Oscar Actors: Best Actress–Winners and Nominees by Year


Janet Gaynor, Diane Angela, The Wife, 7th Heaven, Street Angel, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Louise Dresser. Mrs. Pleznik, A Ship Comes In
Gloria Swanson, Sadie Thompson, Sadie Thompson


Mary Pickford, Norma Besant; Coquette
Ruth Chatterton, Jacqueline Floriot, Madame X
Betty Compson, Carrie, The Barker
Jeanne Eagels, Leslie Crosbie The Letter
Corinne Griffith, Emma Hamilton, The Divine Lady
Bessie Love, Hank Mahoney The Broadway Melody


Norma Shearer. Jerry Bernard Martin, The Divorcee
Nancy Carroll, Hallie Hobart,The Devil’s Holiday
Ruth Chatterton, Sarah Storm, Sarah and Son
Greta Garbo, Anna Christie, Anna Christie; Madame Rita Cavallini, Romance
Norma Shearer, Lucia Marlett, Their Own Desire
Gloria Swanson, Marion Donnell, The Trespasser


Marie Dressler, Min Divot, Min and Bill, Marlene Dietrich, Mademoiselle Amy Jolly, Morocco
Irene Dunne, Sabra Cravat, Cimarron
Ann Harding, Linda Seton, Holiday
Norma Shearer, Jan Ashe, A Free Soul


Helen Hayes, Madelon Claudet, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Marie Dressler, Emma Thatcher Smith, Emma
Lynn Fontanne, The Actress, The Guardsman


Katharine Hepburn, Eva Lovelace, Morning Glory
May Robson, Apple Annie, Lady for a Day
Diana Wynyard, Jane Marryot, Cavalcade


Claudette Colbert, Ellie Andrews, It Happened One Night
Grace Moore, Mary Barrett, One Night of Love
Norma Shearer, Elizabeth Barrett. The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Bette Davis (Write-in), Mildred Rogers, Of Human Bondage


Bette Davis, Joyce Heath, Dangerous
Elisabeth Bergner, Gemma Jones, Escape Me Never
Claudette Colbert, Jane Everest, Private Worlds
Katharine Hepburn, Alice Adams, Alice Adams
Miriam Hopkins, Becky Sharp, Becky Sharp
Merle Oberon, Kitty Vane, The Dark Angel


Luise Rainer, Anna Held, The Great Ziegfeld
Irene Dunne, Theodora Lynn / Caroline Adams, Theodora Goes Wild
Gladys George, Carrie Snyder, Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Carole Lombard, Irene Bullock, My Man Godfrey
Norma Shearer, Juliet Capulet, Romeo and Juliet

1937 (10th)

Luise Rainer, O-Lan, The Good Earth
Irene Dunne, Lucy Warriner, The Awful Truth
Greta Garbo, Marguerite Gautier, Camille
Janet Gaynor, Esther Victoria Blodgett / Vicki Lester, A Star Is Born
Barbara Stanwyck, Stella Martin Dallas, Stella Dallas

1938 (11th)

Bette Davis, Julie Marsden, Jezebel
Fay Bainter, Hannah Parmalee, White Banners
Wendy Hiller, Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion
Norma Shearer, Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette
Margaret Sullavan, Patricia “Pat” Hollmann, Three Comrades

1939 (12th)

Vivien Leigh, Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind
Bette Davis, Judith Traherne, Dark Victory
Irene Dunne, Terry McKay, Love Affair
Greta Garbo, Nina Yakushova “Ninotchka” Ivanoff, Ninotchka
Greer Garson, Katherine Bridges, Goodbye, Mr. Chips


1940 (13th)

Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle, Kitty Foyle
Bette Davis, Leslie Crosbie, The Letter
Joan Fontaine, The Second Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca
Katharine Hepburn, Tracy Lord, The Philadelphia Story
Martha Scott, Emily Webb, Our Town

1941 (14th)

Joan Fontaine, Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth, Suspicion
Bette Davis, Regina Giddens, The Little Foxes
Olivia de Havilland, Emmy Brown, Hold Back the Dawn
Greer Garson, Edna Gladney, Blossoms in the Dust
Barbara Stanwyck, Katherine “Sugarpuss” O’Shea, Ball of Fire

1942 (15th)

