Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

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The Best Actress Award (French: Prix d'interprétation féminine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is chosen by the jury from the official films in competition at the festival. It was first awarded in 1946. The ceremony was cancelled in 1948, 1950, and 1968. No awards were given to actresses in 1947. On four occasions, the jury has awarded multiple women (more than 2) the prize from one film. The four films were A World Apart, Brink of Life, A Big Family, and Volver. The jury also on occasion cites actresses with a special citation that is separate from the main award. From 1979 to 1981 the festival also awarded a Best Supporting Actress prize, which is included below. Isabelle Adjani is the only actress to ever win the award for two films in one festival, which she did in 1981. The award can be for lead or supporting roles. Barbara Hershey won the award consecutively in 1987 and 1988.

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award

† - indicates the performance was also an Academy Award winner

Award Winners[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1946 France Michèle Morgan Pastoral Symphony Gertrude
1947 No Award
1948 Festival Not Held
1949 Italy Isa Miranda The Walls of Malapaga Marta Manfredini
1950 Festival Not Held
1951 United States Bette Davis All About Eve Margo Channing ‡
1952 United States Lee Grant Detective Story The Shoplifter ‡
1953 United States Shirley Booth[1] Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney ‡
1954 Austria Maria Schell Special Award The Last Bridge Helga Reinbeck
1955 Soviet Union Whole cast Bolshaya semya
1956 United States Susan Hayward[2] I'll Cry Tomorrow Lillian Roth
1957 Italy Giulietta Masina Nights of Cabiria Maria "Cabiria" Ceccarelli
1958 Sweden Female Cast (Eva, Barbro, Bibi, Ingrid)
Soviet Union Tatiana Samoilova Special Award
Brink of Life
The Cranes Are Flying
Stina / Brita / Hjördis / Cecilia
1959 France Simone Signoret Room at the Top Alice Aisgill †
France Jeanne Moreau
Greece Melina Mercouri
Seven Days... Seven Nights
Never on Sunday
Anne Desbarèdes
Ilya ‡
1961 Italy Sophia Loren Two Women Cesira †
United States Katharine Hepburn
United Kingdom Rita Tushingham
Long Day's Journey into Night
A Taste of Honey
Mary Cavan Tyrone ‡
1963 France Marina Vlady The Conjugal Bed Regina
United States Barbara Barrie
United States Anne Bancroft
One Potato, Two Potato
The Pumpkin Eater
Julie Cullen Richards
Jo Armitage ‡
1965 United Kingdom Samantha Eggar
Soviet Union Vera Kuznetsova - Special Award
The Collector
There Was an Old Couple
Miranda Grey ‡
1966 United Kingdom Vanessa Redgrave Morgan! Leonie Delt ‡
1967 Sweden Pia Degermark Elvira Madigan Elvira Madigan
1968 No Award
1969 United Kingdom Vanessa Redgrave Isadora Isadora Duncan
1970 Italy Ottavia Piccolo Metello Ersilia
1971 United States Kitty Winn
Hungary Mari Törőcsik and Lili Darvas - Special Awards
The Panic in Needle Park
Helen Reeves
Luca / Az öregasszony
1972 United Kingdom Susannah York Images Cathryn
1973 United States Joanne Woodward The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Beatrice Hunsdorfer
1974 France Marie-José Nat Violins at the Ball Elle
1975 United States Valérie Perrine Lenny Honey Bruce
France Dominique Sanda
Hungary Mari Törőcsik
The Inheritance
Mrs. Dery Where Are You?
Irene Carelli Ferramonti
United States Shelley Duvall
Canada Monique Mercure
3 Women
J.A. Martin Photographer
Mildred "Millie" Lammoreaux
Rose-Aimee Martin
United States Jill Clayburgh
France Isabelle Huppert
An Unmarried Woman
Violette Nozière
Erica Benton ‡
Violette Nozière
1979 United States Sally Field
Supporting Germany Eva Mattes
Norma Rae
Norma Rae Webster
1980 France Anouk Aimée
Supporting Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milena Dravić
Supporting Italy Carla Gravina
A Leap in the Dark
Special Treatment
The Terrace
Marta Ponticelli
1981 France Isabelle Adjani
Supporting Soviet Union Yelena Solovey
Quartet / Possession

