Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress is an annual award given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
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The 2019 recipient: Lupita Nyong'o
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byChicago Film Critics Association
First awardedBarbara Hershey
Shy People (1988)
Currently held byLupita Nyong'o
Us (2019)

Nominees and winnersEdit


Year Winner and nominees Film Role
1988 Barbara Hershey Shy People Ruth
Glenn Close Dangerous Liaisons Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil
Jodie Foster The Accused Sarah Tobias
Meryl Streep A Cry in the Dark Lindy Chamberlain
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond
Ellen Barkin Sea of Love Helen Cruger
Andie MacDowell Sex, Lies, and Videotape Ann Bishop Mullany
Meg Ryan When Harry Met Sally... Sally Albright
Winona Ryder Heathers Veronica Sawyer


Year Winner and nominees Film Role
1990 Kathy Bates Misery Annie Wilkes
Mia Farrow Alice Alice Smith Tate
Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lily Dillon
Meryl Streep Postcards from the Edge Suzanne Vale
Joanne Woodward Mr. and Mrs. Bridge India Bridge
1991 Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs Clarice Starling
Annette Bening Bugsy Virginia Hill
Geena Davis Thelma & Louise Thelma Dickinson
Laura Dern Rambling Rose Rose
Bette Midler For the Boys Dixie Leonard
Anne Parillaud La Femme Nikita Nikita
Susan Sarandon Thelma & Louise Louise Sawyer
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel
Rebecca De Mornay The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders
Jennifer Jason Leigh Single White Female Hedra "Hedy" Carlson
Susan Sarandon Lorenzo's Oil Michaela Odone
Sharon Stone Basic Instinct Catherine Tramell
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
Angela Bassett What's Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner
Stockard Channing Six Degrees of Separation Ouisa Kittredge
Emma Thompson The Remains of the Day Miss Kenton
Debra Winger A Dangerous Woman Martha Horgan
1994 Jennifer Jason Leigh Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Dorothy Parker
Linda Fiorentino The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory / Wendy Kroy
Jodie Foster Nell Nell Kellty
Jessica Lange Blue Sky Carly Marshall
Winona Ryder Little Women Josephine "Jo" March
1995 Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
Kathy Bates Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne
Rena Owen Once Were Warriors Beth Heke
Sharon Stone Casino Ginger McKenna
Meryl Streep The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
Courtney Love The People vs. Larry Flynt Althea Flynt
Lili Taylor I Shot Andy Warhol Valerie Solanas
Emily Watson Breaking the Waves Bess McNeill
1997 Judi Dench Mrs. Brown Queen Victoria
Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
Jodie Foster Contact Dr. Eleanor Arroway
Pam Grier Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly
1998 Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Jane Horrocks Little Voice Laura "Little Voice" Hoff
Holly Hunter Living Out Loud Judith Moore
Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola de Lesseps
Ally Sheedy High Art Lucy Berliner
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena
Annette Bening American Beauty Carolyn Burnham
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker
Julianne Moore The End of the Affair Sarah Miles
Reese Witherspoon Election Tracy Flick


Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2000 Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
Joan Allen The Contender Senator Laine Billings Hanson
Björk Dancer in the Dark Selma Ježková
Laura Linney You Can Count On Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott
Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Naomi Watts Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
Thora Birch Ghost World Enid
Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
Salma Hayek Frida Frida Kahlo
Nicole Kidman The Hours Virginia Woolf
Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
Renée Zellweger Chicago Roxie Hart
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Keisha Castle-Hughes Whale Rider Paikea Apirana
Hope Davis American Splendor Joyce Brabner
Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation Charlotte
Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Peck
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clementine Kruczynski
Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez
Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
2005 Joan Allen The Upside of Anger Terry Ann Wolfmeyer
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree
Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet
Naomi Watts King Kong Ann Darrow
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
Penélope Cruz Volver Raimunda
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett
Maggie Gyllenhaal Sherrybaby Sherry Swanson
Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly
Kate Winslet Little Children Sarah Pierce
2007 Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff
Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La môme) Edith Piaf
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Laura Linney The Savages Wendy Savage
2008 Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym
Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
Angelina Jolie Changeling Christine Collins
Melissa Leo Frozen River Ray Eddy
Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Miller
Abbie Cornish Bright Star Fanny Brawne
Maya Rudolph Away We Go Verona De Tessant
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Claireece "Precious" Jones
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
Lesley Manville Another Year Mary Smith
Michelle Williams Blue Valentine Cindy Heller
2011 Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
Kirsten Dunst Melancholia Justine
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
Anna Paquin Margaret Lisa Cohen
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2012 Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
Helen Hunt The Sessions Cheryl Cohen-Greene
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
Naomi Watts The Impossible Maria Bennett
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Sandra Bullock Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone
Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Colour Adèle
Brie Larson Short Term 12 Grace
Meryl Streep August: Osage County Violet Weston
2014 Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland
Marion Cotillard Two Days, One Night Sandra Bya
Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin The Female
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott-Dunne
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed
2015 Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa
2016 Natalie Portman Jackie Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Amy Adams Arrival Louise Banks
Rebecca Hall Christine Christine Chubbuck
Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
Emma Stone La La Land Mia Dolan
2017 Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Vicky Krieps Phantom Thread Alma Elson
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding
Toni Collette Hereditary Annie Graham
Yalitza Aparicio Roma Cleo
Lady Gaga A Star Is Born Ally Maine
Regina Hall Support the Girls Lisa Conroy
Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel
Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red
Awkwafina The Farewell Billi Wang
Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story Nicole Barber
Elisabeth Moss Her Smell Becky Something
Renee Zellweger Judy Judy Garland