This list contains information about the best actress performances, ranked by your votes. Over the years there has been so many great performances that won best actress awards for the women who portrayed classic characters. Some of these best actress Oscar performances were for roles based on real people while others were based on fictional characters.
What are some of the best actress performances? Annie Wilkes from Misery made our list. Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of this number one fan. Misery was based on the 1987 Stephen King book of the same name. Vivien Leigh's iconic portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in the film Gone with the Wind also made our list. Leigh took home the Best Actress Oscar in 1939.
Several Best Supporting Actress performances also made this list. Octavia Spencer's performance of Minny Jackson in the film The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name, earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2011. Other supporting actress roles that are featured on this list include Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (Cate Blanchett) and Minnie Castevet (Ruth Gordon).Which best actress performance is your favorite? Be sure to vote on this list to make sure the right role ends up in the top spot, and also share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Lupita Nyong'o - Best Supporting Actress (2013).
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- Marisa Tomei - Best Supporting Actress (1992).
- Linus addedElizabeth Taylor - Best Actress (1967)
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- Tom Islava addedAnne Bancroft-Best Actress (1962)
- Hilary Swank - Best Actress (2004).
- Angelina Jolie - Best Supporting Actress (1999).
- Reese Witherspoon - Best Actress (2005).
- Rita Moreno - Best Supporting Actress (1961)
- Anne Hathaway - Best Supporting Actress (2012).
- Linus addedKatharine Hepburn - Best Actress (1969)
- Tom Islava addedDiane Keaton-Best Actress (1977)
- Julianne Moore - Best Actress (2014).
- Julia Roberts - Best Actress (2000).
- Meryl Streep - Best Actress (2011).
- Tom Islava addedLiza Minnelli-Best Actress (1972)
- Susan Sarandon - Best Actress (1995).
- Cate Blanchett - Best Actress (2013).
- Nicole Kidman - Best Actress (2002).
- Catherine Zeta-Jones - Best Supporting Actress (2002).
- Meryl Streep - Best Supporting Actress (1979).
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