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Oscar Best Actresses Quiz

Can you guess the women who have won an Academy Award for Best Actress?
Year = year of the ceremony honoring the previous year's films
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Year
Movie
Actress
2022
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain
2021
Nomadland
Frances McDormand
2020
Judy
Renée Zellweger
2019
The Favourite
Olivia Colman
2018
Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri
Frances McDormand
2017
La La Land
Emma Stone
2016
Room
Brie Larson
2015
Still Alice
Julianne Moore
2014
Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett
2013
Silver Linings
Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence
2012
The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep
2011
Black Swan
Natalie Portman
2010
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock
2009
The Reader
Kate Winslet
2008
La Vie en Rose
Marion Cotillard
2007
The Queen
Helen Mirren
2006
Walk the Line
Reese Witherspoon
2005
Million Dollar Baby
Hilary Swank
2004
Monster
Charlize Theron
2003
The Hours
Nicole Kidman
2002
Monster's Ball
Halle Berry
2001
Erin Brockovich
Julia Roberts
2000
Boys Don't Cry
Hilary Swank
1999
Shakespeare in Love
Gwyneth Paltrow
1998
As Good as It Gets
Helen Hunt
1997
Fargo
Frances McDormand
1996
Dead Man Walking
Susan Sarandon
1995
Blue Sky
Jessica Lange
1994
The Piano
Holly Hunter
1993
Howards End
Emma Thompson
1992
The Silence of
the Lambs
Jodie Foster
1991
Misery
Kathy Bates
1990
Driving Miss Daisy
Jessica Tandy
1989
The Accused
Jodie Foster
1988
Moonstruck
Cher
1987
Children of
a Lesser God
Marlee Matlin
1986
The Trip to Bountiful
Geraldine Page
1985
Places in the Heart
Sally Field
1984
Terms of Endearment
Shirley MacLaine
1983
Sophie's Choice
Meryl Streep
1982
On Golden Pond
Katharine Hepburn
1981
Coal Miner's Daughter
Sissy Spacek
1980
Norma Rae
Sally Field
1979
Coming Home
Jane Fonda
1978
Annie Hall
Diane Keaton
1977
Network
Faye Dunaway
1976
One Flew Over the
Cuckoo's Nest
Louise Fletcher
1975
Alice Doesn't Live
Here Anymore
Ellen Burstyn
Year
Movie
Actress
1974
A Touch of Class
Glenda Jackson
1973
Cabaret
Liza Minnelli
1972
Klute
Jane Fonda
1971
Women in Love
Glenda Jackson
1970
The Prime of Miss
Jean Brodie
Maggie Smith
1969
The Lion in Winter
Katharine Hepburn
Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand
1968
Guess Who's
Coming to Dinner
Katharine Hepburn
1967
Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf?
Elizabeth Taylor
1966
Darling
Julie Christie
1965
Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews
1964
Hud
Patricia Neal
1963
The Miracle Worker
Anne Bancroft
1962
Two Women
Sophia Loren
1961
BUtterfield 8
Elizabeth Taylor
1960
Room at the Top
Simone Signoret
1959
I Want to Live!
Susan Hayward
1958
The Three Faces of Eve
Joanne Woodward
1957
Anastasia
Ingrid Bergman
1956
The Rose Tattoo
Anna Magnani
1955
The Country Girl
Grace Kelly
1954
Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn
1953
Come Back, Little Sheba
Shirley Booth
1952
A Streetcar
Named Desire
Vivien Leigh
1951
Born Yesterday
Judy Holliday
1950
The Heiress
Olivia de Havilland
1949
Johnny Belinda
Jane Wyman
1948
The Farmer's Daughter
Loretta Young
1947
To Each His Own
Olivia de Havilland
1946
Mildred Pierce
Joan Crawford
1945
Gaslight
Ingrid Bergman
1944
The Song of Bernadette
Jennifer Jones
1943
Mrs. Miniver
Greer Garson
1942
Suspicion
Joan Fontaine
1941
Kitty Foyle
Ginger Rogers
1940
Gone with the Wind
Vivien Leigh
1939
Jezebel
Bette Davis
1938
The Good Earth
Luise Rainer
1937
The Great Ziegfeld
Luise Rainer
1936
Dangerous
Bette Davis
1935
It Happened One Night
Claudette Colbert
1934
Morning Glory
Katharine Hepburn
1933
The Sin of
Madelon Claudet
Helen Hayes
1932
Min and Bill
Marie Dressler
1931
The Divorcee
Norma Shearer
1930
Coquette
Mary Pickford
1929
Seventh Heaven,
Street Angel, Sunrise
Janet Gaynor
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Level 37
Aug 31, 2012
Recently watched Mildred Pierce, Crawford was well-deserving
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2017
And I just saw Shirley Booth in "Come Back Little Sheba"--a revelation for those of us who only knew her from the sitcom "Hazel."
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Level 74
May 1, 2018
I couldn't agree more. One of my all time favorites. A few more that you might enjoy: Claire Trevor in "Key Largo", Celeste Holm in "Gentlemen's Agreement", and Angela Lansbury in the original "Manchurian Candidate" - you won't see any resemblance to Jessica Fletcher.
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Level 27
May 26, 2020
I was sad when I did not see Emma Watson.
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Level 88
Jun 3, 2021
Yeah I'm gonna have to disagree. I don't have anything against Emma Watson and I think she's a good actress for the most part, but she is not at the same level as the vast majority of the women on this list. I have yet to see her in a performance that absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination.
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Level 67
Jun 3, 2021
Or a performance that even kinda deserves an Oscar nomination. She doesn't even really act. I can only think of maybe five movies she's been in other than Harry Potter, and the only one with any gravitas was Little Women, in which she was maybe the seventh-best performer and was clearly out of her league among the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep. Emma Watson seems like a nice person, but she's no great shakes as an actress. Not yet, at least.
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Level 33
Dec 29, 2012
Oh, the Oscars rarely get it right. Everyone knows that. I.e. no best director Oscars for Wells, Tarantino, Scott, Kubrick or Hitchcock.
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Level 48
May 12, 2014
True that.
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Level 77
Feb 25, 2015
Is that Ridley Scott? Why?
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Level 88
Mar 1, 2017
Why not? Scott's made some good movies. Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, and The Martian all come to mind.
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Level 84
Mar 2, 2017
made a lot of real stinkers, too.
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Level 77
Aug 14, 2018
He made some good movies, but I don't see him on the same level as Kubrick or Hitchcock. I might have given him the award for Blade Runner.
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Level 89
Oct 12, 2018
He's made more classics than half the directors that have won the award. Sure it isn't as much of a travesty that he's never won as it is for the rest of those listed above or Hawks, Kurosawa, Chaplin, or a few others for that matter but I'd say there's been more than one occasion where he deserved it.
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Level 88
Feb 19, 2021
Mostly agree with what Modestus said. Yeah, Scott's made some crap other the years, but he's made more good movies than people like Ron Howard or Tom Hooper, who've both won the Best Director Oscar before.
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Level 92
Apr 26, 2021
Yeah I feel like Ron Howard's win was compensation for him not getting nominated for Apollo 13.
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2014
I got all of these correct. Does that make me a huge loser?
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Level 89
Mar 5, 2014
It makes you someone who's spent way too much time memorizing useless trivia. I'm one of those too, but not for this particular list. I got nearly every one going back to 1965 (which predates my birth by nearly a decade) and a scattered few recognizable names in the right hand column, but I don't really care who won best actress for a movie made in the 1930's that I don't even want to see. I've tried watching really old movies, but if I'm watching something made prior to 1950, chances are I'll be asleep before the end of the first act.
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Level 63
Mar 5, 2014
No way! Old movies are the best!
+8
Level 76
Feb 25, 2015
Old movies are like new movies - a few great ones well worth seeing, too many that are a waste of time...but still my favorite way to waste time.
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Level 67
Mar 5, 2014
Usually, the ceremony's year is tied to the year the films came out, not the year the ceremony is held. That is, it's not recorded that Cate Blanchett won the 2014 Best Actress; she won the 2013 Best Actress, as the ceremony was honoring movies from 2013. I suppose it makes no difference for this quiz because it's consistent throughout, but for future trivia endeavors, the award is tied to the year its film was released, which is always the calendar year before the award is given.
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2014
I used to do it the other way, but I gradually came to like this way better.
+1
Level 66
May 26, 2016
All done with 6.29 remaining!
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Level 58
Jan 13, 2017
damn I Missed two
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Level 58
Feb 8, 2017
got them all with :24 left
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Level 84
Mar 1, 2017
Missed Lange because I spelled it Lang.
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Level 65
Apr 13, 2018
One of the my favourite jokes from Father Ted:

