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The 2019 recipient: <a href="/content/Glenn_Close" style="color:blue">Glenn Close</a>
The 2019 recipient: Glenn Close

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.

Winners and nominees




Occasions over the past 25 years when the winner of the SAG Award for Best Leading Actress did not win the Academy Award for Best Actress. This happened in:

  • 1994: Jodie Foster (Nell) lost to Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)
  • 1999: Annette Bening (American Beauty) lost to Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
  • 2002: Renée Zellweger (Chicago) lost to Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
  • 2007: Julie Christie (Away from Her) lost to Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
  • 2008: Meryl Streep (Doubt) lost to Kate Winslet (The Reader). Winslet did win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • 2011: Viola Davis (The Help) lost to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • 2018: Glenn Close (The Wife) lost to Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Note: Winners are indicated in bold type.

  • Annette Bening (American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010))
  • Julianne Moore (The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014))
  • Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Conviction (2010))
  • Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Blue Jasmine (2013), Carol (2015))
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009), Hitchcock (2012), Woman in Gold (2015))
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic (1997), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008))
  • Judi Dench (Mrs Brown (1997), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013), Victoria & Abdul (2017))
  • Meryl Streep (The River Wild (1994), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie & Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016))

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