25 best Best Actress Oscar winners

The following is a list of the 25 best winners of the Best Actress Academy Award. Now, keep in mind, I haven’t seen every winner of the past 81 years.
25. Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich, 2000)
24. Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, 1998)
23. Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, 2005)
22. Sophia Loren (Two Women, 1961)
21. Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment, 1983)

20. Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl, 1968)
19. Frances McDormand (Fargo, 1996)
18. Kate Winslet (The Reader, 2008)
17. Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975)
16. Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980)

15. Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday, 1950)
14. Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966)
13. Nicole Kidman (The Hours, 2002)
12. Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night, 1934)
11. Liza Minnelli (Cabaret, 1972)

10. Kathy Bates (Misery, 1990)
9. Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond, 1981)
8. Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday, 1953)
7. Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
6. Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006)

5. Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind, 1939)
4. Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995)
3. Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969)
2. Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, 1977)
1. Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951)
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3 responses to “25 best Best Actress Oscar winners”

  1. Robert says :

    Great list! It's nice because it includes a lot of the polarizing winners (Frances Mc Dormand, Gwyneth Paltrow) who, despite their backlashes, gave honestly great performances.

  2. Anonymous says :

    I agree with your number 1, since it's mine as well but, and I also agree with Leigh's first win, Jodie Foster's second, Kathy Bates', Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Kate Winslet and Louise Fletcher. But I disagree with Witherspoon and Keaton so high. You have a great blog, keep up the good work!

  3. Mikhael Tarigan says :

    I’m late seeing this article, but I agree with your number 1. One thing though, no Meryl Streep from Sophie’s Choice?

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