Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
The 2023 recipient: Emma Stone
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byBroadcast Film Critics Association
Currently held byEmma Stone for Poor Things (2023)

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress is an award given out at the annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The awards are presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), and was first presented in 1995. There were no official nominees announced until 2001. There are currently six nominees annually, and there have been three ties in this category (2008, 2009, 2018). Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, and Hilary Swank are the only actresses who have received this award more than once, with two wins each.

This is the main Best Actress award for leading performances by an actress. Previously, two other genre-specific categories were presented: Best Actress in a Comedy (from 2012 to 2019); and Best Actress in an Action Movie (from 2012 to 2016).

For the Supporting Actress category, see Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Nicole Kidman was the first recipient of this category in 1995
Julianne Moore won twice for Far from Heaven (2002) and Still Alice (2013)
Charlize Theron won for Monster (2013)
Reese Witherspoon won for Walk the Line (2005)
Dame Helen Mirren won for The Queen (2006)
Meryl Streep won twice consecutively for Doubt (2008) and Julie & Julia (2009)
Anne Hathaway won for Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Natalie Portman won twice for Black Swan (2010) and Jackie (2016)
Viola Davis won for The Help (2011)
Jessica Chastain won twice for Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
Cate Blanchett won thrice for Elizabeth (1998) Blue Jasmine (2013) and Tár (2022)
Brie Larson won for Room (2015)
Glenn Close won for The Wife (2018)
Lady Gaga won for A Star is Born (2018
Renée Zellweger won for Judy (2019)
Carey Mulligan won for Promising Young Woman (2020)
Emma Stone for Poor Things (2023)


Year Actress Character Work
1995 Nicole Kidman Suzanne Stone-Maretto To Die For
1996 Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson Fargo
1997 Helena Bonham Carter Kate Croy The Wings of the Dove
1998 Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth
1999 Hilary Swank Brandon Teena Boys Don't Cry


Year Actress Character Work
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Sissy Spacek Ruth Fowler In the Bedroom
Nicole Kidman Satine Moulin Rouge!
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones Bridget Jones's Diary
2002 Julianne Moore Cathy Whitaker Far from Heaven
Salma Hayek Frida Kahlo Frida
Nicole Kidman Virginia Woolf The Hours
Diane Lane Constance "Connie" Sumner Unfaithful
2003 Charlize Theron Aileen Wuornos Monster
Jennifer Connelly Kathy Nicolo House of Sand and Fog
Diane Keaton Erica Barry Something's Gotta Give
Nicole Kidman Ada Monroe Cold Mountain
Samantha Morton Sarah Sullivan In America
Naomi Watts Cristina "Cris" Peck 21 Grams
2004 Hilary Swank Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald Million Dollar Baby
Annette Bening Julia Lambert Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno María Álvarez Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Kate Winslet Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Uma Thurman Beatrix Kiddo Kill Bill: Volume 2
2005 Reese Witherspoon June Carter Cash Walk the Line
Joan Allen Terry Wolfmeyer The Upside of Anger
Judi Dench Laura Henderson Mrs Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne Transamerica
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Bennet Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron Josey Aimes North Country
2006 Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth II The Queen
Penélope Cruz Raimunda Volver
Judi Dench Barbara Covett Notes on a Scandal
Meryl Streep Miranda Priestly The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet Sarah Pierce Little Children
2007 Julie Christie Fiona Anderson Away from Her
Amy Adams Princess Giselle Enchanted
Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Marion Cotillard Édith Piaf La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie Mariane Pearl A Mighty Heart
Elliot Page Juno MacGuff Juno
2008 Anne Hathaway (TIE) Kym Buchman Rachel Getting Married
Meryl Streep (TIE) Sister Aloysius Beauvier Doubt
Kate Beckinsale Rachel Armstrong Nothing but the Truth
Cate Blanchett Daisy Fuller (adult) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Angelina Jolie Christine Collins Changeling
Melissa Leo Ray Eddy Frozen River
Sandra Bullock (TIE) Leigh Anne Tuohy The Blind Side
Meryl Streep (TIE) Julia Child Julie & Julia
Emily Blunt Queen Victoria The Young Victoria
Carey Mulligan Jenny Miller An Education
Saoirse Ronan Susie Salmon The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe Claireece "Precious" Jones Precious


