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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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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Meryl Streep age 69 - Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)

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884 483
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jodie Foster age 56 - The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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609 548
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 6 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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920 451
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 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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584 477
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Kate Winslet age 43 - The Reader (2008)

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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 72 - Norma Rae (1979),  Places in the Heart (1984)

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Cate Blanchett age 49 - Blue Jasmine (2013)

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583 433
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Helen Mirren age 73 - The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2010) 

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556 246
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Anne Bancroft Died at 74 (1931-2005) - The Miracle Worker (1962) 

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Grace Kelly Died at 53 (1929-1982) - The Country Girl (1954)

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julianne Moore age 58 - Still Alice (2014)

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Kathy Bates age 70 - Misery (1990)

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277 267
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Frances McDormand age 61 - Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julia Roberts age 51 - Erin Brockovich (2000)

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417 355
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Emma Thompson age 59 - Howard's End (1992)

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428 157
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Susan Hayward Died at 58 (1917-1975) - I Want to Live! (1959) 

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284 204
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julie Christie age 77 - Darling (1966) 

The Best Current Adventure TV Series

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559 422
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Julie Andrews age 83 - Mary Poppins (1964)

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597 227
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jessica Lange age 69 - Blue Sky (1995) 

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357 349
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Diane Keaton age 72 - Annie Hall (1977)

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337 279
Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 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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280 190
Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Ginger Rogers Died at 84 (1911-1995) - Kitty Foyle (1941) 

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357 385
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Natalie Portman age 37 - Black Swan (2010)

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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292 239
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Ellen Burstyn age 86 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

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529 365
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon age 42 - Walk the Line (2005)

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443 349
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jane Fonda age 81 - Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978)

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354 485
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Charlize Theron age 43 - Monster (2003)

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342 469
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Nicole Kidman age 51 - The Hours (2002)

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282 141
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Jessica Tandy Died at 85 (1909-1994) - Driving Miss Daily (1990) 

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474 428
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Sandra Bullock age 54 - The Blind Side (2009)

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Maggie Smith age 84 - California Suite (1979), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1970) 

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426 362
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Halle Berry age 52 - Monster's Ball (2001)

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225 131
Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Patricia Neal Died at 84 (1926-2010) - Hud (1964)

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241 550
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Sophia Loren age 83 - Two Women (1961)

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280 134
Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Joanne Woodward age 87 - The Three Faces of Eve (1958)

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448 155
Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Mary Pickford Died at 87 (1892-1979) - Coquette (1930)

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294 135
Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Jane Wyman Died at 90 (1917-2007) - Johnny Belinda (1949) 

The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence age 28 - Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

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296 163
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Sissy Spacek age 69 - Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

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213 148
Geraldine Page is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Geraldine Page Died at 63 (1924-1987) - The Trip to Bountiful (1986)

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283 110
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
FranciscodeSouza added Helen Hayes Died at 93 (1900-1993) - Airport (1971), The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932)

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301 283
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Liza Minnelli age 72 - Cabaret (1972)

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259 350
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Marion Cotillard age 43 - La Vie en Rose (2007)

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290 142
Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Loretta Young Died at 87 (1913-2000) - The Farmer's Daughter (1948) 

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Susan Sarandon age 72 - Dead Man Walking (1995)