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Academy Award - Lead Actress (winners)

Here is a list of the actresses that have won the Academy Award Oscar for best performance by a lead actress. The early Academy Awards were for two years. So an Oscar was given for the years 1927-1928. We've only put the first year on the list below. This list shows the actress that won the best performance for lead actress Oscar award as well as the year the actress won the award.

Several actresses have been nominated for the Lead Actress Academy Award 6 times including Sissy Spacek, Norma Shearer, Jane Fonda, Ingred Bergman, and Deborah Kerr. Greer Garson was nominated for 7 academy awards and won once. Meryl Streep has been nominated 10 times with one win. Bette Davis was nominated for the Academy Award 11 times for the lead actress Oscars and won twice. But Katherine Hepburn is the all time leader with 12 nominations and 4 wins for the Academy Award.

Year Actress Movie
1927 Janet Gaynor Seventh Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise
1928 Mary Pickford Coquette
1929 Norma Shearer The Divorcee
1930 Marie Dressler Min and Bill
1931 Helen Hayes The Sin of Madelon Claudet
1932 Katharine Hepburn Morning Glory
1934 Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night
1935 Bette Davis Dangerous
1936 Luise Rainer The 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 The 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 The 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 Katharine Hepburn The Lion in Winter
Barbra Streisand Funny Girl
1969 Dame 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 Cuckoo's Nest
1976 Faye Dunaway Network
1977 Diane Keaton Annie Hall
1978 Jane Fonda Coming Home
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae
1980 Sissy Spacek 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 the 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

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