New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Current recipient: Cate Blanchett
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
CountryUnited States
Presented byNew York Film Critics Circle
First awardedGreta Garbo
Anna Karenina (1935)
Currently held byCate Blanchett
Tár (2022)

The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given by the New York Film Critics Circle to honor the finest achievements in film-making.



Year Winner Film Role
1935 Greta Garbo Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
1936 Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld Anna Held
1937 Greta Garbo Camille Marguerite Gautier
1938 Margaret Sullavan Three Comrades Patricia "Pat" Hollmann
1939 Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind Scarlett O'Hara


Year Winner Film Role
1940 Katharine Hepburn The Philadelphia Story Tracy Lord
1941 Joan Fontaine Suspicion Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
1942 Agnes Moorehead The Magnificent Ambersons Fanny
1943 Ida Lupino The Hard Way Helen Chernen
1944 Tallulah Bankhead Lifeboat Constance "Connie" Porter
1945 Ingrid Bergman The Bells of St. Mary's Sister Mary Benedict
Spellbound Constance Petersen
1946 Celia Johnson Brief Encounter Laura Jesson
1947 Deborah Kerr Black Narcissus Sister Clodagh
I See a Dark Stranger Bridie Quilty
1948 Olivia de Havilland The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham
1949 The Heiress Catherine Sloper


Year Winner Film Role
1950 Bette Davis All About Eve Margo Channing
1951 Vivien Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois
1952 Shirley Booth Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney
1953 Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday Princess Ann
1954 Grace Kelly The Country Girl Georgie Elgin
Dial M for Murder Margot Wendice
Rear Window Lisa Carol Fremont
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose
1956 Ingrid Bergman Anastasia Anna Koreff / Grand Duchess Anastasia
1957 Deborah Kerr Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Sister Angela
1958 Susan Hayward I Want to Live! Barbara Graham
1959 Audrey Hepburn The Nun's Story Sister Luke (Gabrielle van der Mal)


Year Winner Film Role
1960 Deborah Kerr The Sundowners Ida Carmody
1961 Sophia Loren Two Women (La Ciociara) Cesira
1962 No award given (newspaper strike)
1963 Patricia Neal Hud Alma Brown
1964 Kim Stanley Séance on a Wet Afternoon Myra Savage
1965 Julie Christie Darling Diana Scott
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha
Lynn Redgrave Georgy Girl Georgy
1967 Edith Evans The Whisperers Maggie Ross
1968 Joanne Woodward Rachel, Rachel Rachel Cameron
1969 Jane Fonda They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Gloria Beatty


Year Winner Film Role
1970 Glenda Jackson Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen
1971 Jane Fonda Klute Bree Daniels
1972 Liv Ullmann Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Maria
The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Kristina Nilsson
1973 Joanne Woodward Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Rita Walden
1974 Liv Ullmann Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap) Marianne
1975 Isabelle Adjani The Story of Adele H. Adèle Hugo / Adèle Lewry
1976 Liv Ullmann Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Dr. Jenny Isaksson
1977 Diane Keaton Annie Hall Annie Hall
1978 Ingrid Bergman Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) 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 Norma Aleandro The Official Story (La historia oficial) Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez
1986 Sissy Spacek Crimes of the Heart Babe Botrelle
1987 Holly Hunter Broadcast News Jane Craig
1988 Meryl Streep A Cry in the Dark Lindy Chamberlain
1989 Michelle Pfeiffer The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond


Year Winner Film Role
1990 Joanne Woodward Mr. and Mrs. Bridge India Bridge
1991 Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs Clarice Starling
1992 Emma Thompson Howards End Margaret Schlegel
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano Ada McGrath
1994 Linda Fiorentino The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory / Wendy Kroy
1995 Jennifer Jason Leigh Georgia Sadie Flood
1996 Emily Watson Breaking the Waves Bess McNeill
1997 Julie Christie Afterglow Phyllis Mann
1998 Cameron Diaz There's Something About Mary Mary Jensen
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Winner Film Role
2000 Laura Linney You Can Count on Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott
2001 Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
2002 Diane Lane Unfaithful Constance "Connie" Sumner
2003 Hope Davis American Splendor Joyce Brabner
The Secret Lives of Dentists Dana Hurst
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
2008 Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
2009 Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Winner Film Role
2010 Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" Allgood
2011 Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2012 Rachel Weisz The Deep Blue Sea Hester Collyer
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
2014 Marion Cotillard Two Days, One Night Sandra Bya
2015 Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
2016 Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
2017 Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson[1]
2018 Regina Hall Support the Girls Lisa Conroy[2]
2019 Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red[3]


Year Winner Film Role
2020 Sidney Flanigan Never Rarely Sometimes Always Autumn Callahan[4]
2021 Lady Gaga House of Gucci Patrizia Reggiani[5]
2022 Cate Blanchett Tár Lydia Tár

Multiple awards

See also