Films in Focus: Best Actress Winners

Best Actress Winners: All of these movies won Best Actress awards at the Oscars. Included in the parentheses is both the year the award was won as well as the actress who won the award.

As Good As It Gets (1997 / Helen Hunt)

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (DVD AS GOOD AS IT)


Black Swan (2010 / Natalie Portman)

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (DVD BLACK SWAN)


The Blind Side (2009 / Sandra Bullock)

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (DVD BLIND SIDE)


Cabaret (1972 / Liza Minnelli)

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (DVD CABARET)


Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980 / Sissy Spacek)

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (DVD COAL MINER’S)


Funny Girl (1968 / Barbara Streisand)

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. (DVD FUNNY GIRL)


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967 / Katharine Hepburn)

A couple’s attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé. (DVD GUESS)


Monster’s Ball (2001 / Halle Berry)

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (DVD MONSTER’S)


Room (2015 / Brie Larson)

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. (DVD ROOM)


Terms of Endearment (1983 / Shirley MacLaine)

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter’s family problems. (DVD TERMS)

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