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Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress

The Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best (Lead) Actress is one of the annual film awards given by the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byBoston Society of Film Critics
First awardedGena Rowlands
Gloria (1980)
Currently held byMelissa McCarthy
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)



Year Winner Film Role
1980 Gena Rowlands Gloria Gloria Swenson ‡
1981 Marília Pêra Pixote (Pixote: a lei do mais fraco) Sueli
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Sophie Zawistowski †
1983 Rosanna Arquette Baby It's You Jill Rosen
1984 Judy Davis A Passage to India Adela Quested ‡
1985 Geraldine Page The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts †
1986 Chloe Webb Sid and Nancy Nancy Spungen
1987 Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig ‡
1988 Melanie Griffith Working Girl Tess McGill ‡
1989 Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan †


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lilly Dillon ‡
The Witches Eva Ernst / Grand High Witch
1991 Geena Davis Thelma & Louise Thelma Dickinson ‡
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret "Meg" Schlegel †
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath †
1994 Julianne Moore Vanya on 42nd Street Yelena
1995 Nicole Kidman To Die For Suzanne Stone Maretto
1996 Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley ‡
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy ‡
1998 Samantha Morton Under the Skin Iris Kelly
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb ‡
2001 Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
2002 Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary Lee Holloway
2003 Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation Charlotte
2004 Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald †
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La môme) Édith Piaf
2008 Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
2009 Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen †
2011 Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
2012 Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent ‡
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis †
2014 Marion Cotillard The Immigrant Ewa Cybulska
Two Days, One Night Sandra Bya ‡
2015 Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer ‡
2016 Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc ‡
Things to Come Nathalie Chazeaux
2017 Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito ‡
2018 Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel

Multiple WinnersEdit

2 winsEdit