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Volpi Cup for Best Actress

The Volpi Cup (Italian: Coppa Volpi) is the principal award given to actresses at the Venice Film Festival and is named in honor of Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, the founder of the festival. The award winner is selected by the festival jury from the films in the competition slate. The official name of the award has changed several times over the course of the years. The awards given from 1983 to 1987 were not Coppa Volpis but rather square plaques. The award can be given for lead or supporting performances. There are additional awards given within the festival that recognize acting performances. From 1993 to 1995 the festival awarded a Best Supporting Actress prize that is included below.

Valeria Golino holding her Best Actress award at the closing ceremony of the Venice Film Festival in 1986

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award


  • Award Winners 1
  • Multiple award winners 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Award Winners

Year Actress Film Character
1932 Helen Hayes Special Award The Sin of Madelon Claudet Madelon Claudet ‡
Festival Not Held
1934 Katharine Hepburn[1] Special Award Little Women Josephine "Jo" March ‡
1935 Paula Wessely Episode Valerie Gärtner
1936 Annabella Standby Weapons Jeanne de Corlaix
1937 Bette Davis 2 films Marked Woman
Kid Galahad
Mary Dwight Strauber
Louise "Fluff" Phillips
1938 Norma Shearer Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
No Award
No Award
1941 Luise Ullrich Annelie Annelie Dörensen
1942 Kristina Söderbaum The Golden City Anna Jobst
Festival Not Held
Festival Not Held
Festival Not Held
No Award
1947 Anna Magnani The Honorable Angelina Angelina Bianchi
1948 Jean Simmons Hamlet Ophelia
1949 Olivia de Havilland The Snake Pit Virginia Stuart Cunningham ‡
1950 Eleanor Parker Caged Marie Allen ‡
1951 Vivien Leigh
A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois
1952 Ingrid Bergman[2][3] Europe '51 Irene Girard
1953 Lili Palmer The Four Poster Bed Abby Edwards
No Award
No Award
1956 Maria Schell
Anna Magnani Special Award
The Awakening
Gervaise Macquart Coupeau
1957 Dzidra Ritenberga
Eva Marie Saint Special Award
A Hatful of Rain
Celia Pope
1958 Sophia Loren
Jeanne Moreau Special Award
The Black Orchid
The Lovers
Rose Bianco
Jeanne Tournier
1959 Madeleine Robinson
Carla Gravina Special Award
Lucyna Winnicka Special Award
Web of Passion
Night Train
Thérèse Marcoux
1960 Shirley Maclaine The Apartment Fran Kubelik ‡
1961 Suzanne Flon
Geraldine Page Special Award
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Summer and Smoke
Madame Cordier
Alma Winemiller ‡
1962 Emmanuelle Riva
Anna Magnani Special Award
Thérèse Desqueyroux
Mamma Roma
Thérèse Desqueyroux
Mamma Roma
1963 Delphine Seyrig Muriel Hélène Aughain
1964 Harriet Andersson To Love Louise
1965 Annie Girardot Three Rooms in Manhattan Kay Larsi
1966 Natalya Arinbasarova The First Teacher Altynai
1967 Shirley Knight Dutchman Lulu
1968 Laura Betti Theorem Emilia
  • Note: From 1969 through 1978, there were no awards given at the festival for acting. The main Best Actress Award resumed in 1983.
Year Actress Film Character
1983 Darling Légitimus Sugar Cane Alley M'man-Tine
1984 Pascale Ogier Full Moon in Paris Louise
1985 No Award[6]
Valeria Golino A Tale of Love Bruna Assecondati
1987 Kang Soo-yeon The Surrogate Woman Ok-nyo
Isabelle Huppert
Shirley Maclaine
Story of Women
Madame Sousatzka
Marie-Louise Giraud
Madame Sousatzka
Peggy Ashcroft
Geraldine James
She's Been Away Lillian Huckle
Harriet Ambrose
1990 Gloria Münchmeyer The Moon in the Mirror Lucrecia
1991 Tilda Swinton Edward II Isabella of France
1992 Gong Li The Story of Qiu Ju Qiu Ju
1993 Juliette Binoche
Anna Bonaiuto Supporting
Three Colors: Blue
Where Are You? I'm Here
Julie Vignon de Courcy
1994 Maria de Medeiros
Vanessa Redgrave Supporting
Three Brothers
Little Odessa
Irina Shapira
Isabelle Huppert
Sandrine Bonnaire
Isabella Ferrari Supporting
La Cérémonie
La Cérémonie
Story of a Poor Young Man
1996 Victoire Thivisol Ponette Ponette
1997 Robin Tunney Niagara, Niagara Marcy
1998 Catherine Deneuve Place Vendôme Marianne Malivert
1999 Nathalie Baye A Pornographic Affair Her
2000 Rose Byrne The Goddess of 1967 B.G.
2001 Sandra Ceccarelli Light of My Eyes Maria
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker ‡
2003 Katja Riemann Rosenstrasse Lena Fischer
2004 Imelda Staunton Vera Drake Vera Rose Drake ‡
2005 Giovanna Mezzogiorno The Beast in the Heart Sabina
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Elizabeth II
2007 Cate Blanchett I'm Not There Jude Quinn ‡
2008 Dominique Blanc The Other One Céleste Scriwaneck
2009 Kseniya Rappoport The Double Hour Sonia
2010[7] Ariane Labed Attenberg Marina
2011[8] Deanie Ip A Simple Life Sister Peach
2012[9] Hadas Yaron Fill the Void Shira Mendelman
2013[10] Elena Cotta Via Castellana Bandiera Samira Calafiore
2014[11] Alba Rohrwacher Hungry Hearts Mina
2015 Valeria Golino Per amor vostro Anna

Multiple award winners

2 Wins

See also


  1. ^ Hepburn received an award titled the Great Gold Medal of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment for the Best Actress
  2. ^ "The Volpi Award for the Best Actress was not awarded to Ingrid Bergman in Europa '51 because her voice was dubbed."
  3. ^ "The Venice Film Festival will award Ingrid Bergman posthumously today for a movie made 40 years ago. Bergman's son, Roberto Rossellini, will accept the Volpi Cup for his mother's performance in a film called The Greatest Love in America and Europa '51 in Europe. Judges said Bergman was denied the award at the time because her voice was dubbed from Swedish into Italian."
  4. ^ "After long discussions, the jury has instead decided not to award the Best Actress prize."
  5. ^ "Judges at Venice's world film festival which ended last week just could not pick a best actress. [...] 'We didn't think any of them merited the Count Volpi cup,' a festival spokesman said today."
  6. ^ "The jury, 'having acknowledged that the two most outstanding female performances - those by Sandrine Bonnaire in Vagabond and Jane Birkin in Dust - are included in the prizes bestowed on the two films as a whole,' has decided not to give the Best Actress Award."
  7. ^ Labed won accessed 6-28-2015
  8. ^ 2011 winner accessed 6-28-2015
  9. ^ 2012 winner accessed 6-28-2015
  10. ^ 2013 winner accessed 6-28-2015
  11. ^ 2014 winners accssed 6-28-2015

External links

  • IMDbThe Venice Film Festival at the
  • Coppa Volpi for best actors since 1935 from "La Biennale" website
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