Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byLos Angeles Film Critics Association
First awardedFlorinda Bolkan
A Brief Vacation (1975)
Last awardedPenélope Cruz
Parallel Mothers (2021)

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress was an award given annually by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. It was first introduced in 1975 to reward the best performance by a leading actress. In 2022, it was announced that the four acting categories would be retired and replaced with two gender neutral categories, with both Best Actor and Best Actress merging into the Best Lead Performance category.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1975 Florinda Bolkan A Brief Vacation Clara Mataro
1976 Liv Ullmann Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Dr. Jenny Isaksson
1977 Shelley Duvall 3 Women Mildred Lammoreaux
1978 Jane Fonda California Suite Hannah Warren
Comes a Horseman Ella Connors
Coming Home Sally Hyde
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae Norma Rae Webster


Year Winner(s) Film Role
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Webb/Lynn
1981 Meryl Streep The French Lieutenant's Woman Sarah Woodruff / Anna
1982 Sophie's Choice Zofia "Sophie" Zawistowski
1983 Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway
1984 Kathleen Turner Crimes of Passion Joanna Crane / China Blue
Romancing the Stone Joan Wilder
1985 Meryl Streep Out of Africa Karen Blixen
1986 Sandrine Bonnaire Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) Mona Bergeron
1987 Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig
Sally Kirkland Anna Anna
1988 Christine Lahti Running on Empty Annie Pope / Cynthia Manfield
1989 Andie MacDowell Sex, Lies, and Videotape Ann Bishop Mullany
Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond


Year Winner(s) Film Role
1990 Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lilly Dillon
The Witches Miss Eva Ernst / Grand High Witch
1991 Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King Anne Napolitano
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Jessica Lange Blue Sky Carly Marshall
1995 Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
1996 Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil) Isadora "Dora" Teixeira
Ally Sheedy High Art Lucy Berliner
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
The Hours Laura McGrath Brown
2003 Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Peck
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
2005 Vera Farmiga Down to the Bone Irene Morrison
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 Yolande Moreau Séraphine Séraphine Louis


Year Winner(s) Film Role
2010 Kim Hye-ja Mother Mother
2011 Yoon Jeong-hee Poetry Yang Mi-ja
2012 Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Adèle Exarchopoulos Blue Is the Warmest Colour Adèle
2014 Patricia Arquette Boyhood Olivia Evans
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 Olivia Colman The Favourite Queen Anne[2]
2019 Mary Kay Place Diane Diane[3]


Year Winner(s) Film Role
2020 Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman Cassandra Thomas[4]
2021 Penélope Cruz Parallel Mothers Janis Martinez[5]

Multiple Winners

3 wins
2 wins

See also


  1. ^ @LAFilmCritics (October 12, 2022). "For this year's awards vote, LAFCA will also introduce gender-neutral acting categories, with two awards for Best Lead Performance and two awards for Best Supporting Performance. Our voting meeting will take place on December 11, 2022" (Tweet). Archived from the original on December 8, 2022. Retrieved December 12, 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2018 Winners|IndieWire
  3. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 2019 Winners — Full List — Deadline
  4. ^ 'Small Axe' Wins LAFCA Best Picture Despite Not Submitted for Oscars - Variety
  5. ^ Los Angeles Film Critics 2021 Winners List - Variety