Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress

The Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress is an annual film award given by the Online Film Critics Society to honor the best lead actress of the year.

The 2020 recipient: Frances McDormand

Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Reese Witherspoon have each won this award twice. Cate Blanchett has been awarded three times.



Year Winner Film Role
1997 Judi Dench Mrs Brown Queen Victoria
Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater
1998 Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola de Lesseps
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré
1999 Reese Witherspoon Election Tracy Flick
Annette Bening American Beauty Carolyn Burnham
Heather Donahue The Blair Witch Project Heather Donahue
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
Joan Allen The Contender Sen. 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
Thora Birch Ghost World Enid
Nicole Kidman The Others Grace Stewart
Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
Jennifer Aniston The Good Girl Justine Last
Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary Lee Holloway
Isabelle Huppert The Piano Teacher Erika Kohut
Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
2003 Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Peck
Angela Bettis May May Dove Canady
Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation Charlotte
Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Volume 1 The Bride/Black Mamba
2004 Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clementine Kruczynski
Julie Delpy Before Sunset Celine
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Volume 2 Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride/Black Mamba
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
Joan Allen The Upside of Anger Terry Wolfmeyer
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree Osbourne
Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet
Naomi Watts King Kong Ann Darrow
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
Penélope Cruz Volver Raimunda
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett
Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly
Kate Winslet Little Children Sarah Pierce
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
Marion Cotillard La Vie en rose Édith Piaf
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Laura Linney The Savages Wendy Savage
Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff
2008 Michelle Williams Wendy and Lucy Wendy Carroll
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Buchanan
Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Poppy Cross
Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Kate Winslet Revolutionary Road April Wheeler
2009 Mélanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds Shoshanna Dreyfus
Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Miller
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Claireece "Precious" Jones
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child
Tilda Swinton Julia Julia


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Becca Corbett
Kim Hye-ja Mother Mother
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
2011 Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Kirsten Dunst Melancholia Justine
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
2012 Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy
Rachel Weisz The Deep Blue Sea Hester Collyer
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Amy Adams American Hustle Sydney Prosser / Lady Edith Greensly
Julie Delpy Before Midnight Céline Wallace
Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Colour Adèle
Brie Larson Short Term 12 Grace
2014 Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott-Dunne
Marion Cotillard Two Days, One Night Sandra Bya
Essie Davis The Babadook Amelia
Anne Dorval Mommy Diane Després
Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland
2015 Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa
2016 Natalie Portman Jackie Jackie Kennedy
Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
Ruth Negga Loving Mildred Loving
Emma Stone La La Land Mia Dolan
2017 Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
Cynthia Nixon A Quiet Passion Emily Dickinson
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson
2018 Toni Collette Hereditary Annie Graham
Yalitza Aparicio Roma Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez
Olivia Colman The Favourite Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Regina Hall Support the Girls Lisa Conroy
Lady Gaga A Star is Born Ally Maine
2019 Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red
Awkwafina The Farewell Billi Wang
Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story Nicole Barber
Florence Pugh Midsommar Dani Ardor
Renée Zellweger Judy Judy Garland


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Frances McDormand Nomadland Fern
Jessie Buckley I'm Thinking of Ending Things Young Woman
Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey
Sidney Flanigan Never Rarely Sometimes Always Autumn Callahan
Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas
2021 Olivia Colman The Lost Daughter Leda Caruso
Alana Haim Licorice Pizza Alana Kane
Renate Reinsve The Worst Person in the World Julie
Agathe Rousselle Titane Alexia/Adrien
Kristen Stewart Spencer Diana, Princess of Wales