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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. These were the Academy's choices for Best Leading Actress ...

And the Oscar went to...

1927 / 28 : Janet Gaynor in "7TH HEAVEN", "STREET ANGEL", "SUNRISE"

1928 / 29 : Mary Pickford in "COQUETTE"

1929 / 30 : Norma Shearer in "THE DIVORCEE"

1930 / 31 : Marie Dressler in "MIN AND BILL"

1931 / 32 : Helen Hayes in "THE SIN OF MADELON CLAUDET"

1932 / 33 : Katharine Hepburn in "MORNING GLORY"

1934 : Claudette Colbert in "IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT"

1935 : Bette Davis in "DANGEROUS"

1936 : Luise Rainer in "THE GREAT ZIEGFELD"

1937 : Luise Rainer in "THE GOOD EARTH"

1938 : Bette Davis in "JEZEBEL"

1939 : Vivien Leigh in "GONE WITH THE WIND"

1940 : Ginger Rogers in "KITTY FOYLE"

1941 : Joan Fontaine in "SUSPICION"

1942 : Greer Garson in "MRS. MINIVER"

1943 : Jennifer Jones in "THE SONG OF BERNADETTE"

1944 : Ingrid Bergman in "GASLIGHT"

1945 : Joan Crawford in "MILDRED PIERCE"

1946 : Olivia de Havilland in "TO EACH HIS OWN"

1947 : Loretta Young in "THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER"

1948 : Jane Wyman in "JOHNNY BELINDA"

1949 : Olivia de Havilland in "THE HEIRESS"

1950 : Judy Holliday in "BORN YESTERDAY"

1951 : Vivien Leigh in "A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE"

1952 : Shirley Booth in "COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA"

1953 : Audrey Hepburn in "ROMAN HOLIDAY"

1954 : Grace Kelly in "THE COUNTRY GIRL"

1955 : Anna Magnani in "THE ROSE TATTOO"

1956 : Ingrid Bergman in "ANASTASIA"

1957 : Joanne Woodward in "THE THREE FACES OF EVE"

1958 : Susan Hayward in "I WANT TO LIVE!"

1959 : Simone Signoret in "ROOM AT THE TOP"

1960 : Elizabeth Taylor in "BUTTERFIELD 8"

1961 : Sophia Loren in "TWO WOMEN"

1962 : Anne Bancroft in "THE MIRACLE WORKER"

1963 : Patricia Neal in "HUD"

1964 : Julie Andrews in "MARY POPPINS"

1965 : Julie Christie in "DARLING"

1966 : Elizabeth Taylor in "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?"

1967 : Katharine Hepburn in "GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER"

1968 : (tie) Katharine Hepburn in "THE LION IN WINTER" and Barbra Streisand in "FUNNY GIRL"

1969 : Maggie Smith in "THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE"

1970 : Glenda Jackson in "WOMEN IN LOVE"

1971 : Jane Fonda in "KLUTE"

1972 : Liza Minnelli in "CABARET"

1973 : Glenda Jackson in "A TOUCH OF CLASS"

1974 : Ellen Burstyn in "ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE"

1975 : Louise Fletcher in "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST"

1976 : Faye Dunaway in "NETWORK"

1977 : Diane Keaton in "ANNIE HALL"

1978 : Jane Fonda in "COMING HOME"

1979 : Sally Field in "NORMA RAE"

1980 : Sissy Spacek in "COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER"

1981 : Katharine Hepburn in "ON GOLDEN POND"

1982 : Meryl Streep in "SOPHIE'S CHOICE"

1983 : Shirley MacLaine in "TERMS OF ENDEARMENT"

1984 : Sally Field in "PLACES IN THE HEART"

1985 : Geraldine Page in "A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL"

1986 : Marlee Matlin in "CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD"

1987 : Cher in "MOONSTRUCK"

1988 : Jodie Foster in "THE ACCUSED"

1989 : Jessica Tandy in "DRIVING MISS DAISY"

1990 : Kathy Bates in "MISERY"

1991 : Jodie Foster in "THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS"

1992 : Emma Thompson in "HOWARDS END"

1993 : Holly Hunter in "THE PIANO"

1994 : Jessica Lange in "BLUE SKY"

1995 : Susan Sarandon in "DEAD MAN WALKING"

1996 : Frances McDormand in "FARGO"

1997 : Helen Hunt in "AS GOOD AS IT GETS"

1998 : Gwyneth Paltrow in "SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE"

1999 : Hilary Swank in "BOYS DON'T CRY"

2000 : Julia Roberts in "ERIN BROCKOVICH"

2001 : Halle Berry in "MONSTER'S BALL"

2002 : Nicole Kidman in "THE HOURS"

2003 : Charlize Theron in "MONSTER"

2004 : Hilary Swank in "MILLION DOLLAR BABY"

2005 : Reese Witherspoon in "WALK THE LINE"

2006 : Helen Mirren in "THE QUEEN"

2007 : Marion Cotillard in "LA VIE EN ROSE"

2008 : Kate Winslet in "THE READER"

2009 : Sandra Bullock in "THE BLIND SIDE"

2010 : Natalie Portman in "BLACK SWAN"

2011 : Meryl Streep in "THE IRON LADY"

2012 : Jennifer Lawrence in "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK"

2013 : Cate Blanchett in "BLUE JASMINE"

2014 : Julianne Moore in "STILL ALICE"

2015 : Brie Larson in "ROOM"

2016 : Emma Stone in "LA LA LAND"

2017 : Frances McDormand in "THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI"

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