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
1,301 581
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
1,645 879
Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70
Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)
3
977 921
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
1,088 630
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 57
The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)
5
771 675
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
884 705
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
636 675
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
901 685
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 50
Blue Jasmine (2013)
9
1,042 551
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
789 592
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 44
The Reader (2008)
11
833 489
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73
Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984)
12
775 509
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 74

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

13
604 485
Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 59
Still Alice (2014)
14
701 569
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 71
Misery (1990)
15
731 500
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84
Mary Poppins (1964)
16
647 318
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005)

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

17
726 299
Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70

Blue Sky (1995) 

18
421 340
Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 62

Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 

19
632 373
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
573 515
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 52
Erin Brockovich (2000)
21
546 428
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 60
Howard's End (1992)
22
456 436
Diane Keaton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 73
Annie Hall (1977)
23
498 770
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 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)

24
532 294
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 85

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

25
497 222
Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 25 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)