This Best Actress Awards Quiz
Best Actress Award
Janet Gaynor received the Best Actress Award at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 for her roles in 7th Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise.
Since then, the Academy has awarded more than 70 actresses in this category.
The Silver Screen: 1929-1940
In the early years of the Oscars, stars like Janet Gaynor, Bette Davis, and Vivien Leigh captivated audiences with their portrayals of unforgettable characters. From Gaynor’s touching performance in “Seventh Heaven” to Leigh’s iconic turn as Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind.”
Golden Era Glamour: 1941-1960
As Hollywood entered its golden age, the Best Actress category witnessed a wealth of talent and diversity. Actresses such as Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor enchanted audiences with their timeless beauty and captivating performances. Whether it was Bergman’s haunting portrayal of a troubled pianist in “Gaslight” or Hepburn’s iconic role as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” these women left an indelible mark on cinematic history.
Feminist Movements and Cultural Shifts: 1961-1980
The 1960s and 1970s brought about a seismic shift in the film industry, with actresses demanding more representation and recognition for their contributions.
From Katharine Hepburn’s record-breaking four wins to Meryl Streep’s unmatched versatility and range, actresses paved the way for greater diversity and empowerment on screen. Whether tackling social issues or portraying complex female characters, they redefined the role of women in cinema, inspiring future generations with their courage and conviction.
Modern Icons and Global Voices: 1981-Present
In recent decades, the Best Actress category has celebrated diverse talent and voices worldwide.
From Cate Blanchett’s performance in “Blue Jasmine” to Lupita Nyong’o’s powerful portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” actresses have continued to push boundaries and defy expectations, bringing depth and authenticity to their roles.
The category has also seen an increasing recognition of international talent, with actresses like Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, and Olivia Colman.
How Many Do You Remember?
One actress has walked away with four Oscars in this category. Another actress has almost 20 nominations (more than 20 when counting all categories) but only two wins (three in total).
Do you know who these actresses are?