Saturn Award for Best Actress
|Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|Awarded for||Best performance of the year by a female in a leading role in a genre film|
|Presented by||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films|
|Currently held by||Mary Elizabeth Winstead for 10 Cloverfield Lane (2017)|
The Saturn Award for Best Actress is one of the annual Saturn Awards given by the American professional organization, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized reward of achievements in science fiction, fantasy, and horror (another award, the Hugo Award is older but this is not specialized but broader and includes other genres and non-film media). The Saturn Award included the Best Actress category for the first time in the 1974 film year.
The Saturn Award for Best Actress is the oldest prize to reward actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror films: other awards such as the Academy and Golden Globe Awards, despite supposedly disregarding the genre, gave little recognition to acting quality at the time. In 1996 the Saturns began to reward both film and television acting, and created the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. For the first two years it was awarded there were no nominees announced.
The actresses with the most nominations are Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver, who are all tied with five. Foster, Portman, Watts and Sandra Bullock are the only actresses to have won it twice. Portman is also the only actress to win both the Saturn Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress for the same film, while Weaver holds the most nominations for playing the same character (Ellen Ripley) with four.
Winners and nominees
"†" indicates an Academy Award-winning performance in the same category.
"‡" indicates an Academy Award-nominated performance in the same category.
"§" indicates an Academy Award-nominated performance for Best Supporting Actress
|1974/75||Katharine Ross||Joanna Eberhart||The Stepford Wives|
|1976||Blythe Danner||Tracy Ballad||Futureworld|
|1977||Jodie Foster||Rynn Jacobs||The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane|
|Julie Christie||Susan Harris||Demon Seed|
|Joan Collins||Marilyn Fryser||Empire of the Ants|
|Melinda Dillon §||Jillian Guiler||Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|Carrie Fisher||Princess Leia Organa||Star Wars|
|1978||Margot Kidder||Lois Lane||Superman: The Movie|
|Ann-Margret||Peggy Ann Snow||Magic|
|Brooke Adams||Elizabeth Driscoll||Invasion of the Body Snatchers|
|Geneviève Bujold||Dr. Susan Wheeler||Coma|
|Diana Ross||Dorothy Gale||The Wiz|
|1979||Mary Steenburgen||Amy Robbins||Time After Time|
|Susan Saint James||Cindy Sondheim||Love at First Bite|
|Persis Khambatta||Lt. Ilia||Star Trek: The Motion Picture|
|Margot Kidder||Kathy Lutz||The Amityville Horror|
- 2 wins
- Sandra Bullock
- Jodie Foster
- Natalie Portman
- Naomi Watts