National Board of Review Award for Best Actress

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National Board Of Review Award for Best Actress
Meryl Streep at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 (32802149674) (cropped).jpg
Current recipient: Meryl Streep
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Country United States
Presented by National Board of Review
First awarded Joan Crawford
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Currently held by Meryl Streep
The Post (2017)

The National Board of Review Award for Best Lead Actress is one of the annual film awards given (since 1945) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1945 Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Beragon †
1946 Anna Magnani Rome, Open City Pina
1947 Celia Johnson This Happy Breed Ethel Gibbons
1948 Olivia de Havilland The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham ‡
1949 not awarded


Year Winner Film Role
1950 Gloria Swanson Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond ‡
1951 Jan Sterling Ace in the Hole Lorraine Minosa
1952 Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney †
1953 Jean Simmons The Actress Ruth Gordon Jones
The Robe Diana
Young Bess Princess Elizabeth
1954 Grace Kelly The Country Girl Georgie Elgin †
Dial M for Murder Margot Mary Wendice
Rear Window Lisa Carol Fremont
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose †
1956 Dorothy McGuire Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell
1957 Joanne Woodward No Down Payment Leola Boone
The Three Faces of Eve Eve White / Eve Black / Jane †
1958 Ingrid Bergman The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Gladys Aylward
1959 Simone Signoret Room at the Top Alice Aisgill †


Year Winner Film Role
1960 Greer Garson Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt
1961 Geraldine Page Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller ‡
1962 Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan
1963 Patricia Neal Hud Alma Brown †
1964 Kim Stanley Séance on a Wet Afternoon Myra Savage ‡
1965 Julie Christie Darling Diana Scott †
Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha †
1967 Edith Evans The Whisperers Maggie Ross ‡
1968 Liv Ullmann Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) Alma Borg
Shame (Skammen) Eva Rosenberg
1969 Geraldine Page Trilogy Sook


Year Winner Film Role
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen †
1971 Irene Papas The Trojan Women Helen of Troy
1972 Cicely Tyson Sounder Rebecca Morgan ‡
1973 Liv Ullmann The New Land (Nybyggarna) Kristina
1974 Gena Rowlands A Woman Under the Influence Mabel Longhetti ‡
1975 Isabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. (L’histoire d'Adèle H.) Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewry ‡
1976 Liv Ullmann Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Dr. Jenny Isaksson ‡
1977 Anne Bancroft The Turning Point Emma Jacklin ‡
1978 Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata Charlotte Andergast ‡
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae Norma Rae Webster †


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
1981 Glenda Jackson Stevie Stevie Smith
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Zofia “Sophie” Zawistowski †
1983 Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway †
1984 Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India Mrs. Moore ‡
1985 Whoopi Goldberg The Color Purple Celie Johnson ‡
1986 Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue ‡
1987 Lillian Gish The Whales of August Sarah Webber
Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig ‡
1988 Jodie Foster The Accused Sarah Tobias †
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond ‡


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Mia Farrow Alice Alice Smith Tate
1991 Geena Davis Thelma & Louise Thelma Yvonne Dickinson ‡
Susan Sarandon Louise Elizabeth Sawyer ‡
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel †
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath †
1994 Miranda Richardson Tom & Viv Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot
1995 Emma Thompson Carrington Dora Carrington
Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy ‡
1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil) Isadora “Dora” Teixeira ‡
1999 Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker ‡


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove †
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker ‡
2003 Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry ‡
2004 Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert ‡
2005 Felicity Huffman Transamerica Sabrina “Bree” Osbourne / Stanley Schupak ‡
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson ‡
2008 Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder ‡
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor ‡


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Lesley Manville Another Year Mary Smith
2011 Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
2012 Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya ‡
2013 Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks Pamela “P. L.” Travers
2014 Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland †
2015 Brie Larson Room Joy “Ma” Newsome †
2016 Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
2017 Meryl Streep The Post Kay Graham

Multiple awards[edit]

3 wins
2 wins

See also[edit]