 2009Kate WinsletEnglandThe ReaderHanna Schmitz19752008
82nd Academy Awards 7 Mar 2010Sandra BullockUSAThe Blind SideLeigh Anne Tuohy19642009
83th Academy Awards 27 Feb 2011Natalie PortmanIsrael, USABlack SwanNina Sayers19812010
84th Academy Awards 26 Feb 2012Meryl StreepUSAThe iron ladyMargaret Thatcher19492011
85th Academy Awards 24 Feb 2013Jennifer LawrenceUSASilver Linings PlaybookTiffany Maxwell19902012
86th Academy Awards 2 Mar 2014Cate BlanchettAustraliaBlue JasmineJeanette “Jasmine” Francis19692013
87th Academy Awards 22 Feb 2015Julianne MooreUSAStill AliceAlice Howland19602014
88th Academy Awards 28 Feb 2016Brie LarsonUSARoomJoy “Ma” Newsome19892015
89th Academy Awards 26 Feb 2017Emma StoneUSALa La LandMia Dolan19882016
90th Academy Awards 4 Mar 2018Frances McDormandUSAThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMildred Hayes19572017
* Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand received exactly the same number of votes results so a tie was declared.

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