National Board of Review Award for Best Actress

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The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Best (Lead) Actress is one of the annual film awards given by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winners[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1945 Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Beragon
1946 Anna Magnani Rome, Open City Pina
1947 Celia Johnson This Happy Breed Ethel Gibbons
1948 Olivia de Havilland The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham
1949 not awarded

1950s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1950 Gloria Swanson Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
1951 Jan Sterling Ace in the Hole Lorraine Minosa
1952 Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney
1953 Jean Simmons The Actress Ruth Gordon Jones
The Robe Diana
Young Bess Princess Elizabeth
1954 Grace Kelly The Country Girl Georgie Elgin †
Dial M for Murder Margot Mary Wendice
Rear Window Lisa Carol Fremont
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose
1956 Dorothy McGuire Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell
1957 Joanne Woodward No Down Payment Leola Boone
The Three Faces of Eve Eve White / Eve Black / Jane †
1958 Ingrid Bergman The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Gladys Aylward
1959 Simone Signoret Room at the Top Alice Aisgill

1960s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1960 Greer Garson Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt
1961 Geraldine Page Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
1962 Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan
1963 Patricia Neal Hud Alma Brown
1964 Kim Stanley Séance on a Wet Afternoon Myra Savage
1965 Julie Christie Darling Diana Scott †
Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha
1967 Edith Evans The Whisperers Maggie Ross
1968 Liv Ullmann Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) Alma Borg
Shame (Skammen) Eva Rosenberg
1969 Geraldine Page Trilogy Sook

1970s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen
1971 Irene Papas The Trojan Women Helen
1972 Cicely Tyson Sounder Rebecca Morgan
1973 Liv Ullmann The New Land (Nybyggarna) Kristina
1974 Gena Rowlands A Woman Under the Influence Mabel Longhetti
1975 Isabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. (L'histoire d'Adèle H.) Adèle Hugo/Adèle Lewry
1976 Liv Ullmann Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Jenny Isaksson
1977 Anne Bancroft The Turning Point Emma Jacklin
1978 Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Charlotte Andergast
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae Norma Rae Webster

1980s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
1981 Glenda Jackson Stevie Stevie Smith
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Sophie Zawistowski
1983 Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway
1984 Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
1985 Whoopi Goldberg The Color Purple Celie Johnson
1986 Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue
1987 Lillian Gish The Whales of August Sarah Webber
Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig
1988 Jodie Foster The Accused Sarah Tobias
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond

1990s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
1990 Mia Farrow Alice Alice Tate Smith
1991 Geena Davis Thelma & Louise Thelma Dickinson
Susan Sarandon Louise Sawyer
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Miranda Richardson Tom & Viv Vivienne Haigh-Wood
1995 Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood ‡
Carrington Dora Carrington
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil) Dora
1999 Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker

2000s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
2003 Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry
2004 Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
2005 Felicity Huffman Transamerica Stanley Schupak/Bree Osbourne
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
2008 Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor

2010s[edit]

Year Winner Film Role
2010 Lesley Manville Another Year Mary
2011 Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk about Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
2012 Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
2013 Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks P. L. Travers