Greer Garson, Kay Miniver, Mrs. Miniver
Bette Davis, Charlotte Vale, Now, Voyager
Katharine Hepburn, Tess Harding Woman of the Year
Rosalind Russell, Ruth Sherwood, My Sister Eileen
Teresa Wright, Eleanor Twitchell Gehrig, The Pride of the Yankees

1943 (16th)

Jennifer Jones, Bernadette Soubirous, The Song of Bernadette
Jean Arthur, Constance “Connie” Milligan, The More the Merrier
Ingrid Bergman, María, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Joan Fontaine, Tessa Sanger, The Constant Nymph
Greer Garson, Marie Curie, Madame Curie

1944 (17th)

Ingrid Bergman, Paula Alquist Anton, Gaslight
Claudette Colbert, Anne Hilton, Since You Went Away
Bette Davis, Fanny Trellis, Mr. Skeffington
Greer Garson, Susie “Sparrow” Parkington, Mrs. Parkington
Barbara Stanwyck, Phyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity

1945 (18th)

Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce Beragon, Mildred Pierce
Ingrid Bergman, Mary Benedict, The Bells of St. Mary’s
Greer Garson, Mary Rafferty, The Valley of Decision
Jennifer Jones, Singleton, Love Letters
Gene Tierney, Ellen Berent Harland, Leave Her to Heaven

1946 (19th)

Olivia de Havilland, Josephine “Jody” Norris, To Each His Own
Celia Johnson, Laura Jesson Brief Encounter
Jennifer Jones, Pearl Chavez, Duel in the Sun
Rosalind Russel, Elizabeth Kenny, Sister Kenny
Jane Wyman, Orry Baxter, The Yearling

1947 (20th)

Loretta Young, Katie Holstrom, The Farmer’s Daughter
Joan Crawford, Louise Howell, Possessed
Susan Hayward, Angelica Evans Conway, Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire, Kathy Lacy, Gentleman’s Agreement
Rosalind Russell, Lavinia Mannon, Mourning Becomes Electra

1948 (21st)

Jane Wyman, Belinda McDonald, Johnny Belinda
Ingrid Bergman, Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc
Olivia de Havilland, Virginia Stuart Cunningham, The Snake Pit
Irene Dunne, Martha Hanso,I Remember Mama
Barbara Stanwyck, Leona Stevenson, Sorry, Wrong Number

1949 (22nd)

Olivia de Havilland, Catherine Sloper, The Heiress

Jeanne Crain, Patricia “Pinky” Johnson, Pinky
Susan Hayward, Eloise Winters, My Foolish Heart
Deborah Kerr, Evelyn Boult, Edward, My Son
Loretta Young, Margaret, Come to the Stable

1950 (23rd)

Judy Holliday, Emma “Billie” Dawn. Born Yesterday
Anne Baxter, Eve Harrington, All About Eve
Bette Davis, Margo Channing, All About Eve
Eleanor Parker, Marie Allen, Caged
Gloria Swanson, Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard

1951 (24th)

Vivien Leigh, Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Katharine Hepburn, Rose Sayer. The African Queen
Eleanor Parker, Mary McLeod, Detective Story
Shelley Winters, Alice Tripp. A Place in the Sun
Jane Wyman, Louise Mason, The Blue Veil

1952 (25th)

Shirley Booth, Lola Delaney. Come Back, Little Sheba
Joan Crawford, Myra Hudson, Sudden Fear
Bette Davis, Margaret Elliot, The Star
Julie Harris, Frances “Frankie” Addams, The Member of the Wedding
Susan Hayward,  Jane Froman, With a Song in My Heart

1953 (26th)

Audrey Hepburn, Princess Ann, Roman Holiday
Leslie Caron, Lili Daurier, Lili
Ava Gardner, Eloise “Honey Bear” Kelly, Mogambo
Deborah Kerr, Karen Holmes, From Here to Eternity
Maggie McNamara, Patty O’Neill, The Moon Is Blue

1954 (27th)

Grace Kelly, Georgie Elgin, The Country Girl
Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones, Carmen Jones
Judy Garland, Esther Victoria Blodgett/Vicki Lester, A Star Is Born
Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina Fairchild, Sabrina
Jane Wyman, Helen Phillips, Magnificent Obsession

1955 (28th)

Anna Magnani, Serafina Delle Rose. The Rose Tattoo
Susan Hayward, Lillian Roth, I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Katharine Hepburn, Jane Hudson, Summertime
Jennifer Jones, Han Suyin, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Eleanor Parke, Marjorie Lawrence, Interrupted Melody

