OSCAR HISTORY: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Just like the lead actors, the lead actresses were the women who captivated us, giving us unique characters who held their films together and made them what they were.


2019: Renee Zellweger in JUDY     (View Acceptance Speech)
2018: Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2017: Frances McDormand in THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI     (View Acceptance Speech)
2016: Emma Stone in LA LA LAND     (View Acceptance Speech)
2015: Brie Larson in ROOM     (View Acceptance Speech)
2014: Julianne Moore in STILL ALICE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2013: Cate Blanchett in BLUE JASMINE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2012: Jennifer Lawrence in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK     (View Acceptance Speech)
2011: Meryl Streep in THE IRON LADY     (View Acceptance Speech)
2010: Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN     (View Acceptance Speech)
2009: Sandra Bullock in THE BLIND SIDE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2008: Kate Winslet in THE READER     (View Acceptance Speech)
2007: Marion Cotillard in LA VIE EN ROSE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2006: Helen Mirren in THE QUEEN     (View Acceptance Speech)
2005: Reese Witherspoon in WALK THE LINE     (View Acceptance Speech)
2004: Hilary Swank in MILLION DOLLAR BABY     (View Acceptance Speech)
2003: Charlize Theron in MONSTER     (View Acceptance Speech)
2002: Nicole Kidman in THE HOURS     (View Acceptance Speech)
2001: Halle Berry in MONSTER'S BALL     (View Acceptance Speech)
2000: Julia Roberts in ERIN BROCKOVICH     (View Acceptance Speech)
1999: Hilary Swank in BOYS DON'T CRY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1998: Gwyneth Paltrow in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1997: Helen Hunt in AS GOOD AS IT GETS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1996: Frances McDormand in FARGO     (View Acceptance Speech)
1995: Susan Sarandon in DEAD MAN WALKING     (View Acceptance Speech)
1994: Jessica Lange in BLUE SKY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1993: Holly Hunter in THE PIANO     (View Acceptance Speech)
1992: Emma Thompson in HOWARDS END     (View Acceptance Speech)
1991: Jodie Foster in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1990: Kathy Bates in MISERY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1989: Jessica Tandy in DRIVING MISS DAISY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1988: Jodie Foster in THE ACCUSED     (View Acceptance Speech)
1987: Cher in MOONSTRUCK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1986: Marlee Matlin in CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD     (View Acceptance Speech)
1985: Geraldine Page in A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL     (View Acceptance Speech)
1984: Sally Field in PLACES IN THE HEART     (View Acceptance Speech)
1983: Shirley MacLaine in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT     (View Acceptance Speech)
1982: Meryl Streep in SOPHIE'S CHOICE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1981: Katharine Hepburn in ON GOLDEN POND     (View Film Clip)
1980: Sissy Spacek in COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER     (View Acceptance Speech)
1979: Sally Field in NORMA RAE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1978: Jane Fonda in COMING HOME     (View Acceptance Speech)
1977: Diane Keaton in ANNIE HALL     (View Acceptance Speech)
1976: Faye Dunaway in NETWORK     (View Acceptance Speech)
1975: Louise Fletcher in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST     (View Acceptance Speech)
1974: Ellen Burstyn in ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE     (View Film Clip)
1973: Glenda Jackson in A TOUCH OF CLASS     (View Film Clip)
1972: Liza Minnelli in CABARET     (View Acceptance Speech)
1971: Jane Fonda in KLUTE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1970: Glenda Jackson in WOMEN IN LOVE     (View Film Trailer)
1969: Maggie Smith in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE     (View Film Trailer)
1968: (tie) Katharine Hepburn in THE LION IN WINTER and Barbra Streisand in FUNNY GIRL     (View Oscar Moment)
1967: Katharine Hepburn in GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER     (View Film Clip)
1966: Elizabeth Taylor in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?     (View Film Clip)
1965: Julie Christie in DARLING     (View Acceptance Speech)
1964: Julie Andrews in MARY POPPINS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1963: Patricia Neal in HUD     (View Film Clip)
1962: Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER     (View Film Clip)
1961: Sophia Loren in TWO WOMEN     (View Oscar Moment)
1960: Elizabeth Taylor in BUTTERFIELD 8     (View Acceptance Speech)
1959: Simone Signoret in ROOM AT THE TOP     (View Acceptance Speech)
1958: Susan Hayward in I WANT TO LIVE!     (View Acceptance Speech)
1957: Joanne Woodward in THE THREE FACES OF EVE     (View Acceptance Speech)
1956: Ingrid Bergman in ANASTASIA     (View Film Clip)
1955: Anna Magnani in THE ROSE TATTOO     (View Film Trailer)
1954: Grace Kelly in THE COUNTRY GIRL     (View Acceptance Speech)
1953: Audrey Hepburn in ROMAN HOLIDAY     (View Acceptance Speech)
1952: Shirley Booth in COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA     (View Acceptance Speech)
1951: Vivien Leigh in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE     (View Film Clip)
1950: Judy Holliday in BORN YESTERDAY     (View Film Trailer)
1949: Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS     (View Acceptance Speech)
1948: Jane Wyman in JOHNNY BELINDA     (View Acceptance Speech)
1947: Loretta Young in THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER     (View Film Trailer)
1946: Olivia de Havilland in TO EACH HIS OWN     (View Film Clips)
1945: Joan Crawford in MILDRED PIERCE     (View Film Clip)
1944: Ingrid Bergman in GASLIGHT     (View Film Clip)
1943: Jennifer Jones in THE SONG OF BERNADETTE     (View Film Trailer)
1942: Greer Garson in MRS. MINIVER     (View Film Trailer)
1941: Joan Fontaine in SUSPICION     (View Film Trailer)
1940: Ginger Rogers in KITTY FOYLE     (View Film Trailer)
1939: Vivien Leigh in GONE WITH THE WIND     (View Film Clip)
1938: Bette Davis in JEZEBEL     (View Film Clip)
1937: Luise Rainer in THE GOOD EARTH     (View Film Clip)
1936: Luise Rainer in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD     (View Film Clip)
1935: Bette Davis in DANGEROUS     (View Film Clip)
1934: Claudette Colbert in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT     (View Film Clip)
1932 / 33: Katharine Hepburn in MORNING GLORY     (View Film Clip)
1931 / 32: Helen Hayes in THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET     (View Film Clip)
1930 / 31: Marie Dressler in MIN AND BILL     (View Film Clip)
1929 / 30: Norma Shearer in THE DIVORCEE     (View Film Clip)
1928 / 29: Mary Pickford in COQUETTE     (View Film Clip)
1927 / 28: Janet Gaynor in 7TH HEAVEN, STREET ANGEL, SUNRISE