Marya 'Mado' Zelli / Anna/Helen

1982 Poland Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak Another Way Eva Szalanczky
1983 West Germany Hanna Schygulla The Story of Piera Eugenia
1984 United Kingdom Helen Mirren Cal Marcella
United States Cher
Argentina Norma Aleandro
The Official Story
Florence "Rusty" Dennis
Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez
West Germany Barbara Sukowa
Brazil Fernanda Torres
Rosa Luxemburg
Love Me Forever or Never
Rosa Luxemburg
The Woman
1987 United States Barbara Hershey Shy People Ruth
1988 United StatesBarbara Hershey
United KingdomJodhi May
South AfricaLinda Mvusi
A World Apart Diana Roth
Molly Roth
1989 United States Meryl Streep A Cry in the Dark Lindy Chamberlain
1990 Poland Krystyna Janda Interrogation Antonina “Tonia” Dziwisz
1991 France Irène Jacob The Double Life of Véronique Weronika / Véronique
1992 Sweden Pernilla August The Best Intentions Anna Åkerblom Bergman
1993 United States Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath †
1994 Italy Virna Lisi Queen Margot Catherine de' Medici
1995 United Kingdom Helen Mirren The Madness of King George Queen Charlotte
1996 United Kingdom Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley ‡
1997 United Kingdom Kathy Burke Nil by Mouth Valerie
France Élodie Bouchez
Belgium Natacha Régnier
The Dreamlife of Angels
The Dreamlife of Angels
Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Marie Thomas
Belgium Séverine Caneele
Belgium Émilie Dequenne
2000 Iceland Björk Dancer in the Dark Selma Ježková
2001 France Isabelle Huppert The Piano Teacher Erika Kohut
2002 Finland Kati Outinen The Man Without a Past Irma
2003 Canada Marie-Josée Croze The Barbarian Invasions Nathalie
2004 Hong Kong Maggie Cheung Clean Emily Wang
2005 Israel Hanna Laslo Free Zone Hanna
2006 Spain Female Cast (6) Volver Penélope Cruz as Raimunda ‡
Carmen Maura as Irene
Lola Dueñas as Soledad ("Sole")
Blanca Portillo as Agustina
Yohana Cobo as Paula
Chus Lampreave as Tía Paula
2007 South Korea Jeon Do-yeon Secret Sunshine Lee Shin-ae
2008 Brazil Sandra Corveloni Linha de Passe Cleuza
2009 France Charlotte Gainsbourg Antichrist She
2010 France Juliette Binoche Certified Copy The Woman
2011[3] United States/Germany Kirsten Dunst Melancholia Justine
Romania Cristina Flutur
Romania Cosmina Stratan
Beyond the Hills
Beyond the Hills
2013[5] France/Argentina Bérénice Bejo[6] The Past Marie Brisson
2014[7] United States Julianne Moore Maps to the Stars Havana Segrand
United States Rooney Mara
France Emmanuelle Bercot
Mon roi
Therese Belivet ‡
Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel
2016 Philippines Jaclyn Jose Ma' Rosa Rosa

Multiple award winners[edit]

2 wins

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ This year the award name was changed to Prix d'Interprétation (Acting Award), without gender differentiation, and it was Susan who won the only award that year.
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  5. ^ Nigel M Smith (16 December 2013). "'The Past' Star Bérénice Bejo on Her Cannes Award Winning - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were also awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or for Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  7. ^ "Winter Sleep wins Palme dOr at Cannes, Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall take acting prizes". HitFix. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Justin Chang. "Cannes Awards: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d'Or - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2015.