Who Won the Oscar for Best Actress?

Academy Award: Best Actress

From Janet Gaynor in 1929 to Brie Larson in 2016, the Academy Awards have recognized great performances by leading actresses throughout the years.

Multiple winners have included Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Jodie Foster, and Hilary Swank.

Best Actress Academy Award Winners

2017 Emma Stone (La La Land)
La La Land
2016 Brie Larson (Room)
2015 Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Still Alice
2014 Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Blue Jasmine
2013 Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Silver Linings Playbook
2012 Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
The Iron Lady
2011 Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Black Swan
2010 Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
The Blind Side
2009 Kate Winslet (The Reader)
The Reader
2008 Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
La Vie en Rose
2007 Helen Mirren (The Queen)
The Queen
2006 Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line)
Walk The Line
2005 Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)
Million Dollar Baby
2004 Charlize Theron (Monster)
2003 Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
The Hours
2002 Halle Berry (Monster's Ball)
Monster's Ball
2001 Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)
Erin Brockovich
2000 Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
Boys Don't Cry
1999 Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare In Love)
Shakespeare In Love
1998 Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)
As Good As It Gets
1997 Frances McDormand (Fargo)
1996 Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking)
Dead Man Walking
1995 Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
Blue Sky
1994 Holly Hunter (The Piano)
The Piano
1993 Emma Thompson (Howards End)
Howards End
1992 Jodie Foster (The Silence Of The Lambs)
The Silence Of The Lambs
1991 Kathy Bates (Misery)
1990 Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)
Driving Miss Daisy
1989 Jodie Foster (The Accused)
The Accused
1988 Cher (Moonstruck)
1987 Marlee Matlin (Children Of A Lesser God)
Children Of A Lesser God
1986 Geraldine Page (The Trip To Bountiful)
The Trip To Bountiful
1985 Sally Field (Places In The Heart)
Places In The Heart
1984 Shirley MacLaine (Terms Of Endearment)
Terms Of Endearment
1983 Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice)
Sophie's Choice
1982 Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond)
On Golden Pond
1981 Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter)
Coal Miner's Daughter
1980 Sally Field (Norma Rae)
Norma Rae
1979 Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
Coming Home
1978 Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
Annie Hall
1977 Faye Dunaway (Network)
1976 Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
1975 Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
1974 Glenda Jackson (A Touch Of Class)
A Touch Of Class
1973 Liza Minnelli (Cabaret)
1972 Jane Fonda (Klute)
1971 Glenda Jackson (Women In Love)
Women In Love
1970 Maggie Smith (The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie)
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
1969 Katharine Hepburn & Barbra Streisand (The Lion In Winter & Funny Girl)
Katharine Hepburn & Barbra Streisand
1968 Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner)
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
1967 Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?)
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
1966 Julie Christie (Darling)
1965 Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
Mary Poppins
1964 Patricia Neal (Hud)
1963 Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker)
The Miracle Worker
1962 Sophia Loren (Two Women)
Two Women
1961 Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8)
Butterfield 8
1960 Simone Signoret (Room At The Top)
Room At The Top
1959 Susan Hayward (I Want To Live!)
I Want To Live!
1958 Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces Of Eve)
The Three Faces Of Eve
1957 Ingrid Bergman (Anastasia)
1956 Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo)
The Rose Tattoo
1955 Grace Kelly (The Country Girl)
The Country Girl
1954 Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)
Roman Holiday
1953 Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba)
Come Back, Little Sheba
1952 Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)
A Streetcar Named Desire
1951 Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday)
Born Yesterday
1950 Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress)
The Heiress
1949 Jane Wyman (Johnny Belinda)
Johnny Belinda
1948 Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter)
The Farmer's Daughter
1947 Olivia de Havilland (To Each His Own)
To Each His Own
1946 Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce)
Mildred Pierce
1945 Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight)
1944 Jennifer Jones (Song Of Bernadette)
Song Of Bernadette
1943 Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver)
Mrs. Miniver
1942 Joan Fontaine (Suspicion)
1941 Ginger Rogers (Kitty Foyle)
Kitty Foyle
1940 Vivien Leigh (Gone With The Wind)
Gone With The Wind
1939 Bette Davis (Jezebel)
1938 Luise Rainer (The Good Earth)
The Good Earth
1937 Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld)
The Great Ziegfeld
1936 Bette Davis (Dangerous)
1935 Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)
It Happened One Night
1934 Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory)
Morning Glory
1932 Helen Hayes (The Sin Of Madelon Claudet)
The Sin Of Madelon Claudet
1931 Marie Dressler (Min And Bill)
Min And Bill
1930 Norma Shearer (The Divorcee)
The Divorcee
1930 Mary Pickford (Coquette)
1929 Janet Gaynor (7th Heaven; Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans; Street Angel)
7th Heaven