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Every year the Academy evaluates a year's worth of brilliant performances and picks what they believe to be the best of the best, nominating these for the most prestigious acting awards in cinema: the Oscars. This in itself is an honor - just to be nominated for an Academy Award. But only one person can win each year, and the women listed here have all taken home Oscar gold for Best Actress in a Leading Role - so which Best Actress Oscar winners are the best?

Of the leading women who have won Best Actress, who is the best Best Actress? Is it the most nominated women of all time Meryl Streep, with 15 nominations? Is it a classic actress like Katharine Hepburn (who has the most wins, with four)? What about Audrey Hepburn, or Grace Kelly? Maybe a more modern choice like Hilary Swank, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, or Julianne Moore?
 
With so many options choosing the best is hard, but that's where you come in. Vote up the very best actresses of all the Best Actress Academy Award winners below!
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Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Katharine Hepburn Died at 96 (1907-2003) - Morning Glory (1932), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1984)

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Meryl Streep age 68 - Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)

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Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Joan Crawford Died at 73 (1904-1977) - Mildred Pierce (1945)

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jodie Foster age 55 - The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Audrey Hepburn Died at 64 (1929-1993) - Roman Holiday (1953)

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Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Anne Bancroft Died at 74 (1931-2005)

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Vivien Leigh Died at 54 (1913-1967) - Gone with the Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire  (1951)

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337 106
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Susan Hayward Died at 58 (1917-1975)

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Bette Davis Died at 81 (1908-1989) - Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)

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Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Sally Field age 71 - Norma Rae (1979),  Places in the Heart (1984)

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Helen Mirren age 72 - The Queen (2006)

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jessica Lange age 68

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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Ingrid Bergman Died at 67 (1915-1982) - Gaslight (1944),  Anastasia (1956)

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Kate Winslet age 42 - The Reader (2008)

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Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Mary Pickford Died at 87 (1892-1979)

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Cate Blanchett age 48 - Blue Jasmine (2013)

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Grace Kelly Died at 53 (1929-1982) - The Country Girl (1954)

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julie Andrews age 82 - Mary Poppins (1964)

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Kathy Bates age 69 - Misery (1990)

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234 138
Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Ginger Rogers Died at 84 (1911-1995)

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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julianne Moore age 57 - Still Alice (2014)

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216 72
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
FranciscodeSouza added Helen Hayes Died at 93 (1900-1993)

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julia Roberts age 50 - Erin Brockovich (2000)

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Emma Thompson age 58 - Howard's End (1992)

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon age 41 - Walk the Line (2005)

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Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Jane Wyman Died at 90 (1917-2007)

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Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Jessica Tandy Died at 85 (1909-1994)

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Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Diane Keaton age 71 - Annie Hall (1977)

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Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

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Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Ellen Burstyn age 85 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Loretta Young Died at 87 (1913-2000)

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Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Sissy Spacek age 68

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Sandra Bullock age 53 - The Blind Side (2009)

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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Claudette Colbert Died at 93 (1903-1996) - It Happened One Night (1934)

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Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Patricia Neal Died at 84 (1926-2010)

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jane Fonda age 80 - Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978)

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Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Joanne Woodward age 87

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Halle Berry age 51 - Monster's Ball (2001)

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Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Maggie Smith age 83

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Geraldine Page is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Geraldine Page Died at 63 (1924-1987)

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Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Liza Minnelli age 71 - Cabaret (1972)

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence age 27 - Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Holly Hunter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Holly Hunter age 59

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011) - Butterfield 8 (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)

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Jennifer Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Jennifer Jones Died at 90 (1919-2009)

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Natalie Portman age 36 - Black Swan (2010)

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Nicole Kidman age 50 - The Hours (2002)

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138 92
Shirley Booth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Shirley Booth Died at 94 (1898-1992)