BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
|BAFTA Award for Best Actress|
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|Presented by||British Academy of Film and Television Arts|
|Currently held by||Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)|
Best Actress in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.
- From 1952-1967, there were two Best Actress awards presented, Best British Actress and Best Foreign Actress.
- From 1968-1984, the two awards merged into one award known as Best Actress.1
- From 1985–present, the award has been known by its current name of Best Actress in a leading role.2
In the list below, the winners from 1952-1967, won the award for Best Foreign Actress.
For the winners of Best British Actress, see BAFTA Award for Best British Actress.
|Natalie Portman||Black Swan||Nina Sayers †|
|Annette Bening||The Kids are All Right||Nic ‡|
|Julianne Moore||The Kids Are All Right||Jules|
|Noomi Rapace||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Lisbeth Salander|
|Hailee Steinfeld||True Grit||Mattie Ross ‡|
|Meryl Streep||The Iron Lady||Margaret Thatcher †|
|Bérénice Bejo||The Artist||Peppy Miller ‡|
|Viola Davis||The Help||Aibleen Clark ‡|
|Tilda Swinton||We Need to Talk About Kevin||Eva Katchadourian|
|Michelle Williams||My Week with Marilyn||Marilyn Monroe ‡|
|Emmanuelle Riva||Amour||Anne Laurent ‡|
|Jessica Chastain||Zero Dark Thirty||Maya ‡|
|Marion Cotillard||Rust and Bone||Stéphanie|
|Jennifer Lawrence||Silver Linings Playbook||Tiffany Maxwell †|
|Helen Mirren||Hitchcock||Alma Reville Hitchcock|
Note: Between 1964-1973, several actresses were nominated for multiple performances in a single year, these each count as one nomination.5 Scarlett Johansson's two mentions in 2003 count as two separate nominations.6 The two mentions received by Kate Winslet in both 2004 and 2008, count as two separate nominations each time.
|Superlative||Best Actress/Best Actress in a Leading Role||Best Supporting Actress||Overall|
|Actress with most awards||Maggie Smith||4||Judi Dench||3||Judi Dench
|Actress with most British Actress Award (till 1967)||Audrey Hepburn||3||—||—||Audrey Hepburn||3|
|Actor with most Foreign Actor Award (till 1967)||Simone Signoret||3||—||—||Simone Signoret||3|
|Actress with most nominations||Meryl Streep||11||Judi Dench||9||Meryl Streep||14|
|Actress with most British Actress Award nominations (till 1967)||Audrey Hepburn||5||—||—||Audrey Hepburn||5|
|Actress with most Foreign Actress Award nominations (till 1967)||Shirley MacLaine||5||—||—||Shirley MacLaine||5|
Note: Judi Dench has a total of 14 BAFTA film nominations, with 13 being for Best Actress (4) & Best Supporting Actress (9). The 14th nomination is for Best Newcomer in 1966 (which she won). This gives her 6 BAFTA film wins. In addition, she has won 4 BAFTA television awards (from 11 nominations). In total she has received 25 BAFTA film & TV nominations with 10 wins. Dench also received an honorary BAFTA, the BAFTA Fellowship, in 2001.
Note: Maggie Smith has a total of 12 BAFTA film nominations, for Best Actress (7), Best Supporting Actress (4) and Best Newcomer (1), winning 5. She also has 5 BAFTA television nominations. This gives her a total of 17 BAFTA film & TV nominations. In addition, Smith has received two honorary awards, the BAFTA special award (1993) and the BAFTA Fellowship (1996).
Note: Both lists include the winners and nominees for Best British Actress 1952-1967
- :Goldie Hawn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Cactus Flower).
- :Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- :Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- :Jessica Lange won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- :Kim Basinger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- :Rachel Weisz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Academy Award for Best Actress
- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress (BFCA)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- List of actors who won the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, and Critic's Choice Award for a single performance