"My ex-husband! Now there's a man who really was afraid of Virginia Woolf."

Ted: "Why?.....Was she stalking him or something?"

Also, I thought Mildred Pierce was just the name of a Sonic Youth song. Never knew it was a reference to a movie.

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Level 88
Jun 6, 2018
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Level 43
Nov 14, 2020
i missed 6
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Level 33
Jan 23, 2021
Very cool quiz. Thanks
+1
Level 92
Apr 26, 2021
And McDormand wins *again*. She is now the third person in Academy history to win at least three lead acting Oscars, behind Katherine Hepburn and Daniel Day-Lewis. I honestly don't get it.
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Level 88
Jun 3, 2021
What's not to get? McDormand's a great actress, one of the best of her generation. Maybe not as good as Meryl Streep, but she's definitely up there.
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Level 67
Jun 3, 2021
McDormand is great, but remember the Oscars are an annual affair, so not all of them are created equal. For example, Pacino and Nicholson were nominated for Best Actor in the same year for Godfather 2 and Chinatown, respectively. Those are both towering performances worthy of Oscars, but they can't both win. (And to make it even more insane, neither of them won that year.) You need to be great to get three Oscars, no doubt, but it doesn't make you a better actress than someone who only has one, or even none. Pacino only has one, and he's much better than people with several. I'd only add the exception that Daniel-Day Lewis is the best screen actor of all-time, and he deserves more than the three he has. He absolutely should have won for Gangs of New York, and maybe for Phantom Thread as well.
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Level 72
Jun 29, 2021
Pacino has a ton of nominations for Best Actor. I'd say a Oscar nods is a good indication of a great actor.
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Level 92
Jan 31, 2023
Fingers crossed that Michelle Yeoh is the next name on this list!