Cannes 2017: 18 Hollywood Stars Who Have Won Best Actress at the Fest

8:00 AM 5/9/2017

by Annie Howard

The prestigious Cannes Film Festival best actress award highlights talent from all over the world, but many Hollywood stars have been recognized with the festival's top acting prize.

Kirsten Dunst in 'Melancholia' & Cher in 'Mask'
Kirsten Dunst in 'Melancholia' & Cher in 'Mask'
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  • Anne Bancroft

    'The Pumpkin Eater' (1964)

    Anne Bancroft in 'The Pumpkin Eater'
    Anne Bancroft in 'The Pumpkin Eater'
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    Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft) is forced to address her current unhappy marriage, past two failed marriages and history of childbirth and sex. Bancroft went on to earn an Oscar nomination for her performance.

  • Juliette Binoche

    'Certified Copy' (2010)

    Juliette Binoche
    Juliette Binoche
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    An author (William Shimell) and French woman (Juliette Binoche) explore an Italian town as they discover more about art and relationships.

  • Bette Davis

    'All About Eve' (1951)

    Bette Davis in 'All About Eve'
    Bette Davis in 'All About Eve'
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    A young actress named Eve (Anne Baxter) infiltrates the life of an established yet aging star, Margo Channing (Bette Davis). The film went on to win six Oscars, and earned Davis a nomination.

  • Bjork

    'Dancer in the Dark' (2000)

    Bjork in 'Dancer in the Dark'
    Bjork in 'Dancer in the Dark'
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    An eastern European woman (Bjork) travels with her young son to America. Bjork and director Lars von Trier shared an Oscar nomination for her original song for the film, "I've Seen It All."

  • Cher

    'Mask' (1985)

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    A biker mom (Cher) cares for her teenage son suffering from a major skull deformity.

  • Kirsten Dunst

    'Melancholia' (2011)

    Kirsten Dunst in 'Melancholia'
    Kirsten Dunst in 'Melancholia'
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    Two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) try to find solace from anxiety and depression as a strange planet makes its way toward earth in Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama. After controversial remarks from the director regarding Hitler, Melancholia's awards run was quickly cut short.

  • Shelley Duvall

    '3 Women' (1977)

    Shelley Duvall in '3 Women'
    Shelley Duvall in '3 Women'
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    Shelley Duvall teams up with Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule to create a band of 3 Women and help each of them find what they are searching for.

  • Sally Field

    'Norma Rae' (1979)

    Sally Field in 'Norma Rae'
    Sally Field in 'Norma Rae'
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    An outspoken single mother (Sally Field) helps to unionize the workers at her textile mill. Field won her first Oscar for her work in the film.

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg

    'Antichrist' (2009)

    Charlotte Gainsbourg in 'Antichrist'
    Charlotte Gainsbourg in 'Antichrist'
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    Lars von Trier's classic horror film follows a grieving couple (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe) as they retreat into a cabin in the woods, where things go from bad to worse.

  • Katharine Hepburn

    'Long Day’s Journey into Night' (1962)

    Katharine Hepburn 'Long Day’s Journey into Night'
    Katharine Hepburn 'Long Day’s Journey into Night'
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    Adapted from Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and directed by Sidney Lumet, Long Day's Journey observes a dysfunctional family as they wrestle with addiction, resentment and regret. Katharine Hepburn went on to earn an Oscar nomination for her work in the film.

  • Holly Hunter

    'The Piano' (1993)

    Holly Hunter in 'The Piano'
    Holly Hunter in 'The Piano'
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    Holly Hunter plays a woman who went mute as a child and expresses herself through her piano and the help of her young daughter (Anna Paquin) as she toils with control and abuse from men in her life (Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill). Hunter won an Oscar for her work in the film.

  • Isabelle Huppert

    'Violette Noziere' (1978) & 'The Piano Teacher' (2001)

    Isabelle Huppert in 'The Piano Teacher'
    Isabelle Huppert in 'The Piano Teacher'
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    Violette Noziere (Isabelle Huppert) rebels against her conservative family between World Wars in France. Huppert plays a masochistic piano teacher pursued by her student (Benoit Magimel) in Michael Haneke's 2001 film, The Piano Teacher.

  • Sophia Loren

    'Two Women' (1961)

    Sophia Loren in 'Two Women'
    Sophia Loren in 'Two Women'
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    Sophia Loren plays a mother in WWII-era Italy, who, along with her daughter, attempts to overcome the horrors of war. Loren won an Oscar for her work in the film.

  • Rooney Mara

    'Carol' (2015)

    Rooney Mara in 'Carol'
    Rooney Mara in 'Carol'
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    Therese (Rooney Mara) begins an intimate relationship with an older woman, Carol (Cate Blanchett), in the 1950s. Mara went on to earn an Oscar nomination for her performance.

  • Julianne Moore

    ''Maps to the Stars' (2014)

    Julianne Moore in 'Maps to the Stars'
    Julianne Moore in 'Maps to the Stars'

    Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson play members of a social-climbing Hollywood family in this David Cronenberg-directed film. Moore went on to win her first Oscar that year for her leading role in Still Alice.

     

  • Helen Mirren

    'Cal' (1984) & 'The Madness of King George' (1995)

    Helen Mirren in 'The Madness of King George'
    Helen Mirren in 'The Madness of King George'
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    Cal tells a classic Romeo and Juliet love story of a Catholic woman (Helen Mirren), whose Protestant husband was killed by the IRA, and an IRA member (John Lynch). Mirren portrays Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III (Nigel Hawthorne), in The Madness of King George, based on the real experience of the king's dementia. Mirren was nominated at the Oscars for her work.

  • Vanessa Redgrave

    'Morgan!' (1966) & 'Isadora' (1969)

    Vanessa Redgrave in 'Isadora'
    Vanessa Redgrave in 'Isadora'
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    In Morgan!, Vanessa Redgrave leaves her husband for his best friend, beginning his quest to win her back. Redgrave stars as famed ballerina Isadora Duncan in biopic Isadora, for which she also earned an Oscar nomination.

  • Meryl Streep

    'A Cry in the Dark' (1989)

    Meryl Streep in 'A Cry in the Dark'
    Meryl Streep in 'A Cry in the Dark'
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    A mother (Meryl Streep) fights for her innocence when she is accused of murder after the untimely death of her child. Streep earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.

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