Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

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SAG Award for Best Actress
Awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Location Los Angeles, California
Presented by SAG-AFTRA
Currently held by Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2016)

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in film.

Winners and nominees

Photo of Jodie Foster at the premiere of The Brave One in 2007.
Jodie Foster won for her role in Nell (1994).
Susan Sarandon won for her role in Dead Man Walking (1995).
Frances McDormand won twice for her performances in Fargo (1996) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
Helen Hunt won for her role in As Good as It Gets (1997).
Gwyneth Paltrow won for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Annette Bening won for her performance in American Beauty (1999).
Photo of Julia Roberts at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Julia Roberts won for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Photo of Halle Berry at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Halle Berry won for her role in Monster's Ball (2001).
Renée Zellweger won for her role in Chicago (2002).
Photo of Charlize Theron at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Charlize Theron won for playing Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).
Photo of Hilary Swank at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2015.
Hilary Swank won this award for her role in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Photo of Reese Witherspoon at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Photo of Helen Mirren at the 2014 Moët British Independent Film Awards.
Helen Mirren won for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006).
Julie Christie won for her performance in Away from Her (2007).
Photo of Meryl Streep circa 1976 and 1979.
Meryl Streep won for her performance in Doubt (2008).
Photo of Sandra Bullock at the Australian premiere of The Heat on July 2, 2013.
Sandra Bullock won for her role in The Blind Side (2009).
Photo of Natalie Portman at the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27, 2011.
Natalie Portman won for her role in Black Swan (2010).
Photo of Viola Davis.
Viola Davis won for her performance in The Help (2011).
Photo of Jennifer Lawrence at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Jennifer Lawrence won for her role in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Photo of Cate Blanchett at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Cate Blanchett won for her role in Blue Jasmine (2013).
Photo of Julianne Moore at the 2014 Tribeca International Film Festival.
Julianne Moore won for her role in Still Alice (2014).
Photo of Larson at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2016.
Brie Larson won for her role in Room (2015).
Photo of Emma Stone at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival.
Emma Stone won for her role in La La Land (2016).


  indicates the winner.


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Jodie Foster Nell Nell
Jessica Lange Blue Sky Carly Marshall
Meg Ryan When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
Susan Sarandon The Client Reggie Love
Meryl Streep The River Wild Gail Hartman


Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking Helen Prejean
Joan Allen ‡‡ Nixon Pat Nixon
Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera
Meryl Streep The Bridges of Madison County Francesca Johnson
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood


Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson
Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley
Diane Keaton Marvin's Room Bessie
Gena Rowlands Unhook the Stars Mildred Hawks
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient Katharine Clifton


Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly
Helena Bonham Carter The Wings of the Dove Kate Croy
Judi Dench Mrs Brown Queen Victoria
Pam Grier Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater
Robin Wright She's So Lovely Maureen Murphy Quinn


Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola De Lesseps
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Jane Horrocks Little Voice LV
Meryl Streep One True Thing Kate Gulden
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré


Annette Bening American Beauty Carolyn Burnham
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker
Julianne Moore The End of the Affair Sarah Miles
Meryl Streep Music of the Heart Roberta Guaspari
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
Joan Allen The Contender Laine Hanson
Juliette Binoche Chocolat Vianne Liberato
Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb
Laura Linney You Can Count On Me Sammy Taylor


Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
Jennifer Connelly †† A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash
Judi Dench Iris Iris Murdoch
Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler
Renée Zellweger Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones


Renée Zellweger Chicago Roxie Hart
Salma Hayek Frida Frida Kahlo
Nicole Kidman The Hours Virginia Woolf
Diane Lane Unfaithful Connie Sumner
Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker


Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
Patricia Clarkson The Station Agent Olivia Harris
Diane Keaton Something's Gotta Give Erica Barry
Naomi Watts 21 Grams Cristina Gallagher
Evan Rachel Wood Thirteen Tracy Freeland


Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
Annette Bening Being Julia Julia Lambert
Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace Maria Álvarez
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Drake
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clemetine Kruczynski


Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter
Judi Dench Mrs Henderson Presents Mrs. Laura Henderson
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree Hoffman
Charlize Theron North Country Josey Aimes
Ziyi Zhang Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri Takanasja


Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
Penélope Cruz Volver Raimunda Nedine
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett
Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly
Kate Winslet Little Children Sarah Pierce


Julie Christie Away from Her Fiona Anderson
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age Queen Elizabeth I
Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La môme) Edith Piaf
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff


Meryl Streep Doubt Sister Aloysius Beauvier
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Ryder
Angelina Jolie Changeling Christine Collins
Melissa Leo Frozen River Ray Eddy
Kate Winslet Revolutionary Road April Wheeler


Sandra Bullock The Blind Side Leigh Anne Tuohy
Helen Mirren The Last Station Sophia Tolstaya
Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Precious Jones
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Year Nominee Film Role(s)


Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Nicole Allgood
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Becca Corbett
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
Hilary Swank Conviction Betty Anne Waters


Viola Davis The Help Aibileen Clark
Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe


Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty Maya
Marion Cotillard Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) Stéphanie
Helen Mirren Hitchcock Alma Reville
Naomi Watts The Impossible Maria Bennett


Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis
Sandra Bullock Gravity Ryan Stone
Judi Dench Philomena Philomena Lee
Meryl Streep August: Osage County Violet Weston
Emma Thompson Saving Mr. Banks P. L. Travers


Julianne Moore Still Alice Alice Daly-Howland
Jennifer Aniston Cake Claire Bennett
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything Jane Wilde Hawking
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott-Dunne
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed


Brie Larson Room Joy Newsome
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird
Helen Mirren Woman in Gold Maria Altmann
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
Sarah Silverman I Smile Back Elaine "Laney" Brooks


Emma Stone La La Land Mia Dolan
Amy Adams Arrival Dr. Louise Banks
Emily Blunt The Girl on the Train Rachel Watson
Natalie Portman Jackie Jackie Kennedy
Meryl Streep Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins


Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
Judi Dench Victoria & Abdul Queen Victoria
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water Elisa Esposito
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson


Superlative Leading Actress Supporting Actress Overall
Actress with most awards Frances McDormand 2 Kate Winslet 2 Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Renée Zellweger 2
Actress with most nominations Meryl Streep 10 Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet 4 Meryl Streep 11
Actress with most nominations without ever winning Judi Dench 6 Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Julianne Moore 3 Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman 4
Film with most nominations Almost Famous, Babel, Being John Malkovich, Chicago, Doubt, The Fighter, Forrest Gump, The Help, Up in the Air 2 Chicago, Doubt, The Help 3
Oldest winner Julie Christie
(Away from Her, 2008)
66 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
87 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
Oldest nominee Judi Dench
(Victoria & Abdul, 2018)
Youngest winner Jennifer Lawrence
(Silver Linings Playbook, 2013)
22 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
20 Kate Winslet
(Sense and Sensibility, 1996)
Youngest nominee Evan Rachel Wood
(Thirteen, 2004)
16 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)
7 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)


Occasions over the past 23 years where the winner of the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role did not win the Academy Award for Best Actress. This happened in:

  • 1994: Jodie Foster (Nell) lost to Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
  • 1999: Annette Bening (American Beauty) lost to Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
  • 2002: Renée Zellweger (Chicago) lost to Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
  • 2007: Julie Christie (Away from Her) lost to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
  • 2008: Meryl Streep (Doubt) lost to Kate Winslet (The Reader). Winslet did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • 2011: Viola Davis (The Help) lost to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Multiple winners

2 wins

Multiple nominees

Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.

2 nominations
3 nominations
  • Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010))
  • Julianne Moore (The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014))
  • Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Conviction (2010))
4 nominations
  • Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013), Carol (2015))
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015))
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008))
6 nominations
  • Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013), Victoria & Abdul (2017))
10 nominations
  • Meryl Streep (The River Wild (1994), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016))

See also

External links

  • SAG Awards official site
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