Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
|SAG Award for Best Actress|
|Awarded for||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Currently held by||Brie Larson for Room (2015)|
The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in film.
Winners and nominees
indicates the winner.
- "†" indicates the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress.
- "‡" indicates a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
- "††" indicates the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- "‡‡" indicates a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Occasions over the past 22 years did the winner of the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress not win the Academy Award for Best Actress.This happened in:
- 1994: Jodie Foster (Nell) lost to Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
- 1999: Annette Bening (American Beauty) lost to Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
- 2002: Renée Zellweger (Chicago) lost to Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
- 2007: Julie Christie (Away From Her) lost to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
- 2008: Meryl Streep (Doubt) lost to Kate Winslet (The Reader). Winslet did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
- 2011: Viola Davis (The Help) lost to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.
- 2 nominations
- Joan Allen (Nixon (1995), The Contender (2000))
- Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side (2009), Gravity (2013))
- Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose (2007), Rust and Bone (2012))
- Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart (2007), Changeling (2008))
- Diane Keaton (Marvin's Room (1996), Something's Gotta Give (2003))
- Nicole Kidman (The Hours (2002), Rabbit Hole (2010))
- Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012))
- Susan Sarandon (The Client (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995))
- Charlize Theron (Monster (2003), North Country (2005))
- Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility (1995), Saving Mr. Banks (2013))
- Naomi Watts (21 Grams (2003), The Impossible (2012))
- Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line (2005), Wild (2014))
- Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Chicago (2002))
- 3 nominations
- Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010))
- Julianne Moore (The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014))
- Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Conviction (2010))
- 4 nominations
- Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013), Carol (2015))
- Helen Mirren (The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015))
- Kate Winslet (Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008))
- 5 nominations
- Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013))
- 9 nominations
- Meryl Streep (The River Wild (1994), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), August: Osage County (2013))
- Academy Award for Best Actress
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy