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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1,218 506
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
1,504 820
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
881 869
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
1,015 569
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
706 631
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
811 670
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
578 638
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
797 649
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
986 515
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
710 539
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
778 452
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
704 473
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
548 446
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
612 285
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
633 537
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
667 461
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
687 262
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
369 307
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
601 343
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
522 471
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
497 396
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
423 401
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
472 197
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
466 740
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
319 246
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 77 -

Darling (1966) 

26
472 275
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 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) 

27
461 435
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 37 - Black Swan (2010)

28
502 413
Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 81 - Klute (1971), Coming Home (1978)

29
425 514
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 51 - The Hours (2002)

30
375 307
Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Dec. at 93 (1903-1996) - It Happened One Night (1934)

31
565 486
Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 54 - The Blind Side (2009)

32
594 425
Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 42 - Walk the Line (2005)

33
342 272
Ellen Burstyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 86 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

34
444 524
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - Monster (2003)

35
310 229
Ginger Rogers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 84 (1911-1995) -

Kitty Foyle (1941) 

36
326 169
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) -

Driving Miss Daily (1990) 

37
336 157
Joanne Woodward is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 88 -

The Three Faces of Eve (1958)

38
256 156
Patricia Neal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 84 (1926-2010) -

Hud (1964)

39
295 584
Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 84 - Two Women (1961)

40
469 425
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 52 - Monster's Ball (2001)

41
389 687
Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Dead Man Walking (1995)

42
478 191
Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1892-1979) -

Coquette (1930)

43
350 192
Sissy Spacek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added age 69 -

Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

44
314 382
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 43 - La Vie en Rose (2007)

45
319 138
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
FranciscodeSouza added Dec. at 93 (1900-1993) -

Airport (1971), The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932)

46
242 177
Geraldine Page is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 63 (1924-1987) -

The Trip to Bountiful (1986)

47
513 479
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 28 -

Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

48
345 330
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
age 72 - Cabaret (1972)

49
319 173
Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 90 (1917-2007) -

Johnny Belinda (1949) 

50
318 176
Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress
Matthew Baker added Dec. at 87 (1913-2000) -

The Farmer's Daughter (1948)