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Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

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The Best Actress Award (French: Prix d'interprétation féminine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is chosen by the jury from the official films in competition at the festival. It was first awarded in 1946. The ceremony was cancelled in 1948, 1950, and 1968. No awards were given to actresses in 1947. On four occasions, the jury has awarded multiple women (more than 2) the prize from one film. The four films were A World Apart, Brink of Life, A Big Family, and Volver. The jury also on occasion cites actresses with a special citation that is separate from the main award. The award can be for lead or supporting roles with the exception of the period from 1979 to 1981, when the festival used to award a separate "Best Supporting Actress" prize.

Isabelle Adjani is the only actress to ever win the award for two films in one festival, which she did in 1981. Barbara Hershey won the award consecutively in 1987 and 1988.

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award

† - indicates the performance was also an Academy Award winner


Award WinnersEdit

Year Actress Film Character
1946 Michèle Morgan (France) Pastoral Symphony Gertrude
1947 No award this year
1949 Isa Miranda (Italy) The Walls of Malapaga Marta Manfredini
1951 Bette Davis (USA ) All About Eve Margo Channing ‡
1952 Lee Grant (USA) Detective Story The Shoplifter ‡
1953 Shirley Booth (USA)[1] Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney ‡
1954 Maria Schell (Austria) - Special Award The Last Bridge Helga Reinbeck
1955 Whole cast (USSR) Bolshaya semya
1956 Susan Hayward (USA)[2] I'll Cry Tomorrow Lillian Roth
1957 Giulietta Masina (Italy) Nights of Cabiria Maria "Cabiria" Ceccarelli
Female Cast (Sweden) (4)

