Independent Spirit Award For Best Female Lead
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Independent Spirit Award For Best Female Lead

The Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead is one of the annual Independent Spirit Awards.

With two wins, Frances McDormand and Julianne Moore are the most awarded females in this category, while with 4 nominations Michelle Williams is the most nominated female in this category.

Notes

Winners and nominees

1980s

1990s

Year Actress Film Role
1990 Anjelica Huston The Grifters Lilly Dillon ?
Mary Alice To Sleep with Anger Suzie
Eszter Balint Bail Jumper Elaine
Carolyn Farina Metropolitan Audrey Rouget
Joanne Woodward Mr. and Mrs. Bridge India Bridge ?
1991 Judy Davis Impromptu George Sand / Aurora
Patsy Kensit Twenty-One Katie
Mimi Rogers The Rapture Sharon
Lili Taylor Bright Angel Lucy
Lily Tomlin The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe Various Characters
1992 Fairuza Balk Gas Food Lodging Shade
Edie Falco Laws of Gravity Denise
Catherine Keener Johnny Suede Yvonne
Sheryl Lee Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Laura Palmer
Cynda Williams One False Move Lila "Fantasia" Walker
1993 Ashley Judd Ruby in Paradise Ruby Lee Gissing
Suzy Amis Cameron The Ballad of Little Jo Josephine "Jo" Monaghan
May Chin The Wedding Banquet Wei-Wei
Ariyan A. Johnson Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Chantel Mitchell
Emma Thompson Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice
1994 Linda Fiorentino The Last Seduction Bridget Gregory / Wendy Kroy
Jennifer Jason Leigh Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Dorothy Parker
Karen Sillas What Happened Was... Jackie Marsh
Lauren Vélez I Like It Like That Lisette Linares
Jacklyn Wu Eat Drink Man Woman Jia-Chien
1995 Elisabeth Shue Leaving Las Vegas Sera ?
Jennifer Jason Leigh Georgia Sadie Flood
Elina Löwensohn Nadja Nadja
Julianne Moore Safe Carol White
Lili Taylor The Addiction Kathleen Conklin
1996 Frances McDormand Fargo Marge Gunderson +
María Conchita Alonso Caught Betty
Scarlett Johansson Manny & Lo Manny
Catherine Keener Walking and Talking Amelia
Renée Zellweger The Whole Wide World Novalyne Price
1997 Julie Christie Afterglow Phyllis Mann ?
Stacy Edwards In the Company of Men Christine
Alison Folland All Over Me Claude
Lisa Harrow Sunday Madeleine Vesey
Robin Wright Loved Hedda Amerson
1998 Ally Sheedy High Art Lucy Berliner
Katrin Cartlidge Claire Dolan Claire Dolan
Christina Ricci The Opposite of Sex Dede Truitt
Robin Tunney Niagara, Niagara Marcy
Alfre Woodard Down in the Delta Loretta Sinclair
1999 Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena +
Diane Lane A Walk on the Moon Pearl Kantrowitz
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker ?
Susan Traylor Valerie Flake Valerie Flake
Reese Witherspoon Election Tracy Flick

