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

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 Julianne Moore for Still Alice (2014)
Official website .orgSagawards

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


Year Actress Film Character


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 Penn 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 Actress Film Character


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 María 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 To Return (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 Actress Film Character


Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Dr. Nicole "Nic" 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 Dr. 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 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


Superlative Leading Actress Supporting Actress Overall
Actress with most awards Kate Winslet 2 Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Renée Zellweger 2
Actress with most nominations Meryl Streep 9 Cate Blanchett 4 Meryl Streep 10
Actress with most nominations without ever winning Judi Dench 5 Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Julianne Moore 3 Amy Adams, Penélope Cruz, Catherine Keener, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts 3
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
(Philomena, 2014)
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)
8 Dakota Fanning
(I Am Sam, 2002)


Occasions over the past 21 years did the winner of the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress 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 nominees

2 nominations
3 nominations
  • Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010))
  • Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013))
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012))
  • 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
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008))
5 nominations
  • Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013))
9 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))

See also

External links

  • SAG Awards official site
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