The Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress was one of the annual awards given by the Toronto Film Critics Association.



Year Winner Film Role Ref
1997 Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy [1]
Sarah Polley The Sweet Hereafter Nicole Burnell
1998 Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I [2]
Pascale Bussières August 32nd on Earth (Un 32 août sur terre) Simone Prévost
Christina Ricci The Opposite of Sex Dedee Truitt
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena [3]
Cecilia Roth All About My Mother Manuela Echevarria


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2000 Laura Linney You Can Count on Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott [4]
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) Yu Shu Lien
2001 Thora Birch Ghost World Enid [5]
Gillian Anderson The House of Mirth Lily Bart
Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker [6]
Maggie Gyllenhall Secretary Lee Holloway
Isabelle Huppert The Piano Teacher Erika Kohut
2003 Samantha Morton Morvern Callar Morvern Callar [7]
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake [8]
2005 Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman [9]
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II [10]
Penélope Cruz Volver Raimunda
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett
2007 Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson [11]
Elliot Page[a] Juno Juno MacGuff
Laura Dern Inland Empire Nikki Grace / Susan Blue
2008 Michelle Williams Wendy and Lucy Wendy [12]
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym
Meryl Streep Doubt Aloysius Beauvier
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny [13]
Arta Dobroshi Lorna's Silence (Le silence de Lorna) Lorna
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2010 Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly [14]
Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Michelle Williams Blue Valentine Cindy Heller
2011 Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe [15]
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2012 Rachel Weisz The Deep Blue Sea Hester Collyer [16]
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
Emmanuelle Riva Amour Anne Laurent
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis [17]
Julie Delpy Before Midnight Céline Wallace
Greta Gerwig Frances Ha Frances Halliday
2014 Marion Cotillard The Immigrant Ewa Cybulska [18]
Julianne Moore Still Alice Alice Howland
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed
2015 Nina Hoss Phoenix Nelly Lenz [19]
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
2016 Sandra Hüller Toni Erdmann Ines Conradi [20]
Rebecca Hall Christine Christine Chubbuck
Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
Natalie Portman Jackie Jackie Kennedy
2017 Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes [21]
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson
2018 Olivia Colman The Favourite Anne, Queen of Great Britain [22]
Regina Hall Support the Girls Lisa Conroy
Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel
2019 Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red [23]
Scarlett Johansson Marriage Story Nicole Barber
Renée Zellweger Judy Judy Garland


Year Winner Film Role Ref
2020 Frances McDormand Nomadland Fern [24]
Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey
Sidney Flanigan Never Rarely Sometimes Always Autumn Callahan
2021 Olivia Colman The Lost Daughter Leda Caruso [25]
Penélope Cruz Parallel Mothers Janis Martinez
Kristen Stewart Spencer Diana, Princess of Wales
2022 Cate Blanchett Tár Lydia Tár [26]
Danielle Deadwyler Till Mamie Till
Michelle Yeoh Everything Everywhere All at Once Evelyn Quan Wang


  1. ^ Credited as Ellen Page


  1. ^ Liam Lacey, "Egoyan film top pick". The Globe and Mail, January 15, 1998.
  2. ^ "War movies are the big winners". Hamilton Spectator, December 18, 1998.
  3. ^ "Toronto critics pick Magnolia as best film of 1999 Yet-unreleased second picture from director of Boogie Nights follows linked stories of characters in San Fernando Valley". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 1999.
  4. ^ Peter Howell, "Toronto critics like Lee ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon named top movie". Toronto Star, December 21, 2000.
  5. ^ "Memento named best picture". Calgary Herald, December 20, 2001.
  6. ^ "Toronto critics pick Adaptation as top film". Ottawa Citizen, December 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "Coppola's Lost in Translation honoured by Toronto critics". Waterloo Region Record, December 18, 2003.
  8. ^ "Sideways named best film of 2004 by Toronto critics". Sault Star, December 17, 2004.
  9. ^ "Cronenberg's History of Violence tops T.O. critics' best-of list". Sudbury Star, December 22, 2005.
  10. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "'The Queen' named best picture by Toronto's film critics". Canadian Press, December 20, 2006.
  11. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Old Men No. 1; Coen Brothers flick tops T.O. film critics' 2007 list". Toronto Sun, December 19, 2007.
  12. ^ Chris Knight, "Toronto critics pick Wendy and Lucy". Windsor Star, December 17, 2008.
  13. ^ "Basterds, Hunger top Toronto critics' picks". Waterloo Region Record, December 17, 2009.
  14. ^ Peter Knegt, "“Social Network” Tops San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics’ Awards". IndieWire, December 14, 2010.
  15. ^ Brian D. Johnson, "Toronto critics name 'Tree of Life' Best Picture". Maclean's, December 14, 2011.
  16. ^ Cassandra Szklarski, "'The Master' rules with Toronto film critics, named best film, screenplay". Canadian Press, December 18, 2012.
  17. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association awards for 2013". Toronto Star, December 17, 2013.
  18. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto film critics champion Boyhood". Now, December 16, 2014.
  19. ^ Jeremy Kay, "Toronto critics honour 'Carol'". Screen Daily, December 14, 2015.
  20. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto critics bask in the Moonlight". Now, December 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Jim Slotek, "Toronto film critics give best picture thumbs up to The Florida Project". Original Cin, December 10, 2017.
  22. ^ Corey Atad, "Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Roma’ Best Picture Of 2018". ET Canada, December 10, 2018.
  23. ^ Radheyan Simonpillai, "Toronto Film Critics Association names Parasite the year’s best movie". Now, December 9, 2019.
  24. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.
  25. ^ Sarah Curran, "Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Big At Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". ET Canada, January 16, 2022.
  26. ^ Pat Mullen, "Toronto Film Critics Name All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Top Doc". Point of View, January 8, 2023.