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2000s

2008: Kate Winslet – “The Reader”
2007: Marion Cotillard – “La Vie en Rose”
2006: Helen Mirren – “The Queen”
2005: Reese Witherspoon – “Walk the Line”
2004: Hilary Swank – “Million Dollar Baby”
2003: Charlize Theron – “Monster”
2002: Nicole Kidman – “The Hours”
2001: Halle Berry – “Monster’s Ball”
2000: Julia Roberts – “Erin Brockovich”

1990s

1999: Hilary Swank – “Boys Don’t Cry”
1998: Gwenyth Paltrow – “Shakespeare in Love”
1997: Helen Hunt – “As Good As It Gets”
1996: Frances McDormand – “Fargo”
1995: Susan Sarandon – “Dead Man Walking”
1994: Jessica Lange – “Blue Sky”
1993: Holly Hunter – “The Piano”
1992: Emma Thompson – “Howard’s End”
1991: Jodie Foster – “The Silence of the Lambs”
1990: Kathy Bates – “Misery”

1980s

1989: Jessica Tandy – “Driving Miss Daisy”
1988: Jodie Foster – “The Accused”
1987: Cher – “Moonstruck”
1986: Marlee Matlin – “Children of a Lesser God”
1985: Geraldine Page – “The Trip to Bountiful”
1984: Sally Field – “Places in the Heart”
1983: Shirley MacLaine – “Terms of Endearment”
1982: Meryl Streep – “Sophie’s Choice”
1981: Katharine Hepburn – “On Golden Pond”
1980: Sissy Spacek – “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

1970s

1979: Sally Field – “Norma Rae”
1978: Jane Fonda – “Coming Home”
1977: Diane Keaton – “Annie Hall”
1976: Faye Dunaway – “Network”
1975: Louise Fletcher – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
1974: Ellen Burstyn – “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
1973: Glenda Jackson – “A Touch of Class”
1972: Liza Minnelli – “Cabaret”
1971: Jane Fonda – “Klute”
1970: Glenda Jackson – “Women in Love”

1960s

1969: Maggie Smith – “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”
1968: Katharine Hepburn – “The Lion in Winter” (tie)
Barbra Streisand – “Funny Girl” (tie)
1967: Katharine Hepburn – “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
1966: Elizabeth Taylor – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
1965: Julie Christie – “Darling”
1964: Julie Andrews – “Mary Poppins”
1963: Patricia Neal – “Hud”
1962: Anne Bancroft – “The Miracle Worker”
1961: Sophia Loren – “Two Women”
1960: Elizabeth Taylor – “Butterfield 8”

1950s

1959: Simone Signoret – “Room at the Top”
1958: Susan Hayward – “I Want To Live!”
1957: Joanne Woodward – “The Three Faces of Eve”
1956: Ingrid Bergman – “Anastasia”
1955: Anna Magnani – “The Rose Tattoo”
1954: Grace Kelly – “The Country Girl”
1953: Audrey Hepburn – “Roman Holiday”
1952: Shirley Booth – “Come Back – Little Sheba”
1951: Vivien Leigh – “A Streetcar Named Desire”
1950: Judy Holliday – “Born Yesterday”

1940s

1949: Olivia de Havilland – “The Heiress”
1948: Jane Wyman – “Johnny Belinda”
1947: Loretta Young – “The Farmer’s Daughter”
1946: Olivia de Havilland – “To Each His Own”
1945: Joan Crawford – “Mildred Pierce”
1944: Ingrid Bergman – “Gaslight”
1943: Jennifer Jones – “The Song of Bernadette”
1942: Greer Garson – “Mrs. Miniver”
1941: Joan Fontaine – “Suspicion”
1940: Ginger Rogers – “Kitty Foyle”

1930s

1939: Vivien Leigh – “Gone with the Wind”
1938: Bette Davis – “Jezebel”
1937: Luise Rainer – “The Good Earth”
1936: Luise Rainer – “The Great Ziegfeld”
1935: Bette Davis – “Dangerous”
1934: Claudette Colbert – “It Happened One Night”
1932/33: Katharine Hepburn – “Morning Glory”
1931/32: Helen Hayes – “The Sin of Madelon Claudet”
1930/31: Marie Dressler – “Min and Bill”

1920s

1929/30: Norma Shearer – “The Divorcee”
1928/29: Mary Pickford – “Coquette”
1927/28: Janet Gaynor – “Seventh Heaven,” “Street Angel,” and “Sunrise”