Oscar Actors: Best Actress–Winners and Nominees by Role and Genre

Research in Progress (January 12, 2021)

The first Oscars were given in May 1929, for achievements in films in 1927 and in 1928.

1927-1928 (1st)

Janet Gaynor, for 3 roles, Diane, 7th Heaven; Angela, Street Angel; The Wife, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Roles: Mistreated Parisian waif; poor Napolitan girl; long-suffering betrayed wife

Genres: Melodrama; melodrama; melodrama

Louise Dresser, Mrs. Pleznik, A Ship Comes In
Gloria Swanson, Sadie Thompson, Sadie Thompson

1928-1929 (2nd)

Mary Pickford, Norma Besant; Coquette

Role: Southern Belle, heartless

Genre: Melodrama

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

1929-1930

Norma Shearer, Jerry Bernard Martin, The Divorcee

Role: Liberated, wayward woman

Genre: Melodrama

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

1930s
1930-1931

Marie Dressler, Min Divot, Min and Bill

Role: Proprietress, raising a girl

Genre: Melodrama

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

1931-1932

Helen Hayes, Madelon Claudet, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Role: Mother of illegitimate son

Genre: Melodrama

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

1932-1933 (6th)

Katharine Hepburn, Eva Lovelace, Morning Glory

Role: Actress (stage struck girl)

Genre: Melodrama

May Robson, Apple Annie, Lady for a Day
Diana Wynyard, Jane Marryot, Cavalcade

1934 (7th)

Claudette Colbert, Ellie Andrews, It Happened One Night

Role: Heiress (runaway)

Genre: Comedy

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

1935 (8th)

Bette Davis, Joyce Heath, Dangerous

Role: Actress (down on her luck); comeback

Genre: Melodrama

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

1936 (9th)

Luise Rainer, Anna Held, The Great Ziegfeld

Role: Ziegfeld’s first wife

Genre: Musical Biopic

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

Role: Chinese farmer

Genre: Melodrama

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

Rome: Southern Belle (rebellious)

Role: Melodrama (Historical)

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

Role: Southern Belle

Genre: Epic (Historical)

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

1940s

1940 (13th)

Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle, Kitty Foyle

Role:

Role: Melodrama

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

Role: Young, insecure, wealthy wife

Genre: Thriller (Melodrama)

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

Role: English mother, sacrificing WWII

Genre: Melodrama (familt, WWII)

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

1950s

1950 (23rd)

Judy Holliday, Emma “Billie” Dawn. Born Yesterday

Role: Dumb Blonde

Genre: Comedy

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

Role: Southern Belle (delusional, raped)

Genre: Melodrama

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

Role: Suffering wife

Genre: Melodrama

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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!

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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?

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre: Comedy

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

Role

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre:

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

Role:

Genre: Comedy

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

Role: Housewife turned activist

Genre: Drama (Vietnam War)

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

Role: Labor Actvist

Genre: Biopic

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

Role: Country singer Loretta Lynn

Genre: Biopic (Drama with music)

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

Role: wife, mother, grandmother

Genre: Drama

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

Role: Holocaust survivor

Genre: Drama

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

Role:

Genre: Serio-comedy

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

Role:

Genre:

Judy Davis, Adela Quested, A Passage to India
Jessica Lange, Jewell Ivy, Country
Vanessa Redgrave, Olive Chancellor, The Bostonians
Sissy Spacek, Mae Garvey, The River

1985 (58th)

Geraldine Page, Carrie Watts, The Trip to Bountiful

Role:

Genre:

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

1986 (59th)

Marlee Matlin, Sarah Norman, Children of a Lesser God

Role:

Genre:

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, Aliens

1987 (60th)

Cher, Loretta Castorini, Moonstruck

Role:

Genre:

Glenn Close, Alex Forrest, Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter, Jane Craig, Broadcast News

Sally Kirkland, Anna, Anna
Meryl Streep, Helen Archer, Ironweed

1988 (61st)

Jodie Foster, Sarah Tobias, The Accused

Role:

Genre:

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

1989 (62nd)

