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


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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.




Superlative Leading Actress Supporting Actress Overall
Actress with most awards Kate Winslet 2 Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet,
Renée Zellweger
Actress with most nominations Meryl Streep 7 Cate Blanchett 4 Judi Dench, Meryl Streep,
Kate Winslet
Actress with most nominations
without ever winning
Judi Dench, Kate Winslet 4 Catherine Keener, Julianne Moore 3 Julianne Moore 5
Film with most nominations Almost Famous, Babel, Chicago, Doubt, Forrest Gump, Up in the Air 2 Chicago, Doubt 3
Oldest winner Julie Christie
(Away from Her, 2008)
66 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
87 Gloria Stuart
(Titanic, 1998)
Oldest nominee Judi Dench
(Notes on a Scandal, 2007)
Youngest winner Gwyneth Paltrow
(Shakespeare in Love, 1999)
26 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)

Winners and nominees



Year Winners and nominees Film Role
1994 Jodie Foster Nell Nell Kellty ‡
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
1995 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 ‡
1996 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 ‡
1997 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
Robin Wright Penn She's So Lovely Maureen Murphy Quinn
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater ‡
1998 Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola De Lesseps †
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I
Jane Horrocks Little Voice Little Voice
Meryl Streep One True Thing Kate Gulden ‡
Emily Watson Hilary and Jackie Jacqueline du Pré
1999 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 Winners and nominees Film Role
2000 Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
Joan Allen The Contender Laine Billings Hanson ‡
Juliette Binoche Chocolat Vianne Rocher ‡
Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb ‡
Laura Linney You Can Count on Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott ‡
2001 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 ‡
2002 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 ‡
2003 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 Peck ‡
Evan Rachel Wood thirteen Tracy Louise Freeland
2004 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 Clementine Kruczynski ‡
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter
Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson Presents Laura Henderson ‡
Felicity Huffman Transamerica Stanley Schupak/Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne ‡
Charlize Theron North Country Josey Aimes ‡
Ziyi Zhang Memoirs of a Geisha Chiyo Sakamoto/Sayuri Nitta
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
Penélope Cruz To Return (Volver) Raimunda ‡
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Barbara Covett ‡
Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Priestly ‡
Kate Winslet Little Children Sarah Pierce ‡
2007 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 ‡
2008 Meryl Streep Doubt Aloysius Beauvier ‡
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym ‡
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 Miller
Gabourey Sidibe Precious Precious
Meryl Streep Julie & Julia Julia Child


Only on five occasions over the past 15 years did the winner of the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress not win the Academy Award for Best Actress. This happened in:

  • 1994: Foster (Nell) lost to Lange (Blue Sky),
  • 1999: Bening (American Beauty) lost to Swank (Boys Don't Cry),
  • 2002: Zellweger (Chicago) lost to Kidman (The Hours)
  • 2007: Christie (Away From Her) lost to Cotillard (La Vie en Rose).
  • 2008: Streep (Doubt) lost to Winslet (The Reader)

Only once has the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress not been nominated for the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress. In 2008, Kate Winslet won the Oscar for her performance in "The Reader". However, she won the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role.

Multiple nominees

2 nominations

4 nominations

  • Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal)
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, Revolutionary Road)

7 nominations

  • Meryl Streep (The River Wild, The Bridges of Madison County, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Julie & Julia)


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