Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
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Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1st. Academy Awards 1927-28 the first best actress Oscar to Janet Gaynor

1st. Academy Awards 1927-28 Janet Gaynor

1928-29 2nd Academy Awards Mary Pickford - Coquette, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1928-29 2nd Academy Awards Mary Pickford - Coquette

1928-29 2nd Academy Awards Mary Pickford - Coquette

1929-30 3rd Academy Awards Norma Shearer - The Divorcee, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1929-30 3rd Academy Awards Norma Shearer - The Divorcee

1929-30 3rd Academy Awards Norma Shearer - The Divorcee

1931- 1931 4th Acedemy Awards Mary Dressler - Min and Bill, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1931- 1931 4th Acedemy Awards Mary Dressler - Min and Bill

1931- 1931 4th Acedemy Awards Mary Dressler - Min and Bill

1932 Oscar Helen Hayes, Oscar Gowns, Fashioning My Life
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1932 Oscar Helen Hayes

1932 Oscar Helen Hayes

1935 Bette Davis, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1935 Bette Davis

1935 Bette Davis

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1939 Vivian leigh oscar Gone With the Wind - Irene Gibbons designed silk gown

1939 Vivian leigh oscar Gone With the Wind - Irene Gibbons designed silk gown

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1940 Ginger Rogers Oscars

1940 Ginger Rogers Oscars

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1941 Joan Fontaine Oscars

1941 Joan Fontaine Oscars

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1942 Greer Garson - Mrs.Miniver

1942 Greer Garson - Mrs.Miniver

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1943 Jennifer Jones Oscars

1943 Jennifer Jones Oscars

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1944 Ingrid bergman Oscar win

1944 Ingrid Bergman Oscar win

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1946 Olivia de Havilland

1946 Olivia de Havilland

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1947 Lorette Young Oscar

1947 Lorette Young

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1948 Jane Wyman Oscars

1948 Jane Wyman

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1949 Olivia DeHavilland Oscars - The Heiress

1949 Olivia DeHavilland - The Heiress

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1952 Shirley Booth

1952 Shirley Booth

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1953 Audrey Hepburn

1953 Audrey Hepburn

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1954 Grace Kelly

1954 Grace Kelly

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1957 Joanne Woodward oscars

1957 Joanne Woodward

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1959 Simone Signoret

1959 Simone Signoret

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1960 Elizabeth Taylor Oscar

1960 Elizabeth Taylor

1964 julie andrews, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1964 julie andrews

1964 julie andrews

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1965 Julie Christie Oscars

1965 Julie Christie

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1968 Barbara Streisand

1968 Barbara Streisand

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1971 Jane Fonda

1971 Jane Fonda

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1972 Liza Minnelli

1972 Liza Minnelli

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1975 Louise Fletcher

1975 Louise Fletcher

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1976 Faye Dunaway Oscars

1976 Faye Dunaway

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1977 Diane Keaton

1977 Diane Keaton

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1978 Jane Fonda Oscars

1978 Jane Fonda

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1979 Sally Field Oscar

1979 Sally Field

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1980 Sissy Spacek

1980 Sissy Spacek

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1982 Meryl Streep - pregnant Oscars

1982 Meryl Streep

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1983 Shirley MacLaine

1983 Shirley MacLaine

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1984 Sally Fields

1984 Sally Fields

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1985 Geraldine Page

1985 Geraldine Page

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1986 marlee matlin

1986 Marlee Matlin

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1987 Cher Oscars

1987 Cher

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1988 Jodie Foster

1988 Jodie Foster

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1989 Jessica Tandy oscars

1989 Jessica Tandy

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1990 Kathy Bates

1990 Kathy Bates

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1991 Jodie Foster

1991 Jodie Foster

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1992 Emma Tompson

1992 Emma Tompson

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1993 Holly Hunter

1993 Holly Hunter

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1994 Jessica Lang oscars

1994 Jessica Lang

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1995 Susan Sarandon Oscars

1995 Susan Sarandon

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1996 Frances McDormand

1996 Frances McDormand

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1997 Helen Hunt Oscar

1997 Helen Hunt

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1998 Gwyneth Paltrow Oscars

1998 Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
1999 Hilary Swank

1999 Hilary Swank

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2000 Julia Roberts Oscar

2000 Julia Roberts

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2001 Halley Berry Oscars

2001 Halley Berry

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2002 Nicole Kidman oscars

2002 Nicole Kidman

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2003 Charlize Theron Oscars

2003 Charlize Theron

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2004 Hilary Swank Oscars

2004 Hilary Swank

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2005 Reese Witherspoon Oscar

