Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in film.

SAG Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture
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The 2022 recipient: Jessica Chastain
Awarded forOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented bySAG-AFTRA
First awardedJodie Foster for Nell (1994)
Currently held byJessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Winners and nomineesEdit

Jodie Foster won for her titular performance in Nell (1994).
Frances McDormand won twice for her performances in Fargo (1996) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
Helen Hunt won for her performance in As Good as It Gets (1997).
Gwyneth Paltrow won for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Annette Bening won for her performance in American Beauty (1999).
Julia Roberts won for portraying Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Halle Berry won for her performance in Monster's Ball (2001).
Renée Zellweger won twice for her roles as Roxie Hart and Judy Garland in Chicago (2002) and Judy (2019).
Charlize Theron won for portraying Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).
Hilary Swank won for her performance in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Reese Witherspoon won for portraying June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (2005).
Helen Mirren won for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006).
Julie Christie won for her performance in Away from Her (2007).
Meryl Streep won for her performance in Doubt (2008).
Sandra Bullock won for portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009).
Natalie Portman won for her performance in Black Swan (2010).
Viola Davis won twice for her performances in The Help (2011) and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020).
Jennifer Lawrence won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Cate Blanchett won for her performance in Blue Jasmine (2013).
Julianne Moore won for her performance in Still Alice (2014).
Brie Larson won for her performance in Room (2015).
Emma Stone won for her performance in La La Land (2016).
Glenn Close won for her performance in The Wife (2019).


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Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Jodie Foster Nell Nell Kellty
Jessica Lange Blue Sky Carly Marshall
Meg Ryan When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
Susan Sarandon The Client Reggie Love
Meryl Streep The River Wild Gail Hartman


Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean
Joan Allen Nixon Pat Nixon
Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
Meryl Streep The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood


Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
Diane Keaton Marvin's Room Bessie
Gena Rowlands Unhook the Stars Mildred Hawks
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient Katharine Clifton


Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly
Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
Judi Dench Mrs Brown Queen Victoria
Pam Grier Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater
Robin Wright She's So Lovely Maureen Murphy Quinn


Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola de Lesseps
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Jane Horrocks Little Voice LV
Meryl Streep One True Thing Kate Gulden
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré


Annette Bening American Beauty Carolyn Burnham
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker
Julianne Moore The End of the Affair Sarah Miles
Meryl Streep Music of the Heart Roberta Guaspari
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
Joan Allen The Contender Laine Hanson
Juliette Binoche Chocolat Vianne Liberato
Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
Laura Linney You Can Count on Me Sammy Taylor


Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash
Judi Dench Iris Iris Murdoch
Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones


Renée Zellweger Chicago Roxie Hart
Salma Hayek Frida Frida Kahlo
Nicole Kidman The Hours Virginia Woolf
Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker


Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Patricia Clarkson The Station Agent Olivia Harris
Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry
Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Gallagher
Evan Rachel Wood Thirteen Tracy Freeland


Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace Maria Álvarez
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clemetine Kruczynski


Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
Judi Dench Mrs Henderson Presents Laura Henderson
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree Hoffman
Charlize Theron North Country Josey Aimes
Ziyi Zhang Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri Takanasja


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


Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age Queen Elizabeth I
Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La môme) Édith Piaf
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Elliot Page Juno Juno MacGuff


Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder
Angelina Jolie Changeling Christine Collins
Melissa Leo Frozen River Ray Eddy
Kate Winslet Revolutionary Road April Wheeler


Sandra Bullock The Blind Side Leigh Anne Tuohy
Helen Mirren The Last Station Sophia Tolstaya
Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Precious Jones
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Becca Corbett
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
Hilary Swank Conviction Betty Anne Waters


Viola Davis The Help Aibileen Clark
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe


Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya Harris
Marion Cotillard Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) Stéphanie
Helen Mirren Hitchcock Alma Reville
Naomi Watts The Impossible Maria Bennett


Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Sandra Bullock Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone
Judi Dench Philomena Philomena Lee
Meryl Streep August: Osage County Violet Weston
Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks P. L. Travers


Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland
Jennifer Aniston Cake Claire Bennett
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything Jane Wilde Hawking
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott-Dunne
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed


Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Helen Mirren Woman in Gold Maria Altmann
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
Sarah Silverman I Smile Back Elaine "Laney" Brooks


Emma Stone La La Land Mia Dolan
Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
Emily Blunt The Girl on the Train Rachel Watson
Natalie Portman Jackie Jackie Kennedy
Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins


Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
Judi Dench Victoria & Abdul Queen Victoria
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson


Glenn Close The Wife Joan Castleman
Emily Blunt Mary Poppins Returns Mary Poppins
Olivia Colman The Favourite Queen Anne
Lady Gaga A Star Is Born Ally Maine
Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel


Renée Zellweger Judy Judy Garland
Cynthia Erivo Harriet Harriet Tubman
Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story Nicole Barber
Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red
Charlize Theron Bombshell Megyn Kelly


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey
Amy Adams Hillbilly Elegy Beverly "Bev" Vance
Vanessa Kirby Pieces of a Woman Martha Weiss
Frances McDormand Nomadland Fern
Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas


Jessica Chastain The Eyes of Tammy Faye Tammy Faye Bakker
Olivia Colman The Lost Daughter Leda Caruso
Jennifer Hudson Respect Aretha Franklin
Lady Gaga House of Gucci Patrizia Reggiani
Nicole Kidman Being the Ricardos Lucille Ball


Cate Blanchett Tár Lydia Tár
Viola Davis The Woman King General Nanisca
Ana de Armas Blonde Norma Jeane Mortenson / Marilyn Monroe
Danielle Deadwyler Till Mamie Till
Michelle Yeoh Everything Everywhere All at Once Evelyn Quan Wang


Superlative Leading Actress Supporting Actress Overall
Actress with most awards Viola Davis, Frances McDormand, Renée Zellweger 2 Kate Winslet 2 Viola Davis, Renée Zellweger 3
Actress with most nominations Meryl Streep 10 Cate Blanchett 5 Meryl Streep 11
Actress with most nominations without ever winning Judi Dench 6 Amy Adams 4 Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman 6
Film with most nominations Almost Famous, Babel, Being John Malkovich, Bombshell, Chicago, Doubt, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Favourite, The Fighter, Forrest Gump, The Help, Up in the Air 2 Bombshell, Chicago, Doubt, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Favourite,The Help 3
Oldest winner Glenn Close
(The Wife, 2019)
71 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
87 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
Oldest nominee Judi Dench
(Victoria & Abdul, 2018)
Youngest winner Jennifer Lawrence
(Silver Linings Playbook, 2013)
22 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
20 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
Youngest nominee Evan Rachel Wood
(Thirteen, 2004)
16 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)
7 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)

Multiple winnersEdit

2 wins

Multiple nomineesEdit

Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.

Two nominations
Three nominations
  • Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010))
  • Viola Davis (The Help (2011), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020), The Woman King (2022))
  • Nicole Kidman (The Hours (2002), Rabbit Hole (2010), Being the Ricardos (2021))
  • Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Nomadland (2020))
  • Julianne Moore (The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014))
  • Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Conviction (2010))
  • Charlize Theron (Monster (2003), North Country (2005), Bombshell (2019))
  • Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Chicago (2002), Judy (2019))
Four nominations
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015))
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008))
Five nominations
  • Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013), Carol (2015), Tár (2022))
Six nominations
  • Judi Dench (Mrs Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013), Victoria & Abdul (2017))
Ten nominations
  • Meryl Streep (The River Wild (1994), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016))

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