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Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

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Category of
Golden Globe Award

Awarded for
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama

Currently held by
Isabelle Huppert for Elle (2016)

Official website
Presented by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Winners & Nominees
Isabelle HuppertElle, Isabelle Huppert, Winner, Jessica ChastainMiss Sloane, Jessica Chastain, Nominee, Ruth NeggaLoving, Ruth Negga, Nominee, Natalie PortmanJackie, Natalie Portman, Nominee, Amy AdamsArrival, Amy Adams, Nominee, Brie LarsonRoom, Brie Larson, Winner, Rooney MaraCarol, Rooney Mara, Nominee, Alicia VikanderThe Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander, Nominee, Cate BlanchettCarol, Cate Blanchett, Nominee, Saoirse RonanBrooklyn, Saoirse Ronan, Nominee, Julianne MooreStill Alice, Julianne Moore, Winner, Felicity JonesThe Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones, Nominee, Reese WitherspoonWild, Reese Witherspoon, Nominee, Rosamund PikeGone Girl, Rosamund Pike, Nominee, Jennifer AnistonCake, Jennifer Aniston, Nominee, Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett, Winner, Emma ThompsonSaving Mr Banks, Emma Thompson, Nominee, Kate WinsletLabor Day, Kate Winslet, Nominee, Sandra BullockGravity, Sandra Bullock, Nominee, Judi DenchPhilomena, Judi Dench, Nominee, Jessica ChastainZero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain, Winner, Rachel WeiszThe Deep Blue Sea, Rachel Weisz, Nominee, Naomi WattsThe Impossible, Naomi Watts, Nominee, Marion CotillardRust and Bone, Marion Cotillard, Nominee, Helen MirrenHitchcock, Helen Mirren, Nominee

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. Previously, there was a single award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture" but the splitting allowed for recognition of it and the Best Actress – Comedy or Musical.


The formal title has varied since its inception. In 2005, it was officially called: "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama". As of 2013, the wording is "Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama".


  • "†" indicates an Academy Award-winning performance.
  • "‡" indicates an Academy Award-nomination.
  • "§" indicates a Golden Globe Award-winning performance that was not nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Multiple nominees

    4 nominations
  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Judi Dench
  • Sally Field
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Diane Keaton
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Sissy Spacek
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Emma Thompson
  • Liv Ullmann
  • Kate Winslet
  • 3 nominations
  • Helen Mirren
  • Julianne Moore
  • Vanessa Redgrave
  • Gena Rowlands
  • Jean Simmons
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Debra Winger
  • Natalie Wood
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    2 nominations
  • Annette Bening
  • Halle Berry
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Leslie Caron
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Julie Christie
  • Jill Clayburgh
  • Glenn Close
  • Bette Davis
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Anna Magnani
  • Rooney Mara
  • Marsha Mason
  • Melina Mercouri
  • Sarah Miles
  • Natalie Portman
  • Lee Remick
  • Rosalind Russell
  • Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Simone Signoret
  • Maggie Smith
  • Sharon Stone
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Hilary Swank
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Charlize Theron
  • Uma Thurman
  • Emily Watson
  • Shelley Winters
  • Jane Wyman
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    Multiple winners

    3 wins
  • Ingrid Bergman (2 consecutive)
  • Jane Fonda (2 consecutive)
  • Meryl Streep (2 consecutive)
  • 2 wins
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Sally Field
  • Jodie Foster
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Geraldine Page (consecutive)
  • Rosalind Russell (consecutive)
  • Hilary Swank
  • Joanne Woodward
  • Jane Wyman
  • References

    Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Wikipedia