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The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

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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  • Meryl Streep
    1
    Sophie's Choice (1982), The Iron Lady (2011)
  • Katharine Hepburn
    2
    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)
    Morning Glory (1932), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1984)
  • Cate Blanchett
    3
    Blue Jasmine (2013)
  • Helen Mirren
    4

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

  • Julie Andrews
    5
    Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Maggie Smith
    6

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

  • Kate Winslet
    7
    The Reader (2008)
  • Kathy Bates
    8
    Misery (1990)
  • Jodie Foster
    9
    The Accused (1988), Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Sally Field
    10
    Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984)
  • Vivien Leigh
    11
    Dec. at 53 (1913-1967)
    Gone with the Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Bette Davis
    12
    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)
    Dangerous (1935), Jezebel (1938)
  • Jessica Lange
    13

    Blue Sky (1995) 

  • Audrey Hepburn
    14
    Dec. at 63 (1929-1993)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Emma Thompson
    15
    Howard's End (1992)
  • Sissy Spacek
    16

    Coal Miner's Daughter (1981)

  • Joan Crawford
    17
    Dec. at 73 (1904-1977)
    Mildred Pierce (1945)
  • Joanne Woodward
    18

    The Three Faces of Eve (1958)

  • Anne Bancroft
    19
    Dec. at 73 (1931-2005)

    The Miracle Worker (1962) 

  • Grace Kelly
    20
    Dec. at 52 (1929-1982)

    The Country Girl (1954)

  • Julianne Moore
    21
    Still Alice (2014)
  • Frances McDormand
    22

    Fargo (1996), Three Billboards Over Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Nomadland (202)

  • Jessica Tandy
    23
    Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)

    Driving Miss Daily (1990) 

  • Natalie Portman
    24
    Black Swan (2010)
  • Susan Hayward
    25
    Dec. at 57 (1917-1975)

    I Want to Live! (1959)