1956 (29th)

Ingrid Bergman, Anna Koreff/Anastasia, Anastasia
Carroll Baker, Baby Doll Meighan, Baby Doll
Katharine Hepburn, Lizzie Curry, The Rainmaker
Nancy Kelly, Christine Penmark, The Bad Seed
Deborah Kerr, Anna Leonowens The King and I

1957 (30th)

Joanne Woodward, Eve White/Eve Black /Jane, The Three Faces of Eve
Deborah Kerr, Angela, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Anna Magnani, Gioia, Wild Is the Wind
Elizabeth Taylor, Susanna Drake, Raintree County
Lana Turner, Constance MacKenzie, Peyton Place

1958 (31st)

Susan Hayward, Barbara Graham, I Want to Live!
Deborah Kerr, Sibyl Railton-Bell, Separate Tables
Shirley MacLaine, Ginnie Moorehead, Some Came Running
Rosalind Russell, Mame Dennis, Auntie Mame
Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret “Maggie the Cat” Pollitt, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1959 (32nd)

Simone Signoret, Alice Aisgill, Room at the Top
Doris Day, Jan Morrow, Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn, Gabrielle van der Mal, The Nun’s Story
Katharine Hepburn, Violet Venable, Suddenly, Last Summer
Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Holly, Suddenly, Last Summer

1960 (33rd)

Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Wandrous, Butterfield 8
Greer Garson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sunrise at Campobello
Deborah Kerr, Ida Carmody, The Sundowners
Shirley MacLaine, Fran Kubelik, The Apartment
Melina Mercouri, Ilya, Never on Sunday

1961 (34th)

Sophia Loren, Cesira, Two Women
Audrey Hepburn, Holly Golightly/Lula Mae Barnes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Piper Laurie, Sarah Packard, The Hustler
Geraldine Page, Alma Winemiller, Summer and Smoke
Natalie Wood, Wilma Dean “Deanie” Loomis, Splendor in the Grass

1962 (35th)

Anne Bancroft, Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker
Bette Davis, Baby Jane Hudson, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Katharine Hepburn, Mary Cavan Tyrone, Long Day’s Journey into Night
Geraldine Page, Alexandra Del Lago, Sweet Bird of Youth
Lee Remick, Kirsten Arnesen Clay, Days of Wine and Roses

1963 (36th)

Patricia Neal, Alma Brown, Hud
Leslie Caron, Jane Fossett, The L-Shaped Room
Shirley MacLaine, Irma La Douce, Irma la Douce
Rachel Roberts, Margaret Hammond, This Sporting Life
Natalie Wood, Angie Rossini, Love with the Proper Stranger

1964 (37th)

Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
Anne Bancroft, Jo Armitage, The Pumpkin Eater
Sophia Loren, Filumena Marturano, Marriage Italian Style
Debbie Reynolds, Molly Brown, The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Kim Stanley, Myra Savage Séance on a Wet Afternoon

1965 (38th)

Julie Christie, Diana Scott, Darling
Julie Andrews, Maria von Trapp, The Sound of Music
Samantha Eggar, Miranda Grey, The Collector
Elizabeth Hartman, Selina D’Arcy, A Patch of Blue
Simone Signoret, La Contessa, Ship of Fools

1966 (39th)

Elizabeth Taylor, Martha, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Anouk Aimée, Anne Gauthier, A Man and a Woman
Ida Kamińska, Rozalie Lautmann, The Shop on Main Street
Lynn Redgrave, Georgina “Georgy” Parkin, Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave, Leonie Delt, Morgan!

1967 (40th)

Katharine Hepburn, Christina Drayton, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Anne Bancroft, Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate
Faye Dunaway, Bonnie Parker, Bonnie and Clyde
Edith Evans, Maggie Ross, The Whisperers
Audrey Hepburn, Susy Hendrix, Wait Until Dark

1968 (41st)

Tie: Katharine Hepburn Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter
Barbra Streisand, Fanny Brice, Funny Girl
Patricia Neal, Nettie Cleary, The Subject Was Roses
Vanessa Redgrave, Isadora Duncan, Isadora
Joanne Woodward, Rachel Cameron, Rachel, Rachel

1969 (42nd)

Maggie Smith, Jean Brodie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Geneviève Bujold, Anne Boleyn, Anne of the Thousand Days
Jane Fonda, Gloria Beatty, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Liza Minnelli, Mary Ann “Pookie” Adams, The Sterile Cuckoo
Jean Simmons, Mary Wilson, The Happy Ending