Jessica Tandy, Daisy Werthan, Driving Miss Daisy

Role:

Genre:

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

1990s

1990 (63rd)

Kathy Bates, Annie Wilkes, Misery

Role:

Genre:

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

1991 (64th)

Jodie Foster, Clarice Starling, The Silence of the Lambs

Role:

Genre:

Geena Davis, Thelma Dickinson, Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern, Rose, Rambling Rose
Bette Midler, Dixie Leonard, For the Boys
Susan Sarandon, Louise Sawyer, Thelma & Louise

1992 (65th)

Emma Thompso, Margaret Schlegel, Howards End

Role:

Genre:

Catherine Deneuve, Éliane Devries, Indochine
Mary McDonnell, May-Alice Culhane, Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer, Louise Irene “Lurene” Hallett, Love Field
Susan Sarandon, Michaela Murphy Odone, Lorenzo’s Oil

1993 (66th)

Holly Hunter, Ada McGrath, The Piano

Role:

Genre:

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, Shadowlands

1994 (67th)

Jessica Lange, Carly Marshall, Blue Sky

Role:

Genre:

Jodie Foster, Nell Kellty, Nell
Miranda Richardson, Vivienne Haigh-Wood, Tom & Viv
Winona Ryder, Josephine “Jo” March, Little Women
Susan Sarandon, Regina “Reggie” Love, The Client

1995 (68th)

Susan Sarandon, Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking

Role:

Genre:

Elisabeth Shue, Sera, Leaving Las Vegas
Sharon Stone, Ginger McKenna, Casino
Meryl Streep, Francesca Johnson, The Bridges of Madison County
Emma Thompson, Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

1996 (69th)

Frances McDormand, Marge Gunderson, Fargo

Role:

Genre:

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

1997 (70th)

Helen Hunt, Carol Connelly, As Good as It Gets

Role:

Genre:

Helena Bonham Carter,  Kate Croy, The Wings of the Dove
Julie Christie, Phyllis Hart, Afterglow
Judi Dench, Queen Victoria, Mrs Brown
Kate Winslet, Rose DeWitt Bukater, Titanic

1998  (71st)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Viola de Lesseps / Thomas Kent, Shakespeare in Love 

Role:

Genre:

Cate Blanchett, Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth
Fernanda Montenegro, Isadora “Dora” Teixeira, Central Station
Meryl Streep, Kate Gulden, One True Thing
Emily Watson, Jacqueline du Pré, Hilary and Jackie

1999 (72nd)

Hilary Swank, Brandon Teena, Boys Don’t Cry 

Role:

Genre:

Annette Bening, Carolyn Burnham, American Beauty
Janet McTeer, Mary Jo Walker, Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore, Sarah Miles, The End of the Affair
Meryl Streep, Roberta Guaspari, Music of the Heart

2000s

2000 (73rd)

Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich, Erin Brockovich

Role:

Genre:

Joan Allen Laine Hanson The Contender
Juliette Binoche Vianne Rocher Chocolat
Ellen Burstyn Sara Goldfarb Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney Samantha “Sammy” Prescott You Can Count On Me

2001 (74th)

Halle Berry, Leticia Musgrove, Monster’s Ball 

Role:

Genre:

Judi Dench, Iris Murdoch, Iris
Nicole Kidman Satine Moulin Rouge!
Sissy Spacek Ruth Fowler In the Bedroom
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones Bridget Jones’s Diary

2002 (75th)

Nicole Kidman, Virginia Woolf, The Hours 

Role:

Genre:

Salma Hayek, Frida Kahlo. Frida
Diane Lane Constance “Connie” Sumner Unfaithful
Julianne Moore Cathy Whitaker Far from Heaven
Renée Zellweger Roxie Hart Chicago

2003 (76th)

Charlize Theron, Aileen “Lee” Wuornos, Monster

Role:

Genre:

Keisha Castle-Hughes, Paikea Apirana, Whale Rider
Diane Keaton, Erica Jane Berry, Something’s Gotta Give
Samantha Morton, Sarah Sullivan, In America
Naomi Watts, Cristina Williams-Peck, 21 Grams

