National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Michelle Yeoh Cannes 2017.jpg
Current recipient: Michelle Yeoh
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Board of Review
First awardedJoan Crawford
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Currently held byMichelle Yeoh
Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

The National Board of Review Award for Best Actress is one of the annual film awards given (since 1945) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]



Year Winner Film Role
1945 Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce Beragon
1946 Anna Magnani Rome, Open City Pina
1947 Celia Johnson This Happy Breed Ethel Gibbons
1948 Olivia de Havilland The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham
1949 Not awarded


Year Winner Film Role
1950 Gloria Swanson Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
1951 Jan Sterling Ace in the Hole Lorraine Minosa
1952 Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney
1953 Jean Simmons The Actress Ruth Gordon Jones
The Robe Diana
Young Bess Princess Elizabeth
1954 Grace Kelly The Country Girl Georgie Elgin
Dial M for Murder Margot Mary Wendice
Rear Window Lisa Carol Fremont
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose
1956 Dorothy McGuire Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell
1957 Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve Eve White / Eve Black / Jane
1958 Ingrid Bergman The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Gladys Aylward
1959 Simone Signoret Room at the Top Alice Aisgill


Year Winner Film Role
1960 Greer Garson Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt
1961 Geraldine Page Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
1962 Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker Anne Sullivan
1963 Patricia Neal Hud Alma Brown
1964 Kim Stanley Séance on a Wet Afternoon Myra Savage
1965 Julie Christie Darling Diana Scott
Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha
1967 Edith Evans The Whisperers Maggie Ross
1968 Liv Ullmann Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) Alma Borg
Shame (Skammen) Eva Rosenberg
1969 Geraldine Page Trilogy Sook


Year Winner Film Role
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen
1971 Irene Papas The Trojan Women Helen of Troy
1972 Cicely Tyson Sounder Rebecca Morgan
1973 Liv Ullmann The New Land (Nybyggarna) Kristina
1974 Gena Rowlands A Woman Under the Influence Mabel Longhetti
1975 Isabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. (L’histoire d'Adèle H.) Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewry
1976 Liv Ullmann Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Dr. Jenny Isaksson
1977 Anne Bancroft The Turning Point Emma Jacklin
1978 Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata Charlotte Andergast
1979 Sally Field Norma Rae Norma Rae Webster


Year Winner Film Role
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Loretta Lynn
1981 Glenda Jackson Stevie Stevie Smith
1982 Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice Zofia "Sophie" Zawistowski
1983 Shirley MacLaine Terms of Endearment Aurora Greenway
1984 Peggy Ashcroft A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
1985 Whoopi Goldberg The Color Purple Celie Johnson
1986 Kathleen Turner Peggy Sue Got Married Peggy Sue
1987 Lillian Gish The Whales of August Sarah Webber
Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig
1988 Jodie Foster The Accused Sarah Tobias
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Mia Farrow Alice Alice Smith Tate
1991 Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon Thelma & Louise Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Miranda Richardson Tom & Viv Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot
1995 Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil) Isadora "Dora" Teixeira
1999 Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
2001 Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker
2003 Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry
2004 Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
2005 Felicity Huffman Transamerica Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne / Stanley Schupak
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
2008 Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Lesley Manville Another Year Mary Smith
2011 Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
2012 Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
2013 Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks Pamela "P. L." Travers
2014 Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland
2015 Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
2016 Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
2017 Meryl Streep The Post Katharine Graham
2018 Lady Gaga A Star Is Born[2] Ally Maine
2019 Renée Zellweger Judy[3] Judy Garland


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman[4] Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas
2021 Rachel Zegler West Side Story[5] María Vasquez
2022 Michelle Yeoh Everything Everywhere All At Once[6] Evelyn Wang

Multiple awards

See also


  1. ^ "Best Actress Archives – National Board of Review". National Board of Review. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ National Board of Review Names 'Green Book' Best Film of 2018 - Variety
  3. ^ National Board of Review 2019 Winners|IndieWire
  4. ^ 2021 National Board of Review Winners and Analysis - Variety
  5. ^ National Board of Review Winners 2021:|IndieWire
  6. ^ Top Gun: Maverick Named Best Movie of 2022 by National Board of Review - The Hollywood Reporter