Greatest Hollywood Actresses by Oscar Awards

Can you name the greatest Hollywood actresses of all-time based on their performance in Oscar nominations?
To make it easier, we give you a movie they starred in.
Read comments for methodology.
Quiz by stillnotginger3003
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Last updated: March 29, 2022
First submittedJuly 10, 2012
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Movie
Actress
12.8
The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn
12.6
Sophie's Choice
Meryl Streep
8.4
All About Eve
Bette Davis
8.0
Fargo
Frances McDormand
7.6
Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman
6.6
Barbarella
Jane Fonda
6.0
Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor
5.8
Gone With the Wind
Olivia de Havilland
5.6
A Touch of Class
Glenda Jackson
5.4
The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster
5.2
Elizabeth
Cate Blanchett
5.2
Tootsie
Jessica Lange
5.0
Norma Rae
Sally Field
4.8
Mrs. Miniver
Greer Garson
4.8
Gone With the Wind
Vivien Leigh
4.8
The Great Ziegfeld
Luise Rainer
4.8
Million Dollar Baby
Hilary Swank
4.6
Harry Potter series
Maggie Smith
4.4
Judy
Renée Zellweger
4.4
The Trip to Bountiful
Geraldine Page
4.4
Coal Miner's Daughter
Sissy Spacek
4.2
Titanic
Kate Winslet
4.2
The Exorcist
Ellen Burstyn
4.0
The Graduate
Anne Bancroft
4.0
I Want to Live!
Susan Hayward
4.0
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn
4.0
The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine
4.0
Bull Durham
Susan Sarandon
4.0
The Divorcee
Norma Shearer
3.8
The Song of Bernadette
Jennifer Jones
3.8
Moulin Rouge!
Nicole Kidman
3.6
A Farewell to Arms
Helen Hayes
3.6
Boogie Nights
Julianne Moore
3.6
Doctor Zhivago
Julie Christie
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Movie
Actress
3.6
Annie Hall
Diane Keaton
3.6
The Three Faces of Eve
Joanne Woodward
3.6
Johnny Belinda
Jane Wyman
3.6
Skyfall
Judi Dench
3.4
The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence
3.4
The Remains of the Day
Emma Thompson
3.2
The Sound of Music
Julie Andrews
3.2
It Happened One Night
Claudette Colbert
3.2
Mildred Pierce
Joan Crawford
3.2
Bonnie and Clyde
Faye Dunaway
3.2
Suspicion
Joan Fontaine
3.2
The Piano
Holly Hunter
3.2
The Queen
Helen Mirren
3.2
Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts
3.0
A Patch of Blue
Shelley Winters
3.0
Black Swan
Natalie Portman
3.0
Julia
Vanessa Redgrave
3.0
The Father
Olivia Colman
2.8
Misery
Kathy Bates
2.8
La La Land
Emma Stone
2.8
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock
2.8
La Vie en Rose
Marion Cotillard
2.8
Min and Bill
Marie Dressler
2.8
Marriage Italian Style
Sophia Loren
2.8
The Rose Tattoo
Anna Magnani
2.8
Cabaret
Liza Minnelli
2.8
Hud
Patricia Neal
2.8
Room at the Top
Simone Signoret
2.8
The Prince of Tides
Barbra Streisand
2.8
Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize Theron
2.8
Walk the Line
Reese Witherspoon
2.8
The Farmer's Daughter
Loretta Young
2.8
A Star Is Born (1937)
Janet Gaynor
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Level ∞
Nov 12, 2019
We've reset this quiz to use Oscar nominations instead of an outdated list from AMC. Here's the methodology:

  • 2 points for a Best Actress win
  • 1 point for a Best Supporting Actress win
  • 0.4 points for a Best Actress nomination
  • 0.2 points for a Best Supporting Actress nomination
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Level 86
Nov 14, 2019
I thought the word actress had been deemed politically incorrect and superseded.
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2019
Not at Oscars, so it's a moot point here.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2019
by whom?
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Level ∞
Feb 11, 2020
The near future... PhD's at America's leading universities have succeeded at radically altering every aspect of society and language. People now communicate with a series of grunts, occasionally pausing to utter the one word which is still allowed: "problematic".
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2020
stop appropriating Neandertaal culture
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2019
Julia Roberts has 2 from Best Actress in a leading role, 0.4 from Best Actress in a leading role nomination and 2 x 0.2 from Best actress in supporting role nomination. Doesn't matter how many times I count, but that only comes down to 2.8.
