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1927/28 (1st) Janet Gaynor -- 7th Heaven {"Diane"}; Street Angel {"Angela"}; and Sunrise {"The Wife"}
1928/29 (2nd) Mary Pickford -- Coquette {"Norma Besant"}
1929/30 (3rd) Norma Shearer -- The Divorcee {"Jerry"}
1930/31 (4th) Marie Dressler -- Min and Bill {"Min"}
1931/32 (5th) Helen Hayes -- The Sin of Madelon Claudet {"Madelon"}
1932/33 (6th) Katharine Hepburn -- Morning Glory {"Eva Lovelace"}
1934 (7th) Claudette Colbert -- It Happened One Night {"Ellie Andrews"}
1935 (8th) Bette Davis -- Dangerous {"Joyce Heath"}
1936 (9th) Luise Rainer -- The Great Ziegfeld {"Anna Held"}
1937 (10th) Luise Rainer -- The Good Earth {"O-Lan"}
1938 (11th) Bette Davis -- Jezebel {"Julie Morrison"}
1939 (12th) Vivien Leigh -- Gone with the Wind {"Scarlett O'Hara"}
1940 (13th) Ginger Rogers -- Kitty Foyle {"Kitty Foyle"}
1941 (14th) Joan Fontaine -- Suspicion {"Lina McLaidlaw"}
1942 (15th) Greer Garson -- Mrs. Miniver {"Kay Miniver"}
1943 (16th) Jennifer Jones -- The Song of Bernadette {"Bernadette Soubirous"}
1944 (17th) Ingrid Bergman -- Gaslight {"Paula Alquist"}
1945 (18th) Joan Crawford -- Mildred Pierce {"Mildred Pierce"}
1946 (19th) Olivia de Havilland -- To Each His Own {"Jody Norris"}
1947 (20th) Loretta Young -- The Farmer's Daughter {"Katrin Holstrom"}
1948 (21st) Jane Wyman -- Johnny Belinda {"Belinda McDonald"}
1949 (22nd) Olivia de Havilland -- The Heiress {"Catherine Sloper"}
1950 (23rd) Judy Holliday -- Born Yesterday {"Billie Dawn"}
1951 (24th) Vivien Leigh -- A Streetcar Named Desire {"Blanche DuBois"}
1952 (25th) Shirley Booth -- Come Back, Little Sheba {"Lola Delaney"}
1953 (26th) Audrey Hepburn -- Roman Holiday {"Princess Anne"}
1954 (27th) Grace Kelly -- The Country Girl {"Georgie Elgin"}
1955 (28th) Anna Magnani -- The Rose Tattoo {"Serafina Della Rose"}
1956 (29th) Ingrid Bergman -- Anastasia {"The Woman"}
1957 (30th) Joanne Woodward -- The Three Faces of Eve {"Eve White/Eve Black/Jane"}
1958 (31st) Susan Hayward -- I Want to Live! {"Barbara Graham"}
1959 (32nd) Simone Signoret -- Room at the Top {"Alice Aisgill"}
1960 (33rd) Elizabeth Taylor -- Butterfield 8 {"Gloria Wandrous"}
1961 (34th) Sophia Loren -- Two Women {"Cesira"}
1962 (35th) Anne Bancroft -- The Miracle Worker {"Annie Sullivan"}
1963 (36th) Patricia Neal -- Hud {"Alma"}
1964 (37th) Julie Andrews -- Mary Poppins {"Mary Poppins"
1965 (38th) Julie Christie -- Darling {"Diana Scott"}
1966 (39th) Elizabeth Taylor -- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? {"Martha"}
1967 (40th) Katharine Hepburn -- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner {"Christina Drayton"}
1968 (41st) Katharine Hepburn -- The Lion in Winter {"Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine"}
Barbra Streisand -- Funny Girl {"Fanny Brice"}
1969 (42nd) Maggie Smith -- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie {"Miss Jean Brodie"}
1970 (43rd) Glenda Jackson -- Women in Love {"Gudrun Brangwen"}
1971 (44th) Jane Fonda -- Klute {"Bree Daniel"}
1972 (45th) Liza Minnelli -- Cabaret {"Sally Bowles"}
1973 (46th) Glenda Jackson -- A Touch of Class {"Vicki Allessio"}
1974 (47th) Ellen Burstyn -- Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore {"Alice Hyatt"}
1975 (48th) Louise Fletcher -- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest {"Nurse Mildred Ratched"}
1976 (49th) Faye Dunaway -- Network {"Diana Christensen"}
1977 (50th) Diane Keaton -- Annie Hall {"Annie Hall"}
1978 (51st) Jane Fonda -- Coming Home {"Sally Hyde"}
1979 (52nd) Sally Field -- Norma Rae {"Norma Rae"}
1980 (53rd) Sissy Spacek -- Coal Miner's Daughter {"Loretta Lynn"}
1981 (54th) Katharine Hepburn -- On Golden Pond {"Ethel Thayer"}
1982 (55th) Meryl Streep -- Sophie's Choice {"Sophie"}
1983 (56th) Shirley MacLaine -- Terms of Endearment {"Aurora Greenway"}
1984 (57th) Sally Field -- Places in the Heart {"Edna Spalding"}
1985 (58th) Geraldine Page -- The Trip to Bountiful {"Mrs. Watts"}
1986 (59th) Marlee Matlin -- Children of a Lesser God {"Sarah"}
1987 (60th) Cher -- Moonstruck {"Loretta Castorini"}
1988 (61st) Jodie Foster -- The Accused {"Sarah Tobias"}
1989 (62nd) Jessica Tandy -- Driving Miss Daisy {"Daisy Werthan"}
1990 (63rd) Kathy Bates -- Misery {"Annie Wilkes"}
1991 (64th) Jodie Foster -- The Silence of the Lambs {"Clarice Starling"}
1992 (65th) Emma Thompson -- Howards End {"Margaret Schlegel"}
1993 (66th) Holly Hunter -- The Piano {"Ada"}
1994 (67th) Jessica Lange -- Blue Sky {"Carly Marshall"}
1995 (68th) Susan Sarandon -- Dead Man Walking {"Sister Helen Prejean"}
1996 (69th) Frances McDormand -- Fargo {"Marge Gunderson"}
1997 (70th) Helen Hunt -- As Good as It Gets {"Carol Connelly"}
1998 (71st) Gwyneth Paltrow -- Shakespeare in Love {"Viola De Lesseps"}
1999 (72nd) Hilary Swank -- Boys Don't Cry {"Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon"}
2000 (73rd) Julia Roberts -- Erin Brockovich {"Erin Brockovich"}
2001 (74th) Halle Berry -- Monster's Ball {"Leticia Musgrove"}
2002 (75th) Nicole Kidman -- The Hours {"Virginia Woolf"}
2003 (76th) Charlize Theron -- Monster {"Aileen Wuornos"}
2004 (77th) Hilary Swank -- Million Dollar Baby {"Maggie Fitzgerald"}
2005 (78th) Reese Witherspoon -- Walk the Line {"June Carter"}
2006 (79th) Helen Mirren -- The Queen {"The Queen"}
2007 (80th) Marion Cotillard -- La Vie en Rose {"Edith Piaf"}
2008 (81st) Kate Winslet -- The Reader {"Hanna Schmitz"}
2009 (82nd) Sandra Bullock -- The Blind Side {"Leigh Anne Tuohy"}
2010  Natalie Portman - Black Swan - Nina Sayers
2011  Meryl streep - The Iron Lady - Magaret Thatcher
2012  Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook - Tiffany Maxwell

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