Here is the list of last top ten Best Academy Awards Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in the past ten years:
1. Marion Cotillard
Film: La Vie en Rose
Name of Character Role: Edith Piaf Marion Cotillard was born 30 September 1975. She is a French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. Marion achieved international fame with the film La Vie en Rose (2007). She is the recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, two César Awards, a European Award, and a Lumières Award. Cotillard has appeared in more than 50 feature films and is also known for being the face of Lady Dior handbags since 2008.
2. Kate Winslet
Film: The Reader
Name of Character Role: Hanna Schmitz Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born 5 October 1975. She is an English actress and singer. Kate is the recipient of an Academy Award, an AACTA Award, three BAFTA Awards, a BIFA Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is recognized for her supporting role in the epic romance Titanic (1997), which was the highest-grossing film of all time at that point of time. Winslet won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Reader (2008).
3. Sandra Bullock
Film: The Blind Side
Name of Character Role: Leigh Anne Roberts-Tuohy Sandra Annette Bullock was born July 26, 1964. She is a German-American actress and producer. Sandra started her acting career with a minor role in the 1987 thriller Hangmen, and made her television debut in the film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989). Sandra was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009).
4. Natalie Portman
Film: Black Swan
Name of Character Role: Nina Sayers Natalie Portman was born June 9, 1981. She is an actress, producer and director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno. She was later cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005). Natalie Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother. Portman grew up in the eastern United States from the age of three. She studied dancing and acting in New York. In 2010, Portman starred in the psychological thriller film Black Swan. Her performance received widespread critical acclaim and she earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress, her second Golden Globe Award, the SAG Award, the BAFTA Award and the BFCA Award in 2011.
5. Meryl Streep
Film: The Iron Lady
Name of Character Role: Margaret Thatcher Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep was born June 22, 1949. She is an American actress of stage and screen, and philanthropist. SHe is knownby media as the “best actress of her generation”. Streep is particularly known for her versatility in her roles, transformation into the characters she plays, and her accent adaptation. She made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville in 1971, and in 1976 received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Memory of Two Mondays/27 Wagons Full of Cotton. She made her screen debut in the 1977 television film The Deadliest Season, and made her film debut later that same year in Julia. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the miniseries Holocaust, and received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. Nominated for 20 Academy Awards in total, Streep has more nominations than any other actor or actress; she won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011).
6. Jennifer Lawrence
Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Name of Character Role: Tiffany Maxwell Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, 1990. She is an American actress. Since 2015, Lawrence has been the highest-paid actress in the world, and her films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. She appeared in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and Forbes Celebrity 100 the following year and in 2016. Her performance as a depressed widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) received an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner.
7. Cate Blanchett
Film: Blue Jasmine
Name of Character Role: Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis Catherine Elise “Cate” Blanchett was born 14 May 1969. SHe is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received international acclaim and many accolades, including six AACTA Awards, two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards. Blanchett came to international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in Shekhar Kapur’s 1998 film Elizabeth, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, and earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film The Aviator brought her critical acclaim and many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, making her the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying another Oscar-winning actor. In 2013, she starred as Jasmine Francis in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, for which she won numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
8. Julianne Moore
Film: Still Alice
Name of Character Role: Alice Daly-Howland Julianne Moore was born December 3, 1960. She is an American actress since the early 1990s. Julianne is known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films. The year 2014 was key for Moore, as she starred as an Oscar-winning performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice. Julianne was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, and joined the lucrative Hunger Games series.
9. Brie Larson
Name of Character Role: Joy “Ma” Newsome Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (Brie Larson) was born October 1, 1989. She is an American actress, director, and singer. Born in Sacramento, California, Larson was home-schooled before she studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater. She began her acting career in television, appearing as a regular on the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. In 2015 Brie starred in Room, and won several awards for her portrayal of a troubled mother kidnap victim in the film, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critic’s Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.