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Level 71
Jan 1, 2020
It appears that points are given for both the nomination and the win.
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Level 88
Nov 12, 2019
Love this. Quiz idea: same thing for directors, giving them full points for Best Director wins and nominations and half for Best Picture wins and nominations.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2019
only got 3 points. Was having trouble coming up with names tonight. Will try some other time. Nice work, ginger.
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2019
If Streep gets her annual nomination this year for Little Women, she'll tie Katharine Hepburn. Personally, I think Streep is the best all-time, and I don't think it's close. She deserves way more than the three Oscars she has. She should have won for Doubt and Adaptation. Bette Davis would be second. Saoirse Ronan is incredible for how young she is, and I expect she'll rack up plenty of awards in the coming decades. I'm also surprised Viola Davis isn't on this list. She is spellbinding in everything she's in, and I think she won an Oscar pretty recently.
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2019
Viola Davis has 1.6 points.
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2019
Hmm. I suppose that comes from always being a supporting actress. She's certainly a lot better than many of the people on this list.
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Level 77
Dec 30, 2019
I realize many people on this site would probably know Dame Maggie Smith best from Harry Potter, but she has so many more roles that were better - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Gosford Park, A Room With a View, and she's my favorite TV character from Downton Abbey who also appeared in the movie version.
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Level 57
Dec 30, 2019
Jane Fonda was not nominated for Barbarella.
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Level 87
Dec 30, 2019
Charlize Theron wasn't nominated for Mad Max: Fury Road and Maggie Smith wasn't nominated for the Harry Potter series.
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Level 71
Dec 30, 2019
That's not the point really, QM has just given us clues with movies they've appeared in.
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Level 60
Jan 3, 2020
This quiz was confusing. It's by Oscar nominations, but then you list movies for which they did NOT get nominations? Would make more sense to list a movie for which they had.
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Level 83
Mar 30, 2022
I like that it wasn't one of their nominated roles in many cases. Made it much more challenging.
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Level 87
May 25, 2022
They're likely there to make the quiz easier for the general audience. For example, Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook but most people know her from The Hunger Games.
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Level 52
Jan 14, 2020
Good quiz though I find it interesting that you've only included two who won for supporting actress, Winters and Dench.
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Level 90
Jan 16, 2020
That is interesting how the numbers played out. Even more interesting is that over the 83 years the award has been given, it's gone to 81 different women. Only 2 have ever won it twice: Dianne Wiest and Shelley Winters. Although both were nominated three times and won twice, Winters was also nominated for Best Actress and so was high enough to get on this list, while Wiest comes in at 2.6, just under the cutoff.
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Level 90
Jan 16, 2020
Looked at it again--I count 8 who won Best Supporting Actress on this list: Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Ingrid Bergman, Helen Hayes, Judi Dench, and Shelley Winters
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Level 64
Feb 25, 2022
I suppose they meant people who *only* won best supporting actress.
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Level 52
Dec 16, 2020
I'm surprised that Jane Fonda isn't on the list.
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Level 68
Aug 14, 2021
She is.
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2022
Where is Jessica Chastain? After her win this year she should have enough points (1 Best Actress win, 2 Best Actress nominations, 1 Supporting Actress nomination).
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Level ∞
Mar 30, 2022
I'll take a look at this next time I update the quiz.
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Level 78
Apr 1, 2022
What does the "d" stand for in the lefthand column above all the scores?
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Level 72
May 26, 2022
Francis McDormand and Ingrid Bergman get me every time on these quizzes. I've seen them in movies, can picture their faces, know exactly who they are, but can never conjure up their names.
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Level 58
May 27, 2022
Interesting method of determining the "greatest" actresses. I assume the points for nominations is just one fifth of the points awarded for the winner. So, Glenn Close and Deborah Kerr are left off for not having won, despite lots of nominations, and Jessica Chastain has only 2.6 points. Still, how does Marie Dressler get 2.8 points with one win and one additional nomination?
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Level 83
May 29, 2022
yeah I think it would make sense to give at least 1/3 or 1/2, or maybe even 3/4 as many points for a nomination vs a win, as opposed to 1/5.
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Level 83
May 30, 2022
since... it's usually a close call, and almost always debatable, who gave the best performance in a given year. Certainly winning versus being nominated doesn't mean that your acting was 5x better than the other nominees..