Oscars The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress  

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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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1,236 531
Katharine Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) - Morning Glory (1932), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1984)

2
1,546 833
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 69 - Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)

3
903 887
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993) - Roman Holiday (1953)

4
1,038 588
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 56 - The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)

5
720 643
Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 54 (1913-1967) - Gone with the Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

6
828 677
Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989) - Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)

7
594 645
Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 67 (1915-1982) - Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956)

8
832 656
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 49 - Blue Jasmine (2013)

9
999 524
Joan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 73 (1904-1977) - Mildred Pierce (1945)

10
729 551
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - The Reader (2008)

11
797 460
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984)

12
722 485
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73 -

The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2010) 

13
564 456
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 58 - Still Alice (2014)

14
623 293
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005) -

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

15
652 547
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70 - Misery (1990)

16
680 476
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 83 - Mary Poppins (1964)

17
699 272
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 69 -

Blue Sky (1995) 

18
387 315
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 61 -

Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 

19
610 351
Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 53 (1929-1982) -

The Country Girl (1954)

20
536 483
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 51 - Erin Brockovich (2000)

21
514 403
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 59 - Howard's End (1992)

22
433 412
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Annie Hall (1977)

23
478 206
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 58 (1917-1975) -

I Want to Live! (1959) 

24
471 750
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011) -

BUtterfield 8 (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)

25
491 281
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 -

California Suite (1979), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1970)