Saturn Award for Best Actress

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The Saturn Award for Best Actress is one of the annual awards given by the American professional organization, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward science fiction, fantasy, and horror achievements (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, awarded by the World Science Fiction Society which rewards science fiction and fantasy in various media, is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films) and included the Best Actress category for the first time for the 1974 film year.

The Saturn Award for Best Actress is the oldest prize to reward actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror films: other awards such as the Academy and Golden Globe Awards, despite supposedly disregarding the genre, gave little recognition to acting quality at the time. In 1996 the Saturns began to reward both film and television acting, and created the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. For the first two years it was awarded there were no nominees announced.

The actresses with the most nominations are Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver, who are all tied with five. Foster, Portman, Watts and Sandra Bullock are the only actresses to have won it twice.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Character Film
1974/1975
(3rd)
Katharine Ross Joanna Eberhart The Stepford Wives
1976
(4th)
Blythe Danner Tracy Ballad Futureworld
1977
(5th)
Jodie Foster Rynn Jacobs The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Julie Christie Susan Harris Demon Seed
Joan Collins Marilyn Fryser Empire of the Ants
Melinda Dillon Jillian Guiler Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Organa Star Wars
1978
(6th)
Margot Kidder Lois Lane Superman: The Movie
Ann-Margret Peggy Ann Snow Magic
Brooke Adams Elizabeth Driscoll Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Geneviève Bujold Dr. Susan Wheeler Coma
Diana Ross Dorothy Gale The Wiz
1979
(7th)
Mary Steenburgen Amy Robbins Time After Time
Susan Saint James Cindy Sondheim Love at First Bite
Persis Khambatta Lt. Ilia Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Margot Kidder Kathy Lutz The Amityville Horror
Sigourney Weaver Ripley Alien

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Character Film
1980
(8th)
Angie Dickinson Kate Miller Dressed to Kill
Ellen Burstyn Edna Resurrection
Jamie Lee Curtis Alana Maxwell Terror Train
Louanne Tracy Richards Oh, God! Book II
Jane Seymour Elise McKenna Somewhere in Time
1981
(9th)
Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jenny Agutter Nurse Alex Price An American Werewolf in London
Margot Kidder Lois Lane Superman II
Angela Lansbury Miss Jane Marple The Mirror Crack'd
Lily Tomlin Pat Kramer/Judith Beasley The Incredible Shrinking Woman
1982
(10th)
Sandahl Bergman Valeria Conan the Barbarian
Susan George Laura Fletcher The House Where Evil Dwells
Nastassja Kinski Irena Gallier Cat People
JoBeth Williams Diane Freeling Poltergeist
Mary Woronov Mary Bland Eating Raoul
1983
(11th)
Louise Fletcher Lillian Reynolds Brainstorm
Bess Armstrong Eve "Evie" Tozer High Road to China
Bobbie Bresee Susan Walker Farrell Mausoleum
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Organa Return of the Jedi
Ally Sheedy Jennifer Mack WarGames
1984
(12th)
Daryl Hannah Madison Splash
Karen Allen Jenny Hayden Starman
Nancy Allen Allison Hayes The Philadelphia Experiment
Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor The Terminator
Helen Slater Supergirl/Zara Zor-El/Linda Lee Supergirl
1985
(13th)
Coral Browne Alice Hargreaves Dreamchild
Glenn Close Jan/Maxie Maxie
Mia Farrow Cecilia The Purple Rose of Cairo
Michelle Pfeiffer Isabeau d'Anjou Ladyhawke
Jessica Tandy Alma Finley Cocoon
1986
(14th)
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley Aliens
Barbara Crampton Dr. Katherine McMichaels From Beyond
Geena Davis Veronica Quaife The Fly
Elisabeth Shue Jane Chase Link
Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Bodell Peggy Sue Got Married
1987
(15th)
Jessica Tandy Faye Riley *batteries not included
Nancy Allenn Officer Anne Lewis RoboCop
Melinda Dillon Nancy Henderson Harry and the Hendersons
Lorraine Gary Ellen Brody Jaws: The Revenge
Susan Sarandon Jane Spofford The Witches of Eastwick
Robin Wright Buttercup The Princess Bride
1988
(16th)
Catherine Hicks Karen Barclay Child's Play
Kim Basinger Celeste Martin My Stepmother Is an Alien
Amanda Donohoe Lady Sylvia Marsh The Lair of the White Worm
Cassandra Peterson Elvira/Aunt Morgana Talbot Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Joanna Pacuła Felice Dunbar The Kiss
Jessica Tandy Alma Finley Cocoon: The Return
1989/90
(17th)
Demi Moore Molly Jensen Ghost
Julie Carmen Regine Dandrige Fright Night II
Blanca Guerra Concha Santa Sangre
Anjelica Huston Miss Eva Ernst/Grand High Witch The Witches
Nicole Kidman Rae Ingram Dead Calm
Madonna Breathless Mahoney Dick Tracy
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Dr. Lindsey Brigman The Abyss
Ally Sheedy Cayce Bridges Fear
Jenny Wright Virginia I, Madman

