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The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress is an award given out at the annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and was first presented in 1995. There were no official nominees announced until 2001. There are currently six nominees annually and there have been three ties in this category (2008, 2009, 2018).

Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
The 2019 recipients: Glenn Close and Lady Gaga
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byBroadcast Film Critics Association
Currently held byGlenn Close for The Wife (2017) (TIE)
Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born (2018) (TIE)

This is the main best actress award for leading dramatic performances. The Critics' Choice also have other categories for lead actress: Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Actress in an Action Movie.

For the supporting actress category, see Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.

List of winners and nomineesEdit


Year Actress Character Film
1995 Nicole Kidman Suzanne Stone-Maretto To Die For
1996 Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson Fargo
1997 Helena Bonham Carter Kate Croy The Wings of the Dove
1998 Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth
1999 Hilary Swank Brandon Teena / Teena Renae Brandon Boys Don't Cry


Year Actress Character Film
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Sissy Spacek Ruth Fowler In the Bedroom
Nicole Kidman Satine Moulin Rouge!
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary
2002 Julianne Moore Cathy Whitaker Far from Heaven
Salma Hayek Frida Kahlo Frida
Nicole Kidman Virginia Woolf The Hours
Diane Lane Constance "Connie" Sumner Unfaithful
2003 Charlize Theron Aileen Wuornos Monster
Jennifer Connelly Kathy Nicolo House of Sand and Fog
Diane Keaton Erica Barry Something's Gotta Give
Nicole Kidman Ada Monroe Cold Mountain
Samantha Morton Sarah Sullivan In America
Naomi Watts Cristina "Cris" Peck 21 Grams
2004 Hilary Swank Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald Million Dollar Baby
Annette Bening Julia Lambert Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno María Álvarez Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Kate Winslet Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Uma Thurman Beatrix Kiddo Kill Bill: Volume 2
2005 Reese Witherspoon June Carter Cash Walk the Line
Joan Allen Terry Wolfmeyer The Upside of Anger
Judi Dench Laura Henderson Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne / Stanley Schupak Transamerica
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron Josey Aimes North Country
2006 Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth II The Queen
Penélope Cruz Raimunda Volver
Judi Dench Barbara Covett Notes on a Scandal
Meryl Streep Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet Sarah Pierce Little Children
2007 Julie Christie Fiona Anderson Away from Her
Amy Adams Princess Giselle Enchanted
Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Marion Cotillard Édith Piaf La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie Mariane Pearl A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page Juno MacGuff Juno
2008 Anne Hathaway (TIE) Kym Buchman Rachel Getting Married
Meryl Streep (TIE) Sister Aloysius Beauvier Doubt
Kate Beckinsale Rachel Armstrong Nothing but the Truth
Cate Blanchett Daisy Fuller (adult) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Angelina Jolie Christine Collins Changeling
Melissa Leo Ray Eddy Frozen River
2009 Sandra Bullock (TIE) Leigh Anne Tuohy The Blind Side
Meryl Streep (TIE) Julia Child Julie & Julia
Emily Blunt Queen Victoria The Young Victoria
Carey Mulligan Jenny Miller An Education
Saoirse Ronan Susie Salmon The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe Claireece "Precious" Jones Precious


Year Actress Character Film
2010 Natalie Portman Nina Sayers Black Swan
Annette Bening Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman Becca Corbett Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence Ree Dolly Winter's Bone
Noomi Rapace Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams Cynthia "Cindy" Heller Blue Valentine
2011 Viola Davis Aibileen Clark The Help
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton Eva Khatchadourian We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron Mavis Gary Young Adult
Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe My Week with Marilyn
2012 Jessica Chastain Maya Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard Stéphanie Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence Tiffany Maxwell Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva Anne Laurent Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis Hushpuppy Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts Maria Bennett The Impossible
2013 Cate Blanchett Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock Dr. Ryan Stone Gravity
Judi Dench Philomena Lee Philomena
Brie Larson Grace Howard Short Term 12
Meryl Streep Violet Weston August: Osage County
Emma Thompson P. L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks
2014 Julianne Moore Dr. Alice Howland Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston Claire Bennett Cake
Marion Cotillard Sandra Bya Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones Jane Wilde Hawking The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike Amy Elliott-Dunne Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon Cheryl Strayed Wild
2015 Brie Larson Joy "Ma" Newsome Room
Cate Blanchett Carol Aird Carol
Jennifer Lawrence Joy Mangano Joy
Charlotte Rampling Kate Mercer 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan Eilis Lacey Brooklyn
Charlize Theron Imperator Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy Jackie
Amy Adams Dr. Louise Banks Arrival
Annette Bening Dorothea Fields 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert Michèle Leblanc Elle
Ruth Negga Mildred Loving Loving
Emma Stone Mia Dolan La La Land
2017 Frances McDormand Mildred Hayes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jessica Chastain Molly Bloom Molly's Game
Sally Hawkins Elisa Esposito The Shape of Water
Margot Robbie Tonya Harding I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson Lady Bird
Meryl Streep Katharine Graham The Post
2018 Glenn Close (TIE) Joan Castleman The Wife
Lady Gaga (TIE) Ally Maine A Star Is Born
Yalitza Aparicio Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez Roma
Emily Blunt Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Returns
Toni Collette Annie Graham Hereditary
Olivia Colman Queen Anne The Favourite
Melissa McCarthy Lee Israel Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Multiple nomineesEdit

Multiple winnersEdit

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