Tatiana Samoilova (USSR) - Special Award

Brink of Life

The Cranes Are Flying
 Eva Dahlbeck as Stina Andersson
 Bibi Andersson as Hjördis Petterson
 Barbro Hiort af Ornäs as Nurse Brita
 Ingrid Thulin as Cecilia Ellius
1959 Simone Signoret (France) Room at the Top Alice Aisgill †
1960 Jeanne Moreau (France)
Melina Mercouri (Greece)
Seven Days... Seven Nights
Never on Sunday
Anne Desbarèdes
Ilya ‡
1961 Sophia Loren (Italy) Two Women Cesira †
1962 Katharine Hepburn (USA)
Rita Tushingham (U.K.)
Long Day's Journey into Night
A Taste of Honey
Mary Cavan Tyrone ‡
1963 Marina Vlady (France) The Conjugal Bed Regina
1964 Barbara Barrie (USA)
Anne Bancroft (USA)
One Potato, Two Potato
The Pumpkin Eater
Julie Cullen Richards
Jo Armitage ‡
1965 Samantha Eggar (U.K.)
Vera Kuznetsova (USSR) - Special Award
The Collector
There Was an Old Couple
Miranda Grey ‡
1966 Vanessa Redgrave (U.K.) Morgan! Leonie Delt ‡
1967 Pia Degermark (Sweden) Elvira Madigan Elvira Madigan
1968 No award this year
1969 Vanessa Redgrave (U.K.) Isadora Isadora Duncan
1970 Ottavia Piccolo (Italy) Metello Ersilia
1971 Kitty Winn (USA)
Mari Törőcsik and Lili Darvas (Hungary) - Special Awards
The Panic in Needle Park
Helen Reeves
Luca / Az öregasszony
1972 Susannah York (U.K.) Images Cathryn
1973 Joanne Woodward (USA) The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Beatrice Hunsdorfer
1974 Marie-José Nat (France) Violins at the Ball Elle
1975 Valérie Perrine (USA) Lenny Honey Bruce
1976 Dominique Sanda (France)
Mari Törőcsik (Hungary)
The Inheritance
Mrs. Dery Where Are You?
Irene Carelli Ferramonti
1977 Shelley Duvall (USA)
Monique Mercure (Canada)
3 Women
J.A. Martin Photographer
Mildred "Millie" Lammoreaux
Rose-Aimee Martin
1978 Jill Clayburgh (USA)
Isabelle Huppert (France)
An Unmarried Woman
Violette Nozière
Erica Benton ‡
Violette Nozière
1979 Sally Field (USA)
Supporting Eva Mattes (Germany)
Norma Rae
Norma Rae Webster
1980 Anouk Aimée (France)
Supporting Milena Dravić (Yugoslavia)
Supporting Carla Gravina (Italy)
A Leap in the Dark
Special Treatment
The Terrace
Marta Ponticelli
1981 Isabelle Adjani (France)
Supporting Yelena Solovey (USSR)
Quartet / Possession
Marya 'Mado' Zelli / Anna/Helen
1982 Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak (Poland) Another Way Eva Szalanczky
1983 Hanna Schygulla (West Germany) The Story of Piera Eugenia
1984 Helen Mirren (U.K.) Cal Marcella
1985 Cher (USA)
Norma Aleandro (Argentina)
The Official Story
Florence "Rusty" Dennis
Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez
1986 Barbara Sukowa (West Germany)
Fernanda Torres (Brazil)
Rosa Luxemburg
Love Me Forever or Never
Rosa Luxemburg
The Woman
1987 Barbara Hershey (USA) Shy People Ruth
1988 Barbara Hershey (USA)
Jodhi May (U.K.)
Linda Mvusi (South Africa)
A World Apart Diana Roth
Molly Roth
1989 Meryl Streep (USA) A Cry in the Dark Lindy Chamberlain
1990 Krystyna Janda (Poland) Interrogation Antonina “Tonia” Dziwisz
1991 Irène Jacob (France) The Double Life of Véronique Weronika / Véronique
1992 Pernilla August (Sweden) The Best Intentions Anna Åkerblom Bergman
1993 Holly Hunter (USA) The Piano Ada McGrath †
1994 Virna Lisi (Italy) Queen Margot Catherine de' Medici
1995 Helen Mirren (U.K.) The Madness of King George Queen Charlotte
1996 Brenda Blethyn (U.K.) Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley ‡
1997 Kathy Burke (U.K.) Nil by Mouth Valerie
1998 Élodie Bouchez (France)
Natacha Régnier (Belgium)
The Dreamlife of Angels Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Marie Thomas
1999 Séverine Caneele (Belgium)
Émilie Dequenne (Belgium)
2000 Björk (Iceland) Dancer in the Dark Selma Ježková
2001 Isabelle Huppert (France) The Piano Teacher Erika Kohut
2002 Kati Outinen (Finland) The Man Without a Past Irma
2003 Marie-Josée Croze (Canada) The Barbarian Invasions Nathalie
2004 Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong) Clean Emily Wang
2005 Hanna Laslo (Israel) Free Zone Hanna
2006 Female Cast (Spain) (6) Volver Penélope Cruz as Raimunda ‡
Carmen Maura as Irene
Lola Dueñas as Soledad ("Sole")
Blanca Portillo as Agustina
Yohana Cobo as Paula
Chus Lampreave as Tía Paula
2007 Jeon Do-yeon (South Korea) Secret Sunshine Lee Shin-ae
2008 Sandra Corveloni (Brazil) Linha de Passe Cleuza
2009 Charlotte Gainsbourg (France) Antichrist She
2010 Juliette Binoche (France) Certified Copy The Woman
2011[3] Kirsten Dunst (USA /Germany) Melancholia Justine
2012[4] Cristina Flutur (Romania)
Cosmina Stratan (Romania)
Beyond the Hills Alina
2013[5] Bérénice Bejo (France / Argentina)[6] The Past Marie Brisson
2014[7] Julianne Moore (USA) Maps to the Stars Havana Segrand
2015[8] Rooney Mara (USA)
Emmanuelle Bercot (France)
Mon roi
Therese Belivet ‡
Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel
2016 Jaclyn Jose (Philippines) Ma' Rosa Rosa
2017 Diane Kruger (Germany) In the Fade Katja Sekerci

Multiple award winnersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


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  2. ^ This year the award name was changed to Prix d'Interprétation (Acting Award), without gender differentiation, and it was Susan who won the only award that year.
  3. ^ Gregg Kilday. "Best Actress Kirsten Dunst Thanks Cannes for Allowing Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia' 'To Still Be in Competition' (Cannes 2011)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Eric Mattina (14 March 2013). "Futures: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur Discuss Thei - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Nigel M Smith (16 December 2013). "'The Past' Star Bérénice Bejo on Her Cannes Award Winning - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were also awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or for Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  7. ^ "Winter Sleep wins Palme dOr at Cannes, Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall take acting prizes". HitFix. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Justin Chang. "Cannes Awards: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ Wins Palme d’Or - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2015.