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. 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.

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

† - indicates the performance was also an Academy Award winner

Award Winners[edit]

Year Actress Character 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 (USA ) Margo Channing ‡ All About Eve
1952 Lee Grant (USA) The Shoplifter ‡ Detective Story
1953 Shirley Booth (USA)[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 (USA)[2] Lillian Roth I'll Cry Tomorrow
1957 Giulietta Masina (Italy) Maria "Cabiria" Ceccarelli Nights of Cabiria
1958 Female Cast (Sweden) (4)

Eva Dahlbeck
Bibi Andersson
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs
Ingrid Thulin
Tatiana Samoilova (USSR) - Special Award

 

Stina Andersson
Hjördis Petterson
Nurse Brita
Cecilia Ellius

Veronika


Brink of Life


The Cranes Are Flying
1959 Simone Signoret (France) Alice Aisgill † Room at the Top
1960 Jeanne Moreau (France)
Melina Mercouri (Greece)
Anne Desbarèdes
Ilya ‡
Seven Days... Seven Nights
Never on Sunday
1961 Sophia Loren (Italy) Cesira † Two Women
1962 Katharine Hepburn (USA)
Rita Tushingham (U.K.)
Mary Cavan Tyrone ‡
Josephine
Long Day's Journey into Night
A Taste of Honey
1963 Marina Vlady (France) Regina The Conjugal Bed
1964 Barbara Barrie (USA)
Anne Bancroft (USA)
Julie Cullen Richards
Jo Armitage ‡
One Potato, Two Potato
The Pumpkin Eater
1965 Samantha Eggar (U.K.)
Vera Kuznetsova (USSR) - Special Award
Miranda Grey ‡
Natalia
The Collector
There Was an Old Couple
1966 Vanessa Redgrave (U.K.) Leonie Delt ‡ Morgan!
1967 Pia Degermark (Sweden) Elvira Madigan Elvira Madigan
1968 No award this year
1969 Vanessa Redgrave (U.K.) Isadora Duncan Isadora
1970 Ottavia Piccolo (Italy) Ersilia Metello
1971 Kitty Winn (USA)
Mari Törőcsik and Lili Darvas (Hungary) - Special Awards
Helen Reeves
Luca / Az öregasszony
The Panic in Needle Park
Love
1972 Susannah York (U.K.) Cathryn Images
1973 Joanne Woodward (USA) 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 (USA) Honey Bruce Lenny
1976 Dominique Sanda (France)
Mari Törőcsik (Hungary)
Irene Carelli Ferramonti
Déryné
The Inheritance
Mrs. Dery Where Are You?
1977 Shelley Duvall (USA)
Monique Mercure (Canada)
Mildred "Millie" Lammoreaux
Rose-Aimee Martin
3 Women
J.A. Martin Photographer
1978 Jill Clayburgh (USA)
Isabelle Huppert (France)
Erica Benton ‡
Violette Nozière
An Unmarried Woman
Violette Nozière
1979 Sally Field (USA)
Supporting Eva Mattes (Germany)
Norma Rae Webster
Marie
Norma Rae
Woyzeck
1980 Anouk Aimée (France)
Supporting Milena Dravić (Yugoslavia)
Supporting Carla Gravina (Italy)
Marta Ponticelli
Kaca
Carla
A Leap in the Dark
Special Treatment
The Terrace
1981 Isabelle Adjani (France)
Supporting Yelena Solovey (USSR)
Marya 'Mado' Zelli / Anna/Helen
Tekle
Quartet / Possession
Fact
1982 Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak (Poland) Eva Szalanczky Another Way
1983 Hanna Schygulla (West Germany) Eugenia The Story of Piera
1984 Helen Mirren (U.K.) Marcella Cal
1985 Cher (USA)
Norma Aleandro (Argentina)
Florence "Rusty" Dennis
Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez
Mask
The Official Story
1986 Barbara Sukowa (West Germany)
Fernanda Torres (Brazil)
Rosa Luxemburg
The Woman
Rosa Luxemburg
Love Me Forever or Never
1987 Barbara Hershey (USA) Ruth Shy People
1988 Barbara Hershey (USA)
Jodhi May (U.K.)
Linda Mvusi (South Africa)
Diana Roth
Molly Roth
Elsie
A World Apart
1989 Meryl Streep (USA) 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 (USA) Ada McGrath † The Piano
1994 Virna Lisi (Italy) Catherine de' Medici Queen Margot
1995 Helen Mirren (U.K.) Queen Charlotte The Madness of King George
1996 Brenda Blethyn (U.K.) Cynthia Rose Purley ‡ Secrets & Lies
1997 Kathy Burke (U.K.) Valerie Nil by Mouth
1998 Élodie Bouchez (France)
Natacha Régnier (Belgium)
Isabelle 'Isa' Tostin
Marie Thomas
The Dreamlife of Angels
1999 Séverine Caneele (Belgium)
Émilie Dequenne (Belgium)
Dominio
Rosetta
Humanité
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 Female Cast (Spain) (6) Penélope Cruz as Raimunda ‡
Carmen Maura as Irene
Lola Dueñas as Soledad ("Sole")
Blanca Portillo as Agustina
Yohana Cobo as Paula
Chus Lampreave as Tía Paula
Volver
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 (USA /Germany) Justine Melancholia
2012[4] Cristina Flutur (Romania)
Cosmina Stratan (Romania)
Alina
Voichita
Beyond the Hills
2013[5] Bérénice Bejo (France / Argentina)[6] Marie Brisson The Past
2014[7] Julianne Moore (USA) Havana Segrand Maps to the Stars
2015[8] Rooney Mara (USA)
Emmanuelle Bercot (France)
Therese Belivet ‡
Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel
Carol
Mon roi
2016 Jaclyn Jose (Philippines) Rosa Ma' Rosa
2017 Diane Kruger (Germany) Katja Sekerci In the Fade

Multiple award winners[edit]

2 wins

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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.