2004 (77th)

Hilary Swank Award winner Maggie Fitzgerald Million Dollar Baby [88]

Role:

Genre:

Annette Bening, Julia Lambert, Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno, María Álvarez, Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton, Vera Rose Drake, Vera Drake
Kate Winslet, Clementine Kruczynski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2005 (78th)

Reese Witherspoon, June Carter Cash, Walk the Line
Judi Dench Laura Forster-Henderson Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman Sabrina “Bree” Osbourne Transamerica
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron Josey Aimes North Country

2006 (79th)

Helen Mirren, Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen 

Penélope Cruz Raimunda Volver
Judi Dench Barbara Covett Notes on a Scandal
Meryl Streep Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet Sarah Pierce Little Children

2007 (80th)

Marion Cotillard, Édith Piaf La Vie en Rose 

Role:

Genre:

Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie Fiona Anderson Away from Her
Laura Linney Wendy Savage The Savages
Elliot Page[D] Juno MacGuff Juno

2008 (81st)

Kate Winslet, Hanna Schmitz, The Reader

Role:

Genre:

Anne Hathaway Kym Buchman Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie Christine Collins Changeling
Melissa Leo Ray Eddy Frozen River
Meryl Streep Sister Aloysius Beauvier Doubt

2009 (82nd)

Sandra Bullock, Leigh Anne Tuohy, The Blind Side 

Role:

Genre:

Helen Mirren Sophia Tolstaya The Last Station
Carey Mulligan Jenny Mellor An Education
Gabourey Sidibe Claireece “Precious” Jones Precious
Meryl Streep Julia Child Julie & Julia

2010s
2010 (83rd)

Natalie Portman, Nina Sayers, Black Swan

Role

Genre:

Annette Bening Nicole Allgood The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman Becca Corbett Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence Ree Dolly Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams Cindy Heller Blue Valentine

2011 (84th)

Meryl Streep, Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady

Role:

Genre:

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, Aibileen Clark, The Help
Rooney Mara, Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams, Marilyn Monroe, My Week with Marilyn

2012 (85th)

Jennifer Lawrence, Tiffany Maxwell, Silver Linings Playbook

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Jessica Chastain Maya Zero Dark Thirty
Emmanuelle Riva Anne Laurent Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis Hushpuppy Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts Maria Bennett The Impossible

2013 (86th)

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Gender:

Cate Blanchett, Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis, Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams, Sydney Prosser, American Hustle
Sandra Bullock Ryan Stone Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena Lee, Philomena
Meryl Streep Violet Weston August: Osage County

2014 (87th)

Julianne Moore, Alice Howland, Still Alice

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Marion Cotillard Sandra Bya Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones Jane Hawking The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike Amy Elliott-Dunne / Nancy Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed, Wild

2015 (88th)

Brie Larson, Joy Newsome, Room 

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Genre:

Cate Blanchett Carol Aird Carol
Jennifer Lawrence Joy Mangano Joy
Charlotte Rampling Kate Mercer 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan Eilis Lacey Brooklyn

2016 (89th)

Emma Stone, Mia Dolan, La La Land 

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Genre:

Isabelle Huppert Michèle Leblanc Elle
Ruth Negga Mildred Loving Loving
Natalie Portman Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy Jackie
Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins

2017 (90th)

Frances McDormand, Mildred Hayes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

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Genre:

Sally Hawkins Elisa Esposito The Shape of Water
Margot Robbie Tonya Harding I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson Lady Bird
Meryl Streep Katharine Graham The Post

2018 (91st)

Olivia Colman, Anne, Queen of Great Britain The Favourite

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Genre:

Yalitza Aparicio Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutiérrez Roma
Glenn Close Joan Castleman The Wife
Lady Gaga Ally Maine A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy Lee Israel Can You Ever Forgive Me?

2019 (92nd):

Renée Zellweger, Judy Garland, Judy 

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Genre:

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet Tubman Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Barber, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Josephine “Jo” March, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Megyn Kelly, Bombshell