Oscar Roles: Best Actress Winners–By Source and Genre

In the Academy’s history, 77 women have won the Best Actress Oscar, some more than once.

During that time, 92 years, 95 lead performances have been honored.

Janet Gaynor, the first winner, received the Oscar for three roles.

In 1968, there was a tie in the Best Actress category, with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funning Girl), splitting the award.

Roles by Source (Real-Life Vs. Fictional Figures)

Real-Life (Biopics):

Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld, 1936

Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette, 1943

Susan Hayward, I Want to Live! 1958

Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker, 1962

Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl, 1968

Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter, 1968

Sally Field, Norma Rae, 1979

Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980

Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy, 1989

Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking, 1995

Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry, 1999

Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich, 2000

Nicole Kidman, The Hours, 2002

Charlize Theron, Monster, 2003

Reese Witherspoon, Ray, 2005

Helen Mirren, The Queen, 2006

Marion Cottillard, La Vie en Rose, 2oo7

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side, 2009

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady, 2011

Olivia Colman, The Favourite, 2017

Renee Zellweger, Judy, 2019



The data show that 21 of the 95 (about 22 percent) female Oscar wining roles were based on or inspired by real-life figures.