Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress

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The Cannes 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. The award can be for lead or supporting roles with the exception of the period from 1979 to 1981, when the festival used to award a separate "Best Supporting Actress" prize.

Isabelle Adjani is the only actress to ever win the award for two films in one festival, which she did in 1981. Barbara Hershey won the award consecutively in 1987 and 1988.

Award Winners[edit]

Year Actress Role Film
1946 Michèle Morgan (France) Gertrude Pastoral Symphony
1947 No award this year
1949 Isa Miranda (Italy) Marta Manfredini The Walls of Malapaga
1951 Bette Davis (United States) Margo Channing ‡ All About Eve
1952 Lee Grant (United States) The Shoplifter ‡ Detective Story
1953 Shirley Booth (United States)[1] Lola Delaney † Come Back, Little Sheba
1954 Maria Schell (Austria) - Special Award Helga Reinbeck The Last Bridge
1955 Whole Cast (USSR) Bolshaya semya
1956 Susan Hayward (United States)[2] Lillian Roth I'll Cry Tomorrow
1957 Giulietta Masina (Italy) Maria "Cabiria" Ceccarelli Nights of Cabiria
1958 Eva Dahlbeck (Sweden) Stina Andersson Brink of Life
Bibi Andersson (Sweden) Hjördis Petterson
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs (Sweden) Nurse Brita
Ingrid Thulin (Sweden) Cecilia Ellius
Tatiana Samoilova (USSR) - Special Award Veronika The Cranes Are Flying
1959 Simone Signoret (France) Alice Aisgill † Room at the Top
1960 Jeanne Moreau (France) Anne Desbarèdes Seven Days... Seven Nights
Melina Mercouri (Greece) Ilya ‡ Never on Sunday
1961 Sophia Loren (Italy) Cesira † Two Women
1962 Katharine Hepburn (United States) Mary Cavan Tyrone ‡ Long Day's Journey into Night
Rita Tushingham (United Kingdom) Josephine A Taste of Honey
1963 Marina Vlady (France) Regina The Conjugal Bed
1964 Barbara Barrie (United States) Julie Cullen Richards One Potato, Two Potato
Anne Bancroft (United States) Jo Armitage ‡ The Pumpkin Eater
1965 Samantha Eggar (United Kingdom) Miranda Grey ‡ The Collector
Vera Kuznetsova (USSR) - Special Award Natalia There Was an Old Couple
1966 Vanessa Redgrave (United Kingdom) Leonie Delt ‡ Morgan!
1967 Pia Degermark (Sweden) Elvira Madigan Elvira Madigan
1968 Festival interrupted, no awards this year
1969 Vanessa Redgrave (United Kingdom) Isadora Duncan Isadora
1970 Ottavia Piccolo (Italy) Ersilia Metello
1971 Kitty Winn (United States) Helen Reeves The Panic in Needle Park
Mari Törőcsik (Hungary) - Special Awards Luca Love
Lili Darvas (Hungary) - Special Awards The Old lady
1972 Susannah York (United Kingdom) Cathryn Images
1973 Joanne Woodward (United States) Beatrice Hunsdorfer The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
1974 Marie-José Nat (France) Elle Violins at the Ball
1975 Valérie Perrine (United States) Honey Bruce Lenny
1976 Dominique Sanda (France) Irene Carelli Ferramonti The Inheritance
Mari Törőcsik (Hungary) Déryné Mrs. Dery Where Are You?
1977 Shelley Duvall (United States) Mildred "Millie" Lammoreaux 3 Women
Monique Mercure (Canada) Rose-Aimee Martin J.A. Martin Photographer
1978 Jill Clayburgh (United States) Erica Benton ‡ An Unmarried Woman
Isabelle Huppert (France) Violette Nozière Violette Nozière
1979 Sally Field (United States) Norma Rae Webster Norma Rae
Supporting Eva Mattes (Germany) Marie Woyzeck
1980 Anouk Aimée (France) Marta Ponticelli A Leap in the Dark
Supporting Milena Dravić (Yugoslavia) Kaca Special Treatment
Supporting Carla Gravina (Italy) Carla The Terrace
1981 Isabelle Adjani (France) Marya 'Mado' Zelli Quartet
Anna / Helen Possession
Supporting Yelena Solovey (USSR) Tekle Fact
1982 Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak (Poland) Eva Szalanczky Another Way
1983 Hanna Schygulla (West Germany) Eugenia The Story of Piera
1984 Helen Mirren (United Kingdom) Marcella Cal
1985 Cher (United States) Florence "Rusty" Dennis Mask
Norma Aleandro (Argentina) Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez The Official Story