2005 Reese Witherspoon

Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2006 Helen Mirren Oscars

2006 Helen Mirren

2007 Marion Cotillard, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2007 Marion Cotillard

2007 Marion Cotillard

2008 Kate Winslet, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2008 Kate Winslet

2008 Kate Winslet

2009 Sandra Bullock, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2009 Sandra Bullock

2009 Sandra Bullock

2010 Natalie Portman, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2010 Natalie Portman Oscars

2010 Natalie Portman

2011 Meryl Streep, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2011 Meryl Streep

2011 Meryl Streep

2012 Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2012 Jennifer Lawrence

2012 Jennifer Lawrence

2013 Cate Blanchett, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2013 Cate Blanchett

2013 Cate Blanchett

2014 Julianna Moore, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2014 Julianna Moore

2014 Julianna Moore

2015 Brie Larson, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2015 Brie Larson

2015 Brie Larson

2016 Emma Stone, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2016 Emma Stone

2016 Emma Stone

2017 Frances McDormand, Oscar Gowns of the Best Actress Winners, Fashioning My Life, Angela Campagnoni
Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present
2017 Frances McDormand

2017 Frances McDormand

 

Academy Awards Best Actresses 1929 to Present and the Gowns they wore

 

As the who’s who of Hollywood gathers for the 89th Academy Awards,  held on February 26, 2015, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the glamour and beauty that the Oscars has brought to us since 1929. No one can argue that when an actress, especially one that wins her category, wears a designers gown that it is instant acceptance into the fashion world.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

While researching the styles it is unmistakable that in 1988 Cher’s Gown designed by Bob Mackie became a game changer for the red carpet. Once that gown hit the stage you can see the trend of actresses pushing the envelope… with how far they can take their look.

So regardless of your fashion tastes, whether you put an actress on the best dressed or worst dresses or maybe the “what was she thinking” list, you have to agree one of the best parts of the awards is the ‘who or what is she wearing’ red carpet walk.

So enjoy this photo compilation put together of all the winners of the best actress category for the past 90 years and will look forward to adding each year’s newest winner.

*Note: Missing years from the below list is because the Actress was not present to accept her award. A list of those missing can be found at the end.  Also the Year listed for the Oscar Win is when the movie was released NOT when the Awards Ceremony was broadcast 

