BAM Awards: Best Actress Winners

The Best Actress category has been subjected to some revisionist history in the past due in part to both teenage and post-teenage angst. Rather than re-assess everything all over again, especially in 1996 where I made several changes in the past, I will leave well enough alone. Any award whether awarded by an individual or an organization is rather like a time capsule and re-examination is futile. One always has a chance to make a Best of Decade or Performance in Genre or Subgenre list down the road and then there is the Test of Time, which is the ultimate. In the end when assessing my feelings and making decisions I never take into consideration “What will I think of this film/performer in five or ten years?” and just have to go with my gut.

One more minor note: in listing my nominees annually I have frequently listed Best Actress closer to Best Picture than Best Actor to try as a very minor political statement regarding sexism.

Without any further ado, the Best Actress winners:

2016 Sonia Braga Aquarius

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2015 Julianne Moore Still Alice

Julianne-Moore-in-Still-Alice

2014 Charlotte Gainsbourg Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014, IFC Films)

2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine (2013, Sony Pictures Classics)

2012 Keira Knightley Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (2012, Fox Searchlight)

2011 Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson in Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight)

2010 Emma Stone Easy A

Emma Stone in Easy A (Screen Gems)

2009 Michelle Monaghan Trucker

Michelle Monaghan in Trucker (Monterey Media)

2008 Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La Môme)

Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (La Môme) (Picturehouse Entertainment)

2007 Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal

Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (Fox Serchlight Pictures)

2006 Felicity Huffman Transamerica

Kevin Zegers and Felicity Huffman in Transamerica (IFC Films)

2005 Julia Dufvenius Saraband

Saraband (2003, Sony Pictures Classics)

2004 Heather Smith Unscrewed

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2003 Nicole Kidman The Hours

Nicole Kidman and Stephen Dillane in The Hours (Miramax)

2002 Isabelle Huppert The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)

Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (MK2 Diffusion)

2001 Melanie Griffith Cecil B. Demented

Melanie Griffith in Cecil B. Demented (Artisan Enterment)

2000 Jessica Lange Titus

Harry Lennix and Jessica Lange in Titus (Fox Searchlight)

1999 Jessica Lange Cousin Bette

Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Shue in Cousin Bette (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil)

Central Station (1998, Sony Pictures Classics)

1997 Jodie Foster Contact

Contact (1997, Warner Bros.)

1996 Reese Witherspoon Freeway

Reese Witherspoon in Freeway (Republic Pictures)

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