1970 (43rd)

Glenda Jackson, Gudrun Brangwen, Women in Love
Jane Alexander, Eleanor Backman, The Great White Hope
Ali MacGraw, Jennifer Cavalleri-Barrett, Love Story
Sarah Miles, Rosy Ryan, Ryan’s Daughter
Carrie Snodgress, Bettina “Tina” Balser, Diary of a Mad Housewife

1971 (44th)

Jane Fonda, Bree Daniels, Klute
Julie Christie, Constance Miller, McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Glenda Jackson, Alex Greville, Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave, Mary, Queen of Scots, Mary, Queen of Scots
Janet Suzman, Empress Alexandra of Russia, Nicholas and Alexandra

1972 (45th)

Liza Minnelli, Sally Bowles, Cabaret
Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues
Maggie Smith, Augusta Bertram, Travels with My Aunt
Cicely Tyson, Rebecca Morgan, Sounder
Liv Ullmann, Kristina Nilsson, The Emigrants

1973 (46th)

Glenda Jackson, Vickie Allessio, A Touch of Class
Ellen Burstyn, Chris MacNeil, The Exorcist
Marsha Mason, Maggie Paul Cinderella Liberty
Barbra Streisand, Katie Morosky, The Way We Were
Joanne Woodward, Rita Walden, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

1974 (47th)

Ellen Burstyn, Alice Graham-Hyatt, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Diahann Carroll, Claudine Price, Claudine
Faye Dunaway, Evelyn Cross Mulwray, Chinatown
Valerie Perrine, Harriett Jolliff / Honey Bruce, Lenny
Gena Rowlands, Mabel Longhetti, A Woman Under the Influence

1975 (48th)

Louise Fletcher, Nurse Mildred Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Isabelle Adjani, Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewly, The Story of Adele H.
Ann-Margret, Nora Walker, Tommy
Glenda Jackson, Hedda Gabler, Hedda
Carol Kane, Gitl, Hester Street

1976 (49th)

Faye Dunaway, Diana Christensen, Network
Marie-Christine Barrault, Marthe, Cousin Cousine
Talia Shire, Adrian Pennino, Rocky
Sissy Spacek, Carrie White, Carrie
Liv Ullmann, Jenny Isaksson, Face to Face

1977 (50th)

Diane Keaton, Annie Hall, Annie Hall
Anne Bancroft, Emma Jacklin, The Turning Point
Jane Fonda, Lillian Hellman, Julia
Shirley MacLaine, Deedee Rodgers, The Turning Point
Marsha Mason, Paula McFadden, The Goodbye Girl

1978 (51st)

Jane Fonda, Sally Hyde, Coming Home
Ingrid Bergman, Charlotte Andergast, Autumn Sonata
Ellen Burstyn, Doris, Same Time, Next Year
Jill Clayburgh, Erica Benton, An Unmarried Woman
Geraldine Page, Eve, Interiors

1979 (52nd)

Sally Field, Norma Rae Webster, Norma Rae
Jill Clayburgh, Marilyn Holmberg, Starting Over
Jane Fonda, Kimberly Wells, The China Syndrome
Marsha Mason, Jennie MacLaine, Chapter Two
Bette Midler, Mary Rose Foster, The Rose

1980 (53rd)

Sissy Spacek, Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter
Ellen Burstyn, Edna Mae Harper-McCauley, Resurrection
Goldie Hawn, Judy Benjamin, Private Benjamin
Mary Tyler Moore, Beth Jarrett, Ordinary People
Gena Rowlands, Gloria Swenson, Gloria

1981 (54th)

Katharine Hepburn, Ethel Thayer, On Golden Pond
Diane Keaton, Louise Bryant, Reds
Marsha Mason, Georgia Hines, Only When I Laugh
Susan Sarandon, Sally Matthews, Atlantic City
Meryl Streep, Anna /Sara Woodruff, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

1982 (55th)

Meryl Streep, Sophie Zawistowski, Sophie’s Choice
Julie Andrews, Victor Grazinski /Victoria Grant, Victor/Victoria
Jessica Lange, Frances Farmer, Frances
Sissy Spacek, Beth Horman, Missing
Debra Winger, Paula Pokrifki, An Officer and a Gentleman

1983 (56th)

