Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

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SAG Award for Best Actress
Awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Location Los Angeles, California
Presented by SAG-AFTRA
Currently held by Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Official website Sagawards.org

The following is a list of nominees and winners of the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. The award was first given in 1994 and there are currently five nominees each year.

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Winners and nominees[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
1994 Jodie Foster Nell Nell
Jessica Lange Blue Sky Carly Marshall
Meg Ryan When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
Susan Sarandon The Client Reggie Love
Meryl Streep The River Wild Gail Hartman
1995 Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking Helen Prejean
Joan Allen Nixon Pat Nixon
Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
Meryl Streep The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
Diane Keaton Marvin's Room Bessie
Gena Rowlands Unhook the Stars Mildred Hawks
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient Katharine Clifton
1997 Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly
Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
Judi Dench Mrs. Brown Queen Victoria
Pam Grier Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater
Robin Wright Penn She's So Lovely Maureen Murphy Quinn
1998 Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola De Lesseps
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Jane Horrocks Little Voice LV
Meryl Streep One True Thing Kate Gulden
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré
1999 Annette Bening American Beauty Carolyn Burnham
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker
Julianne Moore The End of the Affair Sarah Miles
Meryl Streep Music of the Heart Roberta Guaspari
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
Joan Allen The Contender Laine Hanson
Juliette Binoche Chocolat Vianne Liberato
Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
Laura Linney You Can Count on Me Sammy Taylor
2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
Jennifer Connelly A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash
Judi Dench Iris Iris Murdoch
Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones
2002 Renée Zellweger Chicago Roxie Hart
Salma Hayek Frida Frida Kahlo
Nicole Kidman The Hours Virginia Woolf
Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Patricia Clarkson The Station Agent Olivia Harris
Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry
Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Gallagher
Evan Rachel Wood Thirteen Tracy Freeland
2004 Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clemetine Kruczynski
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter
Judi Dench Mrs Henderson Presents Mrs. Laura Henderson
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree Hoffman
Charlize Theron North Country Josey Aimes
Ziyi Zhang Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri Takanasja
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
Penélope Cruz To Return (Volver) Raimunda Nedine
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett
Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly
Kate Winslet Little Children Sarah Pierce
2007 Julie Christie Away From Her Fiona Anderson
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age Queen Elizabeth I
Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose Edith Piaf
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff
2008 Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder
Angelina Jolie Changeling Christine Collins
Melissa Leo Frozen River Ray Eddy
Kate Winslet Revolutionary Road April Wheeler
2009 Sandra Bullock The Blind Side Leigh Anne Tuohy
Helen Mirren The Last Station Sophia Tolstaya
Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Precious Jones
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Film Character
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Becca Corbett
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
Hilary Swank Conviction Betty Anne Waters
2011 Viola Davis The Help Aibileen Clark
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe
2012 Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
Marion Cotillard Rust and Bone Stéphanie
Helen Mirren Hitchcock Alma Reville
Naomi Watts The Impossible Maria Bennett
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Sandra Bullock Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone
Judi Dench Philomena Philomena Lee
Meryl Streep August: Osage County Violet Weston
Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks P. L. Travers

Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Leading Actress Supporting Actress Overall
Actress with most awards Kate Winslet 2 Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Renée Zellweger 2
Actress with most nominations Meryl Streep 9 Cate Blanchett 4 Meryl Streep 9
Actress with most nominations without ever winning Judi Dench 5 Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Julianne Moore 3 Julianne Moore 5
Film with most nominations Almost Famous, Babel, Being John Malkovich, Chicago, Doubt, The Fighter, Forrest Gump, The Help, Up in the Air 2 Chicago, Doubt, The Help 3
Oldest winner Julie Christie
(Away from Her, 2008)
66 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
87 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
87
Oldest nominee Judi Dench
(Philomena, 2014)
79
Youngest winner Jennifer Lawrence
(Silver Linings Playbook, 2013)
22 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
20 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
20
Youngest nominee Evan Rachel Wood
(thirteen, 2004)
16 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)
8 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)
8

Trivia[edit]

Occasions over the past 20 years did the winner of the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress not win the Academy Award for Best Actress.This happened in:

  • 1994: Jodie Foster (Nell) lost to Jessica Lange (Blue Sky),
  • 1999: Annette Bening (American Beauty) lost to Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry),
  • 2002: Renée Zellweger (Chicago) lost to Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
  • 2007: Julie Christie (Away From Her) lost to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose).
  • 2008: Meryl Streep (Doubt) lost to Kate Winslet (The Reader). Winslet did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • 2011: Viola Davis (The Help) lost to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Multiple nominees[edit]

2 nominations
3 nominations
4 nominations
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, Revolutionary Road)
5 nominations
  • Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Philomena)
9 nominations
  • Meryl Streep (The River Wild, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Julie & Julia, The Iron Lady, August: Osage County)

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