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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress

The National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress is an annual award given by the National Society of Film Critics to honour the best leading actress of the year.

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Olivia Colman at Moet BIFA 2014 (cropped).jpg
Current recipient: Olivia Colman
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Society of Film Critics
First awardedSylvie
The Shameless Old Lady (La vieille dame indigne) (1966)
Currently held byOlivia Colman
The Favourite (2018)



Year Winner Film Role
1966 Sylvie The Shameless Old Lady (La vieille dame indigne) Madame Bertini
1967 Bibi Andersson Persona Alma, The Nurse
1968 Liv Ullmann Shame (Skammen) Eva Rosenberg
1969 Vanessa Redgrave Isadora Isadora Duncan


Year Winner Film Role
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen
1971 Jane Fonda Klute Bree Daniels
1972 Cicely Tyson Sounder Rebecca Morgan
1973 Liv Ullmann The New Land (Nybyggarna) Kristina
1974 Liv Ullmann Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap) Marianne
1975 Isabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. (L'histoire d'Adèle H.) Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewry
1976 Sissy Spacek Carrie Carrie White
1977 Diane Keaton Annie Hall Annie Hall
1978 Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Charlotte Andergast
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae Norma Rae Webster


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
1981 Marília Pêra Pixote (Pixote: a lei do mais fraco) Sueli
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Zofia "Sophie" Zawistowski
1983 Debra Winger Terms of Endearment Emma Greenway Horton
1984 Vanessa Redgrave The Bostonians Olive Chancellor
1985 Vanessa Redgrave Wetherby Jean Travers
1986 Chloe Webb Sid and Nancy Nancy Spungen
1987 Emily Lloyd Wish You Were Here Lynda Mansell
1988 Judy Davis High Tide Lillie
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lilly Dillon
The Witches Eva Ernst / Grand High Witch
1991 Alison Steadman Life Is Sweet Wendy
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret "Meg" Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Jennifer Jason Leigh Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Dorothy Parker
1995 Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
1996 Emily Watson Breaking the Waves Bess McNeill
1997 Julie Christie Afterglow Phyllis Mann
1998 Ally Sheedy High Art Lucy Berliner
1999 Reese Witherspoon Election Tracy Flick


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Laura Linney You Can Count On Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott
2001 Naomi Watts Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
2002 Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Rose Drake
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
2008 Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
2009 Yolande Moreau Séraphine Séraphine Louis


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Giovanna Mezzogiorno Vincere Ida Dalser
2011 Kirsten Dunst Melancholia Justine
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
Maudie Maud Lewis
2018 Olivia Colman The Favourite Anne, Queen of Great Britain

Multiple awardsEdit

3 wins
2 wins

See alsoEdit