Shirley MacLaine, Aurora Greenway, Terms of Endearment
Jane Alexander, Carol Wetherly, Testament
Meryl Streep, Karen Silkwood, Silkwood
Julie Walters, Susan White/Rita, Educating Rita
Debra Winger, Emma Greenway Horton, Terms of Endearment

1984 (57th)

Sally Field
Edna Spalding
Places in the Heart
Judy Davis
Adela Quested
A Passage to India
Jessica Lange
Jewell Ivy
Vanessa Redgrave
Olive Chancellor
The Bostonians
Sissy Spacek
Mae Garvey
The River
Geraldine Page
Carrie Watts
The Trip to Bountiful
Anne Bancroft
Miriam Ruth / Anna Maria Burchetti
Agnes of God
Whoopi Goldberg
Celie Harris-Johnson
The Color Purple
Jessica Lange
Patsy Cline
Sweet Dreams
Meryl Streep
Karen Blixen
Out of Africa
Marlee Matlin
Sarah Norman
Children of a Lesser God
Jane Fonda
Alex Sternbergen / Viveca Van Loren
The Morning After
Sissy Spacek
Babe Botrelle / Rebecca MaGrath
Crimes of the Heart
Kathleen Turner
Peggy Sue Kelcher-Bodell
Peggy Sue Got Married
Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley
Loretta Castorini
Glenn Close
Alex Forrest
Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter
Jane Craig
Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland
Meryl Streep
Helen Archer
Jodie Foster
Sarah Tobias
The Accused
Glenn Close
Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil
Dangerous Liaisons
Melanie Griffith
Tess McGill
Working Girl
Meryl Streep
Lindy Chamberlain
A Cry in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver
Dian Fossey
Gorillas in the Mist
Jessica Tandy
Daisy Werthan
Driving Miss Daisy
Isabelle Adjani
Camille Claudel
Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins
Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw
Shirley Valentine
Jessica Lange
Ann Talbot
Music Box
Michelle Pfeiffer
Susie Diamond
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Kathy Bates
Annie Wilkes
Anjelica Huston
Lilly Dillon
The Grifters
Julia Roberts
Vivian Ward
Pretty Woman
Meryl Streep
Suzanne Vale
Postcards from the Edge
Joanne Woodward
India Bridge
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Jodie Foster
Clarice Starling
The Silence of the Lambs
Geena Davis
Thelma Dickinson
Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern
Rambling Rose
Bette Midler
Dixie Leonard
For the Boys
Susan Sarandon
Louise Sawyer
Thelma & Louise
Emma Thompson
Margaret Schlegel
Howards End
Catherine Deneuve
Éliane Devries
Mary McDonnell
May-Alice Culhane
Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer
Louise Irene “Lurene” Hallett
Love Field
Susan Sarandon
Michaela Murphy Odone
Lorenzo’s Oil
Holly Hunter
Ada McGrath
The Piano
Angela Bassett
Anna Mae Bullock / Tina Turner
What’s Love Got to Do with It
Stockard Channing
Louisa “Ouisa” Kittredge
Six Degrees of Separation
Emma Thompson
Sarah “Sally” Kenton
The Remains of the Day
Debra Winger
Joy Davidman
Jessica Lange
Carly Marshall
Blue Sky
Jodie Foster
Nell Kellty
Miranda Richardson
Vivienne Haigh-Wood
Tom & Viv
Winona Ryder
Josephine “Jo” March
Little Women
Susan Sarandon
Regina “Reggie” Love
The Client
Susan Sarandon
Helen Prejean
Dead Man Walking
Elisabeth Shue
Leaving Las Vegas
Sharon Stone
Ginger McKenna
Meryl Streep
Francesca Johnson
The Bridges of Madison County
Emma Thompson
Elinor Dashwood
Sense and Sensibility
Frances McDormand
Marge Gunderson
Brenda Blethyn
Cynthia Rose Purley
Secrets & Lies
Diane Keaton
Bessie Wakefield
Marvin’s Room
Kristin Scott Thomas
Katharine Clifton
The English Patient
Emily Watson
Bess McNeill
Breaking the Waves
Helen Hunt
Carol Connelly
As Good as It Gets
Helena Bonham Carter
Kate Croy
The Wings of the Dove
Julie Christie
Phyllis Hart
Judi Dench
Queen Victoria
Mrs Brown
Kate Winslet
Rose DeWitt Bukater