The Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars, are one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the best performances in film with a variety of awards. One of the most coveted awards is the Best Actress Oscar, which is awarded to the best female performance in a leading role. Since its inception, the award has been given to 79 different actresses.
Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscars, with four wins out of 12 nominations. She won the award for her performances in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).
The second most successful actress in this category is Frances McDormand, who has won three Oscars for her performances in Fargo (1996), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and Nomadland (2020). She has also been nominated for an Oscar five other times.
Meryl Streep is the most nominated actress in this category, with 17 nominations. She has won two Oscars for her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and The Iron Lady (2011). Other notable winners include Jodie Foster, who won for The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991); Halle Berry, who won for Monster’s Ball (2001); and Sandra Bullock, who won for The Blind Side (2009).
The Best Actress Oscar is one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry, and it has been awarded to some of the most talented actresses in the world. Katharine Hepburn and Frances McDormand have been the most successful in this category, with four and three wins respectively. Meryl Streep is the most nominated actress in this category, with 17 nominations and two wins.