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Character Film
1991
(18th)
Linda Hamilton Sarah Connor Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Kathy Bates Annie Wilkes Misery
Jodie Foster Clarice Starling Silence of the Lambs
Julia Roberts Laura Burney Sleeping with the Enemy
Winona Ryder Kim Boggs Edward Scissorhands
Meryl Streep Julia Defending Your Life
1992
(20th)
Virginia Madsen Helen Lyle Candyman
Rebecca De Mornay Peyton Flanders/Mrs. Mott The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Sheryl Lee Laura Palmer Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Winona Ryder Mina Harker/Elisabeta Bram Stoker's Dracula
Sharon Stone Catherine Tramell Basic Instinct
Meryl Streep Madeline Ashton Death Becomes Her
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley Alien 3
1993
(20th)
Andie MacDowell Rita Groundhog Day
Patricia Arquette Alabama Whitman True Romance
Laura Dern Dr. Ellie Sattler Jurassic Park
Michelle Forbes Carrie Laughlin Kalifornia
Anjelica Huston Morticia Addams Addams Family Values
Bette Midler Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson Hocus Pocus
Ally Sheedy Lori Tanner Man's Best Friend
1994
(21st)
Sandra Bullock Annie Porter Speed
Jamie Lee Curtis Helen Tasker True Lies
Mädchen Amick Lena Mathers Dream Lover
Helena Bonham Carter Elizabeth Frankenstein Frankenstein
Penelope Ann Miller Margo Lane The Shadow
Michelle Pfeiffer Laura Alden Wolf
1995
(22nd)
Angela Bassett Lornette "Mace" Mason Strange Days
Kathy Bates Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne
Nicole Kidman Suzanne Stone-Maretto To Die For
Sharon Stone The Lady The Quick and the Dead
Madeleine Stowe Kathryn Railly 12 Monkeys
Marina Zudina Billy Mute Witness
1996
(23rd)
Neve Campbell Sidney Prescott Scream
Geena Davis Samantha Caine/Charlene Elizabeth "Charly" Baltimore The Long Kiss Goodnight
Gina Gershon Corky Bound
Helen Hunt Dr. Jo Harding Twister
Frances McDormand Marge Gunderson Fargo
Penelope Ann Miller Dr. Margo Green The Relic
1997
(24th)
Jodie Foster Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Ann Arroway Contact
Neve Campbell Sidney Prescott Scream 2
Pam Grier Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Jennifer Lopez Terri Flores Anaconda
Mira Sorvino Dr. Susan Tyler Mimic
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley Alien Resurrection
1998
(25th)
Drew Barrymore Danielle de Barbarac/Countess Nicole de Lancret Ever After
Gillian Anderson Dana Scully The X-Files
Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie Strode/Keri Tate Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Meg Ryan Maggie Rice City of Angels
Jennifer Tilly Tiffany Bride of Chucky
Catherine Zeta-Jones Elena De La Vega The Mask of Zorro
1999
(26th)
Christina Ricci Katrina Van Tassel Sleepy Hollow
Heather Graham Felicity Shagwell Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Catherine Keener Maxine Lund Being John Malkovich
Carrie-Anne Moss Trinity The Matrix
Sigourney Weaver Gwen DeMarco/Lt. Tawny Madison Galaxy Quest
Rachel Weisz Evelyn "Evie" Carnahan O'Connell The Mummy

