Awards 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
1,281 563
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
1,613 865
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
958 909
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
1,075 613
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
758 662
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
866 696
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
626 666
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
881 675
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
1,024 545
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
769 581
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
821 483
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
761 504
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
590 475
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
687 561
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 70
Misery (1990)

15
637 313
Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 74 (1931-2005)

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

16
714 493
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
718 292
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
411 334
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
625 367
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
564 500
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
539 420
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
450 429
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
492 219
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
490 764
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
519 292
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 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)