Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress

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Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
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Current recipient: Alana Haim
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byBoston Society of Film Critics
First awardedGena Rowlands
Gloria (1980)
Currently held byAlana Haim
Licorice Pizza (2021)

The Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best (Lead) Actress is one of the annual film awards given by the Boston Society of Film Critics.



Year Winner Film Role
1980 Gena Rowlands Gloria Gloria Swenson
1981 Marília Pêra Pixote (Pixote: a lei do mais fraco) Sueli
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Sophie Zawistowski
1983 Rosanna Arquette Baby It's You Jill Rosen
1984 Judy Davis A Passage to India Adela Quested
1985 Geraldine Page The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts
1986 Chloe Webb Sid and Nancy Nancy Spungen
1987 Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig
1988 Melanie Griffith Working Girl Tess McGill
1989 Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lilly Dillon
The Witches Eva Ernst / Grand High Witch
1991 Geena Davis Thelma & Louise Thelma Dickinson
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret "Meg" Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Julianne Moore Vanya on 42nd Street Yelena
1995 Nicole Kidman To Die For Suzanne Stone Maretto
1996 Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
1998 Samantha Morton Under the Skin Iris Kelly
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
2001 Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
2002 Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary Lee Holloway
2003 Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation Charlotte
2004 Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Margaret "Maggie" Fitzgerald
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La môme) Édith Piaf
2008 Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
2009 Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen
2011 Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn[1] Marilyn Monroe
2012 Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
2014 Marion Cotillard The Immigrant Ewa Cybulska
Two Days, One Night Sandra Bya
2015 Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer
2016 Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
Things to Come Nathalie Chazeaux
2017 Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
2018 Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel
2019 Saoirse Ronan Little Women[2] Josephine "Jo" March


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Sidney Flanigan Never Rarely Sometimes Always[3] Autumn Callahan
2021 Alana Haim Licorice Pizza Alana Kane

Multiple Winners[edit]

2 wins[edit]


  1. ^ 'The Artist' Named Best Picture by Boston Film Critics|Retuters
  2. ^ "Current Winners – 2019 Awards". Boston Society of Film Critics. 2018-07-27. Archived from the original on 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  3. ^ The Boston Society of Film Critics names its winners for 2020 - The Boston Globe