AACTA International Award for Best Actress

The AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress is an award that is presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), for a performance by a female actor in a film made outside Australia. It was first handed out by the Academy after its establishment in 2011 by the Australian Film Institute (AFI).[1] The winners and nominees for 2011 were determined by a jury.[2][3] The award was presented at the inaugural AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles, on 27 January 2012.[1]

Best International Actress
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Current recipient: Saoirse Ronan
Presented byAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded2012
Currently held bySaoirse Ronan, Little Women (2019)

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the winner is listed first, marked in a separate colour, and highlighted in boldface; the nominees are those that are listed below the winner and not highlighted or in boldface.[3]

  • † - indicates performance that won The Academy Award for Best Actress
  • ‡ - indicates performance that was nominated for The Academy Award for Best Actress


Year Actress Film Role
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs ‡
Kirsten Dunst Melancholia Justine
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Mia Wasikowska Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya ‡
Marion Cotillard Rust and Bone Stephanie
Nicole Kidman The Paperboy Charlotte Bless
Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent ‡
Naomi Watts The Impossible Maria Bennett
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Amy Adams American Hustle Sydney Prosser ‡
Sandra Bullock Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone ‡
Judi Dench Philomena Philomena Lee ‡
Meryl Streep August: Osage County Violet Weston ‡
Julianne Moore Still Alice Alice Howland
Essie Davis The Babadook Amelia
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything Jane Wilde Hawking
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott-Dunne ‡
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Emily Blunt Sicario Kate Macer
Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome †
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey ‡
Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa
Emma Stone La La Land Mia Dolan
Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc ‡
Ruth Negga Loving Mildred Loving
Natalie Portman Jackie Jackie Kennedy
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding
Judi Dench Victoria & Abdul Queen Victoria
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito ‡
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes †
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson ‡
Olivia Colman The Favourite Queen Anne
Glenn Close The Wife Joan Castleman ‡
Toni Collette Hereditary Annie Graham
Lady Gaga A Star Is Born Ally Maine ‡
Nicole Kidman Destroyer Erin Bell
Saoirse Ronan Little Women Josephine "Jo" March
Awkwafina The Farewell Billi Wang
Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story Nicole Barber ‡
Charlize Theron Bombshell Megyn Kelly
Renée Zellweger Judy Judy Garland

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "AACTA - The Academy". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 9 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Maddox, Gary (1 December 2011). "And the winner is ... the AFI". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Staff (15 January 2012). "AACTA International Award Nominees" (PDF). Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 17 January 2012.[dead link]

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