1940 (13th)

Bette DavisThe Letter {“Leslie Crosbie”}
Joan FontaineRebecca {“Mrs. de Winter”}
Katharine HepburnThe Philadelphia Story {“Tracy Lord”}
Ginger RogersKitty Foyle {“Kitty Foyle”}
Martha Scott — Our Town {“Emily Webb”}

 

1941 (14th)
 
Bette Davis — The Little Foxes {“Regina Hubbard Giddens”}
Olivia de Havilland — Hold Back the Dawn {“Emmy Brown”}
Joan FontaineSuspicion {“Lina McLaidlaw”}
Greer GarsonBlossoms in the Dust {“Edna Gladney”}
Barbara StanwyckBall of Fire {“Sugarpuss O’Shea”}

 

1942 (15th)

Bette Davis Now, Voyager {“Charlotte Vale”}
Greer GarsonMrs. Miniver {“Kay Miniver”}
Katharine HepburnWoman of the Year {“Tess Harding”}
Rosalind Russell — My Sister Eileen {“Ruth Sherwood”}
Teresa WrightThe Pride of the Yankees {“Eleanor Gehrig”}

 

1943 (16th)

Jean ArthurThe More the Merrier {“Connie Milligan”}
Ingrid BergmanFor Whom the Bell Tolls {“Maria”}
Joan Fontaine — The Constant Nymph {“Teresa ‘Tessa’ Sanger”}
Greer GarsonMadame Curie {“Madame Marie Curie”}
Jennifer JonesThe Song of Bernadette {“Bernadette Soubirous”}

 

1944 (17th)

Ingrid BergmanGaslight {“Paula Alquist”}
Claudette ColbertSince You Went Away {“Anne Hilton”}
Bette DavisMr. Skeffington {“Fanny Trellis Skeffington”}
Greer GarsonMrs. Parkington {“Susie Parkington”}
Barbara StanwyckDouble Indemnity {“Phyllis Dietrichson”}

 

1945 (18th)

Ingrid BergmanThe Bells of St. Mary’s {“Sister Benedict”}
Joan CrawfordMildred Pierce {“Mildred Pierce”}
Greer Garson — The Valley of Decision {“Mary Rafferty”}
Jennifer Jones — Love Letters {“Singleton”}
Gene Tierney — Leave Her to Heaven {“Ellen Berent”}

 

1946 (19th)

Olivia de Havilland — To Each His Own {“Jody Norris”}
Celia Johnson — Brief Encounter {“Laura Jesson”}
Jennifer Jones — Duel in the Sun {“Pearl Chavez”}
Rosalind Russell — Sister Kenny {“Elizabeth Kenny”}
Jane WymanThe Yearling {“Ma Baxter”}

 

1947 (20th)

Joan CrawfordPossessed {“Louise Howell”}
Susan Hayward — Smash-Up–The Story of a Woman {“Angie”}
Dorothy McGuire — Gentleman’s Agreement {“Kathy”}
Rosalind Russell — Mourning Becomes Electra {“Lavinia Mannon”}
Loretta Young — The Farmer’s Daughter {“Katrin Holstrom”}

 

1948 (21st)

Ingrid BergmanJoan of Arc {“Joan of Arc”}
Olivia de HavillandThe Snake Pit {“Virginia Stuart Cunningham”}
Irene DunneI Remember Mama {“Mama”}
Barbara StanwyckSorry, Wrong Number {“Leona Stevenson”}
Jane WymanJohnny Belinda {“Belinda McDonald”}

 

1949 (22nd)

Jeanne Crain — Pinky {“Pinky”}
Olivia de HavillandThe Heiress {“Catherine Sloper”}
Susan Hayward — My Foolish Heart {“Eloise Winters”}
Deborah KerrEdward, My Son {“Evelyn Boult”}
Loretta Young — Come to the Stable {“Sister Margaret”}

 

1950 (23rd)

Anne BaxterAll about Eve {“Eve Harrington”}
Bette DavisAll about Eve {“Margo Channing”}
Judy HollidayBorn Yesterday {“Billie Dawn”}
Eleanor ParkerCaged {“Marie Allen”}
Gloria Swanson — Sunset Blvd. {“Norma Desmond”}

 

1951 (24th)

Katharine HepburnThe African Queen {“Rose Sayer”}
Vivien LeighA Streetcar Named Desire {“Blanche DuBois”}
Eleanor ParkerDetective Story {“Mary McLeod”}
Shelley WintersA Place in the Sun {“Alice Tripp”}
Jane Wyman — The Blue Veil {“Louise Mason”}

 

1952 (25th)

Shirley Booth — Come Back, Little Sheba {“Lola Delaney”}
Joan Crawford — Sudden Fear {“Myra Hudson”}
Bette Davis — The Star {“Margaret Elliot”}
Julie Harris — The Member of the Wedding {“Frankie Addams”}
Susan Hayward — With a Song in My Heart {“Jane Froman”}

 

1953 (26th)

Leslie Caron — Lili {“Lili Daurier”}
Ava GardnerMogambo {“Eloise ‘Honey Bear’ Kelly”}
Audrey HepburnRoman Holiday {“Princess Anne”}
Deborah KerrFrom Here to Eternity {“Karen Holmes”}
Maggie McNamara — The Moon Is Blue {“Patty O’Neill”}

 

1954 (27th)

Dorothy Dandridge — Carmen Jones {“Carmen Jones”}
Judy GarlandA Star Is Born {“Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester”}
Audrey HepburnSabrina {“Sabrina Fairchild”}
Grace KellyThe Country Girl {“Georgie Elgin”}
Jane Wyman — Magnificent Obsession {“Helen Phillips”}

 

1955 (28th)

Susan Hayward — I’ll Cry Tomorrow {“Lillian Roth”}
Katharine HepburnSummertime {“Jane Hudson”}
Jennifer JonesLove Is a Many-Splendored Thing {“Han Suyin”}
Anna MagnaniThe Rose Tattoo {“Serafina Della Rose”}
Eleanor ParkerInterrupted Melody {“Marjorie Lawrence”}

 

1956 (29th)

Carroll Baker — Baby Doll {“Baby Doll”}
Ingrid BergmanAnastasia {“The Woman”}
Katharine Hepburn — The Rainmaker {“Lizzie Curry”}
Nancy Kelly — The Bad Seed {“Christine Penmark”}
Deborah KerrThe King and I {“Anna”}

 

1957 (30th)

Deborah KerrHeaven Knows, Mr. Allison {“Sister Angela”}
Anna Magnani — Wild Is the Wind {“Gioia”}
Elizabeth Taylor — Raintree County {“Susanna Drake”}
Lana Turner — Peyton Place {“Constance MacKenzie”}
Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve {“Eve White/Eve Black/Jane”}

 

1958 (31st)

Susan HaywardI Want to Live! {“Barbara Graham”}
Deborah KerrSeparate Tables {“Sibyl Railton-Bell”}
Shirley MacLaine — Some Came Running {“Ginny Moorhead”}
Rosalind RussellAuntie Mame {“Auntie Mame Dennis”}
Elizabeth TaylorCat on a Hot Tin Roof {“Maggie Pollitt”}

 

1959 (32nd)
 
Doris DayPillow Talk {“Jan Morrow”}
Audrey HepburnThe Nun’s Story {“Sister Luke”}
Katharine HepburnSuddenly, Last Summer {“Mrs. Venable”}
Simone Signoret — Room at the Top {“Alice Aisgill”}
Elizabeth TaylorSuddenly, Last Summer {“Catherine Holly”}