1986 Barbara Sukowa (West Germany) Rosa Luxemburg Rosa Luxemburg
Fernanda Torres (Brazil) The Woman Love Me Forever or Never
1987 Barbara Hershey (United States) Ruth Shy People
1988 Barbara Hershey (United States) Diana Roth A World Apart
Jodhi May (United Kingdom) Molly Roth
Linda Mvusi (South Africa) Elsie
1989 Meryl Streep (United States) Lindy Chamberlain A Cry in the Dark
1990 Krystyna Janda (Poland) Antonina “Tonia” Dziwisz Interrogation
1991 Irène Jacob (France) Weronika / Véronique The Double Life of Véronique
1992 Pernilla August (Sweden) Anna Åkerblom Bergman The Best Intentions
1993 Holly Hunter (United States) Ada McGrath † The Piano
1994 Virna Lisi (Italy) Catherine de' Medici Queen Margot
1995 Helen Mirren (United Kingdom) Queen Charlotte The Madness of King George
1996 Brenda Blethyn (United Kingdom) Cynthia Rose Purley ‡ Secrets & Lies
1997 Kathy Burke (United Kingdom) Valerie Nil by Mouth
1998 Élodie Bouchez (France) Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin The Dreamlife of Angels
Natacha Régnier (Belgium) Marie Thomas
1999 Séverine Caneele (Belgium) Dominio Humanité
Émilie Dequenne (Belgium) Rosetta Rosetta
2000 Björk (Iceland) Selma Ježková Dancer in the Dark
2001 Isabelle Huppert (France) Erika Kohut The Piano Teacher
2002 Kati Outinen (Finland) Irma The Man Without a Past
2003 Marie-Josée Croze (Canada) Nathalie The Barbarian Invasions
2004 Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong) Emily Wang Clean
2005 Hanna Laslo (Israel) Hanna Free Zone
2006 Penélope Cruz (Spain) Raimunda ‡ Volver
Carmen Maura (Spain) Irene
Lola Dueñas (Spain) Soledad ("Sole")
Blanca Portillo (Spain) Agustina
Yohana Cobo (Spain) Paula
Chus Lampreave (Spain) Tía Paula
2007 Jeon Do-yeon (South Korea) Lee Shin-ae Secret Sunshine
2008 Sandra Corveloni (Brazil) Cleuza Linha de Passe
2009 Charlotte Gainsbourg (France) She Antichrist
2010 Juliette Binoche (France) The Woman Certified Copy
2011[3] Kirsten Dunst (United States / Germany) Justine Melancholia
2012[4] Cristina Flutur (Romania) Alina Beyond the Hills
Cosmina Stratan (Romania) Voichita
2013[5] Bérénice Bejo (France / Argentina)[6] Marie Brisson The Past
2014[7] Julianne Moore (United States) Havana Segrand Maps to the Stars
2015[8] Rooney Mara (United States) Therese Belivet ‡ Carol
Emmanuelle Bercot (France) Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel Mon roi
2016 Jaclyn Jose (Philippines) Rosa Ma' Rosa
2017 Diane Kruger (Germany) Katja Sekerci In the Fade
2018 Samal Yeslyamova (Kazakhstan) Ayka Ayka
2019 Emily Beecham (United Kingdom) Alice Little Joe

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award

† - indicates the performance was also an Academy Award winner

Multiple award winners[edit]

2 wins

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Day - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ This year the award name was changed to Prix d'Interprétation (Acting Award), without gender differentiation, and it was Susan who won the only award that year.
  3. ^ Gregg Kilday. "Best Actress Kirsten Dunst Thanks Cannes for Allowing Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia' 'To Still Be in Competition' (Cannes 2011)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ Eric Mattina (14 March 2013). "Futures: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur Discuss Thei - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. ^ Nigel M Smith (16 December 2013). "'The Past' Star Bérénice Bejo on Her Cannes Award Winning - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  6. ^ Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux were also awarded an Honorary Palme d'Or for Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  7. ^ "Winter Sleep wins Palme dOr at Cannes, Julianne Moore and Timothy Spall take acting prizes". HitFix. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  8. ^ Justin Chang. "Cannes Awards: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d'Or - Variety". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2015.