Bold indicates winner

1927/28 (1st)

Louise Dresser — A Ship Comes In {“Mrs. Pleznik”}
Janet Gaynor — 7th Heaven {“Diane”}; Street Angel {“Angela”}; and Sunrise {“The Wife”}
Gloria Swanson — Sadie Thompson {“Sadie Thompson”}

 

1928/29 (2nd) NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION

Ruth Chatterton — Madame X {“Jacqueline Floriot”}
Betty Compson — The Barker {“Carrie”}
Jeanne Eagels — The Letter {“Leslie Crosbie”}
Corinne Griffith — The Divine Lady {“Emma Hart, Lady Hamilton”}
Bessie Love — The Broadway Melody {“Hank Mahoney”}
Mary Pickford — Coquette {“Norma Besant”}

1929/30 (3rd)

Nancy Carroll — The Devil’s Holiday {“Hallie Hobart”}
Ruth Chatterton — Sarah and Son {“Sarah Storm”}
Greta GarboAnna Christie {“Anna Christie”}; and Romance {“Madame Rita Cavallini”}
Norma Shearer The Divorcee {“Jerry”}
Norma Shearer — Their Own Desire {“Lucia ‘Lally’ Marlett”}
Gloria Swanson — The Trespasser {“Marion Donnell”}

 

1930/31 (4th)

Marlene Dietrich — Morocco {“Amy Jolly”}
Marie Dressler — Min and Bill {“Min”}
Irene DunneCimarron {“Sabra Cravat”}
Ann Harding — Holiday {“Linda Seton”}
Norma ShearerA Free Soul {“Jan Ashe”}

 

1931/32 (5th)

Marie DresslerEmma {“Emma”}
Lynn Fontanne — The Guardsman {“The Actress”}
Helen HayesThe Sin of Madelon Claudet {“Madelon”}

 

 

1932/33 (6th)

Katharine HepburnMorning Glory {“Eva Lovelace”}
May Robson — Lady for a Day {“Apple Annie”}
Diana Wynyard — Cavalcade {“Jane Marryot”}

 

1934 (7th)

Claudette ColbertIt Happened One Night {“Ellie Andrews”}
Bette Davis Of Human Bondage {“Mildred”} [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. Write-in candidate.]
Grace Moore — One Night of Love {“Mary”}
Norma ShearerThe Barretts of Wimpole Street {“Elizabeth Barrett”}

 

 

1935 (8th)

Elisabeth Bergner — Escape Me Never {“Gemma Jones”}
Claudette Colbert — Private Worlds {“Jane Everest”}
Bette DavisDangerous {“Joyce Heath”}
Katharine HepburnAlice Adams {“Alice Adams”}
Miriam HopkinsBecky Sharp {“Becky Sharp”}
Merle Oberon — The Dark Angel {“Kitty Vane”}

 

1936 (9th)

Irene Dunne — Theodora Goes Wild {“Theodora Lynn”}
Gladys George — Valiant Is the Word for Carrie {“Carrie Snyder”}
Carole LombardMy Man Godfrey {“Irene Bullock”}
Luise RainerThe Great Ziegfeld {“Anna Held”}
Norma ShearerRomeo and Juliet {“Juliet”}

 

1937 (10th)

Irene DunneThe Awful Truth {“Lucy Warriner”}
Greta GarboCamille {“Marguerite Gautier (Camille)”}
Janet Gaynor — A Star Is Born {“Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester”}
Luise RainerThe Good Earth {“O-Lan”}
Barbara StanwyckStella Dallas {“Stella Dallas”}

 

 

1938 (11th)

Fay Bainter — White Banners {“Hannah”}
Bette DavisJezebel {“Julie Morrison”}
Wendy Hiller — Pygmalion {“Eliza Doolittle”}
Norma ShearerMarie Antoinette {“Marie Antoinette”}
Margaret Sullavan — Three Comrades {“Pat Hollmann”}

 

1939 (12th)

Bette DavisDark Victory {“Judith Traherne”}
Irene DunneLove Affair {“Terry McKay”}
Greta GarboNinotchka {“Lena Yakushova (Ninotchka)”}
Greer GarsonGoodbye, Mr. Chips {“Katherine Chipping”}
Vivien LeighGone with the Wind {“Scarlett O’Hara”}