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Character Film
2000
(27th)
Téa Leoni Kate Reynolds/Kate Campbell The Family Man
Cate Blanchett Annabelle "Annie" Wilson The Gift
Ellen Burstyn Sara Goldfarb Requiem for a Dream
Jennifer Lopez Dr. Catherine Deane The Cell
Michelle Pfeiffer Claire Spencer What Lies Beneath
Michelle Yeoh Yu Shu Lien Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001
(28th)
Nicole Kidman Grace Stewart The Others
Kate Beckinsale Sara Thomas Serendipity
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Julianne Moore Clarice Starling Hannibal
Frances O'Connor Monica Swinton A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Naomi Watts Betty Elms Mulholland Drive
2002
(29th)
Naomi Watts Rachel Keller The Ring
Kirsten Dunst Mary Jane Watson Spider-Man
Jodie Foster Meg Altman Panic Room
Milla Jovovich Alice Resident Evil
Natascha McElhone Rheya Solaris
Natalie Portman Senator Padmé Amidala Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2003
(30th)
Uma Thurman The Bride Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kate Beckinsale Selene Underworld
Jessica Biel Erin Hardesty The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Cate Blanchett Magdalena "Maggie" Gilkeson The Missing
Jennifer Connelly Betty Ross Hulk
Jamie Lee Curtis Tess Coleman/Anna Coleman Freaky Friday
2004
(31st)
Blanchard Ryan Susan Watkins Open Water
Nicole Kidman Anna Birth
Julianne Moore Telly Paretta The Forgotten
Uma Thurman The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kate Winslet Clementine Kruczynski Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Zhang Ziyi Mei House of Flying Daggers
2005
(32nd)
Naomi Watts Ann Darrow King Kong
Jodie Foster Kyle Pratt Flightplan
Laura Linney Erin Christine Bruner The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Rachel McAdams Lisa Reisert Red Eye
Natalie Portman Padmé Amidala Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Tilda Swinton Jadis, the White Witch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2006
(33rd)
Natalie Portman Evey Hammond V for Vendetta
Kate Bosworth Lois Lane Superman Returns
Judi Dench Barbara Covett Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal Ana Pascal Stranger than Fiction
Shauna Macdonald Sarah The Descent
Renée Zellweger Beatrix Potter Miss Potter
2007
(34th)
Amy Adams Giselle Enchanted
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Carice van Houten Rachel Stein/Ellis de Vries Black Book
Ashley Judd Agnes White Bug
Belén Rueda Laura The Orphanage
Naomi Watts Anna Khitrova Eastern Promises
2008
(35th)
Angelina Jolie Christine Collins Changeling
Cate Blanchett Daisy Fuller The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Maggie Gyllenhaal Rachel Dawes The Dark Knight
Julianne Moore Doctor's Wife Blindness
Emily Mortimer Jessie Transsiberian
Gwyneth Paltrow Virginia "Pepper" Potts Iron Man
2009
(36th)
Zoe Saldana Neytiri Avatar
Catherine Keener Connie Where the Wild Things Are
Mélanie Laurent Shoshanna Dreyfus/Emmanuelle Mimieux Inglourious Basterds
Alison Lohman Christine Brown Drag Me to Hell
Natalie Portman Grace Cahill Brothers
Charlize Theron Sylvia The Burning Plain

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Character Film
2010
(37th)
Natalie Portman Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen Black Swan
Cécile de France Marie Lelay Hereafter
Carey Mulligan Kathy H. Never Let Me Go
Ellen Page Ariadne Inception
Noomi Rapace Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2011
(38th)
Kirsten Dunst Justine Melancholia
Jessica Chastain Samantha LaForche Take Shelter
Rooney Mara Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Brit Marling Rhoda Williams Another Earth
Keira Knightley Sabina Spielrein A Dangerous Method
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene
2012
(39th)
Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games
Jessica Chastain Maya Zero Dark Thirty
Ann Dowd Sandra Compliance
Zoe Kazan Ruby Sparks Ruby Sparks
Helen Mirren Alma Reville Hitchcock
Naomi Watts Maria Bennett The Impossible
2013
(40th)
Sandra Bullock Ryan Stone Gravity
Halle Berry Jordan Turner The Call
Martina Gedeck Die Frau (The Woman) The Wall
Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Emma Thompson P. L. Travers Saving Mr. Banks
Mia Wasikowska India Stoker Stoker

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