(1st) 1927/28 ~  Janet Gaynor ~ “7th Heaven” “Street Angel” “Sunrise”
(2nd) 1928/29 ~ Mary Pickford in “Coquette”
(3rd) 1929/30 ~ Norma Shearer in “The Divorcee”
(4th) 1930/31 ~ Marie Dressler in “Min and Bill”
(5th) 1931/32~ Helen Hayes in “The Sin of Madelon Claudet”
(8th) 1935 ~ Bette Davis in “Dangerous”
 (12th) 1939 ~ Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”
(13th) 1940~ Ginger Rogers in “Kitty Foyle”
(14th) 1941 ~ Joan Fontaine in “Suspicion”
(15th) 1942 ~ Greer Garson in “Mrs. Miniver”
(16th) 1943 ~ Jennifer Jones in “The Song of Bernadette”
(17th) 1944 ~  Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight”
(19th) 1946 ~ Olivia de Havilland in “To Each His Own”
(20th) 1947 ~ Loretta Young in “The Farmer’s Daughter”
(21st) 1948 ~ Jane Wyman in “Johnny Belinda”
(22nd) 1949 Best Actress ~ Olivia de Havilland in “The Heiress”
(25th) 1952 ~ Shirley Booth in “Come Back, Little Sheba”
(26th) 1953 ~ Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”
(27th) 1954 ~ Grace Kelly in “The Country Girl”
(30th) 1957 ~ Joanne Woodward in “The Three Faces of Eve”
(32nd) 1959 ~ Simone Signoret in “Room at the Top”
(33rd) 1960 ~ Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8”
(37th) 1964 ~ Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins”
(38th) 1965 ~ Julie Christie in “Darling”
(41st) 1968 ~ (first & only time in Academy history, a tie for Best Actress). 
          Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl & Katherine Hepburn  in THE LION IN WINTER
(44th) 1971 ~ Jane Fonda in “Klute”
(45th) 1972 ~ Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret”
 (48th) 1975~ Louise Fletcher in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 
(49th) 1976 ~ Faye Dunaway in “Network”
(50th) 1977 ~ Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”
(51st) 1978~ Jane Fonda in “Coming Home”
(52nd) 1979 ~ Sally Field in “Norma Rae”
(53rd) 1980 ~ Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
(55th) 1982 ~ Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice”
(56th) 1983 ~ Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”
(57th) 1984 ~ Sally Field “Places in the Heart”
(58th) 1985 ~ Geraldine Page in “The Trip to Bountiful”
(59th) 1986 ~ Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God”
(60th) 1987 ~ Cher “Moonstruck”
(61st) 1988 ~ Jodie Foster in “The Accused”
(62nd) 1989 ~ Jessica Tandy in “Driving Miss Daisy”
(63rd) 1990 ~ Kathy Bates in “Misery”
(64th) 1991 ~ Jodie Foster in “The Silence of the Lambs”
(65th) 1992 ~ Emma Thompson in “Howards End”
(66th) 1993 ~ Holly Hunter in “The Piano”
(67th) 1994 ~ Jessica Lange in “Blue Sky”
(68th) 1995 Susan Sarandon in “Dead Man Walking”
(69th) 1996 ~ Frances McDormand in “Fargo”
(70th) 1997 ~ Helen Hunt in “As Good as It Gets”
(71st) 1998 ~ Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shakespeare in Love”
(72nd) 1999 ~ Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry”
(73rd) 2000 ~ Julia Roberts in “Erin Brockovich”
(74th) 2001 ~ Hally Berry in “Monster Ball”
(75th) 2002 ~ Nicole Kidman in “The Hours”
(76th) 2003 ~ Charlize Theron in “Monster”
(77th) 2004 ~ Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby”
(78th) 2005 ~ Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”
(79th) 2006 ~ Helen Mirran in “The Queen”
(80th) 2007 ~ Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
(81st) 2008 ~  Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
(82nd) 2009 ~ Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
(83rd) 2010 ~ Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
(84th) 2011 ~ Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
(85th) 2012 ~ Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
(86th) 2013 ~ Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” 
(87th) 2014 ~ Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
(88th) 2015 ~ Brie Larson in “Room”
(89th) 2016 ~ Emma Stone in “La La Land”
(90th) 2017 ~ Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(Click on the thumbnail images below to view a full size slider gallery)
MISSING
21 Awards Won by Actresses not in attendance at the ceremony are:
  • Katharine Hepburn, who holds an Oscar record with four Best Actress wins, yet never showed for any of the award ceremonies for (1933) Morning Glory,(1967) Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner, (1968) The Lion in Winter, (1982) On Golden Pond.
  • Glenda Jackson missed twice (1970) Woman in love & (1973) A Touch of Class,
  • Claudette Colbert (1935), from It Happened One Night was so certain she wouldn’t win that she was sitting on a train when the awards were being handed out.
  • Susan Hayward I Want to Live (1958),
  • Sophia Loren (1961) La ciociara,
  • Ingrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express (1973) Anastasia (1956),
  • Elizabeth Taylor  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966),
  • Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce (1945),
  • Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969),
  • Ellen Burstyn Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974),
  • Anna Magnani Rose Tattoo (1955),
  • Patricia Neal Hud (1963),
  • Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker (1962),
  • Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Good Earth (1937),
  • Bette Davis Jezebel (1938)
I hope you enjoyed this walk the Oscar History…. All photos seen above were from the Oscars Archives, and Although this was hours of research and digging through their data bases I do not claim any rights to these images
XOXO ~ Angela

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