Gowns worn by the Academy Awards Best Actresses from 1929 to Present


Academy Awards Best Actresses 1929 to Present


As the who’s who of Hollywood gathers for the 89th Academy Awards,  held on February 26, 2015, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the glamour and beauty that the Oscars has brought to us since 1929. No one can argue that when an actress, especially one that wins her category, wears a designers gown that it is instant acceptance into the fashion world.

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

While researching the styles it is unmistakable that in 1988 Cher’s Gown designed by Bob Mackie became a game changer for the red carpet. Once that gown hit the stage you can see the trend of actresses pushing the envelope… with how far they can take their look.

So regardless of your fashion tastes, whether you put an actress on the best dressed or worst dresses or maybe the “what was she thinking” list, you have to agree one of the best parts of the awards is the ‘who or what is she wearing’ red carpet walk.

So enjoy this photo compilation put together of all the winners of the best actress category for the past 89 years and will look forward to adding each year’s newest winner.

*Note: Missing years from the below list is because the Actress was not present to accept her award. A list of those missing can be found at the end.  Also the Year listed for the Oscar Win is when the movie was released NOT when the Awards Ceremony was broadcast 

(1st) 1927/28 ~  Janet Gaynor ~ “7th Heaven” “Street Angel” “Sunrise”
(2nd) 1928/29 ~ Mary Pickford in “Coquette”
(3rd) 1929/30 ~ Norma Shearer in “The Divorcee”
(4th) 1930/31 ~ Marie Dressler in “Min and Bill”
(5th) 1931/32~ Helen Hayes in “The Sin of Madelon Claudet”
(8th) 1935 ~ Bette Davis in “Dangerous”
 (12th) 1939 ~ Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”
(13th) 1940~ Ginger Rogers in “Kitty Foyle”
(14th) 1941 ~ Joan Fontaine in “Suspicion”
(15th) 1942 ~ Greer Garson in “Mrs. Miniver”
(16th) 1943 ~ Jennifer Jones in “The Song of Bernadette”
(17th) 1944 ~  Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight”
(19th) 1946 ~ Olivia de Havilland in “To Each His Own”
(20th) 1947 ~ Loretta Young in “The Farmer’s Daughter”
(21st) 1948 ~ Jane Wyman in “Johnny Belinda”
(22nd) 1949 Best Actress ~ Olivia de Havilland in “The Heiress”
(25th) 1952 ~ Shirley Booth in “Come Back, Little Sheba”
(26th) 1953 ~ Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”
(27th) 1954 ~ Grace Kelly in “The Country Girl”
(30th) 1957 ~ Joanne Woodward in “The Three Faces of Eve”
(32nd) 1959 ~ Simone Signoret in “Room at the Top”
(33rd) 1960 ~ Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8”
(37th) 1964 ~ Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins”
(38th) 1965 ~ Julie Christie in “Darling”
(41st) 1968 ~ For the first and only time in Academy history, there was a tie for Best Actress.
Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl Katharine Hepburn  in THE LION IN WINTER
(44th) 1971 ~ Jane Fonda in “Klute”
(45th) 1972 ~ Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret”
 (48th) 1975~ Louise Fletcher in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 
(49th) 1976 ~ Faye Dunaway in “Network”
(50th) 1977 ~ Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall”
(51st) 1978~ Jane Fonda in “Coming Home”
(52nd) 1979 ~ Sally Field in “Norma Rae”
(53rd) 1980 ~ Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
(55th) 1982 ~ Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice”
(56th) 1983 ~ Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”
(57th) 1984 ~ Sally Field “Places in the Heart”
(58th) 1985 ~ Geraldine Page in “The Trip to Bountiful”
(59th) 1986 ~ Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God”
(60th) 1987 ~ Cher “Moonstruck”
(61st) 1988 ~ Jodie Foster in “The Accused”
(62nd) 1989 ~ Jessica Tandy in “Driving Miss Daisy”
(63rd) 1990 ~ Kathy Bates in “Misery”
(64th) 1991 ~ Jodie Foster in “The Silence of the Lambs”
(65th) 1992 ~ Emma Thompson in “Howards End”
(66th) 1993 ~ Holly Hunter in “The Piano”
(67th) 1994 ~ Jessica Lange in “Blue Sky”
(68th) 1995 Susan Sarandon in “Dead Man Walking”
(69th) 1996 ~ Frances McDormand in “Fargo”
(70th) 1997 ~ Helen Hunt in “As Good as It Gets”
(71st) 1998 ~ Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shakespeare in Love”
(72nd) 1999 ~ Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry”
(73rd) 2000 ~ Julia Roberts in “Erin Brockovich”
(74th) 2001 ~ Hally Berry in “Monster Ball”
(75th) 2002 ~ Nicole Kidman in “The Hours”
(76th) 2003 ~ Charlize Theron in “Monster”
(77th) 2004 ~ Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby”
(78th) 2005 ~ Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”
(79th) 2006 ~ Helen Mirran in “The Queen”
(80th) 2007 ~ Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
(81st) 2008 ~  Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
(82nd) 2009 ~ Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
(83rd) 2010 ~ Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
(84th) 2011 ~ Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
(85th) 2012 ~ Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
(86th) 2013 ~ Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” 
 (87th) 2014 ~ Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
(88th) 2015 ~ Brie Larson in “Room”
(89th) 2016 ~ Emma Stone in “La La Land”
(Click on the thumbnail images below to view a full size slider gallery)
21 Awards Won by Actresses not in attendance at the ceremony are:
  • Katharine Hepburn, who holds an Oscar record with four Best Actress wins, yet never showed for any of the award ceremonies for (1933) Morning Glory,(1967) Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner, (1968) The Lion in Winter, (1982) On Golden Pond.
  • Glenda Jackson missed twice (1970) Woman in love & (1973) A Touch of Class,
  • Claudette Colbert (1935), from It Happened One Night was so certain she wouldn’t win that she was sitting on a train when the awards were being handed out.
  • Susan Hayward I Want to Live (1958),
  • Sophia Loren (1961) La ciociara,
  • Ingrid Bergman Murder on the Orient Express (1973) Anastasia (1956),
  • Elizabeth Taylor  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966),
  • Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce (1945),
  • Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969),
  • Ellen Burstyn Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974),
  • Anna Magnani Rose Tattoo (1955),
  • Patricia Neal Hud (1963),
  • Anne Bancroft The Miracle Worker (1962),
  • Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Good Earth (1937),
  • Bette Davis Jezebel (1938)
I hope you enjoyed this walk the Oscar History…. All photos seen above were from the Oscars Archives, and Although this was hours of research and digging through their data bases I do not claim any rights to these images
XOXO ~ Angela


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