Year Actress Character Work
Natalie Portman Nina Sayers Black Swan
Annette Bening Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman Becca Corbett Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence Ree Dolly Winter's Bone
Noomi Rapace Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams Cynthia "Cindy" Heller Blue Valentine
Viola Davis Aibileen Clark The Help
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton Eva Khatchadourian We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron Mavis Gary Young Adult
Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe My Week with Marilyn
Jessica Chastain Maya Harris Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard Stéphanie Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence Tiffany Maxwell Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva Anne Laurent Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis Hushpuppy Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts Maria Bennett The Impossible
Cate Blanchett Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock Dr. Ryan Stone Gravity
Judi Dench Philomena Lee Philomena
Brie Larson Grace Howard Short Term 12
Meryl Streep Violet Weston August: Osage County
Emma Thompson P. L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks
Julianne Moore Dr. Alice Howland Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston Claire Bennett Cake
Marion Cotillard Sandra Bya Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones Jane Wilde Hawking The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike Amy Elliott-Dunne Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon Cheryl Strayed Wild
Brie Larson Joy "Ma" Newsome Room
Cate Blanchett Carol Aird Carol
Jennifer Lawrence Joy Mangano Joy
Charlotte Rampling Kate Mercer 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan Eilis Lacey Brooklyn
Charlize Theron Imperator Furiosa Mad Max: Fury Road
Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy Jackie
Amy Adams Dr. Louise Banks Arrival
Annette Bening Dorothea Fields 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert Michèle Leblanc Elle
Ruth Negga Mildred Loving Loving
Emma Stone Mia Dolan La La Land
Frances McDormand Mildred Hayes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jessica Chastain Molly Bloom Molly's Game
Sally Hawkins Elisa Esposito The Shape of Water
Margot Robbie Tonya Harding I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson Lady Bird
Meryl Streep Katharine Graham The Post
Glenn Close (TIE) Joan Castleman The Wife
Lady Gaga (TIE) Ally Maine A Star Is Born
Yalitza Aparicio Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez Roma
Emily Blunt Mary Poppins Mary Poppins Returns
Toni Collette Annie Graham Hereditary
Olivia Colman Queen Anne The Favourite
Melissa McCarthy Lee Israel Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Renée Zellweger Judy Garland Judy
Awkwafina Billi Wang The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo Harriet Tubman Harriet
Scarlett Johansson Nicole Barber Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong'o Adelaide Wilson / Red Us
Saoirse Ronan Josephine "Jo" March Little Women
Charlize Theron Megyn Kelly Bombshell


Year Actress Character Work
Carey Mulligan Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas Promising Young Woman
Viola Davis Ma Rainey Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day Billie Holiday The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Sidney Flanigan Autumn Callahan Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Vanessa Kirby Martha Weiss Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand Fern Nomadland
Zendaya Marie Jones Malcolm & Marie
Jessica Chastain Tammy Faye Bakker The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman Leda Caruso The Lost Daughter
Lady Gaga Patrizia Reggiani House of Gucci
Alana Haim Alana Kane Licorice Pizza
Nicole Kidman Lucille Ball Being the Ricardos
Kristen Stewart Princess Diana Spencer
Cate Blanchett Lydia Tár Tár
Viola Davis General Nanisca The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler Mamie Till Till
Margot Robbie Nellie LaRoy Babylon
Michelle Williams Mitzi Fabelman The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh Evelyn Wang Everything Everywhere All at Once
2023 Emma Stone Bella Baxter Poor Things
Lily Gladstone Mollie Kyle Killers of the Flower Moon
Sandra Hüller Sandra Voyter Anatomy of a Fall
Greta Lee Nora Moon Past Lives
Carey Mulligan Felicia Montealegre Bernstein Maestro
Margot Robbie Barbie Barbie

Multiple nominees[edit]

Multiple winners[edit]

3 wins
2 wins

See also[edit]


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