Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses: Celebrating Excellence

10 Emma Stone, ‘La La Land’ Was it escapist pap or a subtle, melancholic homage to the difficulties of striking a balance between art and love, after all the commotion about La La Land subsided? In the year of Moonlight, was this retro Hollywood farewell too much? Was Jazz really saved by Ryan Gosling? Emma Stone's portrayal of Mia was all that was left.

9 Olivia Colman "I don't really think about anything too much," Olivia Colman said to Rolling Stone, attempting to clarify her strategy for tackling the role of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos' poignant, strangely humorous historical comedy. "My acting book would be extremely brief."

8 Halle Berry It's certain that some Academy voters were taken aback by Halle Berry's Oscar win because, before to Monster's Ball, she had primarily starred in comedies and X-Men films.

7 Natalie Portman Natalie Portman presents a worst-case/best-case example of an artist's need to push herself past her breaking point to create something that lasts, having trained in ballet for a year to prepare for her Black Swan part.

6 Cate Blanchett What is the appearance of a nervous breakdown in slow motion? We fear it's going to be like Cate Blanchett's comic/tragic portrayal of the newly widowed Jasmine in Woody Allen's dark comedy, which watches a woman's agonizing unraveling from a distance with a mixture of restraint and horror.

5 Michelle Yeoh Actors who reveal their serious sides frequently walk away with Oscars, taking away the lightheartedness and joy that once endeared them to viewers. It is intended to convey the extent they will go to in order to pursue their art by their pain and the withholding of what makes them so alluring.

4 Julia Roberts Seldom has it been more evident than when Julia Roberts seized the moment to champion the cause of Erin Brockovich, a struggling single mother who battled to save a small Southern California town that had been steadily poisoned by a powerful energy company.

3 Frances McDormand Director Chloé Zhao brought Frances McDormand to the podium to conclude her victory speech after Nomadland was named the 2021 Academy Awards' Best Picture. She said, "Now, I give you... Fern." Although McDormand resisted the introduction, saying, "No, I'm not, I'm Fran," it was clear what Zhao was trying to say.

2 Helen Mirren The calm of Helen Mirren's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II is what makes it so memorable. And the actress captures everything that is both noble and archaic about the British Monarchy in that silent command: its blinding myopia and its steady, consoling continuation.

1 Julianne Moore When Julianne Moore, who was still not well-known, starred in Safe in 1995, she portrayed a suburban housewife who is allergic to everything, which causes her to almost vanish in front of our eyes. It was one of the greatest modern film roles.