Empire Award for Best Actress

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The Empire Award for Best Actress is an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best Actress is one of five ongoing awards which were first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 (the others being Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film and Best British Film) with Nicole Kidman receiving the award for her role in To Die For. Winners are voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 18 actress. Nicole Kidman has received the most awards in this category with two awards. Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman were nominated on five occasions, more than any other actress. Emma Thompson is the most recent winner in this category for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Ref.
1996
(1st)
Nicole Kidman To Die For [1]
1997
(2nd)
Frances McDormand Fargo [2]
1998
(3rd)
Joan Allen The Crucible [3]
1999
(4th)
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth [4][5]
Gwyneth Paltrow Sliding Doors
Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets
Jennifer Lopez Out of Sight
Pam Grier Jackie Brown

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love [6][7]
Nicole Kidman Eyes Wide Shut
Rene Russo The Thomas Crown Affair
Sophie Marceau The World Is Not Enough
Toni Collette The Sixth Sense
2001
(6th)
Connie Nielsen Gladiator [8][9]
Angelina Jolie Girl, Interrupted
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry
Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich
Kate Winslet Quills
2002
(7th)
Nicole Kidman Moulin Rouge! [10][11]

[12]

Audrey Tautou Amélie
Frances O'Connor A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Nicole Kidman The Others
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones's Diary
2003
(8th)
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man [13]
Halle Berry Die Another Day
Hilary Swank Insomnia
Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind
Miranda Otto The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2004
(9th)
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [14]
Cate Blanchett Veronica Guerin
Julianne Moore Far from Heaven
Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary
Nicole Kidman Cold Mountain
2005
(10th)
Julie Delpy Before Sunset [15]
Bryce Dallas Howard The Village
Cate Blanchett The Aviator
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man 2
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Vol. 2
2006
(11th)
Thandie Newton Crash [16][17]

[18]

Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby
Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice
Naomi Watts King Kong
Renée Zellweger Cinderella Man
2007
(12th)
Penélope Cruz Volver [19]
Helen Mirren The Queen
Kate Winslet Little Children
Keira Knightley Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line
2008
(13th)
Keira Knightley Atonement [20]
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Katherine Heigl Knocked Up
2009
(14th)
Helena Bonham Carter Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [21]
Angelina Jolie Changeling
Ellen Page Juno
Olga Kurylenko Quantum of Solace
Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Film Ref.
2010
(15th)
Zoe Saldana Avatar [22][23]
Anne-Marie Duff Nowhere Boy
Carey Mulligan An Education
Emily Blunt The Young Victoria
Mélanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds
2011
(16th)
Noomi Rapace The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [24][25]
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Helena Bonham Carter The King's Speech
Natalie Portman Black Swan
Olivia Williams The Ghost Writer
2012
(17th)
Olivia Colman Tyrannosaur [26]
Carey Mulligan Drive
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2013
(18th)
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games [27]
Anne Hathaway The Dark Knight Rises
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty
Judi Dench Skyfall
Naomi Watts The Impossible
2014
(19th)
Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks [28]
Amy Adams American Hustle
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sandra Bullock Gravity

Multiple awards and nominations[edit]

Multiple awards[edit]

The following individual received two or more Best Actress awards:

Awards Film
2 Nicole Kidman

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best Actress nominations:

Nominations Film
5 Cate Blanchett
Nicole Kidman
3 Angelina Jolie
Hilary Swank
Keira Knightley
2 Carey Mulligan
Emma Watson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Helena Bonham Carter
Jennifer Lawrence
Kate Winslet
Kirsten Dunst
Naomi Watts
Renée Zellweger
Uma Thurman

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "Best Actress". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
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