Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress
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The Best Actress Award (French: Prix d'interprétation féminine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. It is chosen by the jury from the official films in competition at the festival. It was first awarded in 1946. The ceremony was cancelled in 1948, 1950, and 1968. No awards were given to actresses in 1947. On four occasions, the jury has awarded multiple women (more than 2) the prize from one film. The four films were A World Apart, Brink of Life, A Big Family, and Volver. The jury also on occasion cites actresses with a special citation that is separate from the main award. From 1979 to 1981 the festival also awarded a Best Supporting Actress prize, which is included below. Isabelle Adjani is the only actress to ever win the award for two films in one festival, which she did in 1981. The award can be for lead or supporting roles. Barbara Hershey won the award consecutively in 1987 and 1988.
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award
Multiple award winners
- Vanessa Redgrave – Morgan! (1966), Isadora (1969)
- Helen Mirren – Cal (1984), The Madness of King George (1995)
- Isabelle Huppert – Violette Nozière (1978), The Piano Teacher (2001)
- Barbara Hershey – Shy People (1987), A World Apart (1988)
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