Oscar Actos: Best Actress Winners–Nominations Span (Years between First and Last Nomination)

Research in Progress (May 24, 2021)

In 93 years of Oscar, 77 women have won the Best Actress Oscar, some more than once.

Of the 77 women, only 10 (about 14 percent) have received a single nomination for which they won the Oscar.

Single Nomination

Mary Pickford

Ginger Rogers

Shirley Booth

Judy Holliday

Louise Fletcher

Marlee Matlin

Gwyneth Paltrow

Halle Berry

Brie Larson

Olivia Colman


Consecutive Nominations (1 year)

Marie Dressler

Luise Rainer

Grace Kelly


2-4 Years

Joan Fontaine

Loretta Young, 2

Anna Magnani, 2

Sophia Loren, 3

Liza Minnelli, 3

Cher, 4

Jessica Tandy, 2

Emma Thompson, 3

Sandra Bullock, 4

Emma Stone, 2

5-9 Years

Janet Gaynor

Claudette Colbert

Joan Crawford, 7

Simone Signoret, 6

Elizabeth Taylor, 9

Patricia Neal, 5

Barbra Streisand, 5

Glenda Jackson, 5

Faye Dunaway, 9

Hilary Swank, 5

Reese Witherspoon, 9

Marion Cotillard, 7

Jennifer Lawrence, 5


10-19 Years

Norma Shearer

Vivien Leigh

Jennifer Jones

Olivia De Havilland

Jane Wyman

Audrey Hepburn

Susan Hayward

Julie Andrews, 18 (comeback)

Jane Fonda, 17

Jodie Foster, 18

Holly Hunter, 16

Jessica Lange, 12

Susan Sarandon, 14

Helen Hunt, 15

Nicole Kidman, 15

Charlize Theron, 16

Helen Mirren, 15

Kate Winslet, 18

Nathalie Portman, 12

Cate Blanchett, 17

Juliane Moore, 17

Renee Zellweger, 18


20-29 Years

Bette Davis

Greer Garson (comeback)

Joanne Woodward, 23

Anne Bancroft, 23

Ellen Burstyn, 29

Diane Keaton, 26

Sissy Spacek, 25

Shirley MacLaine, 25

Kathy Bates, 29

Frances McDormand, 29

Julia Roberts, 26

30-39 Years

Helen Hayes

Ingrid Bergman

Maggie Smith, 36

Sally Field, 33

Meryl Streep, 39

Geraldine Page, 32


Over 40

Katharine Hepburn,  48

Julie Christie, 42


Best Actress Winners, Chronologically


1928: Janet Gaynor (for 3 films), Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, Sunrise
1929: Mary Pickford, Coquette


1930: Norma Shearer, The Divorcee
1931: Marie Dressler, Min and Bill
1932: Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet
1933: Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory
1934: Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night
1935: Bette Davis, Dangerous
1936: Luise Rainer, Great Ziegfeld
1937: Luise Rainer, The Good Earth
1938: Bette Davis, Jezebel
1939: Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind


1940: Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle
1941: Joan Fontaine, Suspicion
1942: Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver
1943: Jennifer Jones, Song of Bernadette
1944: Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight
1945: Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce
1946: Olivia De Havilland, To Each His Own
1947: Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter
1948: Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda
1949: Olivia De Havilland, The Heiress


1950: Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday
1951: Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
1952: Shirley Booth, Come Back Little Sheba
1953: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday
1954: Grace Kelly, Country Girl
1955: Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo
1956: Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia
1957: Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve
1958: Susan Hayward, I want to Live
1959: Simone Signoret, Room at the Top


1960: Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8
1961: Sophia Loren, Two Women
1962: Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
1963: Patricia Neal, Hud
1964: Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins
1965: Julie Christie, Darling
1966: Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1967: Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
1968: Tie–Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter; Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl
1969: Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


1970: Glenda Jackson, Women in Love
1971: Jane Fonda, Klute
1972: Liza Minnelli, Cabaret
1973: Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
1974: Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
1975: Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest
1976: Faye Dunaway, Network
1977: Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
1978: Jane Fonda, Coming Home
1979: Sally Field, Norma Rae


1980: Sissy Spacek, A Coal Miner’s Daughter
1981: Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
1982: Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
1983: Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
1984: Sally Field, Places in Heart
1985: Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
1986: Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God
1987: Cher, Moonstruck
1988: Jodie Foster, The Accused
1989: Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy


1990: Kathy Bates, Misery
1991: Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
1992: Emma Thompson: Howards End
1993: Holly Hunter, The Piano
1994: Jessica Lange, Blue Sky
1995: Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
1996: Frances McDormand, Fargo
1997: Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets
1998: Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love
1999: Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry


2000: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
2001: Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
2002: Nicole Kidman, The Hours
2003: Charlize Theron, Monster
2004: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
2005: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
2006: Helen Mirren, The Queen

2007: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

2008: Kate Winslet, The Reader

2009: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side


2010: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

2011: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

2012: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

2013: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmin

2014: Brie Larson, Room

2015: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

2016: Emma Stone, La La Land

2017: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2018: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

2019: Renee Zellweger, Judy