Oscar Best Actress Winners

"Aurora Greenway" in Terms of Endearment.  Shirley MacLaine with Jack Nicholson.  (credit: Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
Shirley MacLaine (1983) "Aurora Greenway" in Terms of Endearment. Shirley MacLaine with Jack Nicholson. (credit: Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
"Leigh Anne Tuohy" in The Blind Side (credit:  RICH SCHMITT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sandra Bullock (2009) "Leigh Anne Tuohy" in The Blind Side (credit: RICH SCHMITT/AFP/Getty Images)
"Hanna Schmitz" in The Reader (credit:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Kate Winslet (2008) "Hanna Schmitz" in The Reader (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
"Edith Piaf" in La Vie en Rose (credit:  GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Marion Cotillard (2007)
"Edith Piaf" in La Vie en Rose (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
"The Queen" in The Queen (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Helen Mirren (2006) "The Queen" in The Queen (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
"June Carter" in Walk the Line (credit: Timothy A. CLARY/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon (2005) "June Carter" in Walk the Line (credit: Timothy A. CLARY/Getty Images)
"Maggie Fitzgerald" in Million Dollar Baby (credit:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Hilary Swank (2004)
"Maggie Fitzgerald" in Million Dollar Baby (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
"Aileen Wuornos" in Monster (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron (2003)
"Aileen Wuornos" in Monster (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
"Virginia Woolf" in The Hours (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman (2002) "Virginia Woolf" in The Hours (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
"Leticia Musgrove" in Monster's Ball (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Halle Berry (2001) "Leticia Musgrove" in Monster's Ball (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
"Erin Brokovich" in Erin Brockovich. (credit:  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Julia Roberts (2000) "Erin Brokovich" in Erin Brockovich. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
"Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon" in Boys Don't Cry (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
Hilary Swank (1999) "Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon" in Boys Don't Cry (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
"Viola De Lesseps" in Shakespeare in Love.  Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is kissed by her late father, director Bruce Paltrow at the Governor's Ball following  the 71st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.  (credit:  LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow (1998) "Viola De Lesseps" in Shakespeare in Love. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is kissed by her late father, director Bruce Paltrow at the Governor's Ball following the 71st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (credit: LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
"Carol Connelly" in As Good As It Gets. (credit:  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Helen Hunt (1997)
"Carol Connelly" in As Good As It Gets. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
"Marge Gunderson" in Fargo.  (Photo credit:  Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Frances McDormand (1996) "Marge Gunderson" in Fargo. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
"Sister Helen Prejean" in Dead Man Walking (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Susan Sarandon (1995) "Sister Helen Prejean" in Dead Man Walking (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
"Carly Marshall" in Blue Sky.
Jessica Lange (1994)
(credit: Vince BUUCI/AFP/Getty Images)
"Carly Marshall" in Blue Sky.
"Ada" in The Piano (credit:  Associated Press)
Holly Hunter (1993) "Ada" in The Piano (credit: Associated Press)
"Margaret Schlegel" in Howards End.  (credit:  SCOTT FLYNN/AFP/Getty Images)
Emma Thompson (1992) "Margaret Schlegel" in Howards End. (credit: SCOTT FLYNN/AFP/Getty Images)
"Clarice Starling" in The Silence of the Lambs. (credit:  Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
Jodie Foster (1991) "Clarice Starling" in The Silence of the Lambs. (credit: Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
"Annie Wilkes" in Misery (credit: Associated Press)
Kathy Bates (1990) "Annie Wilkes" in Misery (credit: Associated Press)
"Daisy Werthan" in Driving Miss Daisy. (credit:  MARK LOUNDY/AFP/Getty Images)
Jessica Tandy (1989) "Daisy Werthan" in Driving Miss Daisy. (credit: MARK LOUNDY/AFP/Getty Images)
"Sarah Tobias" in The Accused. (credit: Associated Press)
Jodie Foster (1988) "Sarah Tobias" in The Accused. (credit: Associated Press)
"Loretta Castorini" in Moonstruck (credit:  Associated Press)
Cher (1987) "Loretta Castorini" in Moonstruck (credit: Associated Press)
"Sarah" in Children of a Lesser God.  (credit:  Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
Marlee Matlin (1986) "Sarah" in Children of a Lesser God. (credit: Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images)
"Mrs. Watts" in The Trip To Bountiful (credit:  Associated Press)
Geraldine Page (1985) "Mrs. Watts" in The Trip To Bountiful (credit: Associated Press)
"Edna Spalding" in Places in the Heart (credit:  Associated Press)
Sally Field (1984) "Edna Spalding" in Places in the Heart (credit: Associated Press)

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