2000s

Year Actress Film Role
2000 Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream Sara Goldfarb ?
Joan Allen The Contender Laine Hanson ?
Sanaa Lathan Love & Basketball Monica Wright
Laura Linney You Can Count On Me Samantha "Sammy" Prescott ?
Kelly Macdonald Two Family House Mary O'Neary
2001 Sissy Spacek In the Bedroom Ruth Fowler ?
Kim Dickens Things Behind the Sun Sherry
Molly Parker The Center of the World Florence
Tilda Swinton The Deep End Margaret Hall
Kerry Washington Lift Niecy
2002 Julianne Moore Far from Heaven Cathy Whitaker ?
Jennifer Aniston The Good Girl Justine Last
Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary Lee Holloway
Catherine Keener Lovely & Amazing Michelle Marks
Parker Posey Personal Velocity Greta Herskowitz
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos +
Agnes Bruckner Blue Car Megan Denning
Zooey Deschanel All the Real Girls Noel
Samantha Morton In America Sarah ?
Elisabeth Moss Virgin Jessie Reynolds
2004 Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace María Álvarez ?
Kimberly Elise Woman Thou Art Loosed Michelle Jordan
Vera Farmiga Down to the Bone Irene Morrison
Judy Marte On the Outs Oz
Kyra Sedgwick Cavedweller Delia Byrd
2005 Felicity Huffman Transamerica Bree ?
Dina Korzun Forty Shades of Blue Laura
Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman
S. Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
Cyndi Williams Room Julia Barker
2006 Shareeka Epps Half Nelson Drey
Catherine O'Hara For Your Consideration Marilyn Hack
Elizabeth Reaser Sweet Land Young Inge
Michelle Williams Land of Plenty Lana
Robin Wright Sorry, Haters Phoebe Torrence
2007 Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff ?
Angelina Jolie A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Sienna Miller Interview Katya
Parker Posey Broken English Nora Wilder
Tang Wei Lust, Caution Wong Chia Chi / Mak Tai Tai
2008 Melissa Leo Frozen River Ray Eddy ?
Summer Bishil Towelhead Jasira Maroun
Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym Buchman ?
Tarra Riggs Ballast Marlee
Michelle Williams Wendy and Lucy Wendy Carroll
2009 Gabourey Sidibe Precious Claireece "Precious" Jones ?
Maria Bello Downloading Nancy Nancy Stockwell
Nisreen Faour Amreeka Muna Farah
Helen Mirren The Last Station Sophia Tolstaya ?
Gwyneth Paltrow Two Lovers Michelle Rausch

2010s

Year Actress Film Role
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers +
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right Nicole "Nic" Allgood ?
Greta Gerwig Greenberg Florence Marr
Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole Becca Corbett ?
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone Ree Dolly ?
Michelle Williams Blue Valentine Cindy Heller ?
2011 Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Marilyn Monroe ?
Lauren Ambrose About Sunny Angela
Rachael Harris Natural Selection Linda White
Adepero Oduye Pariah Alike
Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha
2012 Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell +
Linda Cardellini Return Kelli
Emayatzy Corinealdi Middle of Nowhere Ruby
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild Hushpuppy ?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Smashed Kate Hannah
2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine Jeanette "Jasmine" Francis +
Julie Delpy Before Midnight Céline Wallace
Gaby Hoffmann Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson Short Term 12 Grace Howard
Shailene Woodley The Spectacular Now Aimee Finecky
2014 Julianne Moore Still Alice Dr. Alice Howland +
Marion Cotillard The Immigrant Ewa Cybulska
Rinko Kikuchi Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter Kumiko
Jenny Slate Obvious Child Donna Stern
Tilda Swinton Only Lovers Left Alive Eve
2015 Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome +
Cate Blanchett Carol Carol Aird ?
Rooney Mara Therese Belivet ?
Bel Powley The Diary of a Teenage Girl Minnie Goetze
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez Tangerine Sin-Dee Rella
2016 Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc ?
Annette Bening 20th Century Women Dorothea Fields
Sasha Lane American Honey Star
Ruth Negga Loving Mildred Loving ?
Natalie Portman Jackie Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis ?
2017 Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes +
Salma Hayek Beatriz at Dinner Beatriz
Margot Robbie I, Tonya Tonya Harding ?
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson ?
Shinobu Terajima Oh Lucy! Setsuko Kawashima / Lucy
Regina Williams Life and Nothing More Regina
2018 Glenn Close The Wife Joan Castleman ?
Toni Collette Hereditary Annie Graham
Elsie Fisher Eighth Grade Kayla Day
Regina Hall Support the Girls Lisa Conroy
Helena Howard Madeline's Madeline Madeline
Carey Mulligan Wildlife Jeanette Brinson

Multiple nominees

Multiple winners

2 wins

See also


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