See All Oscars Best Actress Winners Since 1929

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Oscars 2023: Michelle Yeoh Best Actress Winner

Townflex takes you back in memory lane as we bring you the complete list of every Best Actress Oscar Winner since the first Academy Awards in 1929.

The Academy Award for Best Actress is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role in a film released that year. The award is traditionally presented by the previous year’s Best Actor winner.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 with Janet Gaynor receiving the award for her roles in 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise.

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About The Oscars

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, is an annual awards ceremony that honors outstanding achievements in the film industry. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and were first awarded in 1929.

The Oscars recognize achievements in various categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature, and Best International Feature Film.

The nominations and winners are selected by the Academy’s voting membership, which is composed of more than 9,000 members from various branches of the film industry. The ceremony is typically held in late February or early March and is broadcast live on television in over 200 countries and territories.

Oscars Best Actress Winners

2023: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

2022: Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

2021: Frances McDormand, Nomadland

2020: Renée Zellweger, Judy

2019: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

2018: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2017: Emma Stone, La La Land

2016: Brie Larson, Room

2015: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

2014: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

2013: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

2012: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

2011: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

2010: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

2009: Kate Winslet, The Reader

2008: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

2007: Helen Mirren, The Queen

2006: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

2005: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby

2004: Charlize Theron, Monster

2003: Nicole Kidman, The Hours

2002: Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball

2001: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

2000: Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry

1999: Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love

1998: Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets

1997: Frances McDormand, Fargo

1996: Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking

1995: Jessica Lange, Blue Sky

1994: Holly Hunter, The Piano

1993: Emma Thompson, Howards End

1992: Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs

1991: Kathy Bates, Misery

1990: Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy

1989: Jodie Foster, The Accused

1988: Cher, Moonstruck

1987: Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God

1986: Geraldine Page, A Trip to Bountiful

1985: Sally Field, Places in the Heart

1984: Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment

1983: Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice

1982: Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond

1981: Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter

1980: Sally Field, Norma Rae

1979: Jane Fonda, Coming Home

1978: Diane Keaton, Annie Hall

1977: Faye Dunaway, Network

1976: Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1975: Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

1974: Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class

1973: Liza Minnelli, Cabaret

1972: Jane Fonda, Klute

1971: Glenda Jackson, Women in Love

1970: Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

1969: Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter & Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl

1968: Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

1967: Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1966: Julie Christie, Darling

1965: Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins

1964: Patricia Neal, Hud

1963: Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker

1962: Sophia Loren, Two Women

1961: Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8

1960: Simone Signoret, Room at the Top

1959: Susan Hayward, I Want to Live!

1958: Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve

1957: Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia

1956: Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo

1955: Grace Kelly, The Country Girl

1954: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

1953: Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba

1952: Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire

1951: Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday

1950: Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress

1949: Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda

1948: Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter

1947: Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own

1946: Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce

1945: Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

1944: Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette

1943: Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver

1942: Joan Fontaine, Suspicion

1941: Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle

1940: Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind

1939: Bette Davis, Jezebel

1938: Luise Rainer, The Good Earth

1937: Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld

1936: Bette Davis, Dangerous

1935: Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night

1934: Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory

1933: Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

1932: Marie Dressler, Min and Bill

1931: Norma Shearer, The Divorcee

1930: Mary Pickford, Coquette

1929: Janet Gaynor for “7th Heaven,” “Street Angel,” “Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans”

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